2011

Fecal Incontinence

Posted: December 21st, 2011 in Patient Education by Gary Hoffman

Fecal incontinence refers to the involuntary loss of solid or liquid stool, or flatus. Affecting more than 18 million Americans, fecal incontinence can undermine self-confidence, create anxiety, and lead to social isolation. Women are almost twice as likely as men to report incontinence to solid stool as are men. Out of embarrassment, many patients are hesitant to discuss this problem with a healthcare provider. However, fecal incontinence is treatable. Treatment can lessen symptoms in most cases and may possibly provide a cure. Several recent breakthroughs hold significant promise. [Read more]

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Top 9 Risk Factors for IBD

Posted: December 16th, 2011 in Blog by

IBD, or Inflammatory Bowel Disease, can encompass a number of digestive problems, such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. IBD can also cause health problems like diarrhea, abdominal cramps, rectal bleeding and fatigue. There is not necessarily one distinct cause for IBD, but there are a number of risk factors. Here are the top nine risk factors to be aware of in the development of IBD in Culver City. [Read more]

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Leading Causes of Hemorrhoids

Posted: December 16th, 2011 in Blog by

Hemorrhoids are collections of enlarged, dilated arteries, veins and connective tissue found in the rectum and anus. Hemorrhoids cause a discomfort that most people will experience at some point in their lives. Lifestyle, unhealthy behaviors and certain medical conditions may all contribute to or cause the development of hemorrhoids. Here are a few of the leading causes of hemorrhoids. You can keep these in mind so as to prevent the hemorrhoidal condition from occurring. [Read more]

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IBD Increases Risk of Blood Clots

Posted: December 16th, 2011 in Blog by

Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, is a term used to describe a number of health conditions affecting the intestines, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease include weight loss, fever, abdominal cramps and bloody diarrhea. These conditions not only cause intestinal problems when you eat certain foods, but they may also increase your risk for blood clots according to recent research. [Read more]

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Colonoscopy Preparation Tips

Posted: December 16th, 2011 in Blog by

Scheduling a colonoscopy is an important part of maintaining your health. Most people know that getting a colonoscopy in Los Angeles involves drinking a liquid medicine several hours before the procedure in order to cleanse the bowels. Although the preparation process can be a bit intimidating, these important tips can help you prepare for the big day. [Read more]

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Screening for Colon Cancer

Posted: November 14th, 2011 in Blog by

Screening for colorectal cancer in Los Angeles is something your doctor may recommend if you have certain risk factors. These risk factors include having a parent, child or sibling with colon cancer, having a history of colon cancer or polyps that were determined to be pre-cancerous, carrying a gene indicating that you may develop hereditary colon cancer, or having a history of Inflammatory Bowel Disease such as Crohn’s disease, or ulcerative colitis. A colonoscopy in Los Angeles is the best way to catch colon cancer early. Before you choose where to have your colonoscopy in Los Angeles, there are some important considerations to consider such as preparation, transportation to and from the exam and costs, among others. [Read more]

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Eating Meat linked to Colon Cancer

Posted: November 14th, 2011 in Blog by

It’s not often that scientific evidence presents a way to cut cancer risk by 45 percent, but a British study funded by the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research recently made this claim in regards to colon cancer. The report, which reviewed data from numerous studies on the topic, stated that a combination of reducing red and processed meat intake, exercising more, increasing fiber intake and maintaining a normal weight could significantly reduce the risk of colon cancer, preventing around 64,000 cases every year. [Read more]

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Bacteria and Colon Cancer

Posted: November 14th, 2011 in Blog by

A recent study showed how a certain bacteria that causes diarrhea could be linked to colon cancer. In this study in the August 23, 2009 issue of Nature, it was shown that the bacteria brought about inflammation and colon tumor growth in mice. The persistent diarrhea resulted in continuous inflammation of the colon, which damaged the cells and promoted colon cancer cells to grow. However, the article also concluded that more study was necessary to further evaluate this finding. [Read more]

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Avoid an Upset Stomach this Holiday Season

Posted: November 3rd, 2011 in Blog by

For many people, the holiday splendor of the winter season is filled with equal parts joy and pain—stomach pain that is. If you’re dealing with Crohn’s Disease in Culver City, see your gastroenterologist or colorectal surgeon (proctologist) before the holiday begins, to lay in an emergency supply of stomach-soothing medications. However, if you follow these tips for avoiding an upset stomach, you may not need them. [Read more]

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Painless Treatment for Hemorrhoids

Posted: October 20th, 2011 in Blog by

For many people, symptomatic hemorrhoids are incredibly painful. Fortunately, hemorrhoid treatment doesn’t have to be equally painful. Some practically painless hemorrhoid treatments are available as an alternative to surgery. Here are a few options available to you for hemorrhoid treatment: [Read more]

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