Dr. Starpoli's Blog

Silent Acid Reflux

Posted by Anthony A. Starpoli, MD on Feb 20, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Silent acid reflux, also known as Laryngopharngeal Reflux or LPR, is a condition that you could be suffering from without even knowing it, and can have many negative impacts on health. Similar in many ways to Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (better known as GERD), there are a few critical differences that can make silent reflux very difficult to treat, and even harder to diagnose. 

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Anthony A. Starpoli, MD | www.starpoli.com


EndoBarrier, a Non-Surgical Alternative to Bariatric Surgery

Posted by Rachel Jones on Feb 8, 2014 1:39:00 PM

Bariatric surgery is an invasive way to achieve weight loss.  Part of the stomach and small intestines are removed during the surgery.  However, with EndoBarrier, there is no surgery involved, but you still achieve the weight loss.

EndoBarrier is a basically a sleeve that is placed in your small intestine. This helps you achieve weight loss. No surgery is involved because the device is actually implanted into your body endoscopically, through your mouth. It is then placed in a way that it will line the first two feet of your small intestine.

This sleeve will prevent food from being easily absorbed by the body, and it will have a major impact on your calorie intake. 

The benefits of EndoBarrier include:
• The sleeve is implanted and removed endoscopically, without surgery.
• Implanting of the device can actually be done as a same day procedure. 

• The metabolic effect that comes from EndoBarrier is like that of gastric bypass surgery, as it actually helps resolve type 2 diabetes and it will bring about weight loss. 

• The procedure is reversible; not all bariatric procedures are.

As a weight loss treatment, this is very effective and recovery is very rapid. And, EndoBarrier actually costs significantly less than bariatric surgery procedures. 

In clinical trials, patients showed improved glycemic control in just one week. 

EndoBarrier is an exciting new treatment for both obesity and type 2 diabetes.

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Anthony A. Starpoli, MD | www.starpoli.com

Obesity, lap band

Aspirin May Lower Risk of Colon Cancer - Risks and Benefits Must Be Weighed

Posted by Rachel Jones on Jul 16, 2013 12:18:00 PM
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Anthony A. Starpoli, MD | www.starpoli.com

colon cancer, dietary suggestions, screening

Chronic Heartburn May Raise Odds for Throat Cancer: Study

Posted by Rachel Jones on Jun 19, 2013 11:09:00 AM

HealthDay reports 78% increased risk of cancer in GERD patients, but simple antacids appear to lower the risk, researchers report

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Anthony A. Starpoli, MD | www.starpoli.com

GERD, heartburn, esophageal cancer

EsophyX TIF Procedure is Superior to Maximum Dose PPI Therapy

Posted by Anthony Starpoli on May 30, 2013 12:30:00 AM

As reported by Medscape, according to research presented at the Digestive Disease Week meeting, “patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) might benefit more from transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) than from continued treatment with proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs).” The study’s lead author Karim Trad, MD, said, “In this study, transoral incisionless fundoplication was superior to maximal-dose PPIs in eliminating daily troublesome typical and atypical symptoms in selected patients.” Dr. Trad added that the findings “establish for the first time that, for some patients, the procedure is better than maximal-dose PPI therapy for controlling a range of GERD symptoms.”

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Anthony A. Starpoli, MD | www.starpoli.com

hiatal hernia, fundoplication, LINX, GERD, atypical reflux, EsophyX, incisionless surgery, esophageal cancer

Smoking Increases Risk of Colon Cancer

Posted by Rachel Jones on May 22, 2013 11:42:00 AM

Women Smokers More Likely to Get Colon Cancer Than Men: Study

Just a few cigarettes a day raises their risk, researchers say
By Steven Reinberg

HealthDay Reporter 

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Anthony A. Starpoli, MD | www.starpoli.com

Diet Can Help Heal Chronic Anal Fissures

Posted by Anthony A. Starpoli, MD on May 22, 2013 11:13:00 AM

As published in Reuters Health News, diet may help heal anal fissures. 

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Anthony A. Starpoli, MD | www.starpoli.com

high fiber, fecal incontinence, anal fissures

Vegetarian, Vegan or Just Making Better Choices?

Posted by Rachel Jones on May 2, 2013 9:32:00 AM

Washington Post article, published here, brings to light that making healthier choices in food does not have to be labeled. 

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Anthony A. Starpoli, MD | www.starpoli.com

colon cancer, Obesity, dietary suggestions, high fiber

Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease- Escaping Detection?

Posted by Rachel Jones on Apr 30, 2013 3:15:00 PM

"Gluten" has come to be a pariah word in our society. But, should it be avoided entirely? What are the symptoms of celiac disease? What about a gluten sensitivity? The following article, published on WebMD, provides an interesting perspective.

Celiac disease has numerous symptoms. According to some experts, there are about 300 possible symptoms of the disease.
Different people will experience the disease in different ways because the symptoms vary greatly from one person to the next.
Often, symptoms of celiac disease are confused with other disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome and lactose intolerance.

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Anthony A. Starpoli, MD | www.starpoli.com

dietary suggestions, symptoms, Celiac disease

Study Finds Colonoscopy Safe and Effective

Posted by Rachel Jones on Mar 6, 2013 10:33:00 AM

ColoRectal Cancer Awareness Month

Study Finds Colonoscopy Safe and Effective- Read on:

Is a colonoscopy really safe?

If your 50 years of age or above, your doctor has probably advised it’s time for a colonoscopy. But concern about safety of colorectal cancer screening might prevent some people from having the test. To put the public’s fears to rest, German researchers studied adverse events linked to the procedure, finding very few safety concerns.

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Anthony A. Starpoli, MD | www.starpoli.com

colon cancer, colon polyps, high fiber, screening