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.

Conditions Covered:Digestive Health, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), GERD, Constipation

Latest by Monica Smith

Proton Pump Inhibitors: How Safe Are They?

Increasing evidence suggests over time, proton pump inhibitors, used to treat symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease, may not be as benign as people think.

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.

IBS Patients Delay Seeking Help, Survey Finds

Most people with irritable bowel syndrome suffer symptoms like abdominal pain for at least a year before seeing a doctor.

Biosimilars Approved for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

The FDA has approved the first biosimilar drugs to treat inflammatory bowel diseases, such as severe Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

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.

IBD Raises Risk of Getting C. Diff Again

Having inflammatory bowel disease increases your risk for antibiotic-resistant C. Diff bacterial infection and recurrence.

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.

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.

Constipation Treatments Are Equally Effective

Recent research concluded that drugs used to treat chronic idiopathic constipation are comparable.

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.