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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

Office Renovation

 Our office will be undergoing a three phase renovation project this coming Spring and early Summer 2014.  In addition to expanding and improving our clinical suite, which includes new exam rooms, procedure rooms and an expanded recovery area; our plans include the renovation and expansion of our waiting room, the addition of new patient bathrooms, a patient friendly dressing/changing room and many additional amenities for our patients and their families. Some of the new features will include patient computer kiosks and a patient education library. 

 

We ask for your tolerance and patience as we renovate. 

 

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