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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month!

Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it. The good news is...

Long Term Use of Proton Pump Inhibitors

As recent research has shown, long-term use of proton pump inhibitors, medications used to relieve symptoms of Acid Reflux or GERD (Nexium, Prilosec, Omeprazole, Prevacid, AcipHex, Dexilant, and Protonix), may increase the risk of osteoporosis, altered absorption of vitamins and minerals (especially magnesium), infection, kidney impairment and possible dementia in...

Gas Forming Foods: Which Foods Cause Gas?

Most foods that contain carbohydrates can cause gas. By contrast, fats and proteins cause little gas. Sugars- the sugars that cause gas are raffinose, lactose, fructose, and sorbitol: Raffinose: beans contain large amounts of this complex sugar. Smaller amounts are found in cabbage, Brussel sprouts, brocolit, asparagus, and other vegetables...

What is Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is a liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis C virus. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is usually spread when blood from a person infected with the Hepatitis C virus enters the body of someone who is not infected, less often it can be spread via body...

What are Proton Pump Inhibitors?

Proton pump inhibitors or PPIs for short are a group of drugs that help reduce the production of stomach acid. They are available with or without prescription for the treatment of heartburn, GERD, ulcers, esophagitis, barrett’s esophagus and other stomach acid related conditions. Here are a list of common PPIs:...

What Are Gallstones

Gallstones or cholelithiasis are hardened deposits of digestive fluid that can form in your gallbladder. Your gallbladder is a small, pear shaped organ on the right side of your abdomen, just below the liver. Gallstones are very common in the United States. It is estimated that 6.3 million men and...

Dr. Shafii Voted Top Gastroenterologist in Colorado Springs 2014

  For the second year in a row, Dr. Shafii has been voted Top Gastroenterologist in Colorado Springs. Dr. Shafii was featured in the 2014 Colorado Springs Top Doctors edition of Colorado Springs Style Magazine.                   Dr. Abbass Shafii completed his post doctoral...

Welcome Our New Nurse Practitioner

Welcome our new nurse practitioner, Julie Cotton. Julie received her Master’s Degree in Science of Nursing from Grand Canyon University. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. She joins the team at Digestive Disease Clinic and Endoscopy Center to provide...

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) involves chronic inflammation of all or part of your digestive (GI) tract. The exact cause of the disease is unknown, but it has been associated with genetic and autoimmune diseases. About 15% of IBD have close relatives who also have IBD. IBD primarily involves ulcerative colitis...

Fatty Liver (Steatosis)

The liver is the largest organ in the body. It is found high in the right upper abdomen, behind the ribs. The liver is a remarkable organ that has ability to regenerate itself and it is able to tolerate a heavy load for the body. The liver has many functions;...