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NOVEMBER IS STOMACH CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

Stomach Cancer AwarenessStomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, refers to a group of tumors that develop in the lining of the stomach. Although there are several different types of stomach cancer, Gastric Adenocarcinoma is by far the most common. Gastric Adenocarcinoma is a slow-growing tumor which begins its development in the inner-most lining of the stomach. It accounts for approximately 90-95% of all diagnosed stomach cancers. Although the exact mechanism by which Gastric Adenocarcinoma develops is unknown, certain risk factors have been identified. Some of these include:

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BREAST CANCER AWARENESS AND SECONDARY CANCERS

Breast Cancer AwarenessFirst, we would like to acknowledge that October is breast cancer awareness month. So, for all the women out there who are of screening age, get your mammograms done. Second, although breast cancer isn’t a gastroenterology-related cancer, it does provide us the opportunity to discuss a very important issue: secondary cancers. Secondary cancers are new malignancies (cancers) that develop in individuals who have previously had cancer. An example of this would be a breast cancer survivor who subsequently develops colon cancer.

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2018 Winding Down and 2019 Looming!


Mom diagnosed with colon cancer urges others to get screened early

A 32-year-old mother’s video message urging others to listen to their bodies and get their symptoms checked has gone viral after she shared that she was diagnosed with colon cancer just days prior. Jennifer Waller, a nurse in New Jersey, said she had been suffering from weight loss and abdominal discomfort that could have been dismissed as symptoms of living a busy life.

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Cologuard: Is it Really Worth It?

Posted August 30th, 2018

Recently, we have had many our patients inquire into the possibility of having a Cologuard test performed instead of undergoing standard screening colonoscopy. For those of you reading this post and wondering to yourself “What is Cologuard?”, It’s a noninvasive, at-home test that uses a patient’s stool to screen them for colorectal cancer and precancerous polyps.

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BlueCross BlueShield of Texas’ recent decision to start denying coverage of certain ER visits that it deems unnecessary

Posted August 14th, 2018

We here at Northeast Tarrant Gastroenterology Associates are well-aware of the alarm created by BlueCross BlueShield of Texas’ recent decision to start denying coverage of certain ER visits that it deems unnecessary. We would like all of our current and future patients to know that while we share their concerns, we have absolutely no influence with BCBS in regard to whether your visit will be deemed necessary or not. Our recommendation is to be judicious with your ER visits and to consider using urgent care facilities (i.e. CareNow) when routine clinic visits aren’t an option.

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What is Dysphagia?

Posted July 27th, 2018

Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) is a condition where food and/or liquids have difficulty passing from the mouth to the stomach. There are numerous causes for dysphagia and, in general, there are 3 recognized types of dysphagia:

  • Oral dysphagia (the problem is in the mouth)
  • Pharyngeal dysphagia (the problem is in the throat)
  • Esophageal dysphagia (the problem is in the esophagus)

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Sepsis Awareness

Sepsis AwarenessAlthough Sepsis Awareness Month is still a few weeks away, Northeast Tarrant Gastroenterology Associates would like to invite all of our Facebook friends and followers to a Sepsis Alliance fundraiser at one of Keller’s favorite hangouts: What’s On Tap.

On Tuesday, July 17 from 6:00-9:00 PM, What’s On Tap will donate a portion of all sales to Sepsis Alliance. So, come out, relax for awhile, enjoy a cold beverage and know that a part of the proceeds are going to further sepsis awareness.

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Sepsis Awareness Month

Although it's not necessarily a primary GI issue, it's still a cause that Northeast Tarrant Gastroenterology is proud to support and help sponsor. Kick off Sepsis Awareneness Month at the INAUGURAL Dallas - Fort Worth Sepsis Challenge 5K run/walk on September 1st!

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Colon cancer screening should start at 45, Cancer Society says

People should start getting screened for colon cancer at age 45 instead of at 50, the American Cancer Society said Wednesday.

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CYCLIC VOMITING SYNDROME

Posted May 17th, 2018

Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome is a functional disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of intractable nausea, vomiting and fatigue which often appear to have no identifiable trigger. Once thought of as a childhood phenomenon, it is being increasingly identified in adult patients. Please click the link below to find out more

Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome

May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month

Celiac Disease Awareness MonthAs you can see, although Celiac Disease is a fairly prominent condition, it tends to be relatively under-diagnosed. Additionally, due to the potential health implications, it is a serious condition that warrants further attention. If you have any of the signs, symptoms or risk factors listed above, please feel free to schedule an appointment with us to discuss your concerns and schedule further testing. All of our physicians are board-certified in gastroenterology and perform upper endoscopies regularly. We look forward to seeing you!

May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month

Top Doctors Fort Worth MagazineDo you have uncontrollable reflux and heartburn?

Have you failed various forms of medical therapy? If so, Bravo and Manometry Studies may be needed to determine the true source of your problems. Schedule an appointment today to discuss whether these tests are right for you.

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Top Doctors Fort Worth MagazineCongratulations "Top Docs" and "Doctors Worth Knowing" in the April 2018 issue of Fort Worth Magazine

Northeast Tarrant Gastroenterology Associates is proud to announce that Dr. Murray, Dr. Hill and Dr. Ong have all been selected as "Top Docs" and "Doctors Worth Knowing" in the April 2018 issue of Fort Worth Magazine.

