GANJ Welcomes Ori Rackovsky, MD

We are proud to announce that on August 1, 2018, we will be adding a new physician to our team: Dr. Ori A. Rackovsky. Dr. Rackovsky will be joining Dr. Michael Mainero at his Woodland Park location. Dr. Rackovsky currently resides in Bronx, NY and is finishing up his fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where …

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GANJ Working Together With Horizon to Improve Patient Care

We are proud to announce that our superior physicians have been chosen to participate  in Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (BCBSNJ) Episodes of Care (EOC) programs. As an added bonus, the size and scope of Gastrointestinal Associates of New Jersey (GANJ) has earned us the title of largest participating group in one of these elite programs. What …

Foodborne Illness: What You Need to Know

I think we can all agree that farm-fresh foods are delightfully delicious and contain little to no processed food agents. They are healthy options to food stores littered with sugary, high-calorie foods. One could argue they’re perfect, right? Well, not exactly. Take Escherichia coli (E. coli), for example. These bacteria occupy the intestines of people and animals alike, typically with …

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IBS: Fact vs. Fiction

Though the majority of our patients seek help with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), we are here today in honor of IBS Awareness Month to break down the common myths associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Myth #1: IBD and IBS are similar or the same. Fact: IBS is a syndrome often brought on by trigger …

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GANJ to Speak About Colon Cancer on CBS

Set your DVRs and calendars! Gastroenterology Associates of New Jersey (GANJ) is coming to a TV near you in April! On April 28, 2018, from at 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., we will have the privilege of speaking on a subject very close to our hearts as part of AMERICAN HEALTH FRONT! on CBS: colon cancer awareness. Since 2002, Medical …

Fact or Fiction: Colorectal Cancer Myths

With March coming to a close, we always ask ourselves: Did we do all we could during Colon Cancer Awareness Month to educate each and every patient that has come through our doors? Have we educated our patients in knowing the symptoms and signs? What about screening and treatment options? Most importantly, did we impact the population beyond our doors …

90s Babies Beware: Colon Cancer Risk on the Rise Among Youth

A study conducted last year by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute brought attention to a risk increase in colon cancer nationally; it was not among the 50+ crowd and nor among African Americans, thankfully. In a surprising twist, researchers have found that young adults born in the 1990s are facing a rising risk of colon cancer. That’s primarily …

A Look Towards March: Colon Cancer Prevention Tips

In 2017, the American Cancer Society estimated 1,688,780 people would be diagnosed with colon cancer. While that number might seem alarming, the good news is the number of people who die from colon cancer continues to decline thanks to early detection and treatment advances. Colon cancer has become highly preventable, partly because of the awareness raised by Colorectal Cancer Awareness …

4 Things Gastroenterologists Want to Know From You

It’s a fact: In many cases, patients can be reluctant to see certain specialists when they experience uncomfortable symptoms; it is much easier for someone suffering from allergies to seek an allergist, for example, than it would be for that same individual to seek out a gastroenterologist because of a change in bowel habits. In actuality, gastroenterologists all over the …

Staying Hydrated to Maintain Gastrointestinal Health 

When some think of daunting tasks, they may think of climbing Mount Everest or skydiving over the ocean. Others, however, think of something on a much smaller scale: drinking eight glasses of water a day. Gasp! We’ve been told since we were in our youth that drinking eight glasses of water is needed for our bodies to function properly. Recently, …