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Caring For Kidney Stones

Shock waves, fiber optic telescopes, and lasers are among the high-tech tools we use in minimally-invasive surgery to break stones down to a size that can be easily passed. Kidney stones have troubled mankind for about as long as we’ve had kidneys. Scientists have even found evidence of kidney stones in a 7,000-year-old Egyptian mummy. […]

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Easing the Symptoms of IBS and IBD

You’ll need to work with your doctor to find the best combination of medicine, diet, counseling, and support to keep flare-ups down and quality of life way up. Though their initials are close, their symptoms may initially seem similar, and they’re both chronic conditions, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) are distinctly […]

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Barrett’s esophagus FAQ

Often the result of GERD, this condition can be a precursor to America’s fastest growing type of cancer. A new treatment helps lower the toll. Barrett’s esophagus is a condition in which the lining of the esophagus, the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach, is replaced by tissue that is similar to the […]

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Dr. Zana Nikolla Joins Premier Medical Group

Premier Medical Group is pleased to announce that Dr. Zana Nikolla has joined its Gastroenterology Division. Zana Nikolla, M.D. is board certified in Internal Medicine and specializes in neurogastroenterology with a focus on motility disorders of the esophagus and the gut. She received her medical degree from the University of Tirana, Albania and completed a fellowship […]

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Measuring Outcomes

How does a physician know that his or her patients are in compliance and responding to the treatment plan as well as they should be?  Were a patient to pass a kidney stone and then get no additional treatment nor adjust diet and fluid intake, he or she would have a 50 percent chance of […]

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Helicobacter pylori FAQ

Eradication of this common bacterium, discovered in 1982, is the key to curing a wide range of chronic gastric conditions and some cancers. The 2005 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to a pair of Australian physicians for what the prize committee described as a “remarkable and unexpected discovery.” Working together, Drs. Robin […]

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