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USA Today reports Hemorrhoids are Trending

Posted by Rachel Jones on Feb 26, 2013 2:54:00 PM

USA Today reports that while hemorrhoids aren't a popular topic of conversation, they are a popular search topic online. Read on:

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

exercise, fiber, dietary suggestions, hemorrhoids

Fecal Incontinence- a Growing Problem Globally

Posted by Rachel Jones on Oct 31, 2012 3:25:00 PM

The loss of bowel control, also called fecal incontinence, is more common than you may think. Unfortunately, millions of people suffer every day from accidents and leaks. Some people may also experience feelings of sadness and depression and may not want to leave the house for fear of having an accident.

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

fecal incontinence, symptoms, bowel difficulties

Refluxology: The Study of GERD

Posted by Anthony Starpoli on Jul 21, 2012 11:36:00 AM

So, you think you have acid reflux?  What is acid reflux?  Why is it called acid reflux?

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

Obesity, GERD, atypical reflux, nonacid reflux, heartburn, EsophyX, incisionless surgery, Barrett's Esophagus

New Surgical Therapy for GERD: The LINX Magnetic Bracelet

Posted by Anthony Starpoli on Apr 23, 2012 9:27:00 AM

A new laparoscopic therapy for reflux has been recently approved for the treat of reflux.  The procedure requires laparoscopic surgery (small incisions in the abdomen) in order to place this new device at the level of the lower esophageal sphincter.  Certain limitations will occur as the result of this procedure as will be discussed.

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

Reflux, hiatal hernia, TIF, LINX, GERD, atypical reflux, heartburn, EsophyX, Barrett's Esophagus

FDA Warns: Reflux Drug Therapy & Increased C. difficle Diarrhea

Posted by Anthony Starpoli on Mar 13, 2012 2:51:00 AM

Several news agencies recently reported concerns of the FDA over the increased risk of Clostridium difficle diarrheal illness in patients using acid lowering antireflux drugs in the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

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

c. difficile, hiatal hernia, GERD, atypical reflux, EsophyX

Dental Detriments of GERD

Posted by Anthony Starpoli on Mar 13, 2012 2:35:00 AM

A six-month follow up of 12 people with GERD and six others who were not suffering from the condition showed that those with acid reflux had much worse tooth wear and erosion. 

Tooth erosion may naturally occur due to chewing but about half of GERD patients had tooth wear and erosion several times higher than the healthy counterparts, says the report inJournal of the American Dental Association

The acid from the stomach is strong enough “to dissolve the tooth surface directly, or soften the tooth surface, which is later worn down layer by layer,” said lead author Dr. Daranee Tantbirojn of the University of Tennessee. 

“The damage from acid reflux looks like tooth wear -- the tooth is flattened, thin, sharp or has a crater or cupping.” 

Saliva acts as a defense mechanism because its buffering capacity helps protecting teeth in neutralizing acid, but it cannot fully protect teeth against all acid condition in mouth formed after eating and drinking or due to acid reflux from stomach. 

Researchers suggested people with acid reflux to follow some measures to lower their teeth damage. They, for instance, should avoid brushing their teeth immediately after an acid reflux episode and use a fluoride rinse instead. 

Using Xylitol chewing gum and taking baking soda or antacids after acid reflux episodes can also protect teeth against erosion. 

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

Reflux, GERD, atypical reflux, nonacid reflux

Acid Reflux on the Rise- Obesity Increase Likely to Blame

Posted by Rachel Jones on Jan 3, 2012 9:54:00 AM

Study: Acid Reflux on the Rise

Obesity Increase Likely to Blame, Researchers Say

By Salynn Boyles

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

Reflux, GERD, dietary suggestions, obesity surgery

"Colorectal cancer on the rise in adults under 50" - Dr. Starpoli featured on WebMD

Posted by Rachel Jones on Dec 21, 2011 2:02:00 PM

In some respects, the U.S. is winning the war on cancer. Recent reports show an overall decline in the number of new cancer cases and fewer cancer deaths.

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

colon cancer, colon polyps, cancer screening

"High-Fiber Diet May Help Thwart Colon Cancer" - Dr. Starpoli on HealthDay

Posted by Rachel Jones on Dec 7, 2011 3:43:00 PM

High-Fiber Diet May Help Thwart Colon Cancer

Review of studies suggests cereals, whole grains deliver health benefits

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

colon cancer, colon polyps, high fiber

"Anti-Reflux Drugs, Antibiotics May Raise C. diff Risk" - Anthony A. Starpoli, M.D. on WebMD

Posted by Rachel Jones on Dec 7, 2011 2:36:00 PM

Dr. Starpoli recently lent his expertise to WebMD on the subject of PPI drugs. Read on:

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

Reflux, PPI, c. difficile, starpoli