Tommy Stone remembers two years of pain and discomfort, several surgeries, many hospitalizations and overwhelming frustration. The 42-year-old resident of Roanoke, Texas, and father of two, turned his frustration into resolve to get to the bottom of what ailed him. Based on his symptoms, he and his wife began researching pancreatic diseases. After talking to … Continue reading Islet cell transplant restores quality of life for man with chronic pancreatitis
Born in 1981, I consider myself part of both Generation X as well as the millennial demographic. As one of the youngest Gen X-ers and oldest millennials, I try and keep a pulse on the labels and trends associated with both groups — the good, the bad and the ugly. Recently, I was taken aback … Continue reading Millennials, we need to talk about our colons
If you suffer from heartburn, you’re not alone. It’s a weekly occurrence for 20 percent of Americans. But as medications to treat heartburn are now being linked to a growing number of complications, more patients are exploring alternative ways to relieve symptoms. A class of drugs called Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) are commonly prescribed for … Continue reading Why exercise and diet might be better heartburn treatment than medication
After losing an alarming 17 pounds in a month, Wayne Weaver, 80, learned he had a rare and potentially life-threatening swallowing condition called achalasia. Treatment for achalasia includes cutting the muscles in the lower esophagus, and the treatment of choice at most hospitals is an extensive surgery involving incisions in the abdomen through to the esophagus. But … Continue reading Achalasia: Rare swallowing disorder treated with new minimally invasive procedure
On the surface our bodies may seem fine, but underneath, there is a never-ending war raging on inside each of us. Within our intestinal walls we open up attacks from invaders that arrive in our food and drink, which become a major focus of the immune system’s defenses. As humans, we all have bacteria, viruses … Continue reading Your sensitive stomach might be caused by Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Heartburn can be a pain, especially following the holiday season. To find relief, millions of Americans have relied on a class of drugs called Protein Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)—medications that bind to stomach cells to reduce acid, often associated with conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and ulcers. But a new study casts doubt on … Continue reading Popular heartburn medications associated with stroke: Should you be concerned?
Belching and heartburn was a daily part of Madalyn Miller’s life. “Prior to living in Dallas, I lived in San Diego and saw various doctors for an issue with belching,” the 29-year-old financial consultant said. “My belching and acid reflux had grown increasingly prominent over the past few years.” She tried keeping a food diary … Continue reading LINX®: A game-changing treatment for acid reflux and GERD
Probiotics are living bacteria or other microorganisms that have beneficial health effects in people when they’re ingested. The concept has become very popular and many of my patients are taking probiotics to gain some health advantage, but enthusiasm for a concept is not the same as scientific proof of effectiveness. Very few marketed probiotics have … Continue reading Are probiotics good for you?
Ladies: Don’t most of us talk to our hairdressers about all kinds of things? Kids, pets, vacation plans, clothes and the list goes on. Something that doesn’t come up too often in conversation? Colorectal cancer. Yet, this is the topic 57-year-old hairdresser Cathey Minter finds herself discussing quite regularly with her clients. Last year, Cathey’s primary care physician found a … Continue reading Hairdresser survives colon cancer, shares powerful message with clients
The pediatric world is learning from a young girl with a rare congenital disease, while somehow she stays smiling. The child, 10-year-old Haelie Pisciotta, of Rob and Kellie Pisciotta of Belton, Texas, is talkative and full of life, pioneering her way through her condition as one of the oldest living survivors. At the time of … Continue reading Girl with fight, 10 years post transplant for rare disorder