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November is Stomach Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that November is gastric cancer awareness month? This is a time to bring attention to the disease, which often goes undiagnosed until it's too late. Gastric cancer is the fifth most common cancer in the world, and it kills more than 700,000 people each year. In this article, we will discuss the […]

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The Difference Between IBS and IBD

If you have been struggling with digestive problems, you may be wondering if you have IBS or IBD. It can be difficult to tell the two conditions apart, but there are some key differences. In this article, we will discuss the differences between IBS and IBD, including their symptoms, causes, and treatment options. What is […]

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Why Your Doctor May Order a FibroScan

If your last visit to the doctor uncovered concerns regarding your liver, you may have heard the term "FibroScan". But what is a FibroScan, and what can you expect during this procedure? In this article, we'll explore the reasons why your doctor may recommend a Fibroscan, as well as what you can expect during and […]

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Edwin's Success Story

Edwin, a Northeast Digestive patient who came into our office last year, was told that he had stage 3 advanced fibrosis of the liver, and was at risk for developing cirrhosis - a chronic scarring disease that causes poor liver function - from fatty liver disease. With the help of his medical practitioner at Northeast […]

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What to Eat After an Endoscopy

Endoscopies are a common procedure used to examine the digestive tract and diagnose various gastrointestinal disorders. The procedure is generally safe and well-tolerated, but there are a few things you should keep in mind in the days following your endoscopy to ensure a smooth recovery. In general, it is recommended that you stick to a […]

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Northeast Digestive Makes Referrals Easier

Northeast Digestive Health Center has partnered with Phreesia to improve our referral process! Phreesia Connect is an online referrals platform designed to streamline healthcare referral management, improve patient access, and connect senders and receivers on a local provider network. Connect is a tech-enabled service designed to organize all your referrals on a central hub, giving […]

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7 Things to Know About Capsule Endoscopies

Capsule endoscopy is a revolutionary medical imaging technology that gives your doctor an inside view of your digestive tract. While it has been used for several years, many people are not yet familiar with capsule endoscopes. In this article, we'll talk about what capsule endoscopies are, how they work, and why they're used. 1. What is […]

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3 Reasons to Visit Your Gastroenterologist

Visiting your gastroenterologist may not be at the top of your list of fun activities, but it may be one of the best things you will do all year. Gastroenterologists are doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of digestive issues that affect the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, large intestine, and […]

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International NASH Day

International NASH Day (IND) is a public education campaign launched in June 2018 to raise visibility and urgency around fatty liver disease and its more advanced form, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), which affects more than 115 million people around the world. Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a hidden epidemic. It is the progressive form of Nonalcoholic fatty […]

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11 Common Questions about Colonoscopies

Healthcare professionals now recommend that patients undergo screening for colon cancer beginning at the age of 45. If you have never had a colonoscopy, you may have questions about the procedure – you may also have questions if you have had a colonoscopy in the past. At Northeast Digestive, our doctors frequently answer questions about […]

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6 Early Signs of Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is a condition that affects the last part of the digestive tract, known as the large intestine or colon. Like other cancers, colon cancer can cause significant illness or even death. Colon cancer is also common – doctors in the United States will diagnose 106,180 new cases of colon cancer in 2022, according […]

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How Stress & Anxiety Affect Your Gut

The human body is hardwired to react to stress – stress causes the “fight or flight” response that keeps us safe from predators. When we feel stress or anxiety, our nervous system releases a flood of hormones that prepare the body to either battle our enemies or run for our lives. These hormones increase our […]

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How to Reduce Acid Reflux Naturally

If you suffer heartburn, you are not alone – more than 60 million people in the United States suffer heartburn at least once a month, and 15 million experience heartburn symptoms every day. Heartburn causes a burning pain in the chest, just below the breastbone. The discomfort of heartburn is usually worse after eating, in the evening, […]

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7 Types of Stomach Pain

Almost everybody experiences a stomach ache at some point in life. In most cases, abdominal discomfort is not serious and develops as the result of overeating, gas, or indigestion. When diagnosing the cause of stomach pain, a doctor will ask what the pain feels like, its location, and how much it hurts. The answers, along […]

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When Should I Get Tested for Colon Cancer?

Colon cancer testing is one of the best ways to help find cancer in its earliest stages when it is easiest to treat. If you are like many people, though, you may not be sure when you should get tested for this serious disease. About Colon Cancer and the Importance of Screening Cancer is a […]

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What is the Difference Between Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis?

