Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a term used to describe conditions that create chronic inflammation in part or all of the digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease are the most common conditions known under this umbrella term. Currently, in the U.S., about 780,000 people live with Crohn’s disease and 907,000 live with ulcerative colitis. [Read more…]
Infusion therapy is the administration of medication and/or fluids through a needle or catheter. While that may sound like a less-than-pleasant experience, this method of treatment is lifesaving for those who can’t receive medications or fluids orally due to the severity of their condition(s). Infusion therapy may be performed as an at-home service. It can also be done at an infusion therapy center or a local hospital. [Read more…]
Infusion therapy is an exciting new branch of medicine that enables multiple conditions that previously required hospitalization or intensive courses of therapy to be treated on an outpatient basis with intravenous medicines that can quickly and safely be administered in an outpatient infusion center. These medicines are available to treat a wide variety of conditions, including ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, autoimmune disorders, iron deficiency, infections and many other conditions. The safe administration of these new medicines in an outpatient setting has revolutionized the treatment of many of these conditions. [Read more…]
It seems universal. On a regular basis, we hear about or experience ourselves what we often call stomach flu or a stomach virus.
That condition is technically called gastroenteritis which is an inflammation of the lining of the stomach and intestines. The major cause of this unpleasant illness is food poisoning. In fact, one in six Americans will contract some form of food poisoning every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). [Read more…]
An Important Q&A for National Men’s Health Month
In honor of the 23rd annual National Men’s Health Month, we encourage the men in our lives—and across the nation—to take charge of their health by investing time in preventive screenings, such as a colonoscopy. That’s because early detection and regular checkups are key to successfully treating diseases, ensuring health for many years to come. [Read more…]
No matter what tummy trouble you may be experiencing, the Grill Master and Debbie Dietician have you covered. Check out their tips for keeping your digestive system happy while enjoying BBQ season: [Read more…]
An Interview With the Leaders of DHC’s Women’s Wellness Center
In the spirit of the 18th annual National Women’s Health Week, we are encouraging women to make all aspects of their health a priority, especially their gastrointestinal health. To that end, we thought it would be beneficial to sit down with our premier female physicians Dr. Claudia Barghash and Dr. Kristen Lee of the Women’s Wellness Center to discuss the issues surrounding women and the sensitive subject of digestive care: [Read more…]
Colon cancer—also known as colorectal cancer—is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S. Though the risk of developing colon cancer is approximately one in 20—five percent—it is a largely preventable and treatable disease thanks to regular screenings.*
In honor of Colon Cancer Awareness Month, here are five fascinating myths about colon cancer that we have effectively debunked:
This year, we are supporting the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable’s (NCCRT) new initiative, “80% by 2018.” The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) has also joined this national coalition of organizations committed to eliminating colorectal cancer as a major health problem. Together, we are working toward the shared goal of reaching 80% of eligible adults screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.
Maintaining a good body weight goes far beyond the satisfaction of slipping into your favorite pair of jeans or turning heads at the beach; keeping excess weight off has a multitude of health benefits that will keep you moving for years to come.