IBD and the Flu: A Complication-Prone Combination

The leaves are turning beautiful colors and there’s a nip in the air. Autumn has arrived! Along with the anticipation of fall holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving, this season brings a higher incidence of upper respiratory infections, such as common colds and influenza. For patients with inflammatory bowel disease, influenza can be a bigger problem…

September 13 is National Celiac Day!

We here at GastroIntestinal Healthcare want to give a shout out to all of our celiac patients on National Celiac Day. The U.S. Senate first recognized September 13 as National Celiac Day in 2011. They chose this date because it’s the birthday of Dr. Samuel Gee, a leading celiac researcher. Who is Dr. Gee? Samuel…

The Importance of Immunizations for the GI Patient

Most people don’t like being poked with a needle, whether for an injection or for a blood draw (though the exception seems to be tattoos!). Once we’ve completed our childhood immunizations, how important is it really to get others? For many GI patients, it’s very important. Let’s take a look. For Liver Patients For patients…

How to (Successfully) Vacation with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

You’ve got wanderlust and you’ve got it bad. You dream of fantastic adventures, plan them, but don’t ever go on them. Because the practical part of you knows that you also have inflammatory bowel disease and you’re scared to travel too far because of your disease. We have good news for you. With a little…

From Your Doctor’s Perspective

If you were to sit down with your doctor over a good cup of coffee on a cool day, what would he or she tell you? What piece of advice does every doctor wish their patients knew? AARP recently did an article about this, which you can read here. Consumer Reports also did an article…