CD and UC are both inflammatory diseases that affect the gastrointestinal tract (aka GI tract). The GI tract runs from the mouth to the anus. The section of the gastrointestinal tract that the IBD affects helps determine which disease a patient has. When an individual has Crohn’s disease, he or she can experience symptoms at […]

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Should I Have the Covid-19 Vaccination?

We have had numerous questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, which is now available. Specifically, patients are asking us whether they should receive the vaccine with their individual medications or conditions. Almost all adults should have the vaccine. That holds true for patients with inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis) and patients who are on […]

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Screening saves! March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Colon cancer may be the second leading cause of overall cancer deaths in the United States, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. Through a national campaign of education, early screening and diagnosis, Northeast Digestive Health Center is fighting to knock colon cancer out as one of the top three killer cancers – for […]

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What's the Scope? Spotlight on Endoscopic Ultrasound

Gastroenterology patients no longer have to travel to Charlotte, Winston-Salem or Durham to benefit from endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) – the most modern and minimally invasive technique used to assess digestive issues. The imaging-guided procedure is now performed locally by Dr. Vinay Patel, a specially trained gastroenterologist who joined Northeast Digestive Health Center in 2013.   […]

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Crohn’s disease: A lifelong journey of moving forward

Dawn W. was just 12 years old when she began experiencing unexplained fevers, chronic diarrhea and extreme abdominal pain she described as a heavy rag being twisted and tangled in her stomach.   Through a combination of a medical history evaluation, physical exam, blood tests, stool studies, x-rays and a colonoscopy, she was diagnosed with […]

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Trust Your Gut

Did you know more than 100 million Americans have digestive problems? There are more than 200 over-the-counter remedies for digestive issues. Unfortunately, many digestive issues can become or create digestive diseases and disorders.   Many of us don't know that the digestive system plays a huge role in our overall immune health and that gastrointestinal […]

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GERD guidance for long-term PPI users

by Mark Aldous, MD For those of us who suffer from acid reflux, which is worse: enduring the painful and uncomfortable symptoms of the condition, or taking a chance on the potential health risks associated with long-term PPI usage? It’s the burning question I address in this blog, but not one that has a clear-cut […]

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Hemorrhoid Banding

Quick and easy relief for your pain in the rear One would be hard-pressed to come up with something positive to say about hemorrhoids. Despite being a common medical condition, it is fraught with negative connotations and is a topic that many people are embarrassed to discuss. As painful as hemorrhoids are to have – […]

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High-Fiber Diet = Happy Gut!

The summer season is here, bringing with it longer and warmer days and an abundance of opportunities to eat a high-fiber diet – fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes – to help keep your digestive system healthy.   So what exactly is dietary fiber? Also known as roughage or bulk, the Mayo Clinic explains […]

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Hepatitis C: New Hope for a Cure

by Kelsey Trull, PA-C, MPAS   For many patients struggling with a chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, treatment has been an unnerving and daunting process; however, that is no longer the case due to several well-tolerated and short duration treatment options that are now available and effective in eradicating the virus.   Previous treatment […]

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Dr. Aldous helps lead new physician network

Dr. Mark Aldous and Northeast Digestive Health Center are playing an integral part of the recently formed Carolinas Physician Alliance – a clinically integrated network (CIN) formed to help increase access to quality care, improve outcomes and lower health care costs.   The  is comprised of nearly 2,300 physicians who will operate in collaboration with […]

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Gluten be gone! September 13 is Celiac Disease Awareness Day

For some people, stocking up on gluten-free items may be a way to partake in the latest diet trend, but for those who suffer from celiac disease, it’s a medical necessity.   September 13 is Celiac Disease Awareness Day, a time to shed light on a disease that affects 1 in 141 people in the […]

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November is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Pancreatic cancer is now the third leading cause of cancer death in America. It is estimated that more than 53,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year and more than 41,000 – the equivalent of a small city – will die of it.   To increase awareness during the month of November and […]

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Probiotics: Good bacteria helping to keep the bad bacteria away

We have trillions of bacteria that live in our digestive tracts and while many of these bacteria are healthy, others can wreak havoc on our digestive systems and cause uncomfortable symptoms.   Over the last decade or so, many people have turned to probiotics (aka “good” bacteria and yeast) to help promote gastrointestinal health and […]

