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.
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You Won’t Believe How This Works: Fecal Transplant

Just the thought of a fecal transplant – of transplanting fecal matter from one person into another – may make a lot of people think, “ick.” It’s an uncomfortable idea. But consider that a fecal microbiota transplant can help people with stubborn, unhealthy gut flora. These are people struggling with recurring Clostridium difficile infections with … Read More

Best and Worst Foods for IBS

If you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), knowing what to eat can feel like the holy grail. For some patients, the right diet, along with attention to exercise, can control symptoms without medication. For my patients, I often recommend a special diet of easily digestible food, called a low-FODMAP diet, which is detailed in this … Read More

Do You Really Need to Go Gluten-free?

I’m sure you’ve seen the large selection of foods marked “gluten-free” in your supermarket. Or maybe you know people on a gluten-free diet. They may have celiac disease, a very common condition that is not diagnosed very often. Nearly 2 million people in the United States have the disease, and most do not know that … Read More

Colon Cancer: Find It Early

Unfortunately, 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 percent) people died from it. The best opportunity for curing cancer, once it develops, is to find it early and to remove it surgically.  Once … Read More

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Crohn’s and Bones: Avoid Osteoporosis Risk

If you have Crohn’s disease, you are more at risk for low bone mineral density, or osteoporosis. This means your chance of breaking your bones is much greater. The good news is there are ways to prevent this, including simple vitamin and mineral supplements. But first, your doctor needs to determine if these are right … Read More

Research Triumphs Begin With Collaboration

Collaboration has always, and will always, further discoveries in science and medicine. Recently, I’ve witnessed the renewal of a six-year, $64.6 million dollar NIH grant awarded to Cleveland’s Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC). The grant will be shared by Cleveland Clinic, University Hospital Case Medical Center, MetroHealth System, and the Louis Stokes VA Medical … Read More

Should You Volunteer to Try a New Therapy?

If you have a condition that is difficult to treat, your doctor might offer to enroll you into a clinical trial of a new therapy. Should you accept? Before making this decision, it’s important to understand that clinical trials look at new ways to prevent, detect or treat disease. They are research studies done in … Read More