GI Common Concerns

 
 
  • Navigating Tough Decisions in Gastric Polyp Management   Determining whether to observe or remove gastric polyps is always challenging. Dr David Johnson looks at what the guidelines say and if the evidence backs up their recommendations.
  • The Wide-Ranging Role of the Microbiome   What goes in your stomach can influence countless disorders, from cancer to asthma. Dr David Johnson surveys the latest data underlining the ever-increasing importance of a low-fat, high-fiber diet.
  • GI Practice Updates for Primary Care Providers   Dr David Johnson makes a plea for primary care providers to team up with gastroenterologists in the prevention and management of common GI disorders.
  • Could It Be... E?   Elevated liver enzymes and a hepatitis A-like prodrome -- is it time to consider hepatitis E? Dr David Johnson reviews what we know.
  • When Chronic Hoarseness Isn't Reflux Disease   Chronic hoarseness, throat clearing, and other vocal behaviors don't always signal reflux disease. Think habituation, says Dr David Johnson, and help the patient learn to break the harmful cycle.
  • Acute Pancreatitis: Feed Now or Wait? Dr David Johnson explains how we have come full circle in the philosophy toward restarting oral feedings in patients with pancreatitis.
  • Constipation: What Works, What Doesn't   Dr David Johnson reviews the supportive evidence and recommendations for all of the available treatments for chronic constipation and irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Probiotics: Help or Harm in Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea?   'Good bacteria' are appealing, but should we rush to recommend them to prevent antibiotic-associated diarrhea?
  • Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency: Seen but Not Recognized? Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency can be a missed diagnosis. To raise awareness and better direct and optimize patient care, Dr. David Johnson discusses its clinical aspects and treatment strategies.
  • Debunking Myths About Diverticular Disease Dr. David Johnson reviews new data that put to rest several long-held beliefs about diverticulosis and diverticulitis.
  • Sleep Impairment: A Trigger for Relapse in IBD? New evidence suggests that even if they seem to be in remission, patients with sleep problems are more likely to suffer disease flares.
  • Belching, Air Swallowing, and Hiccups   Although common in many people, when these symptoms are chronic, persistent, and intractable, they can be difficult to manage.
  • Celiac Disease: New Guidelines   Dr. David Johnson shares the top 10 take-home messages from the new American College of Gastroenterology guidelines on celiac disease.
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis: New Guidelines   From diagnosis to management, these new guidelines are the first from the American College of Gastroenterology to summarize the evidence-based recommendations for eosinophilic esophagitis.
  • Gastroparesis: New Guidelines   New guidelines outline the diagnosis and management of the common problem of gastroparesis.
  • Fecal Transplantation for C difficile: A How-To Guide   Dr. David Johnson comes clean with the dirty data on the effectiveness of fecal microbiota transplantation in treating Clostridium difficile infection, plus the practicalities of how to perform it.
  • Premalignant Conditions of the Esophagus: When to Follow Up?   New guidelines delineate which patients do, and which do not, require follow-up after index examinations.
  • The Dreaded Diagnosis of Laryngopharyngeal Reflux Disease   Laryngopharyngeal reflux disease is explored, with practical tips offered for its diagnosis and management.
  • FODMAPs: Profound Help for Symptoms of IBS   A new 'exclusion' diet offers hope for those with irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Proton Pump Inhibitors: The Latest News   Dr. David Johnson reviews the up-to-the-minute news, research, and alerts related to proton pump inhibitors, distinguishing what is sound from what is just noise.