Is this the right place for my GI procedure? Ask Oprah!

Oprah Winfrey advises of the 6 most important questions to ask if you are having a procedure at an out of hospital facility. See the article at Oprah.com here. Wherever you have your procedure, ask these questions. For us at the Endoscopy Center of the North Shore, the answers are below: “Is this the best

We will perform on-site COVID testing before every procedure

When we resume endoscopy services, we will screen all patients for COVID-19 at a separate, on-site visit right here in our office. The test will be administered by nursing personnel from Mobile Anesthesia of Chicago and billed directly through LabCorp. You do not need to go to the hospital (and potentially be exposed to high

FDA warns companies selling medicinal CBD products

With state-by-state legalization of cannabis products, comes a surge in purported medical benefits. But caution remains that the interest in cannabinoids will lead to the old “snake oil” type of cure-all claims. The FDA has only approved one product containing CBD, for the treatment of of a specific type of seizures. Warning letters from the

How do you fight fake medical news? With real news!

Fake medical news has driven the anti-vaccination movement to the point where the US may lose it’s status as “eradicated”. Hawksters prey on the suspicion patients have for traditional medicine, and sell detoxifying agents, probiotics, “special” tests, and even parasites and stool transplant kits. How do we combat this? @AustinChiangMD has become a leader in

Does not remembering a procedure make it OK?

An article from New York Times, discusses the possibility of PTSD resulting from unremembered medical procedures using medications like midazolam. Is this possible? I believe it is. If people can be traumatized by injury, sexual assault, and childhood abuse that they have repressed from their memories completely, then why not?

Fluoroquinolone risks expanded

The FDA recently released results of a review that found an increased risk of aortic ruptures or tears with the use of fluoroquinolones.  As part of the safety warning, the FDA has recommendations for providers, including avoidance of fluoroquinolones in patients with a history of aortic aneurysm or those at risk for an aneurysm; to

Up to 6 mos PPI therapy may not affect bone health

Research recently published in the seminal journal Gastroenterology failed to find evidence of alterations in key markers of bone formation and metabolism in postmenopausal women on PPI’s. The study examined calcium absorption, serum or urine mineral levels, parathyroid hormone, Vitamin D status, or bone-mineral density with 6 months of PPI therapy.   The prospective double-blind study