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September is Primary Biliary Cholangitis Awareness Month

Your liver serves a number of critical tasks in the digestive system, like removing unwanted byproducts from the circulatory system, retaining nutrients, and helping to control glucose levels in the body. Within the interior of the liver, a network of thin structures known as bile ducts carries the digestive fluid bile to the small intestine… Read more »

How to Help Your Child Develop Healthy Eating Habits

  A solid foundation in balanced nutritional habits can offer many rewards to kids as they grow and develop. Good nutrition at a young age can help them know how to nourish their body throughout their life and diminish the chance of chronic health conditions in the future. In addition, this could also boost their… Read more »

September is Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC) Awareness Month – Here’s What You Need to Know About this Autoimmune Liver Disease

Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) is a progressive autoimmune liver disease that causes inflammation and damage to the small bile ducts in the liver. When PBC goes undetected or untreated, it can lead to serious liver scarring, liver failure, and the need for a liver transplant, so it is vital to understand the risk factors and… Read more »

Facts about Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Home Screenings

You may have seen the recent coverage regarding patients receiving a co-payment bill from a follow-up colonoscopy to a positive Cologuard test. If you haven’t, below are several links to the story in various media.   CBS News: Woman hit with nearly $2,000 unexpected bill for colon cancer screening U.S. News & World Report: Could… Read more »

August is Gastroparesis Month

What is Gastroparesis? Gastroparesis means paralyzed stomach. It is one of the most severe and complicated gastric motility disorders as it affects the normal spontaneous movement of the muscles (motility) in the stomach. Ordinarily, strong muscular contractions propel food through the digestive tract. But with gastroparesis, the stomach’s motility is slowed down or doesn’t work… Read more »

What Is FibroScan® and How Does It Work? 

FibroScan testing is a noninvasive technique carried out by gastrointestinal (GI) doctors to assess the health of the liver and identify issues that might impact the quality of liver function. Conducted with ultrasound-based imaging, this cutting-edge diagnostic test, also referred to as transient elastography, gauges the amount of fat in the liver (hepatic steatosis). The… Read more »

What is NASH?

  NASH, or nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, is a health problem in which excess fat accumulation in the liver results in inflammation and damage. A variation of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), this liver concern can cause scarring and lead to more severe health concerns, such as fibrosis. Gastrointestinal (GI) physicians routinely perform diagnostic testing and specialized… Read more »

What Are Some Differences Between FLD and Liver Cirrhosis?

  Maintaining a healthy gastrointestinal system is crucial for preserving your overall health, and one of the most important organs of the gastrointestinal system is the liver. The liver is in control of numerous crucial functions, such as metabolizing fats, carbs, and proteins, generating bile, storing minerals and glycogen, eliminating drugs and hormones, and much… Read more »

What Are the Risk Factors for Fatty Liver Disease?

Your liver is the second largest organ in your body and carries out several vital functions, like producing bile, processing glucose, and filtering blood. Long-term damage to this vital organ can result in liver cirrhosis, a medical problem where scar tissue takes over healthy areas of tissue. Several health factors and liver problems could lead… Read more »

What Leads to Bloody Stool?

Having blood in your stool can be disconcerting and is likely to leave you worrying about your health. But bowel movement blood (hematochezia) might not always represent a serious health problem. A number of conditions could result in having red blood in the stool. The gastroenterology specialists at GI Alliance routinely address this symptom and… Read more »