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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 ...

Health Tip: Health Risks of Childhood Obesity

Posted 29 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Obesity among children can lead to numerous health problems now and for many years to come. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says obese children are at greater risk of developing: High blood pressure and high cholesterol. Type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance and impaired fasting glucose. Asthma, sleep apnea and other breathing problems. Pain and discomfort of the joints and ...

Gallstones Linked to Higher Heart Disease Risk

Posted 18 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 – People who've ever suffered gallstones may have a slightly increased risk of developing heart disease down the road, a large new study suggests. In a group of more than one-quarter million U.S. adults, researchers found those with a history of gallstones were 17 percent more likely to develop heart disease over the next few decades. Gallstones and heart disease share ...

Rural Hospitals Often Safer, Cheaper for Common Surgeries: Study

Posted 17 May 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 – Having a commonplace surgery – such as a gallbladder removal – may be safer when done in a rural hospital compared to a suburban or city hospital, a new study finds. "This study gives credence to what rural surgeons long suspected – that well-done rural surgery is safe and cost-effective," study author Dr. Tyler Hughes said in a University of Michigan news release. ...

Patients Have Many Options When Faced With Gallbladder Disease

Posted 23 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 23, 2015 – It's only a tiny, bile-producing sac tucked behind your liver, but if your gallbladder goes awry it can spell big health troubles. In fact, more than 725,000 Americans undergo surgery to treat gallbladder disease each year, say a team of experts reporting July 23 in the New England Journal of Medicine. So what to do when gallbladder trouble – either an inflamed ...

Hormone Pills in Menopause May Carry Gallstone Side Effects

Posted 19 Mar 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 19 – Taking estrogen pills increases a menopausal woman's risk of needing gallbladder surgery to treat complications of gallstones, according to a new study. But there does not appear to be an increased risk for women who take estrogen through skin patches or gels, called transdermal methods. The study appears March 18 in the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). ...

Overweight Kids More Prone to Gallstones: Study

Posted 26 Aug 2012 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 24 – Overweight and obese children are at significantly increased risk for gallstones, according to a large new study. Researchers analyzed the health records of more than 510,000 children in California, aged 10 to 19, and found that those who were overweight were twice as likely to have gallstones as those with normal weight. The risk was four times higher in moderately obese ...

Health Tip: Am I at Risk for Gallstones?

Posted 20 Aug 2012 by Drugs.com

-- Gallstones are small, pebble-like substances that form in the gallbladder, causing pain and discomfort. The U.S. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse says risk factors for developing gallstones include: Being a woman, especially if you are pregnant, taking birth control pills or on hormone replacement therapy. Having a family history of gallstones. Being of native American or ...

Statins May Stave Off Gallstones

Posted 1 Dec 2009 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 10 – Long-term use of cholesterol-lowering statins appears to reduce the incidence of gallstones and the need for surgery to prevent the excruciating pain they cause, a new study indicates. "We're talking about people who have been taking them for about 1½ years," said Susan S. Jick, director of the Boston Collaborative Drug Surveillance Study at Boston University and a member of ...

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