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FDA Issues Warning About Balloon Obesity Treatments

Posted 13 Feb 2017 by

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

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

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

Related support groups: Cancer, Pancreatitis, Chronic Pancreatitis, Pancreatic Cancer, Diagnosis and Investigation, Pancreatic Secretion

Gene Ups Pancreatitis Risk in Men Who Drink Heavily

Posted 13 Nov 2012 by

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

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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