H.R. 2279 Safe Step Act

By Jacob R. Karr, MD “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” This quote is often attributed to Albert Einstein, but the origins are not as important as the meaning. H.R. 2279 Safe Step Act was introduced on April 10,...

Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2019

By Jacob R. Karr, MD Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” There are few opportunities when prevention is easily attainable, and so many aspects of medicine are out of our control. A screening colonoscopy is a proven...

ReShape Balloon Procedure Trending In Acadiana: Featured on KLFY

Being such a simple procedure with amazing results, it’s no wonder that the balloon is starting to turn heads! Patients Angela Stansbury and Suzette Fowler have been working hard over the years to reach their goal weight but have struggled, despite diet and exercise....

Jumpstart Your Holiday Weight Loss on KLFY

With gatherings of family and friends and holiday office parties, there’s no shortage of delicious foods and seasonal treats! But for many, holiday weight gain is a major concern—especially if you already have a couple pounds you’d like to lose. Doctors Jacob Karr and...

Stretta Procedure for GERD

The holiday season has arrived! Fried turkey, rice dressing and gumbo…oh my! The holiday season is here. While that means great food and football, for six out of 10 adults, that also means heartburn season is here. GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a...

GERD Featurette on KLFY

Spicy food lovers are no stranger to heartburn and acid reflux, but if symptoms are frequent, it could be a sign of a more serious issue. Lifestyle changes can help to reduce the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), but long-term acid exposure can...

Simple Steps to Prevent Heartburn On Katc

Spicy, greasy foods and late-night snacking are some of the most common causes of heartburn. Heartburn, although common, can lead to other serious health conditions – especially if left untreated. Rather than simply managing heartburn with over-the-counter...

Colon Cancer Awareness Month – Time to Kick Cancer in the Butt!

March is Colon Cancer Awareness month—and time to “kick cancer in the butt.” We want you to be aware of some important facts regarding the need for early colorectal cancer screening: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the 2nd leading cause of cancer death when numbers for men...

Can Inflammation Harm Your Health?

Inflammation means “set afire.” Sometimes you notice the symptoms and sometimes there are no signs at all. Please have regular checkups including your colonoscopy. Chronic inflammation is linked to ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, IBD Inflammatory bowel...

Little Known Facts about Your Stomach

It only takes 2 -3 seconds for food to reach your stomach. Digestion starts in the stomach, but it mixes with the digestives juices in the small intestine. There the nutrients are absorbed and the waste goes to the colon. Your stomach is the size of your fist. Do you...