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Procedure fights bacterium as alternative to antibiotics

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

A virulent intestinal bacterium that is often resistant to antibiotics is being fought with an age-old practice. Clostridium difficile, or “C. diff,” can sicken or even kill patients, but a fecal transplant can help restore the normal balance of gut bacteria, explains David Heisig, MD, an Upstate gastroenterologist. After screening, slurried stool from a healthy donor is inserted into the patient by colonoscopy, and although much research remains to be done, anecdotal evidence of its effectiveness is strong so far, Heisig said.


Pediatric inflammatory bowel disease

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Prateek D Wali, MDPediatric gastroenterologist Prateek Wali, MD, explains the basics of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in children – who is affected, what are the causes, how it’s diagnosed and treated, and what Upstate has to offer. Wali is assistant professor of Pediatrics and interim division chief of Gastroenterology and Nutrition at Upstate Medical University.  Read more: GI Kids,and Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America


‘Healthy Eats’: Food safety for moms-to-be

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Juliann Mellen, RDJuliann Mellen, RD, Upstate registered dietitian and certified diabetic educator, reinforces the importance of  eating healthy during pregnancy, but cautions that not all foods are safe, and foodborne illness is a serious issue. Read more:


Electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy (ENB)

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Birendra P Sah, MDBirendra P. Sah, MD talks about a new procedure that uses global positioning system (GPS) to target lesions called electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy (ENB). Sah is assistant professor of Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care division at Upstate Medical University.



Healthy Eats: What to eat after bariatric surgery

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Jessica PlanerRegistered dietitian Jessica Planer, RD, who specializes in the care of patients in Upstate’s Bariatric Surgery Program, will explain what type and how much food patients can eat after their bariatric surgery. Nutritional guidelines for bariatric surgery. For more information, call (315) 492-5036.


What you need to know about gluten sensitivity

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Diana StuberUpstate registered dietitian Diana Stuber, RD, CDE, talks about celiac disease and gluten sensitivity – the symptoms, causes and treatments – and how one can be tested for this.  Gluten is the protein found in wheat, spelt, kamut, rye, and barley. 99% of the people who have either gluten intolerance or celiac disease have not been diagnosed.  Is Gluten Making You Sad? Take This Quiz, Upstate’s Joslin Diabetes Center


Upstate researchers look for new treatments for Crohn’s disease

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

William G Kerr, PhDUpstate Medical University professor William Kerr PhD discusses Crohn’s disease, a major type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a chronic condition of the gastrointestinal tract. Dr. Kerr is involved in a research study that shows promise as a possible link to the cause of this disease. If correct, the finding could lead to novel ways to treat the disease, including cell transplantation. 

Read the story: Upstate researchers look for new treatments for Crohn’s disease


2/19/12 Reflux disease in children

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Manoochehr Karjoo, MDGastroenterologist Manoochehr Karjoo discusses gastroesophogeal reflux disease in children, including the symptoms and treatments.

Learn more about: The Gastroenterology Department at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.