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Dr. Elliot Heller Honored by Crohn's & Colitis Foundation

On Sunday September 21st Dr. Elliot Heller was honored by the Rockland and Orange County Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation at their Take Step Walks at Provident Bank Park in Pomona, NY.  Dr. Heller was recognized for his many years of dedicated and compassionate care of the IBP patients of Rockland & Orange Counties  and for his years of leadership as a member of the Chapter’s Board of Directors and Chairman of their Medical Advisory Committee. 

Despite overcast skies, the Take Steps Walk was well attended and succeeded to raise in excess of $80,000 to be used to fund IBD & Crohn’s research, patient education and patient support activities.  A special guest appearance was made by comedian and actor Robert Klein to honor Dr. Heller and to underscore the importance of having screening colonoscopies for individuals over age 50.  Mr. Klein sang the first two stanzas and the chorus of his “colonoscopy song”, one of his stand-up comedy routines  to entertain the attendees.   

In his remarks Dr. Heller expressed his gratitude to the CCFA Foundation for the great honor and thanked them for all of their grassroots efforts on behalf of the crohn’s & colitis patients of Rockland County.  In addition he recognized his colleagues and staff who work with him at Digestive Disease Associates of Rockland and who share his passion for and commitment to the patients of Rockland County. 

Please consider joining the physicians, staff and friends of Digestive Disease Associates of Rockland by making a donation to the Rockland & Orange  Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation so that they can continued their good work for the people of Rockland County.  http://online.ccfa.org/goto/DDAR.       

Dr Elliot A Heller to be Honored by the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation

 
 
The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of Rockland & Orange County will honor Dr. Elliot Heller on Sunday September 21, 2014 at the CCFA Take Steps Walk at the Provident Bank Park in Pomona NY.
 
Dr Heller is being honored by the Foundation for his many years of compassionate care to the IBD patients of Rockland & Orange County and for his work as a member of the CCFA Board of Directors and Chairman of their Medical Advisory Committee. Dr. Heller has played a critical role in the launch of the Rockland "Take Steps" Program in 2011.
 
To participate in the walk or to make a donation, please go to the following web address: http://online.ccfa.org/goto/DDAR.

Probiotics Use to Improve General Wellness - Dr. Vipul Shah's Remarks

Dr. Vipul Shah weighs in on the use of probiotics for general wellness as published on LOHUD, the website for the Journal News on May 19, 2014. 

 In his remarks , Dr, Shah  indicated that he doesn't believe probiotic supplements are necessary for general wellness. Nor does he recommend them to patients who are immunosuppressed, such as those undergoing chemotherapy.He commented that "while we think they are good bacteria, good bacteria in one person may not be so good in another person."

 Dr. Shah references data suggests that probiotics can reduce the length and severity of infectious diarrhea. But points out that there is conflicting evidence about the effectiveness in the treatment of  inflammatory diseases like Colitis and Crohn's,  Dr Shah emphasizing that probiotics should not be the first line of treatment for such conditions. "Nowadays, this is very trendy, because it's being used for diseases that we don't have black-and-white answers for." Moreover, it's difficult to know which probiotics might be helpful because there are so many different kinds (with various strains and amounts of bacteria) on the market."You want to make sure you're picking the right ones for the right reasons."

 Still, Dr. Shah doesn't discount the possible usefulness of probiotics as an additional therapy. "But it should be on a case-by-case basis."

WSJ reports "More Screenings Put Dent in Colon Cancer Incidence & Deaths

On March 17, 2014, The Wall Street Journal reported that the incidence of colon cancer has dropped 30% in the last decade and death rates continue to fall.  They noted that colon cancer deaths fell about 3% a year between 2001 and 2010. They further reported that the precentage of American's who are up to date on recomended colon-rectal screening requiements rose from 55% to 65% during the past decade.  With colon cancer, the goal is to screen patients to identify and remove polyps before they become a cancer.

Link to the entire WSJ Article:    http://on.wsj.com/1nwnrPz

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