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Serrin Gantt, M.D.

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A New Year’s Norovirus “Cleanse”

January 12, 2016

Thursday I tended to my mother who had what I presumed was norovirus. In the middle of the night she had developed diarrhea and later the next day vomiting. She had a low grade temperature of 100F and very little energy. I kept a safe distance but did empty her vomit pot (AKA emesis basin). …

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November Health Pearls: Flu, Sex, Exercise

November 11, 2015

FLU  It’s time to get your flu shot if you have not already.  In this week’s news, the first case of Influenza, type A H1N1, was documented in Baltimore, Maryland. This year’s vaccine is protective against this strain of virus. Peak flu season is between December and February and the CDC recommends that anyone over…

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Duodenoscopes versus Endoscopes, Understanding the Difference

March 8, 2015

Two weeks ago, two patients at UCLA died from a serious infection felt to be introduced during a procedure called an ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatogram). The infection was due to an antibiotic resistant “superbug” referred to as CRE, or carbapenem resistant enterobacteriaceae, passed on to the patient through use of the duodenoscope used during an ERCP.  In…

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Platelet Rich Plasma – Fountain of Youth?

February 21, 2015

Within 24 hours, the topic of platelet rich plasma came up twice. A friend of mine said that a nurse who he sees at his gym had suggested he might try Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for chronic pain following a torn biceps tendon and he wondered what I (mind you, a retired gastroenterologist) thought. That…

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Cologuard – What Is It?

November 5, 2014

Recently Cologuard has been in the news. What is it? Cologuard is a Medicare/Medicaid approved stool analysis which aims to detect alterations in the DNA associated with colon cancer and precancerous polyps. It combines analysis for a variety of abnormal patterns in your DNA with a fecal immunochemical test or FIT, which assesses for blood in the…

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Are We What We Eat?

September 24, 2014

Every morning I enjoy a cup of dark roast coffee with cream and Sweet N’ Low (saccharin). A recent article in the journal Nature, “Artificial Sweeteners Induce Glucose Intolerance by Altering Gut Microbiota” may cause me to change this habit. Saccharin was discovered by a Hopkins chemist Constantin Fahlberg. Its safety was long questioned due…

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Marital Harmony Restored – Musings on a Smart Toilet

June 15, 2014

Recently in the WSJ there was an article referencing the popularity of the “smart” toilet AKA the Toto Washlet. Since I am a gastroenterologist, this article was of great interest. What do these toilets do? As it turns out, quite a lot. First off, and of most importance to the fastidious Japanese householder (where these…

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I Have Ticks In My Colon?!

May 29, 2014

Well, not ticks, but ‘tics’ – or diverticuli. What are tics, anyway? This is a question that I am often asked following a colonoscopy when they are commonly found. Diverticuli are basically a pouch or sac off the colon wall created by herniation of the inner lining of the colon. They pop out through a…

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Coffee – More Anti-Oxidants To Go With My Chocolate

May 5, 2014

For those of you who read my blog on chocolate, you may be starting to wonder about my dietary habits. Coffee and chocolate are daily staples and I suspect that I am getting a hefty amount of caffeine per day. My dark chocolate habit, albeit moderate, likely results in 10 mg of caffeine being ingested.…

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Gas Is a Blast – For Some

February 20, 2014

How serious a problem is intestinal gas? Serrin’s mind started wandering after she read an article titled “Flatulent Cows Start Fire at German Dairy Farm.” Ninety cows producing methane gas plus a static charge resulted in one cow being burnt and damage to the barn. It led to wondering whether humans might pose a similar…

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