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Dugdale, D. C. (2009). Penn State Hershey. Retrieved 2011, from GI Bleeding: http://pennstatehershey.org/healthinfo/surgery/13/100162.htm
Jennifer Harris

Marjorie McGowen
WEBSITE REVIEW of the National Cancer Institute’s website (cancer.gov).
This site is relevant to our GI topic this week due to the various cancers of the GI tract that are referenced on this site (such as colon, rectal, and stomach cancer). There are links on the site for many cancers with their etiology, treatment, and ongoing research links. There are even links to help you with questions to ask the doctor after you are diagnosed. The site offers cancer resource books, web sites, and help for caregivers also.
I trust this site as it is sponsored by the US Government and is an arm of the National Cancer Institute. I would also recommend this site to any of my fellow students who need a resource for themselves, family members, or patients who are dealing with cancer. It is an excellent resource and help.
REFERENCE: Comprehensive Cancer Information - National Cancer Institute. (n.d.). Comprehensive Cancer Information - National Cancer Institute. Retrieved February 22, 2011, from http://cancer.gov.

Brian Kofke / Wild Card Post

The below link is to a video that is, what I like to think as common sense, but a good reminder. People forget that they are what they eat. Eating poorly can cause a multitude of health problems not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally. The speaker in the video discusses how people have become accustomed to eating poorly and that it is partially due to the fact that all the advertising and marketing of food is from fast food restaurants generally specializing in producing food that isn't too good for you. Most people do not grow their own food these days, so they continually consume GMO foods and other foods that are processed and filled with poor ingredients such as aspartame, high fructose corn syrup, dyes, etc. With just a little time one can grow a mini garden and with a little consciousness, people can read labels and understand what they truly are eating. Again, we need to fully understand that we are what we eat. Anyway, here's the link:

Nutrition by Natalie. (n.d.). How to Trick Kids into Eating Veggies. Retrieved February 22, 2011 from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uOms4YexJo&playnext=1&list=PL406B7ABC49FE18C2

Peptic Ulcer by Andrea Pedrosa

It was long thought that ulcers were caused by stress and/or spicy foods and although these risk factors may be a contributing cause of ulcers, we now know that they are primarily caused by the corkscrew shaped bacterium Helicobacter pylori or by medications such as bisphosphonates (commonly used to treat osteoporosis).
Ulcers are classified by their locations. This picture shows an esophageal, a gastric and a duodenal ulcer with their corresponding locations.
Illustration showing ulcers
Illustration showing ulcers

Mayo Clinic. (2010). Peptic Ulcer. Retrieved February 19, 2011 from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/peptic-ulcer/DS00242


You NEED to have a sense of humor to appreciate this video or just be slap happy from studying to much.
I have linked it with the GI Nutrition section only because the patrons are ordering food. Long stretch I know, but great comic relief.


Jodie Spradlin

I am there with Jodie...C.difficile parody but probiotics and carbs are mentioned! ha ha ha

You Tube. (2010, March 28). Tik Tok parody "C.Diff". Retrieved February 15, 2011, from You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alhXQA1K86w

James Earley
I love pizza and this is pizza getting eaten and digested.

speckles4. " YouTube - Digestive System ." YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. . N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2011. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7xKYNz9AS0&NR=1>.

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Trentin Moya - American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Website Evaluation

The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) is comprised of over 2,600 members (ASCRS, n.d.a). The ASCRS website provides information both to its members and the public especially patients. The ASCRS is considered an authority on various conditions and diseases of the colon, rectum and anus (ASCRS, n.d.a). They provide a link to locate a board certified surgeon and explain what it means to be board certified (ASCRS, n.d.a).

Members have access to a journal published by the society, Diseases of the Colon & Rectum. Obviously, I'm not a member, so I explored the information available to the general public. I located this organization when conducting research on diverticulitis. The website provides information and patient brochures on a variety of conditions related to the colon, rectum, and anus. In looking up diverticulitis through this website, I found it to be very patient friendly. It provides a diagram and explains the difference between diverticulitis and diverticulosis. It also explains the standard treatments and when surgery may become necessary (ASCRS, n.d.c). This same type of information is available on such topics as Colorectal Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Ulcerative Colitis, and many more (ASCRS, n.d.b). The patient/public portion also provides links to learn more about treatment and screenings, success stories, cancer registries, and research advocacy groups (ASCRS, n.d.e).

I believe this site is a credible source since I located a scholarly article published in the society's journal dealing with guidelines for sigmoid diverticulitis (Rafferty, Shellito, Hyman, & Buie, 2006). If research based evidenced is published through the society's journal, it must be assumed that the society's website is credible though no dates are given for last updates.

American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. (n.d.a). About us. Retrieved from http://www.fascrs.org/aboutus/.
American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. (n.d.b). Conditions/Patient brochures. Retrieved from http://www.fascrs.org/patients/conditions/.
American society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. (n.d.c). Diverticular disease. Retrieved from http://www.fascrs.org/patients/conditions/diverticular_disease/.
American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. (n.d.d). Homepage. Retrieved from http://www.fascrs.org/.
American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. (n.d.e). Patients/Public. Retrieved from http://www.fascrs.org/patients/.
Rafferty, J., Shellito, P., Hyman, N. H., & Buie, W. D. (2006). Practice parameters for sigmoid diverticulitis. Disease of the Colon & Rectum, 49, 939-944. doi: 10.1007/s10350-006-0578-2. Retrieved from http://www.fascrs.org/files/pp_sigmoid.pdf.
Trentin Moya

Dinishi. (2009, july 29). Youtube. Retrieved febrauary 18, 2011, from Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7xKYNz9AS0
Greg Volz

Here is a picture of a gallbladder full of stones which can be caused by a diet high in fat and cholesterol. These stones cause a lot of pain.
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Sasha Huber
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    WEBSITE REVIEW by Josie Dean
    I have less than fond memories of working 12-hours a day as unit secretary at YVMC. Invariably, by the end of each shift, I would leave feeling bloated and uncomfortable. With the exception of a short 30 minute lunch break and brief potty breaks, I am expected to be at the desk to answer phones, receive doctors and assist the charge nurse. Such demands, I found, would wreak havoc on my GI system. The following website offers possible solutions for people who work by sitting at their desks for extended periods of time. Hope it helps!
    In my review of this website, I find it to be full of practical articles written by those with letters behind their names and those without. This attached article was written by James Madhok who, based on my research, is not a medically-educated person. Although he writes passionately and his articles are interesting.

    GI risks associated with NSAIDS
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    Above is a video that talks about risks of using NSAID's on the GI tract. I thought it brought the GI discussion together with our pharmacology knowledge. Retrieved February 27th, 2011 GI risks associated with NSAIDS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJ9pamb9lhc Wendy Villa

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    This is a photo of an upper GI bleed, which most commonly occurs when there is chronic alcoholism or chronic aspirin use.
    (2009, Feb 13). Retrieved Feb 27, 2011, from The Journal of Internal Medicine: http://www.ispub.com/journal/the_internet_journal_of_internal_medicine/volume_5_number_2_17/article/primary_aorto_esophageal_fistula_a_rare_cause_of_gastrointestinal_hemorrhage.html
    Becky Meek