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Guarding Your Gut: Preventing GERD and Esophageal Cancer

Those who suffer from Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), know that it’s more than just an inconvenience; it’s a painful and life altering condition. GERD can also lead to serious complications, including esophageal cancer. Understanding the importance of preventive measures is key to maintaining your digestive health. “GERD can be caused by a hiatal hernia and … Read More
Published On: April 24, 2024

Early Detection Saves Lives: Understanding Colorectal Cancer Screening Methods

Colorectal cancer is a significant health concern, but early detection and timely intervention can substantially improve outcomes. Hoag’s highly experienced colorectal cancer care team provides patient-centered, integrated care to address all needs of a patient, from early detection and diagnosis through state-of-the-art surgical approaches. While the exact cause of colon cancer remains elusive, factors such … Read More
Published On: March 21, 2024

Coffee and Gut Health: Friend or Foe?

Whether it’s an ice-cold vanilla latte, a grande café mocha or just a traditional cup of Joe, people’s love affair with coffee is as strong as a cold brew. But the question remains, can coffee wreak havoc on your digestive system? It depends on the sensitivities of the person, according to Adrian Dobrowolsky, M.D., general … Read More
Published On: February 26, 2024

GERD Patient Finds Relief and a Team That Listens

Erin Bowlus played semi-professional flag football for two years with a broken hip. The lighting-intense pain flashing through her leg? She just sucked it up. So, when started to experience crushing chest pain in 2016, she didn’t believe her first set of doctors’ suggestion that she was suffering from anxiety. Erin is tough. She can … Read More
Published On: February 9, 2024

What You Need to Know About IBD Surgical Care

Life-altering. Freeing. Restorative. These are the words patients frequently use to describe the surgeries and treatments they receive from the Hoag Margolis Family Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Program. People contending with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis receive more than treatment for their condition; Hoag’s multidisciplinary team provides the comprehensive care that helps return people to … Read More
Published On: February 9, 2024

Registered Dietitian Offers 3 Essential Halloween Tips for Parents

Halloween is designed to terrify us. The ghouls! The goblins! The attempts to teach children about portion control while they’re holding pillowcases stuffed with candy! Thankfully, Meghan Gonzalez, R.D., C.D.C.E.S, a Hoag registered dietitian and certified diabetes care and education specialist is here to allay parents’ fears of the things that go bump (and crinkle, … Read More
Published On: October 19, 2023

Hoag Recognized as Highest Ranked Hospital in Orange County for Top-Quality Care by U.S. News & World Report’s 2023-2024 Best Hospitals Rankings

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., August 1, 2023 — For the seventh consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report’s 2023-2024 Best Hospitals Rankings named Hoag the highest ranked hospital in Orange County, the fourth-best hospital in the Los Angeles metro area and ninth-best in California. The rankings also included national rankings in two specialty areas and recognition … Read More
Published On: August 11, 2023

The Real Scoop About IBD in Young Adults

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a gastrointestinal disorder that causes pain or discomfort, bloating, gas, and diarrhea or constipation, is increasing among young adults. For some young adults, the symptoms are annoying or embarrassing. For others, they’re debilitating – interfering with sports, social events and school. Why does IBD strike so many young adults? “When it … Read More
Published On: August 10, 2023

Gastric Bypass Patient Loses Over 200 Pounds and Regains His Life: ‘I Feel Like I Have a Future’

Chris Hill can slide right onto a rollercoaster. He finds the seats at Angels Stadium downright roomy. He cycles about 23 miles a day on the vintage beach cruisers that he loves to restore. Life is good. “Everything is beautiful,” said Hill, who received bariatric surgery from the experts at Hoag’s Digestive Health Institute at … Read More
Published On: July 10, 2023

The “Pros” of Probiotics

Healthier skin. Check. Better sleep. Check. Less bloating and fatigue. Check. When it comes to improving health, probiotics check all the boxes. Why? “Microbes in the lower intestinal tract help with digestion and immune system regulation. A disruption in bacteria levels can lead to gut inflammation and other problems. So, when the body experiences an … Read More
Published On: June 28, 2023