Smart NC: Your Advocate for Insurance in North Carolina

Do you have questions or concerns about your health insurance and just aren’t sure who to ask or where to go? Is your insurance denying coverage for a treatment or medication your doctor says is medically necessary? The North Carolina Department of Insurance developed Health Insurance Smart NC (or Smart NC for short) just for…

Colon Cancer Advocate Katie Couric Accompanied Pal Jimmy Kimmel to His First Colonoscopy

In honor of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March, former Today Show host Katie Couric accompanied comedian Jimmy Kimmel to his first colonoscopy. Kimmel turned fifty in November, the age at which average risk individuals are advised to begin screening colonoscopies. Kimmel followed the advice of his doctors and, with Couric there to cheer…

Eight Ways to Prevent Colon Cancer

President Bill Clinton designated March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in the year 2000. Since then, gastroenterologists and their associates have been spreading the word about colorectal cancer every March with public awareness events, such as fun runs, dress in blue day, and giant walk-through colons. In honor of that, here are eight things you…

Pregnancy and the GI Tract: What to Expect

Morning sickness is one of the best known gastrointestinal side effects of pregnancy. But did you know pregnancy can also affect other areas of the GI tract? Let’s take a look at some of them. Pica Cravings are notorious during pregnancy (ice cream run at midnight, anyone?), but some cravings can become a medical condition…

Yoga May Help Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptoms

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) patients suffer tremendously with their symptoms, which can include diarrhea, constipation, bloating, abdominal pain, burping, and acid reflux-like symptoms, among others. While there are medications available to treat those symptoms, it can be a long and frustrating process to find the right ones for each patient. Right now, we aren’t sure…