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Is Surgery Always Necessary for Gallstones?

Posted 7 Apr 2017 by

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 and pain, according to the American College of Gastroenterology. The standard treatment is to remove the gallbladder within 30 days to prevent a recurrence, researchers said. The study included information on more than 17,000 cases of gallstone pancreatitis in the United States. All occurred between 2010 and 2013. The patients all had private insurance and were under the age 65. Seventy-eight percent of the patients had their gallbladders removed within the recommended 30 days of their initial ... Read more

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Health Tip: Health Risks of Childhood Obesity

Posted 29 Sep 2016 by

-- 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 musculoskeletal system. Gallstones, heartburn and fatty liver disease. Behavioral problems, depression, poor self-esteem, poor quality of life and poor school performance. More Information See The Shape Of Things To Come – 8 Reasons Why Obesity Needs To Be Tackled Now for more information. Read more

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Gallstones Linked to Higher Heart Disease Risk

Posted 18 Aug 2016 by

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 some of the same risk factors – such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and unhealthy cholesterol levels. But those risk factors couldn't completely explain away the finding, the researchers said. To cardiologist Dr. Richard Stein, the study makes a "pretty convincing" case that gallstones, themselves, are a risk factor for heart disease. Stein, who wasn't involved in the research, is director of the urban community cardiology program at New York University School of Medicine. He said that people with a ... Read more

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Rural Hospitals Often Safer, Cheaper for Common Surgeries: Study

Posted 17 May 2016 by

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. Hughes is one of only two surgeons at McPherson Hospital in rural McPherson, Kan., and a director of the American Board of Surgery. Rural hospitals are also called critical access hospitals. They're the closest option for tens of millions of patients living outside major cities and suburban areas, the researchers said. For the study, the researchers reviewed 1.6 million surgeries. They were performed at 828 rural hospitals or 3,600 larger hospitals. Specifically, the researchers compared outcomes ... Read more

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Patients Have Many Options When Faced With Gallbladder Disease

Posted 23 Jul 2015 by

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 gallbladder or gallstones – strikes? In a new review, experts led by Dr. Todd Baron, a professor of gastroenterology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, compared the pros and cons of several surgical methods for the problem. Surgeries to remove problem gallbladders are called cholecystectomies, and the most common procedure is the less invasive laparascopic one. According to the experts, this technique, introduced in 1985, leaves little or no visible scarring, but can be difficult ... Read more

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Hormone Pills in Menopause May Carry Gallstone Side Effects

Posted 19 Mar 2013 by

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). Researchers analyzed data gathered from more than 70,000 women in France between 1992 and 2008. In France, transdermal hormone therapy is preferred, while oral hormone therapy (pills or tablets) tends to be favored in North America and the United Kingdom, a journal news release noted. "Complicated gallstone disease should be added to the list of potential adverse events to be considered when balancing the benefits and risks associated with menopausal hormone therapy," said Dr. Antoine Racine, of the ... Read more

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Overweight Kids More Prone to Gallstones: Study

Posted 26 Aug 2012 by

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 children and six times higher in extremely obese children. The link between obesity and gallstones was stronger in girls than in boys. Obese and extremely obese girls were six and eight times more likely, respectively, to have gallstones than underweight or normal-weight girls. Obese and extremely obese boys were more than two and three times more likely, respectively, to have gallstones than underweight or normal-weight boys. The researchers also found that Hispanic children were more likely to have ... Read more

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Health Tip: Am I at Risk for Gallstones?

Posted 20 Aug 2012 by

-- 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 Mexican heritage. Being overweight or eating a high-fat, high-cholesterol diet. Losing weight quickly. Being 60 or older. Being diabetic. Taking a cholesterol-lowering drug. Read more

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Statins May Stave Off Gallstones

Posted 1 Dec 2009 by

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 the team reporting the finding in the Nov. 11 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. "The protective effect seems to grow over time. The relative risk for them is about half the risk of someone who is not exposed to a statin." Jick, an epidemiologist, was part of an international effort in which physicians at the University of Basel in Switzerland analyzed data collected in the United Kingdom. They studied the association between the use of statins, which are prescribed to ... Read more

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