Bret Lashner, MD

Bret Lashner, MD

Bret Lashner, MD, is a gastroenterologist, Director of the Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease and a Professor of Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. He is an Associate Editor of The American Journal of Gastroenterology and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, and he co-chairs the Cleveland Clinic Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative Grants Advisory Committee.

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You Won’t Believe How This Works: Fecal Transplant

Tags: C. difficile, colonoscopy, diarrhea, fecal transplant, Gut Flora Study, IBS, poop, probiotics

The details may make you uncomfortable, but fecal transplants are working wonders for patients who suffer recurring bouts of gut infections, such as Clostridium difficile. Donors help recipients rebuild healthy gut flora.

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Best and Worst Foods for IBS

Tags: diet, IBS, irritable bowel syndrome, lactose intolerance

To take control of irritable bowel syndrome, patients should stick to a diet that limits certain foods, including milk, beans and some fruits and vegetables. Get a convenient chart that details a low-“fodmap” diet.

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Do You Really Need to Go Gluten-free?

Tags: anemia, celiac disease, diarrhea, gluten, osteoporosis

Celiac disease causes your body to be unable to absorb nutrients from many foods. Gastroenterologist Bret Lashner, MD, talks about celiac disease and how to cope if you have it.

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Colon Cancer: Find It Early

Tags: colon cancer, colon cancer awareness month 2013, colon surgery, colonoscopy

Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in the United States. In 2009, 136,717 people in the United States were diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 51,848 (38%) people died from it. Bret Lashner, MD, talks about how to help prevent it.

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Crohn’s and Bones: Avoid Osteoporosis Risk

Tags: bone density, bone health, Bone loss, Crohn's disease, osteoporosis, vitamin D, vitamin d deficiency

Sticks and stones can break your bones, especially if you have Crohn’s disease. Understand the risk Crohn’s patients have for osteoporosis, and what can be done to prevent it.

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Research Triumphs Begin With Collaboration

Tags: bone density, Crohn's disease, hepatitis C, liver disease

Collaboration has always, and will always, further discoveries in science and medicine. A six-year, $64.6 million dollar NIH grant awarded to Cleveland’s Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) will further new research for disease and treatment options.


Should You Volunteer to Try a New Therapy?

Tags: clinical trials, research, treatments

If your doctor offers to enroll you into a clinical trial, should you agree? What is a clinical trial, and what are the benefits and risks of volunteering?