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An Active Lifestyle Results in a Healthy Gut Jul 15th, 2020

The warmer weather and weeks of quarantine have us all seeking new ways to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. We all know how more activity is good for the heart – lowering blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart attacks, and lowering cholesterol – but did you know that...

Cologuard in the time of COVID: Jul 5th, 2020

At the height of the COVID pandemic, age appropriate cancer screening (including colon cancer screening) was delayed for many patients.  As states begin to reopen and cancer screening resumes, it is important that patients continue life-saving screening. Colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause...

What Causes Abdominal Pain? Jun 14th, 2020

If you are experiencing severe abdominal pain, it could be something as simple as trapped gas or something as serious as appendicitis or cancer. Many people ignore abdominal pain, attributing it to something they ate, but if you are having ongoing abdominal pain, you should make an appointment with Gotham Gastroenterology...

Coronavirus and Healthy Shopping & Eating Out May 28th, 2020

While studies have shown that coronavirus can be present for up to three days on certain surfaces such as metal or plastic, there is no published data to date that suggests that people contract COVID-19 from touching food or food packaging. Here is some helpful advice when you are shopping...

Can Colorful Eating Improve Colon Health? May 14th, 2020

Adding color to your diet – in the form of fruits and veggies, not food dyes – can improve your colon health, help you lose weight, ensure you get the nutrients you need, and even help to prevent colon cancer. In a recent Loma Linda study, a colorful and diverse...

IBD and COVID-19 Apr 28th, 2020

What You Need to Know By Dr. Jessica Kimmel Patients with COVID-19, caused by SARS-CoV2, may experience gastrointestinal symptoms alone or in conjunction with respiratory symptoms. Gastrointestinal symptoms include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and abdominal discomfort, which are often similar symptoms to those IBD patients experience related to their...

Hemorrhoids Apr 28th, 2020

Hemorrhoids and how to handle them: By Dr. Kati Glockenberg What are Hemorrhoids? Hemorrhoids, also known as piles, are enlarged veins in the lower rectum and anus. They are one of the most common causes of rectal bleeding. Hemorrhoids come in two varieties, internal, which occur in the lower  ...

Constipation Consternation Apr 27th, 2020

Anyone who has ever been constipated knows how miserable this problem can be. Whether stools are hard, lumpy and painful to pass or seem rarely to make an appearance at all, irregular bowel habits can cause suffering and concern for men and women alike. There are several common causes of...

Is Stress Impacting My IBS? Apr 15th, 2020

Stress levels over the last month in this country have been some of the highest we’ve seen. Not only are rates of depression up but for people who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), rates of gastrointestinal difficulty are also higher than normal. That’s no surprise – there’s a direct link...

Gastrointestinal Symptoms and COVID-19 Apr 14th, 2020

Can diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, loss of taste be a sign of COVID 19? The answer is yes. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) presents with multiple symptoms. Many patients may not have the typical respiratory symptoms, instead, they may present with digestive symptoms. Up to 25% of COVID patients present with...

Traveling with IBS Mar 14th, 2020

Traveling with Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is possible. If you’re making travel plans for spring break or summer travel, don’t let IBS stop you. IBS is a common disorder of the intestines that leads to cramping, abdominal pain, gassiness, bloating and changes in bowel pattern. For people with IBS, traveling can be...

March Is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Feb 14th, 2020

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month happens every March to help educate people about the risk of colorectal cancer and the benefits of early detection. While more than 49,000 people a year lose their lives to colorectal cancer, early detection can make a difference. When caught early, colorectal cancer – which is cancer of...

Long Term Proton Pump Inhibitor Therapy: Are We At Risk? Jan 15th, 2020

Julie A. Foont, MD Many patients ask about the possible risks associated with long term Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) therapy, including medications such as omeprazole, pantoprazole and lansoprazole. We know that these agents have been highly effective in the treatment of symptoms attributable to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and that...

Is Crohn’s Disease Curable? Jan 15th, 2020

Crohn’s disease has no cure, but it can be managed with diet and lifestyle changes, medication, and in some cases, surgery. Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) marked by an abnormal response by the body’s immune system. For the more than a million people who suffer with Crohn’s, seeking...

Maintaining Your Diet Regimen During the Holidays Dec 14th, 2019

No matter what holidays you celebrate this time of year, the temptation to cheat on your diet regimen is constant. From favorite family recipes that are only prepared this time of year to candy, alcohol, and restricted foods everywhere you look, how do you stick to your diet regimen? Mindfulness...