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Answers to Common Health Insurance Questions

Most people understand the value that health insurance provides, but individuals who rarely visit a doctor may question the need to carry coverage.   Despite costs and complexity that seem to rise each year, health insurance greatly reduces financial risk related to medical care. Even for healthy people, an accident or sudden illness can lead […]

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Early Detection Is Key to Colon Cancer Survival

March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, a time to increase awareness about how important routine screenings are. “Colon cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and women and it is one of the top three cancer killers,” said Dr. Thomas Dalton, a gastroenterologist with Northeast Digestive Health.   This year, an […]

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Protecting Your Liver Health

The liver is one of the largest organs in the body and plays a vital role in sustaining life by processing nutrients, creating bile and removing toxins.   Although the liver is a resilient organ, disorders like fatty liver disease can disrupt critical functions and, in severe cases, cause permanent damage. What do you need […]

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Hepatitis C and World Hepatitis Day

Around the world, 80 percent of people with hepatitis C don’t know they have the disease. The organizers of World Hepatitis Day hope to change that by promoting awareness of this global epidemic.   The hepatitis C virus causes inflammation of the liver and can compromise key functions such as eliminating toxins from the body. […]

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What Is IBS and Why Is it Misunderstood?

Irritable bowel syndrome is a fairly common — and chronic — disorder, but it’s also frequently misunderstood. IBS typically causes abdominal pain and cramping, bloating, constipation and diarrhea. In some cases, diet and lifestyle changes can help control symptoms. However, some individuals require medication and other interventions. If you’re suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, here’s […]

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Ribbon-Cutting for Edison Square Office

Northeast Digestive Health Center invites you to join in the celebration as they cut the ribbon on their new location in Edison Square.   The ribbon cutting for the new northwest Cabarrus County location takes place Friday, Sept. 29, from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at 10030 Edison Square Drive NW, Suite 204, Concord. The […]

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August is Gastroparesis Awareness Month

Gastroparesis, also known as delayed gastric emptying, is a medical condition that inhibits normal digestion by interfering with movement of food through the stomach and into the small intestine. The specific cause is unknown, but the disorder commonly occurs as a complication of diabetes as well as some surgeries. August is Gastroparesis Awareness Month, a […]

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Healthy Holiday Eating Takes Guts

Holidays are infamous for expansive dinner menus, catching up with family over glasses of wine, indulging in decadent desserts, and days of overeating resulting in long naps on the couch. Saying the holidays are tough on your digestive system is an understatement.  November through January are known for high stress, activities and travel, and indulgent […]

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A Roadmap to Gut Health

Where are you headed: the Caribbean, Down Under, Europe or maybe somewhere a little closer to home? Wherever the road may lead, is travel on your 2018 Bucket List? Unfortunately, travel can wreak havoc on your digestive tract and a little discretion can make the trip much more pleasant. To help keep you from being […]

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Tips for Better Digestive Health in 2018

The start of a new year is the perfect time to reassess what didn’t work in the past and create and prioritize new goals. If your 2019 resolutions include living a healthier lifestyle, don’t forget that your digestive health is directly impacted by the foods you eat and the lifestyle you live. Consider incorporating these […]

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Your butt is on the line. Get screened early for colon cancer.

Are you making your gut health a priority this year? Add ‘schedule a routine screening’ to your to-do list. Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and women in the U.S., and it occurs most often in people over the age of 50. However, young or old, colon cancer doesn’t discriminate. […]

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Provider Spotlight - March 2018

Northeast Digestive Welcomes Two New Physician Assistants Northeast Digestive Health Center announces the addition of Elaine B. Smith and Anna Grace Hall, as Physician Assistants. The Concord-based company is a leading provider of digestive health services in the area. Ms. Smith and Ms. Hall will assist Northeast Digestive’s team of physicians in delivering health care […]

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Colon Cancer Doesn’t Care How Old You Are

Learn more about the Colorectal Cancer Alliance The bad news is Colon Cancer doesn’t discriminate when it comes to age. The good news is, when discovered early, it’s highly treatable. Young-onset colorectal cancer is on the rise. Approximately ten percent of new colorectal cancer patients are under the age of 50. A number of organizations, […]

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How a healthy gut affects your brain

