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5 Questions with PBN: Dr. Chen talks gut health, mental health connection
Dr. William T. Chen, a gastroenterologist at University Gastroenterology, often treats patients with esophageal disorders, pancreatic disease, and other similar issues.
Chen’s nearly 25 years of experience in the field, along with recent research, have led him to become an advocate for recognizing the connection between mental and gut health. Chen says he encourages his patients to be aware of the connection when seeking care.
He discussed the connection recently when he answered Five Questions from The Providence Business News. READ FULL ARTICLE »
Delayed growth can be sign of celiac disease in children
As a GI doctor at University Gastroenterology, Dr. Eric Newton knows a lot about celiac disease when it comes to diagnosing and treating adults. However, he almost missed signs of the disease in his son. It was only when they learned that the 7-year-old wasn't growing as he should that he was diagnosed with celiac disease. Dr. Michael Herzlinger, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Hasbro Children's Hospital, said a child who isn't growing well is often a trigger to test for celiac.
In addition to lack of growth, the following are also symptoms of celiac disease in children.
- Abdominal Pain
- Poor Appetite
- Decreased Weight
- Changes in Bowel Function
- Change iN Bowel Habits
Both Dr. NewtonNand Dr. Herzlinger spoke with NBC 10 reporter Barbara Morse about celiac disease and how it affects children. WATCH FULL STORY »
Trust Your Gut: There's a connection between gut health and mental health
For Mental Health Awareness Month, University Gastroenterology Dr. William Chen shared an important message about the connection between gut health and mental health. He said there is growing evidence your gut is not only affected by your emotions and mental state - but that it's a two-way street. He said GI conditions can play a role in various mental health issues and urges patients to speak with their primary physicians, gastroenterologist, and therapist to treat the whole body.
UGI patient raising awareness about colon cancer
Lisa Adams was 39 when a colonoscopy performed by Dr. Akerman discovered she had colon cancer. Now, 17 years later, Lisa shares her story with others hoping others, particularly African Americans, will learn from her experience.
Channel 12 caught up with her this weekend after she spoke to members of her church about why it's so important to know your family history and to get screened.
Here's more about Lisa's story:
When it comes to colon cancer, UGI urges African Americans to know their family history
Members of the Black community are 20% more likely to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 40% more likely to die from the disease than members of any other race or ethnicity.
University Gastroenterology urges African Americans to get screened for colon cancer starting at 45, or younger if they have any risk factors - such as family history.
UGI launches PSA calling attention to changes in screening guidelines
The American Cancer Society and the American College of Gastroenterology now both recommend adults at normal risk of colon cancer get screened at 45, lowering the age from 50. Those with risks, including a family history of colon cancer or polyps, may need to get screened even earlier than that.
UGI put together a PSA to call attention to these changes.
University Gastroenterology's Dr. Elizabeth Decker was a recent guest on the podcast Cumulus Community with Tyler Salk. She discussed Colon Cancer Awareness Month and why it's so important to get screened. If you missed it take a listen:
Colorectal cancer and death rates are higher among African-American men and women.
Those cancer rates are also rising for people younger than 50.
"I was having stomach pains with, like stabbing stomach pains, I thought it was food poisoning," said 56-year-old Lisa Adams, who at 39 was diagnosed with something much worse.
She said she's thankful she went to her doctor who referred her to Dr. Paul Akerman, of University Gastroenterology.
Both Lisa and Dr. Akerman, as well as NAACP President Jim Vincent, spoke with NBC 10's Barbara Morse about why it's so important for African Americans to know their family history and to get screened,
One of the top cancer doctors in the country recently wrote an editorial for the publication Science in which he expressed concerns about a dramatic increase in deaths from breast and colorectal cancers in the next 10 years. The issue was not an increase in cases, but rather late diagnosis due to delayed screening.
"They're predicting about a one percent increased risk in just breast cancer and colon cancer alone over the next ten years which amounts to about 10,000 excess deaths,” Dr. Angela Fishman, a GI doctor at University Gastroenterology, told Channel 10's Barbara Morse.
During this pandemic, researchers report a major dip in screenings at a time when numbers had been trending in a positive direction.
"And likely what has happened is because these people have decreased their screening, it's unlikely they're going to get in in the next two months, they'll delay it for another year,” said Fishman.
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Dr. Eric Newton and Nurse Practitioner Bridget Fitzgibbon of University Gastroenterology join The Rhode Show on WPRI/CBS Providence to discuss the importance of getting screened and their March Madness Campaign with Providence College Head Basketball Coach Ed Cooley.
University Gastroenterology's Dr. Kevin Palumbo recently sat down
with WJAR Health Check Reporter Barbara Morse Silva to discuss
the dangers of the Tide Pod Challenge. You can view the entire segment below:
Dr. Sheldon Lidofsky's recent interview by
Providence Business News about the advancements
in the treatment of Crohn's and ulcerative colitis.