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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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