“Go with your gut” is a commonly used phrase and for good reason. Gut health is key to overall health – including the brain. What takes place in your intestines not only affects your brain’s daily functions but also determines your risk for a number of neurological conditions. Understanding how closely the gut and brain […]

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Get Screened Sooner

Guidelines Updated to Get Screened Starting at Age 45 Instead of 50 The hard truth is you’re never too young for colon cancer. If you haven’t had your colon checked, and you’re in your mid-40s, it’s time. According to newly updated guidelines by the American Cancer Society, people at average risk of colorectal cancer should […]

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First Annual 5K Bum Run Raises $13,000

  Community members joined together on Saturday, April 28, to kick colon cancer in the butt. Over 100 racers of all ages and 39 sponsors participated in the First Annual 5K Bum Run to help raise awareness and funds for critical research that will benefit millions of colorectal cancer patients, survivors and family members.   […]

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Digestive Alphabet Soup: The difference between IBS and EPI

  Digestive issues – it’s a topic that many find “taboo” and uncomfortable to talk about. The truth is, people shouldn’t have to suffer in silence. Digestive difficulties are more common than one thinks and it’s important to know the facts.   So, how do you know when gas and diarrhea is more than just […]

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Back-to-School Healthy Gut Lunch Ideas

Studies show that kids who stay healthier – including a healthy gut – are able to better ward off classroom cooties, they can see a boost in brain function and improved mood, and they make the best learners. The Natural Nutritionist notes several reasons why gut health is important for children: The gastrointestinal (GI) system […]

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Quality Matters: Northeast Digestive Receives Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation

  Northeast Digestive Health Center, a Concord-based privately owned gastroenterology practice, has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). This accomplishment distinguishes Northeast Digestive from other facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.   “Our dedicated staff works […]

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Lactose Intolerance vs. Dairy Allergy

  Do you get stomach pains, gas and bloat, nausea or diarrhea every time you eat ice cream, cheese or another delicious dairy product?   It’s important to understand you are not alone. Approximately 65 percent of the human population has a reduced ability to digest lactose after infancy. Between 30 and 50 million people […]

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Understanding Liver Disease

  The liver is one of the hardest-working organs in your body. It performs hundreds of functions and plays a vital role in sustaining life by processing nutrients, fighting off infection, creating bile, controlling blood sugar and removing toxins. Protecting your liver health is not only crucial to your digestive system but also key to […]

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Serving the Concord Community for Over 40 Years

  At Northeast Digestive Health Center, we recognize the importance of the doctor-patient relationship. As Concord’s longest standing privately owned Gastroenterology office, fostering and maintaining highly personal interactions is our key to providing excellent medical care. Tis’ the season to be thankful, and we are more than grateful for the long-standing relationships and sense of […]

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It’s December. Have you met your deductible?

Just like that another year is coming to an end. It’s December and before you settle down for the holidays, you need to make a list of to-do’s. Are doctor’s appointments on that list? Most insurance plans run on the calendar year, meaning that soon your deductible will reset to zero. If you have met, […]

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Tips for Better Digestive Health in the New Year

The start of a new year is the perfect time to reassess what didn’t work in the past and create and prioritize new goals. If your 2019 resolutions include living a healthier lifestyle, don’t forget that your digestive health is directly impacted by the foods you eat and the lifestyle you live. Consider incorporating these […]

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Prevent Colorectal Cancer. Get Screened.

  Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. It’s expected to kill more than 50,000 Americans in 2019. The good news? If caught early, the survival rate is very high.    That’s why screening for colorectal cancer is so important. Screening is generally recommended for all average-risk patients aged 50-75. People who have […]

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Celebrate Healthy Eating on Valentine’s Day

Celebrate Healthy Eating on Valentine’s Day       Right after the holidays, when you think you’re out of the woods and ready to start eating healthy again, heart-shaped boxes of chocolate appear everywhere you look. Valentine’s Day can be a tough time for many who are trying to keep on track toward healthy eating. […]

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Upper Endoscopy vs. Colonoscopy

Upper Endoscopy vs. Colonoscopy    An Upper Endoscopy or esophagogastroduodenoscopy or EGD is a procedure performed by a trained gastroenterologist or surgeon passes a flexible tube with light and camera through the mouth with direct visualization and assessment of oropharynx, esophagus, stomach, and proximal duodenum.     Indications: Dysphagia, foreign body, nausea and vomiting, bleeding, IBD, obtain […]

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