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Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a bacteria that lives in the stomach of over half the people in the world.  While it can cause common diseases like gastritis and ulcers of both the stomach and beginning of the small intestine (the duodenum), it has also been known to be a risk factor for stomach cancer.  A study being published in the January 30, 2020 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine examined the benefits of treating H. pylori infection in patients who had a 1st degree relative (parent, sibling, or child) with stomach cancer.  The authors found that there was a 73% reduction in the risk of stomach cancer in those patients who were cured of the H. pylori infection.  Though stomach cancer is a less common cause of cancer, patients with a family history of stomach cancer should be tested for H. pylori infection with subsequent treatment and confirmation of cure if positive.  To find out more about H. pylori infection and how you can be tested, please call and make an appointment.

October 22, 2019
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We would like to welcome Dr. Arun Mathew to our practice!

Dr. Mathew grew up in the Bergen County Area and went to Lehigh University for his undergraduate education before returning to Newark, NJ for his medical education at New Jersey Medical School. In medical school, he was nominated by his peers for admission into the Gold Humanism Honor Society for compassionate care of his patients . He went on to train in internal medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA and then gastroenterology training at Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood, PA. He is published in multiple papers in the field of gastroenterology and hepatology 
 
He currently works out of Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ and Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, NJ. Dr Mathew is currently a member of the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Gastroenterology Association. 
 
Outside of work, he has maintained being a NY Giants fan despite living in Philadelphia for 6 years and enjoys traveling and snowboarding. 
 
 
To book an appointment with Dr. Mathew or any of our providers, please call 908-851-2770 or go to our webpage www.aggnj.net