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New Test May Help Spot Pancreatic Cancer Early

Posted 12 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 – A new, low-cost blood test may be an effective way to detect pancreatic cancer early, a research team says. The nation's No. 4 cancer killer, pancreatic cancer often goes undiagnosed until it is too far along to remove. Current screening techniques typically catch it only "after it causes pronounced symptoms, when it has advanced far enough to be lethal," said study author Kenneth Zaret, director of the University of Pennsylvania's Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Sometimes it's found during a body scan for another health issue. But such scans are too costly for routine screening, even for people with a high risk of pancreatic cancer, he said. That includes parents, siblings or children of people who have had pancreatic cancer; those with some gene mutations; and people over 50 who suddenly develop diabetes. "A low-cost, noninvasive test, such as we have ... Read more

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For Inflamed Pancreas, Eating Right Away May Be Best Medicine

Posted 16 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 – Getting hospital patients with mild pancreatitis to start eating sooner may speed their recovery, a new study says. The finding challenges the long-held belief that these patients should avoid solid food for days. The University of Michigan researchers analyzed studies that included nearly 1,000 people hospitalized for pancreatitis. This is when the pancreas becomes inflamed, causing pain and swelling in the upper abdomen. Some common causes include gallstones and chronic alcohol use, according to the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Patients with mild pancreatitis who were given food by mouth or by feeding tube within 48 hours of admission had fewer symptoms such as nausea, pain and vomiting. They also had faster recoveries and spent less time in the hospital, the study authors said. The risk of hospital readmission, ... Read more

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Is Surgery Always Necessary for Gallstones?

Posted 7 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 – Gallbladder removal may not always necessary for gallstone pancreatitis, a new study suggests. Gallstone pancreatitis occurs when one or more gallstones gets stuck in a duct in the pancreas. This blocks pancreatic enzymes from leaving the pancreas and traveling to the small intestine to aid in digestion. When those enzymes back up into the pancreas, it causes inflammation and pain, according to the American College of Gastroenterology. The standard treatment is to remove the gallbladder within 30 days to prevent a recurrence, researchers said. The study included information on more than 17,000 cases of gallstone pancreatitis in the United States. All occurred between 2010 and 2013. The patients all had private insurance and were under the age 65. Seventy-eight percent of the patients had their gallbladders removed within the recommended 30 days of their initial ... Read more

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FDA Issues Warning About Balloon Obesity Treatments

Posted 13 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 – Fluid-filled balloons placed in the stomach to treat obesity have been linked to serious complications, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports. The balloons treat obesity by taking up space in a patient's stomach, and are used in conjunction with diet and exercise. Two types of fluid-filled balloon systems – the ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System and the Orbera Intragastric Balloon System – were approved by the FDA in 2015. But in a recent warning sent to health care providers, the FDA said it has received multiple reports of complications associated with the two balloon systems. One type of problem involved the balloons over-inflating with air or with more fluid in patients' stomachs. This led to the premature removal of the balloons. The second type of problem is development of acute pancreatitis. This complication also led to the removal of the ... Read more

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Losing Pancreas Fat May Treat Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 25 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 24, 2015 – British researchers say that losing 1 gram of fat from the pancreas can reverse type 2 diabetes. The catch? No one has yet figured out how to lose weight just from the pancreas. And, this small study's findings suggest that to lose that much fat from the pancreas, someone with type 2 diabetes would need to have weight-loss surgery, or diet long enough to lose about 15 percent of their body weight. While the study doesn't promise a quick fix for type 2 diabetes, it does add to the understanding of the disease, according to the study authors. "In people with type 2 diabetes, weight loss over eight weeks [after weight-loss surgery] caused pancreas fat to decrease and insulin production to normalize. But in people with normal sugar control, exactly the same weight loss caused no change in pancreas fat," said Dr. Roy Taylor, a professor of medicine and metabolism ... Read more

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Urine Test Might Find Pancreatic Cancer Early, Study Suggests

Posted 3 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2015 – Scientists report that they have developed a urine test that may detect pancreatic cancer at an early stage. Usually, symptoms of this deadly disease do not appear until it is at an advanced stage and has spread, and little can be done to save the patient. Researchers have been looking for a way to screen people for pancreatic cancer in the hopes that early detection might lead to effective treatment. "If this test proves to be as good as we hope, we could make an important difference and enable early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer completely noninvasively, using urine samples," said lead researcher Dr. Tatjana Crnogorac-Jurcevic, a reader in cancer genomics at the Centre for Molecular Oncology at Barts Cancer Institute of Queen Mary University of London. The team found three indicators ("markers") that, when combined, signal the beginnings of pancreatic cancer. ... Read more

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Gene Ups Pancreatitis Risk in Men Who Drink Heavily

Posted 13 Nov 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 13 – Researchers have identified a genetic variant that seems to put men who are heavy drinkers at high risk of developing chronic pancreatitis. The genetic variant on the X chromosome near the claudin-2 gene was discovered during a 10-year study that included more than 2,000 people. The variant was found on the X chromosome in 26 percent of men without pancreatitis and in nearly 50 percent of men with alcoholic pancreatitis. Women have two X chromosomes and it appears that most of those with this high-risk variant on one X chromosome are protected from alcoholic pancreatitis if their other X chromosome is normal. Men, however, have an X chromosome and a Y chromosome, so they have no protection if their X chromosome has the high-risk variant. The variant on the X chromosome does not appear to cause pancreatitis, but increases the risk of chronic pancreatitis if a person ... Read more

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Study Links Smoking to Increased Risk of Pancreatitis

Posted 23 Mar 2009 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 23 – Smoking may increase your risk of pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas that causes abdominal pain. It's believed that gallstone disease and excess alcohol consumption can cause pancreatitis. Smoking is a suspected cause of pancreas damage, but it hasn't been clear whether smoking is an independent risk factor for pancreatitis, according to background information in a study by researchers in Denmark. They analyzed about 20 years of data from 17,905 people to determine if smoking was associated with increased risk of acute or chronic pancreatitis. The researchers said that 58 percent of the 9,573 women and 68 percent of the 8,332 men were current smokers, 15 percent and 19 percent of men were ex-smokers, and 28 percent of women and 13 percent of men had never smoked. By the end of the study, 113 women and 122 men had developed acute (160 cases) or chronic (97 ... Read more

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