Latest Articles by Gastroenterology Associates

Warning Signs of Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is a medical condition in which the pancreas, a hormone- and enzyme-regulating gland organ, becomes inflamed due to prematurely activated enzymes, causing abdominal pain and other symptoms.
October 03, 2019

The pancreas is a long gland organ that sits behind the stomach in the upper abdomen and releases digestive enzymes and hormones—namely, insulin—into the body. Thus, it plays a critical role in digestion and blood sugar regulation. Pancreatitis occurs when the pancreas becomes inflamed.


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What Do Gallstones Feel Like?

Gallstones can cause severe abdominal pain if blocking the bile duct or the gallbladder.
August 29, 2019

One of the most common causes of gallbladder pain are gallstones—hardened deposits of digestive fluid, also called gallstone disease, or cholelithiasis. Gallstones may never manifest symptoms, but if they move to block the bile duct or the gallbladder (cholecystitis), they can cause severe pain, and may call for surgical removal of the gallbladder, a procedure called a cholecystectomy.


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How Do You Get H. Pylori?

H. pylori is a very common type of bacteria that may be introduced to the body via food, water, or bodily fluids, and could eventually cause peptic ulcers.
August 14, 2019

Helicobacter pylori, or H. pylori, is a type of bacteria that may infect the stomach lining. It is estimated that much of the world’s population has H. pylori in their system, but not everyone harboring the bacteria will experience symptoms of an associated infection.


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How to Go Gluten-Free

Tips for switching to a gluten-free diet include consulting a nutritionist, knowing food properties, asking questions, utilizing menu labels, and more.
July 23, 2019

Those living with celiac disease or another form of gluten sensitivity are warned to eliminate gluten entirely from their diets to avoid inflammation and other side effects associated with ingesting the protein. Many who do not suffer from this intolerance are also discovering that maintaining a gluten-free diet could be a healthy alternative to their current Western diets, which are typically laden with gluten-containing products, such as bread, cereals, baked goods, pasta, etc.

If you are looking to kick gluten for any reason, here are several helpful tips for a smooth transition:


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What Causes Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux may be triggered for a number of reasons, including hiatal hernia, pregnancy, smoking, or eating certain foods.
July 08, 2019

Acid reflux happens when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), a ring of muscle between the esophagus and stomach, does not operate correctly. The job of the lower esophageal sphincter is to relax to let food pass through to the stomach, then close to prevent stomach acid from creeping into the esophagus. When the tissue is weakened or malfunctions in some way, stomach acid may splash back into the esophagus and cause inflammation that we often refer to as “heartburn.”


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What Is GERD?

GERD, or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, is a common digestive disorder characterized by the chronic passage of stomach acid into the esophagus.
June 24, 2019

In the medical world, GERD is an acronym for Gastroesophageal reflux disease. It’s a digestive disorder related to the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), a ring of muscle between the esophagus and stomach.

Normally, the LES relaxes and opens its ring to allow food to enter the stomach, then closes back up. With GERD, the LES is weakened or moves in an abnormal way that leaves the passageway open for stomach acid to splash back up into the esophagus. Your stomach is equipped to handle the stomach acid, but over time, that same stomach acid could be erosive to your esophagus. The inflammation caused by stomach acid is referred to as acid reflux, or often felt as heartburn.


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Catch Colorectal Cancer Early

Colorectal cancer is a leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. By taking preventative screening measures, you can greatly reduce your risk.
June 07, 2019

Together, colon and rectal cancers (often referred to as colorectal cancer) are the third most common type in the United States, with an estimated 145,600 new cases and 51,020 deaths expected in 2019. You can significantly lower your risk of developing advanced colorectal cancer by knowing your risks and taking proactive screening measures to detect polyps. If all adults over the age of 45 received preventative screening, as is recommended by the American Cancer Society, thousands of colorectal cancer-related deaths could be avoided, each year.


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Doctors & Survivors Stress Prevention at Gastroenterology Associates' Annual Colorectal Cancer Awareness Event

Nassau County Legis. Rose Walker joined staff and patients of Gastroenterology Associates at annual event to raise awareness about colorectal cancer.
May 08, 2019

To raise awareness about the dangers of colorectal cancer, also known as colon cancer, Gastroenterology Associates (GA)—one of the largest gastroenterology practices on Long Island—hosts an annual gathering of doctors, staff, lawmakers, and patients at its partner outpatient facility, Long Island Center for Digestive Health (LICDH). Its goal is to decrease the incidence of colon cancer, and increase early detection. [VIDEO]


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