Following a Low FODMAP Diet During the Holidays Oct 14th, 2019

If you suffer from IBS or other gastrointestinal disorders, you and your doctor may have determined that a low FODMAP diet is right for you. Of course, following any kind of dietary guidelines during the holiday season is difficult, but Thanksgiving dinner gives you plenty of delicious low FODMAP options to choose...

Tips to Avoid Triggering Gastrointestinal Pain During the Holidays Oct 14th, 2019

It’s that time of year again: the stores barely put out school supplies and already the Halloween candy is on the shelves here in New York. For those of you who suffer from any kind of gastrointestinal difficulty – celiac disease, acid reflux, IBS, or any type of food intolerance – the...

What Triggers Celiac Disease? Sep 14th, 2019

Celiac disease is a painful gastrointestinal disorder that affects more than three million people in the United States. It is a hereditary autoimmune disease that can seriously impact other areas of your health if left untreated. What Triggers Celiac? Celiac disease is triggered by consuming gluten. Gluten is a complex protein...

How Long Do Hemorrhoids Last? Aug 25th, 2019

Hemorrhoids can cause considerable pain and discomfort, along with other symptoms. How long can you expect to deal with these symptoms? Learn more about hemorrhoids, including how long they last and what kinds of treatment options are available.  Can Hemorrhoids Go Away on Their Own? Some hemorrhoids, such as minor ones,...

What Are Signs of Gluten Intolerance? Jul 14th, 2019

Can You Suddenly Become Gluten Intolerant? You can develop gluten intolerance suddenly, depending on genetic factors. Some people have symptoms of this condition earlier in life, while others don’t have signs of gluten intolerance until they’re older. If you suddenly have symptoms, you should see your doctor for testing and...

What Are the Benefits of a FODMAP Diet? Jun 5th, 2019

What Can You Eat on the Fodmap Diet? FODMAP is an acronym. It refers to foods that are: Fermentable Oligosaccharides Disaccharides Monosaccharides Polyols These are forms of carbohydrates that are strongly associated with digestive tract issues. Many high-carb foods can ferment within the digestive tract, leading to gas, bloating, and...

What Are the Symptoms of Hiatal Hernia? May 13th, 2019

A hiatal hernia can cause considerable discomfort and might require treatment depending on the size and symptoms. What Does It Feel Like When You Have a Hiatal Hernia? When you have a hiatal hernia, you might not even know, especially if it’s a small one. Large or strangulated hernias can...

How Can a High Fiber Diet Help With My Digestion? Apr 18th, 2019

Fiber is an important part of your diet, as it aids in your digestive health. If you’re thinking of switching to a high fiber diet, keep the following considerations in mind. How Does Fiber Help Digestion? Your body doesn’t digest fiber, but this nutrient helps make your stools larger and...

Can You Suddenly Become Lactose Intolerant? Mar 20th, 2019

Lactose intolerance causes people to have trouble properly digesting the sugar that is found in milk, which is called lactose. Lactose intolerance can develop at any time. Causes of Lactose Intolerance When you are lactose intolerant, your small intestine is not able to make enough lactase that is needed for...

What is the Difference Between Gluten Intolerance & Celiac Disease? Feb 18th, 2019

Gluten intolerance and celiac disease are diseases that affect your digestive system. While they might seem similar, these are different conditions. Understanding the differences between the two can help ensure that you get the proper treatment. What is Celiac Disease? Celiac disease is a condition in which consuming gluten leads...

How Can I Lower My Cholesterol? Jan 30th, 2019

When it comes to cholesterol, many people don’t know if their cholesterol is high or normal. It is important to schedule an annual blood test with your physician to determine what steps to take to lower your cholesterol, if needed. If you’ve been diagnosed with high cholesterol (LDL), you can...

Is Acid Reflux Genetic? Dec 19th, 2018

What is acid reflux? Acid reflux – better known as heartburn – occurs when stomach acid moves up into your esophagus. When everything works as it should, a valve at the entrance to your stomach closes after food passes through it. But sometimes when the valve is leaky or doesn’t...

Eating Habits this Holiday Season with Gastrointestinal Problems Nov 24th, 2018

The holidays are a time to celebrate with family, friends and food, but the food aspect can be concerning if you have gastrointestinal problems. Read on for tips to help you handle the festivities, while enjoying the goodies that come along with it. Know What Triggers Your Digestive Issues You...

