Digestive Health Blog

Digestive Health Blog

Welcome to the Temple Digestive Disease Center Blog! Here, our physicians and staff share stories and news covering a wide range of topics related to digestive health and wellness. 

GAS in the GAStrointestinal Tract
By Muhammed Shafqet, MD and Benjamin Krevsky, MD, MPH | October 2, 2017
Drs. Shafqet and Krevsky discuss possible signs of underlying gastrointestinal disease. 
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What are My Options for Sedation During My Upcoming Colonoscopy?
By Benjamin Krevsky, MD, MPH | May 23, 2017
Dr. Krevsky discusses the pros and cons of sedation during a colonoscopy.
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How Do I Add A Fiber Supplement?
By Benjamin Krevsky, MD, MPH | January 17, 2017
Dr. Krevsky answers some frequently asked questions he receives from patients interested in adding a fiber supplement to their daily routine.
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Demythifying Celiac Disease
By Charles P. Bongiorno, MD | August 5, 2016
While celiac disease is common, it's vastly under recognized and there are still many myths surrounding the condition. Dr. Bongiorno identifies some of the most popular myths and sets the record strait.
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What Should I Know About Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth?
By Muhammad Shafqet, MD and Benjamin Krevsky, MD, MPH | June 10, 2016
Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (or SIBO for short) is a condition caused by an excessive amount of bacteria in the small intestine - which can produce gases that may cause all sorts of unwanted symptoms. The good news is, a simple test and straightforward treatment can lead to a lot of relief.  
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I Was Told I Have A Colon Polyp – Now What?
By Benjamin Krevsky, MD, MPH | November 17, 2015

Following a colonoscopy screening, about one in four people are told that they have one or more “polyps”. In this blog I will try to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about them.
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Esophageal Cancer: 5 New Risk Factors
By Temple Digestive Disease Center | September 30, 2015
In a recent article for Bottom Line Health, Michael Smith, MD, MBA, Medical Director of the Esophageal Program at Temple University Hospital, discusses new risk factors for a certain type of esophageal cancer- one of the fastest-growing cancers in the US.
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How Can I treat My Hemorrhoids? Part 2:
What If At-Home Treatment Doesn't Work?
By Benjamin Krevsky, MD, MPH | August 6, 2015

A gastroenterologist that treats hemorrhoids or a proctologist (surgeon) has a lot to offer in the treatment of internal hemorrhoids. This can range from prescription medications to minor surgery to major surgery.
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What to Expect if You Have Hepatitis C
By Kamran Qureshi, MD | June 29, 2015
It is estimated that up to 3.5 million people in the US are exposed to the hepatitis C virus, and only half of them have been diagnosed with infection. Here's what you need to know about this viral infection, which can be treated if properly detected.
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Fecal Transplant for Treatment of Clostridium Difficile Infection:
Frequently Asked Questions

By Adam C. Ehrlich, MD, MPH | May 27, 2015

Fecal transplant has been in the news recently, do a quick Google search for "fecal transplant news" and you'll find that it yields many results. Here is a quick summary of what the buzz is about.
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What Is Capsule Endoscopy?
By Kiley Walp, DO, and Benjamin Krevsky, MD, MPH | April 29, 2015
Video capsule endoscopy is a unique tool that allows doctors to see inside the small bowel and examine a difficult to reach area of the digestive tract. Learn more about how it can be used.
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Can I Exercise With IBD? Should I Exercise?
By Robin D. Rothstein, MD | April 10, 2015

Exercise plays an important role in keeping us healthy, and it's important that patients with IBD maintain or develop an exercise program. Here's why.
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Getting an Infection From Endoscopic Procedures:
Frequently Asked Questions

By Benjamin Krevsky, MD, MPH | March 2, 2015
Patients' contracting a "superbug" after an endoscopic procedure called ERCP has been making recent headlines. Temple gastroenterologist Benjamin Krevsky, MD, MPH, explains some important concepts about the bacteria causing this serious infection and discusses your risks.
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What Makes A Teaching Hospital Different?
By Howard Ross, MD, FACS, FASCRS | January 28, 2015
Patients with ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease may fine excellent medical care through a variety of health care providers. However, a teaching hospital offers some points of difference that may be of interest to you.
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Probiotics: Is There Such A Thing As GOOD Bacteria?
By Marc Bernstein, MD | January 15, 2015
Orally ingested bacteria that positively contribute to bacterial flora are known as probiotics. Engineered to promote a healthy balance in the intestines, they can sometimes be used to treat some common disorders.
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How Can I Treat My Hemorrhoids?
By Benjamin Krevsky, MD, MPH | December 3, 2014
While rarely a serious condition, hemorrhoids can certainly cause a lot of discomfort and concern. This post is a guide to treating uncomfortable hemorrhoids at home.
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Temple Esophageal Program Director Featured On Health Matters
with Dr. Sanjay Gupta
By Temple Digestive Disease Center | October 29, 2014
Michael S. Smith, MD, Medical Director of the Esophageal Program at Temple University Hospital, was recently featured on the EverydayHealth.com blog Health Matters With Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and discussed a relatively rare condition called esophageal diverticulum.
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Are Vaccines Safe If I Have IBD?
By Frank K. Friedenberg, MD, MSEpi | October 21, 2014
Many patients are concerned that vaccines are dangerous if they are being treated for IBD. Don't vaccines contain live viruses and bacteria? Could I develop a serious infection? Find out which vaccines are safe for people being treated for IBD, and which might pose some risks.
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Managing Your IBD: Smartphone Apps That Can Help
By Adam C. Ehrlich, MD | September 25, 2014
With the continued progression and popularity of smartphones, nearly everyone has the resources of the Internet and a personal computer wherever they go. For individuals with IBD, there are a number of FREE smartphone apps available that can help you manage your disease by tracking some important aspects of your condition and lifestyle.  
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Back to School: A Guide for Students with IBD
By Robin D. Rothstein, MD | August 19, 2014
It's that time of year again for high school, college and graduate students – back to school! For students with IBD, the school experience can sometimes be a challenge. However, there are a few things you can do to make the upcoming transition a bit easier.
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A Surgeon's Perspective: Before, During and After Surgery
By Howard Ross, MD, FACS, FASCRS | July 28, 2014
There are many informative pieces available online describing the experience of surgery and what to expect before, during and after, from a patient's perspective. I feel it's important to provide a surgeon's perspective as well, and want share with you what I think about when offering surgery to a patient with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.
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EntyvioTM: A New Treatment for Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease
By Frank K. Friedenberg, MD, MSEpi | June 9, 2014
A new drug called EntyvioTM (generic name vedolizumab) was recently approved for the treatment of both ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, and may be a promising treatment option for patients that have not been able to control their symptoms using traditional therapies.
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Preparing For Summer: Five Things To Know If You Have IBD
By Robin D. Rothstein, MD | May 13, 2014
Individuals with IBD can face some unique challenges this time of year - so take a look at these five summer tips before you head outside!
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