GastroNorth Blog

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We've all experienced bloating - that full, tight feeling in your abdomen, which is often uncomfortable, sometimes even painful. This increased abdominal pressure is often due to the presence of gas. Here we discuss some strategies that may help you beat the bloat!
Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (also known as SIBO) is more common that originally thought and can have a significant impact on one’s quality of life. The bacteria interfere with our normal digestion and absorption of food, and are associated with damage to the lining or membrane of the small intestine. Learn more about the causes, risk factors, symptoms and treatment options here.
During Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, join Dr Raouf Bassily, Dr Shamilah Lachal and Dr Soly Kashkooli for a free information session on Bowel Cancer. Learn about the risk factors, symptoms and the importance of screening and early diagnosis.
For some people with Coeliac disease, oats can trigger a potentially harmful response. In Australia and New Zealand oats are not considered gluten free. This Anzac Day, why not try baking these delicious Oat & Gluten Free Anzac Biscuits.
The production and consumption of fermented foods have been part of many different cultures for a long time, as a way both of preserving food, and adding nutritional and probiotic value. Gastroenterologist Dr Joshua Butt enjoys the process of creating fermented foods at home with this family. He shares a simple recipe.
Many people will tell us that they simply feel better when they don’t eat gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye and many find that when they omit gluten from their diet, that their symptoms subside. Could it be Coeliac Disease or is it Gluten Intolerance?
We’re not scared, and you shouldn’t be either. Kids LOVE toilet humour. Let’s take a lead from them and make it part of our conversation. Catching your next poo, may save your life. As gastroenterologists, our goal is to see a marked reduction in the rate of bowel cancer in the community. Most cases of bowel cancer can be prevented with screening. However, currently only 40% of the Australian population at risk of bowel cancer is undergoing screening.
Prior to having a colonoscopy, it is important that the bowel is clean so that the endoscopist can have a clear view of the colon. There are a number of different bowel preparations available for patients, and it is important that they are taken as instructed to ensure the bowel is well prepared for examination.
At GastroNorth, we are a like-minded group of gastroenterologists and endoscopists who not only work together in private practice, but also share the passion to support the community by servicing Melbourne's public hospitals, including The Northern Hospital, Royal Melbourne Hospital, St Vincent's Hospital and Box Hill Hospital.