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Men’s Health: Simple Steps to Improve Your Health

Men’s health encompasses several different issues. They range from basic nutrition and exercise to topics such as cardiovascular health and cancer screenings. The pandemic has dramatically altered people’s routines, which have led to more risky behaviors, such as increased alcohol abuse, more binge eating, and increased tobacco abuse. I have always found men to be notorious for neglecting their healthcare until they develop a problem. So, what can men do to improve their health? (more…)

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05.2021 Women's Health

Women’s Unique Gastrointestinal (GI) Needs

May is Women’s Health Month! It is a great time to enlighten ourselves on various topics unique to women’s health. A subject that would benefit from increased awareness is that of gut health. Even though the anatomy of the digestive tract is similar in men and women, there are differences in what can affect the gastrointestinal (GI) tract of women and as result, conditions and associated symptoms may develop. (more…)

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Let’s Talk About Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month, so let us talk about IBS. What is it? IBS is a chronic functional disorder characterized by abdominal pain and altered bowel habits (either constipation or diarrhea) in the absence of other underlying GI disorders. Other common symptoms include bloating, gas, and abdominal cramps. It may also be called spastic colon, irritable colon, nervous bowel, or visceral hypersensitivity. (more…)

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Increase in Colon Cancer Predicted Due to COVID-19

  There has been a decline in cancer deaths in the last two decades, but physicians are worried that the coronavirus pandemic will undo this progress. Their fears are not without foundation. In 2020, there was an abrupt drop between 86% and 94% in preventive cancer screenings performed nationwide, compared to the equivalent weeks from 2017-2019. Specifically speaking about colon cancer, most centers halted screenings in March, which caused a decrease of 86% in preventive colonoscopies compared with the same period in previous years.  (more…)

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COVID-19 Vaccines – You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers!

We understand that you may have concerns about getting the COVID-19 vaccine. We wanted to provide information to our patients and answer questions you may have about it. Given there are so many opinions on the internet, we recommend that you limit your information to reputable medical organizations and the CDC. You can also always ask your doctor if you have additional questions or concerns. Below you will find a list of common questions with explanations that follow. Thank you for your interest! (more…)

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Colon Cancer in the African American Population

The tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman at the age of 43 was shocking to many. It was difficult to imagine that a man, who was the picture of health and youth, could die from colon cancer. It has brought many questions regarding colon cancer in both the young and also in the African-American population. Unfortunately, colon cancer in the young and the African American population is not a new occurrence. When speaking of cancers in general, African-Americans have a higher known incidence of prostate, breast, and colorectal cancer. African-Americans have the highest death rate and the shortest survival of any racial-ethnic group in the United States for most cancers. Black men also have the highest cancer incidence rate. (more…)

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Dr. Christopher Jue Named Fellow of the AGA

We are happy to announce that on February 1st, 2021 Dr. Christopher Jue was named Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), the nation’s oldest, and most prestigious medical society dedicated to disorders of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Through the fellowship program, AGA honors superior professional achievement in clinical, private, or academic practice and in basic or clinical research. Fellowships are awarded to AGA members whose accomplishments and contributions demonstrate a personal commitment to the field of gastroenterology. (more…)

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Young-Onset Colon Cancer Is On the Rise

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States. It is one of the most lethal cancers in the United States. Over the last several decades, the overall rates of colorectal cancer have decreased. This is mostly due to increased screening and broader awareness. However, the rate of colorectal cancer in patients under 50 has actually increased, anywhere from 3-8%! Now, 10% of colon cancers are diagnosed in patients under 50. (more…)

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Dr. Dhyan Rajan Selected as a TopDoc

We are happy to announce that Dr. Dhyan Rajan was selected as a Top Doc through FindaTopDoc.com. FindaTopDoc is a digital health information company that helps connect patients with local physicians and specialists who accept our insurance. Their goal is to help guide patients on their journey towards optimal health by providing them with the know-how to make informed decisions for patients and their families. (more…)

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Pancreatic Cancer With Dr. Akdamar

Pancreatic Cancer is on the top of everyone’s mind, with the unfortunate passing of Alex Trebek, the long-time host of Jeopardy. Dr. Murat Akdamar saw it essential to provide more information on this disease. In the videos below, he tackles the most common questions about pancreatic cancer. (more…)

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