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5 Colon Polyp Symptoms That Should Send You Straight To The Doctor

Polyps usually grow on the lining of the colon, but they can develop anywhere in the large intestine. Most polyps are benign growths and have few if any symptoms. Overtime if they become larger, they can become cancerous, and certain symptoms will appear.  » Read more about: 5 Colon Polyp Symptoms That Should Send You Straight To The Doctor  »


Crohn’s Disease Triggers

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that affects approximately 1.4 million Americans.
It causes an abnormal response that triggers inflammation in the digestive tract.. Though Crohn’s disease is hard to diagnose, the most common symptoms include watery diarrhea, bloody stools, fever, abdominal pain, weight loss, fatigue and low iron levels. Much like a lot of GI conditions, certain foods don’t affect people in the same ways. But, there are a few foods that should be avoided,  » Read more about: Crohn’s Disease Triggers  »


How Are Crohn’s Disease Symptoms Different Between People?

Crohn’s Disease is an Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) that attacks people in different ways. It’s not the kind of issue many are likely to talk much about due to the debilitating symptoms and how it affects lives.
Because Crohn’s disease involves such a large swath of the gastrointestinal tract, the symptoms one may experience will be heavily determined by where the attack is centered. This is a large part of why certain people may experience varying degrees of symptoms,  » Read more about: How Are Crohn’s Disease Symptoms Different Between People?  »


Holiday Hours & End of Year Appointments

Can you believe we’re approaching the end of the year already? In November and December, our office will be closed on a few select days so that our staff can enjoy the holidays with family and friends.  » Read more about: Holiday Hours & End of Year Appointments  »


Digestive Health Services is Proud to Announce

It is a great pleasure to introduce GI Partners of Illinois, LLC to our many patients and referring physicians throughout the Chicagoland area. Multiple gastroenterology practices have united to form one of the largest gastroenterology specialty groups in the state, with many more groups committed to joining us in the near future. In partnering with the top gastroenterologists in the area, we have achieved our goal of providing the best possible care for our patients, in the most cost-effective manner.  » Read more about: Digestive Health Services is Proud to Announce  »


Colorectal Cancer Increasing in Younger People

Colorectal cancer is something that is typically thought to be an issue that only people aged 50 or older should worry about. While there has been a drop in the rate of new colon and rectal cancer diagnoses in those aged 50+, incidence rates are increasing for those under 50. Traditionally, routine colonoscopies are scheduled after the age of 50, but screening standards may soon change.  » Read more about: Colorectal Cancer Increasing in Younger People  »


How Smoking Affects Colorectal Health

Toxins and carcinogens in tobacco smoke are believed to damage DNA and tissues in the body over time which can cause an array of health issues. While most people know that smoking can have negative effects on your lungs, heart and other components of the respiratory system, many are unaware that it greatly impacts colorectal health.  » Read more about: How Smoking Affects Colorectal Health  »


Are Food Additives Linked to Colon Cancer?

Of the cancers that affect men and women in the United States, colorectal cancer is the third most common. According to the most recent colorectal cancer statistics, over 136,000 Americans were diagnosed with the disease in 2013.Research suggests that the prevalence of this common cancer may be due in part to emulsifiers. Emulsifiers are additives that are used in most processed foods to improve texture and extend shelf life. They are present in many of the foods we eat fairly regularly.  » Read more about: Are Food Additives Linked to Colon Cancer?  »


Flavors of Chicago 2016 Medical Honoree is our very own Rockford Yapp!

The American Liver Foundation Great Lakes Division is thrilled to honor Dr. Rockford Yapp, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital.  Dr. Yapp has provided his leadership and expertise to the Great Lakes Division for many years, as Past President and Member of our Medical Advisory Committee.  He has brought many innovative educational programming forums to our organization including our series of Liver Symposiums which deliver liver health and disease information to patients, the general public and healthcare professionals.  » Read more about: Flavors of Chicago 2016 Medical Honoree is our very own Rockford Yapp!  »


Hepatitis C Treatment in Chicago, IL

We are happy to report, Digestive Health Services, along with University of Chicago and Northwestern, have completed one of several clinical studies that has lead to FDA approval for the latest treatment for Hepatitis C infected patients.  The new drug, Harvoni,  a combination of Sofosbuvir and Ledipasvir, provides an amazing 90-100% cure rate of HCV infections, with minimal adverse events.  There are many additional new therapies and advancements in the treatment of HCV, that will be approved soon.  » Read more about: Hepatitis C Treatment in Chicago, IL  »