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Inflammatory Bowel Disease May Raise Cancer Risk in Kids

Posted 2 days 20 hours ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 – Children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) face an increased risk of cancer, a new study claims. The risk persists into adulthood, and is especially elevated for gastrointestinal cancers, the researchers added. The "extent and duration of chronic inflammation might be the main driving mechanisms underlying the increased risk of cancer," the researchers suggested. The international team, led by Dr. Ola Olen, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, compared about 9,400 patients in Sweden who were diagnosed with IBD before age 18 to a control group of nearly 93,000 people without IBD. The risk of cancer up to an average age of 30 was 3.3 cases per 1,000 person years among those with IBD. That compared with 1.5 cases per 1,000 person years in the control group. So, the overall risk of cancer among people with IBD is still low, the ... Read more

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How to Have a Healthy Holiday Season

Posted 7 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Dec. 6, 2015 – You're at increased risk for colds and the flu over the holidays, but a few simple measures will help lower your chances of getting sick, an expert says. "With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we come into contact with more germs, and even sugary treats, that can weaken the immune system," Stacey Gorski, an assistant professor of biology and an immunology specialist at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, said in a university news release. Your first line of defense is a flu shot. The flu causes an average of 30,000 deaths and more than 200,000 hospitalizations every year, Gorski said. You need to keep exercising over the holidays, because physical activity helps keep your immune system primed for action, she noted. Getting enough sleep also keeps your immune system strong, she said. It may be difficult, but you should limit holiday sweets ... Read more

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Multistate Foodborne Illness Outbreaks the Most Deadly: CDC

Posted 3 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 – Multistate outbreaks caused by contaminated food account for more than half of all foodborne illness deaths in the United States, even though they only represent 3 percent of all reported outbreaks, a new government report shows. The findings prompted U.S. health officials to urge the food industry to play a larger role in preventing multistate outbreaks, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. "Americans shouldn't have to worry about getting sick from the food they eat," CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden said during a news conference Tuesday. But each year one in six Americans is sickened by contaminated food, he said, adding that, "food industries play a critical role in improving our food safety." The food industry can help stop outbreaks by keeping better records to allow officials to trace contaminated food faster and by alerting consumers to ... Read more

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