Monica Smith

Monica Smith,

Monica J. Smith is a medical journalist specializing in gastrointestinal health. She has written extensively for General Surgery News, Clinical Oncology News, and Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News. Given her interest in well-being, it was only natural for her to focus largely on issues related to the digestive system; as Hippocrates noted, good health starts in the gut.

Is Endoscopy Safe?

In recent years, serious, sometimes deadly, infections in people who have undergone endoscopies have drawn media attention and increased scrutiny from the FDA.
Monica Smith

Statin Use May Protect IBD Patients

People with Crohn’s disease are at increased risk for colorectal cancer. Statin drugs to control cholesterol levels may help reduce this risk.
Monica Smith

Hope for Dyspepsia With Weight Loss

If you’ve lost weight because of functional dyspepsia, or upset stomach, you might be able to gain it back by taking a certain antidepressant.
Monica Smith

Surgery Versus Drugs to Treat GERD

Drugs known as proton pump inhibitors are usually the first therapy recommended to people with gastroesophageal reflux disease. Surgery is another option.
Monica Smith

Can Aspirin Lower Cancer Risk?

A daily aspirin, along with cancer screening and other lifestyle measures, may lower your risk for cancers of the digestive tract.
Monica Smith