Should I Be Concerned About Occasional Abdominal Pain? Oct 29th, 2018

What Are the Different Types of Abdominal Pain? The abdominal area is filled with vital anatomy like the stomach, small intestine, colon, pancreas, gallbladder, liver, kidneys, reproductive organs, and much more. When these organs cause you pain, there are some general guidelines on the type of pain they cause and...

Is This A Hernia? Sep 24th, 2018

Hernias can occur in different areas of the body, though most commonly, hernias form in the stomach area. Men can develop hernias in their scrotums. Even babies can get hernias. What Is a Hernia? A hernia happens when an internal organ comes through its protective layer of tissue and muscle....

Am I Eating Enough Fiber? Aug 26th, 2018

If you're constantly on the go, you may grab convenience foods that taste great and fill you up. Unfortunately, processed foods like fast food, fruit juice, and pre-packaged snacks lack an essential element of a healthy diet. Your body needs fiber to keep your digestive tract healthy and regular. Read...

How Can I Prevent Acid Reflux? Jun 14th, 2018

Acid reflux is a common condition that can cause heartburn as well as other symptoms, but there are steps you can take to prevent its occurrence. What is acid reflux? Acid reflux occurs when acid that’s produced by your stomach moves up into your esophagus. This tube connects the throat and stomach,...

What’s the Best IBS Diet? May 30th, 2018

Do you suffer from bloating, gas, or abdominal pain after eating? Do certain foods send you to the bathroom more often or cause constipation? If so, you could be dealing with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. If you’ve been diagnosed with this condition, also called IBS, you can keep your symptoms under...

Am I Lactose Intolerant? Apr 29th, 2018

What Does it Mean to Be Lactose Intolerant? Lactose is the sugar that’s found in milk and most other dairy products. For you to be able to digest that sugar properly, your body makes an enzyme called lactase. When you're lactose intolerant, your body doesn’t manufacture enough lactase to digest...

Impact of Gluten-Free Diet Mar 28th, 2018

Recently gluten has become a topic of much interest and debate in the fields of nutrition and gastrointestinal health. Many people have adopted gluten-free diets based on doctor advice or personal choice.  Here is some important information to consider before going gluten free. What Is Gluten and What Kind of...

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Mar 8th, 2018

Time to get your REAR in GEAR! Who gets colon cancer? Colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) affects both men and women, as well as people in all racial and ethnic groups. It is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the US Nearly 137,000 Americans are diagnosed...

Can You Reverse Acid Reflux? Feb 22nd, 2018

What is acid reflux, and what is it caused by? Acid reflux occurs when acid produced by your stomach moves up into your esophagus. This muscular tube connects your throat with your stomach and has a lower esophageal sphincter (LES) that normally closes as soon as food passes through. When...

Gluten: Friend, Foe or Fad? Mar 18th, 2015

Bloated? Fatigued? Overweight? Can’t concentrate? These are all ailments which have been blamed on eating gluten. Is there any validity to it? The answer is that it’s complicated… For those with Celiac Disease (CD), an autoimmune condition affecting ~1% of the American population, gluten is not your friend. In fact, there is...

Colon Cancer Risk In African Americans Mar 17th, 2015

African Americans have the highest rates of colon cancer among all ethnic groups in the United States. There are many factors which contribute to these statistics.  Environmental factors, differences in tumor biology and access to screening have all been sited as possible causes. The American College of Gastroenterology and the...

EndoChoice’s Fuse Endoscopy System Introduced At Manhattan Endoscopy Center Mar 17th, 2015

Manhattan Endoscopy Center and the Doctors of Gotham Gastroenterology, PLLC Offer Innovative Full Spectrum Endoscopy® Procedure for Improved Early Detection of Colon Cancer Manhattan Endoscopy Center is one of the first in the nation to use EndoChoice’s Fuse® endoscope system to reduce the ‘miss rate’ of lesions during colonoscopy. Although...

LINX for Reflux Jan 17th, 2015

If you suffer from reflux and are considering a surgical option, the LINX management system may be right for you. For more information, please see the “Heartburn” section under the “Our Specialties” tab.

Colon Cancer in Young Patients Nov 6th, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) — There’s good news and bad news in the war against colon cancer: While rates have fallen among older Americans, cases among adults aged 20 to 49 are rising and expected to continue to do so, a new study finds. The study also predicts...

Hepatitis C Nov 30th, 2013

With increased screening and improved therapeutic options, we are literally witnessing the beginning of the end of chronic hepatitis C (HCV). Since 75% of HCV infection remains undiagnosed, the CDC recently advised a one-time screening for all baby boomers (age 45-65). The importance of this initiative was emphasized when Governor Cuomo signed...