Author | Heidi Anne Duerr, MPH

Articles

Update on Chronic Constipation

November 14, 2012

There are numerous treatment options, including a variety of over-the-counter agents to help patients with constipation. Here, a review of the more popular choices.

Update on Colorectal Screening

November 08, 2012

When to start screening-and which patients to screen? And with which screening method? Recommendations here from a panel of experts.

Promoting Good Health in Patients With Inflammatory Bowel Disease

October 26, 2012

Patients with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease typically don’t receive preventive services at the same rate as general medical patients. Vaccination is a key area of confusion.

GI Pain: Non-Narcotic Management May Be Effective

October 24, 2012

Several classes of drugs seem to have positive effects for patients with GI disorders--including NSAIDs, anticonvulsants, alpha-adrenergic agents, neuromuscular agents, and antidepressants. Details here.

GI Disorder Pharmacotherapy Update: Complementary Options

October 24, 2012

Probiotics, prebiotics, herbal preparations, and acupuncture are among the most popular options pursued for GI disorders. But how helpful are these nonmedical options?

Celiac Disease Updated: Diagnostic Challenge and Gluten Sensitivity

October 23, 2012

Here: an update on the challenges of detection, diagnosis, and management of celiac disease and non–celiac disease and the importance of gluten sensitivity.

Improving Patient Communication: Good Strategies for Better Outcomes

October 23, 2012

Are you making the most out of your patients’ office visits? If you are not listening effectively, the answer is no, said Douglas A. Drossman, MD, at the American College of Gastroenterology 77th Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas.

GERD and Proton Pump Inhibitors: Update on Safety Profile

October 22, 2012

Despite warnings and concerns, the evidence points to this bottom line: PPIs are relatively safe over the long term.