Important Tips for Recognizing and Preventing Alcoholic Liver Disease

Here at Westchester Health, many of our adult patients drink, some of them heavily. In these cases, we do our best to warn them of the dangers of heavy drinking over a long period of time, explain how this can damage many of their vital organs and threaten their life, and refer them to support groups and/or treatment facilities.

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Does My Child Have Celiac Disease?

Does your child regularly get a stomach ache after eating bread, pasta, or pizza? Does he/she often have diarrhea, joint pain or prolonged fatigue? If your child is a girl, did her period start really late? All of these are symptoms that might point to celiac disease. To get the facts, check out this blog by Natasha Mendez, MD, Pediatric Gastroenterologist with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group.

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How To Know If Your Child Has Celiac Disease

Does your child have frequent headaches, skin rashes, stomach aches, is not gaining weight and/or is frequently tired? He or she may have celiac disease, an immune disorder caused by an intolerance to gluten. To find answers, read this informative blog by Mason Gomberg, MD, a pediatrician in our Westchester Health Pediatrics group.

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10 Signs You May Have A Parasite

Even though the thought of having a parasite is pretty unpleasant, parasites are far more common than you might think. We actually see quite a few cases of them here at Westchester Health. Not restricted to underdeveloped countries, parasites exist around the world and can afflict anyone of any race, gender or socioeconomic status. They can cause a myriad of symptoms, only a few of which affect the digestive tract, but the good news is that yes, they are treatable.

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How Often Should You Get a Colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a diagnostic screening exam that a physician, usually a gastroenterologist, uses to look inside your large intestine for colon polyps or possible signs of colorectal cancer.  How often you should be screened depends on the specific test, your age and your risk for colon cancer.

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Why Obesity Can Put You At Risk For Serious Liver Disease

You probably know that obesity can have an adverse effect on the heart, increasing the risk of heart disease, heart attacks and stroke. But what you may not know is that being seriously overweight can also lead to a serious liver condition called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, which occurs when fat builds up in the liver. Alarmingly, this condition is now the most common cause of chronic liver disease in the U.S., far surpassing alcohol-related liver disease. In addition, NAFLD is now one of the leading reasons for liver transplant in the U.S.

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Are You At Risk of Developing Gallstones?

Many of my patients with gallstones do not have symptoms and often do not even know they have them until the stones block the ducts of the biliary tract (a gallbladder attack), causing extreme pain that needs immediate medical attention. Gallbladder attacks often follow heavy meals, and they usually occur in the evening or during the night.

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How To Treat The 5 Most Common Digestive Problems

One thing I’ve noticed in my practice over the years is that in many cases, patients are typically disinclined to talk to their doctor about digestive disorders. Maybe they’re embarrassed to discuss things like reflux or constipation, but they shouldn’t be. Often, treatments can be as simple as making lifestyle changes or taking over-the-counter remedies. Please don’t suffer in silence…if your digestive tract is bothering you or causing you pain, please go see your physician or a gastroenterologist.

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10 Important Facts About Celiac Disease

Do you experience digestive problems, fatigue, skin rashes and other ailments when you eat gluten? You may have celiac disease. Learn the symptoms, risk factors and how to treat it in this highly informative blog by one of our Westchester Health Pediatrics pediatricians, Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP.

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10 Colon Cancer Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

Other than skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described below, it is very important for you to get checked out by your doctor. It might be nothing but then again, it might be something. Here’s what to look for, when to worry, and also, when not to.

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