10 Habits of Gastrointestinal Health By: Christopher P. Shaver, MD, Birmingham Gastroenterology Associates 1. Control all of your “other” medical conditions. Many chronic diseases negatively influence your intestinal tract: think poorly controlled diabetes, undertreated cardiovascular diseases, thyroid disorders, obesity, and so on. There is a synergistic relationship between intestinal health and your other organ systems.… Read More »
David M. Fettig, MD, Birmingham Gastroenterology Associates Hepatitis C is a virus that affects the liver. In fact, it is the most common blood-borne infection and affects about 3.5 million people in the U.S. It is commonly called a silent disease because most people do not have symptoms for years or even decades. Untreated Hepatitis… Read More »
Dr. Rajat Parikh, one of the physicians with Birmingham Gastroenterology Associates, was recently interviewed by the Birmingham Medical News to discuss a new treatment option for Barrett’s Esophagus. Click the link for the story: http://birminghammedicalnews.com/news.php?viewStory=2250
by Christopher P. Shaver, MD, Birmingham Gastroenterology The Fantastic Voyage was a 1966 science fiction film about a team of scientists miniaturized and injected into the body of a world-renowned scientist dying of a brain aneurysm. Their mission was to pilot their mini-submarine to the depths of his brain to perform life-saving neurosurgery. At Birmingham… Read More »
Board-certified in internal medicine & gastroenterology, Dr. Chris Shaver answers questions about Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
by Cotton Shallcross, MD view pdf version Grocers are finding “gluten-free” foods to be profitable products in 2015. Some shoppers assume non-gluten options are guaranteed-good-for-you,equating them with fat-free and sugar-free benefits. However, medical professionals urge families to make careful, informedchoices about gluten foods, based on their physicians’ advice. “There are a lot of people who… Read More »
By: David J. Landy, MD, Birmingham Gastroenterology Associates Atypical GERD is a subset of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and is a common problem seen by gastroenterologists in private practice. Garden variety GERD is one of the most common diagnoses that we see. The prevalence of GERD in the western world is reported to be between… Read More »
Though “medicine” and “micro-brewery” may be near one another in a dictionary, for most people the two words are not a combination of pursuits that immediately come to mind. But Rajat Parikh, MD is having significant success with both. To read the full article at Birmingham Medical News, click here.
By: Rajat N. Parikh, MD Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) has been more and more frequently diagnosed in young adults at Birmingham Gastroenterology Associates in recent years. EoE is defined as a chronic immune/antigen-mediated esophageal disease characterized clinically by symptoms related to esophageal dysfunction and histologically by eosinophil-predominant inflammation. EoE was a diagnosis discovered in the early… Read More »
by Kenneth M. Sigman, M.D. Colonoscopy has proven its worth over the past 40 or more years. It is clearly the best test for screening for colon cancer and detecting and removing pre-cancerous polyps. Multiple longitudinal studies have confirmed that removing these polyps significantly reduces the incidence of colon cancer. Colonoscopes, and their imaging qualities,… Read More »
Dr. Rajat Parikh, a gastroenterologist with Birmingham Gastroenterology Associates, discusses Hepatitis C: its risk factors, screening, and treatment.
BGA’s Dr. David Miller recently shared his love of flying with the Birmingham Medical News Click Here to Read More
Dr. Kenneth Sigman, BGA physician, performed a follow up colonoscopy on Fox 6 Meteorologist JP Dice. See the story that aired on Fox 6.
By: Rishi K. Agarwal, MD What is hepatitis? Hepatitis is a general term for inflammation of the liver, which can occur from a number of different sources including toxins, medications, heavy alcohol use, and viruses. Hepatitis C (HCV) is the most common viral hepatitis in the US with an estimated 3.2 million individuals with chronic… Read More »
Gastrointestinal illness often has a marked impact on quality of life, and celiac disease (CD) in its more severe form is a great example of this. In its milder form you may not have any symptoms at all, but malabsorption of nutrients may be occurring. For example, impaired iron and vitamin absorption can occur and… Read More »
By: Rajat N. Parikh, MD Anorectal disorders consist of a vast array of diagnoses and are common; however, patients affected remain undiagnosed and undertreated. Most common in these group of disorders are rectal bleeding from internal hemorrhoids, anal pain and constipation from anal fissures, and fecal incontinence. Internal hemorrhoid banding for rectal bleeding is a… Read More »
Dr. Dasher, a native of Birmingham, graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. He obtained a Masters of Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and attended Medical School at the University of South Alabama. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Alabama at… Read More »
Is it Your Gallbladder? Dr. Cotton Shallcross shares what you should know about upper abdominal pain. Click here to view pdf