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Health Highlights: Nov. 26, 2016

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Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Fidel Castro Dies at 90 Fidel Castro, Cuban revolutionary and the island nation's leader for much of the past 60 years, died at 90 years of age on Friday. According to The New York Times, Cuban state television announced the death of the communist leader, who had been in declining health for years. In 2006, Castro effectively transferred power to his brother, Raul, after battling diverticulitis. Reviled as a dictator by some, hailed as a revolutionary hero by others, Fidel Castro ruled Cuba after his rebel forces overthrew Fulgencio Batista's government in January of 1959. Castro remained a thorn in the side of 11 U.S. presidents, and helped bring the world close to the brink of nuclear war over a military standoff between the United States and the Soviet Union in the fall of 1962. ... Read more

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Age-Related Colon Condition Not Cause for Alarm, Study Says

Posted 5 Dec 2013 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 5, 2013 – Diverticulosis – a medical problem characterized by pouches in the lining of the colon – is much less risky than previously believed, a new study contends. Previous research concluded that up to one-quarter of people with diverticulosis will develop a painful and sometimes serious infection called diverticulitis. But this new 15-year study shows that the risk is actually only about 1 percent over seven years. "These colon pouches are commonly detected during colonoscopy, and patients wonder if they are important and what to do with them," said study senior author Dr. Brennan Spiegel, an associate professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. "In short, diverticulosis is not something to worry much about. Chances are low that something will happen," Spiegel said in a university news release. The UCLA team also found that people diagnosed ... Read more

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Health Tip: Is Diverticular Disease Causing Problems?

Posted 5 Aug 2013 by

-- Diverticular disease, which includes diverticulosis and diverticulitis, occurs when inflamed pouches form from bulging weak spots in the intestines. The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse says common symptoms of diverticular disease include: Bloating and/or pain in the lower abdomen, particularly tenderness on the lower left side. Pain may gradually increase, or come and go. Constipation. Fever, chills, nausea, vomiting or changes in bowel habits. Read more

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Common Gastro Disease Occurs Even With High-Fiber Diet

Posted 27 Jan 2012 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 27 – Eating a high-fiber diet does not lower a person's risk of diverticulosis, but a low-fiber diet might, according to a new study that contradicts what doctors have believed for decades. Diverticulosis is a disease of the intestines in which pouches develop in the colon wall. Researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine analyzed data from more than 2,100 patients, aged 30 to 80, who underwent outpatient colonoscopy between 1998 and 2010. The patients were interviewed about their diet, bowel movements and level of physical activity. Patients with the lowest fiber intake were 30 percent less likely to develop diverticulosis than those with the highest intake, according to the study published in the February issue of the journal Gastroenterology. The findings also showed that constipation was not a risk factor and that having more frequent bowel ... Read more

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