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3 Things About the Mind-Gut Connection That Will Surprise You

Did you know your brain and digestive system talk to each other? “The ‘mind-gut connection’ influences how you think and feel – and that communication is a two-way street,” said Elizabeth Raskin, M.D., surgical director for the Margolis Family Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Program within Hoag’s Digestive Health Institute. “Think of the marathon runner so … Continued

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New Diabetes Guidelines: New Focus on Weight Loss, Sleep and Continuous Glucose Monitors

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) released guidance this week outlining new standards for diabetes care. Though the guidance is updated annually, this year’s tweaks are more extensive than usual and include stricter recommendations related to medications, new technologies, weight control, and modifiable lifestyle factors like sleep and exercise. The guidance also aims to improve health inequities by screening at-risk … Continued

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What the New Weight Loss Surgery Guidelines Mean for You

If you considered weight loss surgery in the past, take note: bariatric surgery guidelines have been overhauled for the first time in 30 years, opening the door to countless people – including children – who can now pursue these life-altering procedures. “The old guidelines were out of step with America’s growing levels of obesity, and … Continued

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How to Take GERD Off the Thanksgiving Menu

It spoils a Thanksgiving gathering as reliably as spilled gravy: gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. About 1 in 4 adults in Orange County suffer from daily chronic reflux and take a PPI (an anti-acid medication) to help control their symptoms. Add stuffing, turkey, cranberries, creamed corn, dinner rolls, rice, pumpkin pie (you get the idea), … Continued

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Hoag Welcomes Skilled Bariatric and Advanced GI Surgeon

Hoag is excited to welcome Katherine (Katie) Blevins, M.D., Ph.D. to the Digestive Health Institute and its Bariatric Weight Loss Program. Skilled in both laparoscopic and robotic techniques, Dr. Blevins is a minimally invasive surgeon with a focus in bariatric and advanced gastrointestinal surgery. She completed General Surgery residency at Stanford University, where she spent … Continued

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Hoag Adds Gastroenterologist to Lead Motility Program

Newport Beach, Calif.-based Hoag has added Catherine Ngo, M.D., to head its Hoag Digestive Health Institute’s Motility program.  Dr. Ngo has been a practicing gastroenterologist for over 10 years, and she will offer advanced diagnostic and treatment innovations.  “Hoag takes a team-based approach to everything it does, which, in the case of digestive disorders, is crucial,” … Continued

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Top 10 Gastroenterology Hospitals, ASCs in the U.S.

Here are 2022’s top 10 gastroenterology hospitals and ASCs in the U.S. according to U.S. News & World Report and Newsweek. U.S. News & World Report analyzed 1,586 hospitals and ranked the top 50 for gastroenterology and GI surgery. Newsweek ranked the top 510 ASCs nationwide. The rankings, compiled in collaboration with market research firm Statista, are based on a survey … Continued

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How the Mind-Gut Connection Affects Total Health

As a colorectal surgeon, I address complex intestinal issues with state-of-the-art interventions. Fortunately for most people, the key to a healthy digestive system isn’t that complicated. A proper diet, regular exercise, and stress reduction all help create a healthier and happier gut. The “mind-gut connection” influences how you think and feel. Imagine a marathon runner … Continued

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Gut Check: You Really Are What You Eat

When it comes to improving your overall health, listen to your gut. The Hoag Digestive Health Institute highlights a few ways in which your gastrointestinal health affects your overall wellbeing. Immunity. Our gastrointestinal tracts are host to a universe of microbiota, including bacteria and fungi. The better we eat, the happier our gut microbiome becomes, … Continued

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Hoag Appoints Dr. Elizabeth Raskin as Surgical Director of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program

Newport Beach, Calif.-based Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian has named colorectal surgeon Elizabeth Raskin, MD, as the new surgical director for the Margolis Family Inflammatory Bowel disease Program, part of the Hoag Digestive Institute.  Dr. Raskin has 20 years of experience in colon and rectal surgeries, performing robot-assisted surgeries and treating complex colorectal conditions with minimally invasive processes. … Continued

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