News and Updates

January 18, 2018

Microscopic Colitis: The Less Common Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Microscopic colitis is an inflammatory condition of the colon that can cause chronic, watery diarrhea. It is less common than the other inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Females and middle age adults (45 years and older) are more likely to get microscopic colitis.


January 5, 2018

New Year’s Resolutions: Eat More Fiber!

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions for 2018? We challenge you to start off 2018 with this simple dietary resolution: eat more fiber! There are many benefits of a high fiber diet, including weight loss.


December 18, 2017

C. Diff Infection: A Growing Health Concern

C. diff is a bacteria that can cause mild to severe diarrhea and inflammation of the colon. Approximately 500,000 people will be diagnosed with C. diff infection this year and most will get the infection after taking antibiotics. C. diff infection is a growing health concern in the medical community.


December 4, 2017

Capsule Endoscopy: PillCam SB Offers Many Benefits

Capsule Endoscopy is a procedure that allows us to visualize the small intestine. The patient swallows a “capsule” that contains a small, wireless camera which captures images as it passes through the small intestine. The capsule we use is called PillCam SB. This non-invasive procedure offers many benefits for both patients and doctors.


November 26, 2017

Congratulations to Best Bedside Manner Winners!

Our Health magazine has announced the annual Best Bedside Manner Awards. We are excited to have three winners this year! Congratulations to Dr. Robert Flynn, Dr. Howard Haverty, and Shannon Townsend, PA-C. They are featured in the December issue of the magazine.


November 20, 2017

Don’t Let Heartburn and Acid Reflux Ruin Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving can be a difficult time for people suffering from chronic heartburn or reflux, also referred to as GERD. If you are concerned about managing your GERD symptoms, some of the tips in this article may be helpful to you. With just a little planning, you can enjoy this upcoming holiday!


November 14, 2017

The Great American Smokeout is Thursday, November 16

The American Cancer Society sponsors this event to raise awareness about the dangers of smoking. Did you know that smoking may also increase your risk for conditions and diseases of the digestive system including colon cancer? If you smoke, we urge you to quit smoking. We offer several useful resources in this article to get you started.


October 30, 2017

When to see a doctor: Don’t ignore these GI symptoms

We often postpone seeing a doctor for worrisome or painful digestive symptoms. However, these symptoms can be an indicator that something serious is happening. In this blog article, we offer guidance for deciding when to seek medical attention.


October 17, 2017

Probiotics: Do they work?

In theory, probiotics can help restore or maintain healthy digestion and also boost immune function. There is no conclusive research data at this time that proves the effectiveness of probiotics. However, we are optimistic about probiotics and watching the research closely.


October 4, 2017

Diagnosing Celiac Disease: The Challenges

Over 2 million people in the U.S. have celiac disease and it is estimated that 80% of these people have not been diagnosed. This is alarming because of the long-term health consequences of untreated celiac disease.