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Functions of the Liver

Hepatitis C Screening Important For Baby Boomers

It's a disease linked to drug use and tattoo needles, but Hepatitis C is also transmitted through infected blood and blood products.

Dr. Matilda Hagan - Mercy Medical Center

What Causes Gut Inflammation?

Mercy Gastroenterologist Dr. Matilda Hagan discusses the causes and treatment of gut inflammation.

Top Doctors of Baltimore - Mercy Medical Center

Mercy Physicians Recognized in Baltimore Magazine 2016 Top Docs Issue

Mercy physicians recognized represent 23 separate specialties, ranging from breast cancer surgery to varicose veins.

Dr. Matilda Hagan - Mercy Medical Center

Dealing with Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is one of two types of inflammatory bowel disease. Crohn's disease is the other one.

Barbara - Mercy Patient

Barbara

After feeling ill on New Years Eve, Barbara had a screening that revealed a cancerous tumor in her colon.

Etta - Mercy Patient

Etta

When cancer runs in your family, it is hard to avoid. Certain foods, supplements and a balanced diet may help reduce your risks.

Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy - Portal Hypertension

Myths vs. Facts About Hepatitis C

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates more than 3 million Americans have hepatitis C and three out of four of them are baby boomers.

Dr. Richard Desi, Mercy Gastroenterologist

Richard Desi, M.D.

Dr. Richard Desi of The Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease, focuses on hepatology, a sub-specialty of gastroenterology that addresses the liver, gallbladder, pancreas and biliary tract.

The Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy - Baltimore, MD

Dr. Sergey Kantsevoy Using New Tissue Ligation Device

Hemorrhoids are very common and affect approximately 4-5% of the general population (over 15 million people in the USA), especially people over age 50.

Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy - ECRP

Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease

Mercy Medical Center is home to The Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease, offering dedicated specialists and advanced treatment options.

Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy - Baltimore, MD

Mercy Now Offers New, ‘No-Needle’ Option for Liver Disease Testing

Mercy Medical Center continues to take a leadership role in the battle against liver disease by providing patients with a FibroScan --  a new painless and non-invasive technique to assess liver stiffness which can indicate fibrosis, or scarring.

Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy - Dr. Mahashwari

Screening for Hepatitis C

Doctors are trying to encourage baby boomers, people born between 1945 and 1965 to get a one time blood test to determine if they have the disease.

IBS Awareness

Are Salmonella sufferers more prone to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

New research has found that children who suffered with Salmonella-induced gastroenteritis may be more likely to develop IBS in adulthood.

Dr. Matilda Hagan - Mercy Medical Center

Understanding Crohn’s Disease

Crohn's disease is a serious, chronic inflammatory bowel disease for which there is no cure.

Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy - Dr. Kantsevoy

Mercy Medical Center Study Reveals Efficacy of Endoscopic Closure of Colon Perforations

Dr. Sergey V. Kantsevoy of The Melissa L. Posner Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy conducted a study to evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of closing full-thickness colonic perforations endoscopically.

Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy - Portal Hypertension

Drugs For Treating Hepatitis C

Dr. Paul Thuluvath discusses a new class of drugs for treating Hepatitis C, including Interferon, Riboviron and Protease Inhibitors.

Reducing Your Cancer Risk

Reducing Your Cancer Risk

Dr. Anurag Maheshwari, The Institute for Digestive Health & Liver Disease at Mercy, shares advice for patients to help reduce cancer risks.

Dr. Richard Desi

Gastroparesis - Slow Digestion

Dr. Richard Desi discusses gastroparesis, a disorder where food in the stomach takes longer than the normal 30 minutes to four hours to empty into the small intestine.

Tiffany - Mercy Patient

Crohn’s Disease linked to Smoking

Dr. Richard Desi, Board Certified Gastroenterologist with The Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy Medical Center, discusses links between Crohn's disease and smoking.

Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy

Detecting Colon Cancer Early With Colonoscopy Screenings

Mercy Gastroenterologist Dr. Michael Cox discusses the importance of preventive screening in the fight against colon cancer.

The Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy - Baltimore, MD

Treating Non Alcohol Related Liver Disease

Many people don't think about taking care of their livers because liver disease is often associated with alcohol. But liver disease can hit anyone for different reasons.

The Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy - Baltimore, MD

Crohn's Disease

There is not a cure for Crohn’s disease, but the disease can be managed through various treatment options, offered by the expert doctors at The Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease.

Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy - Baltimore, MD

Does Vitamin D Deficiency Lead to Fatty Liver Disease?

Dr. Hwan Yoo recently addressed the question of what role Vitamin D may play in fatty liver disease.

Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy - Barrett's Esophagus

Dealing with Reflux Disease

While many people have had a meal that's left them with heartburn, it's important to know the difference between food that doesn't agree with you and a common ailment known as gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease - Baltimore, MD

FibroScan New Non-Invasive Way to Study Liver

Experts say about one in 10 Americans have some form of liver disease like hepatitis, cirrhosis or cancer. Many of those patients would have to undergo a core needle biopsy procedure, which is invasive and can be painful. Now there's another option.

Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy - Liver and Hepatobiliary Disease

Mercy’s Liver Transplant Clinic Celebrates Organ Donors, Recipients

The Center for Liver and Hepatobiliary Diseases at Mercy features a Liver Transplant Clinic which prepares patients both prior to and following liver transplant surgery. Each holiday season, the Clinic recognizes the patient participants with a special reception and dinner.

Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy - Dr. Desi

Dr. Richard Desi Discusses Treating Stomach Upset

Unless you're lucky enough to have an iron-clad stomach, chances are you've probably had your share of tummy aches over the years.

Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy - Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis

Dr. Maheshwari Discusses Cancer Prevention

While a healthy diet is good for everyone, many boast that certain foods and supplements can help ward off cancer.

Gastroenterologist Dr. Patrick Hyatt and Minimally Invasive Surgeon Dr. Nora Meenaghan

Surgical Options For Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Those who suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease often are able to use medicinal and traditional treatments to manage the disease, but when those don't work, doctors said surgery can be an option to correct it.

The Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy - Baltimore, MD

Importance Of Screening, Treatment For Hepatitis B, C

Most people are never routinely screened for Hepatitis B or C... partly because there's a belief that there's nothing you can do for them -- but one doctor believes everyone should be screened because there seems to be a cure.

Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy

Dr. Cox Discusses Importance Of Preventive Screening

Colorectal cancer is one of the deadliest cancers in the U.S., but doctors say it can be detected early and prevented through colonoscopy screenings.

Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy - Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction

About The Center

The Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease offers advanced treatment options for GI conditions and world-class care.

Dr. Matilda Hagan - Mercy Medical Center

Low FODMAP Diet for IBS Symptoms

Millions of people suffer with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which is a very common affliction. Medical experts say there is a new diet that could help. The diet is called a low FODMAP diet.

Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy - Baltimore, MD

Mercy Medical Center Announces Opening of the New Bunting Endoscopy Suite

The unique, high-tech suite is located on the 2nd floor of Mercy’s Mary Catherine Bunting Center at 345 St. Paul Place.

Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy - Hemochromotosis

Mercy Liver Health Expert Dr. Paul J. Thuluvath Authors New Book

According to Dr. Thuluvath, the book serves as a comprehensive guide to hepatitis C, which affects about 3 percent of the world’s population―upwards of four million people in the U.S. 

Center for Endocrincology at Mercy - Baltimore, MD

Tips For Healthy Meal Prepping

Mercy’s Leigh Tracy, RD, LDN, CDE, a dietitian in The Center for Endocrinology at Mercy, offers her insights into healthy meal prepping. 

Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy - Dr. Desi

Colonoscopy Prep

Mercy gastroenterologist Dr. Richard Desi discusses easier prep for colonoscopy. 

Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy - Baltimore, MD

Advances in Hepatitis C Treatment Provide Incentive for Screening

The most common blood-borne viral infection in the United States, Hepatitis C (HCV), can lead to cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer. It impacts more than 4 million people, the vast majority “baby boomers,” those born 1945-1965, who are encouraged to undergo a simple HCV blood test as significant breakthroughs have been made recently to successfully treat this disease. 

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