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General Gastroenterology

Digestive

Treating hemorrhoidal disease: Conservative vs. surgical approaches

Hemorrhoidal disease affects about 10 million people per year in the U.S., but many people aren't aware of the many effective treatment options that are available.

Cancer; Digestive

No colostomy bag after colorectal cancer surgery? Avoid it with this advanced procedure

Young patients may worry that having colon surgery will require them to wear a colostomy bag. But Linda Farkas, M.D., says 80-90% of patients won't need one. Learn more.

Digestive; Nutrition; Pediatrics

Why isn’t my child gaining weight? 3 factors that can cause 'failure to thrive'

Babies and children who don't get proper nutrition can develop failure to thrive, a condition that causes delayed growth and poor brain development. In this MedBlog, find three common causes and strategies families can use to improve their child's health. Learn more.

Digestive; Nutrition; Pediatrics

Kids’ food allergies can affect the GI tract: Symptoms parents should know

Pediatric food allergies are rising in the U.S., and so is awareness about food-related GI symptoms such as diarrhea and cramping. In this MedBlog, find symptoms parents should look for and learn about a rare condition that is associated with food allergies. Read more.

Digestive

The PillCam goes on a fantastic voyage to help diagnose GI bleeding

The PillCam may sound like something out of a sci-fi film: You swallow it and it takes thousands of pictures of your insides. But the PillCam, or capsule endoscopy, is actually a powerful diagnostic tools that UT Southwestern GI specialists will be using at the new medical center in Frisco, when it opens in December. Magdalena Espinoza, M.D., takes a closer look at the cool technology.

Digestive; Mental Health; Nutrition; Pediatrics

What causes GI issues in teens – and how to get them to talk about it

For some students, heading back to school sparks excitement. For others, it's a source of new or worsening gastrointestinal pain. In this week’s MedBlog, Nandini Channabasappa, M.D., discusses why school stress can provoke GI issues and how to treat them.

Your Pregnancy Matters

Feeling the burn? Tips to manage heartburn, GERD in pregnancy

More than half of pregnant women deal with heartburn by the third trimester, thanks to hormone changes and an ever-expanding abdomen. In this Your Pregnancy Matters article, Robyn Horsager-Boehrer, M.D., offers safe, effective tips to beat the burn.

Digestive

Specialist spotlight: Paging Dr. Magdalena Espinoza

Dr. Magdalena Espinoza is a gastroenterologist with expertise in treating digestive and liver conditions. She practices at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Frisco, Texas.