Superbug CRE Outbreaks and Endoscopy: 4 Things You Should Know

Contributors: John Vargo, MD, MPH, Bret Lashner, MD, Mansour Parsi, MD, MPH, and Maged Rizk, MD There have been a lot of news stories lately about people undergoing endoscopy procedures who have contracted the superbug called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae — or what’s more commonly referred to as CRE. As a result, many of our patients have … Read More

Endoscope Offers Smart Fixes for Your Serious Digestive Problems

Today, many GI tract diseases that once required surgery can be treated without incisions. Two such conditions include achalasia, a swallowing disorder, and early-stage gastric and esophageal cancers. The techniques use specially equipped endoscopes, instruments that allow doctors to perform procedures by going through the patient’s mouth. The doctors then use surgical tools attached to … Read More

Dangerous Magnet Ingestion

High-powered “rare earth” magnets are colorful, fun-to-fiddle-with desk toys for adults. They may also be found in jewelry and in children’s toys from several years ago. But they’re also highly dangerous when in the wrong hands — or mouths. Magnet ingestion rates in children have been on the rise due to the growing popularity of … Read More