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April is Autism Awareness Month

Autism Awareness MonthPost April 2nd, 2018

Although Autism Spectrum Disorder is not a primary gastrointestinal disease, many individuals on the spectrum do experience significant GI issues.

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What is Barrett's Esophagus?

Post March 30th, 2018

As you can see, although Barrett's Esophagus is a relatively uncommon condition, it is nonetheless a very serious one. If you have any concerns that you may be at risk for Barrett's Esophagus, please feel free to schedule an appointment with us to discuss your concerns and schedule further testing. All of our physicians are board-certified in gastroenterology and perform upper endoscopies regularly. We look forward to seeing you!

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APRIL IS ESOPHAGEAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month Tarrant GI DoctorsPost March 23rd, 2018

Your esophagus is the hollow, muscular tube which connects to your throat to your stomach. It is roughly 20 cm long and allows swallowed food, liquids and pills to pass from your mouth into your stomach. Esophageal cancer develops when some of the cells lining the esophagus turn malignant/cancerous.

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MARCH IS COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

Post February 23, 2018

Colon Cancer Awareness Month Tarrant GI DoctorsAs gastroenterologists, we here at Northeast Tarrant Gastroenterology Associates have come to understand that we are not the most popular guys in the world. We understand that most of you would rather be anywhere else on earth than sitting in the same room with us. We see your sideways looks, arched eyebrows and defensive postures when we attempt to discuss the benefits of screening colonoscopy with you. We hear the apprehension and hesitation in your voice as you reluctantly answer our questions. The truth of the matter, however, is that we’re not here to hurt you. We’re actually here to help you.

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Northeast Tarrant Gastroenterology Associates is proud to announce that we have been selected as one of the top healthcare groups in the area

We would like to offer our sincere thanks to all of those who voted for us. Please check out this month’s issue of Society Life Magazine for more details.

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From the bottom of our hearts, Northeast Tarrant Gastroenterology Associates wishes you a very Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentines Day!

 

Bile Duct CancerFebruary is Gallbladder and Bile Duct Cancer Awareness Month

Posted February 8th, 2018

Although both of these cancers are relatively rare, they frequently have devastating consequences. Click on the links from the American Cancer Society to learn more

Gallbladder Cancer

Bile Duct Cancer

Direct Access Colonoscopy at Northeast Tarrant Gastroenterology

WHAT IS DIRECT ACCESS COLONOSCOPY?

Direct Access Colonoscopy is a simplified program which allows healthy patients to directly schedule routine screening and surveillance colonoscopies without the need for a pre-procedure office visit.

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Feel the Burn: Gender Differences in Reflux Disease

Distinct physiologic and psychosocial factors influence when and how GERD symptoms present in each sex.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) isn’t just about esophageal acid exposure anymore. Researchers in Korea published a review of data on GERD and the different ways it presents among men and women. Their final analysis included 96 original studies on GERD—in animals and humans—compiled using PubMed with key words including “gender,” “epidemiology,” “pathophysiology,” “estrogen,” and “treatment.” Their investigation revealed distinct physiologic and psychosocial factors that influence when and how GERD symptoms present within each sex.

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How to Make (and Keep) a New Year's Resolution

Are you making a resolution for 2018? Warning: More than half of all resolutions fail, but this year, they don’t have to be yours. Here’s how to identify the right resolution to improve your life, create a plan on how to reach it, and become part of the small group of people that successfully achieve their goal.

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Northeast Tarrant GI Annual Christmas Party 

Special thanks to Pickles BBQ & Icehouse for hosting us and to Becky Bragg with Cruising Canvases for providing an entertaining wine glass painting session.

Coffee Brings More Health Than Harm: Study

The new study, from the University of Southampton, was an umbrella review, meaning that it looked back over studies that were meta-analyses themselves, providing a deep look into the existing literature on coffee and health.

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Nearly Half of Cancer Cases Are Within Your Control, Researchers Say

Diseases as complicated as cancer are often caused by genetic factors that are out of your control and risk factors that you can change. Now, researchers have calculated just how much of that risk is within a person’s control.

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World Aids Day 2017

Today is World AIDS Day. Although the number of new HIV infections in the United States has declined since 2010 and the number of worldwide deaths from AIDS has gone down by 50 percent since 2005, there are more than 36 million people around the world who are living with AIDS, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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About 90% of Americans Don't Eat Enough Fruits and Vegetables

The most recent edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that adults consume 1.5 to two cups of fruit per day, and two to three cups of vegetables per day. According to the CDC’s data, however, just 12.2% of American adults are meeting the standard for fruit, and 9.3% are meeting the standard for vegetables. On average, the report adds, Americans are eating fruit once per day and vegetables 1.7 times per day.

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Low FODMAP Diet Improves Symptoms in Women With Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Endometriosis

Women with concurrent irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and endometriosis experience significant improvement in bowel symptoms with a low FODMAP (fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols) diet, a recent study suggests.

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Colon Cancer: Symptoms, Screening, and Prevention Tips

What You Need to Know About Colon Cancer

Colorectal cancer, more commonly known to the public as colon cancer, is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States among cancers that affect both genders. It doesn’t have to be — nine out of 10 people who are diagnosed early and received early prompt treatment are still alive after five years.

Knowing this, why are so many people not receiving proper cancer screenings and ignoring the warning signs of colon cancer? Read the Full Article

Colonoscopy Screening

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