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The 7 Deadliest Emergency General Surgeries

Posted 27 Apr 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 – Seven types of operations, including appendectomy and gall bladder removal, account for four out of five emergency general-surgery deaths in the United States, a new study reports. The procedures are: partial removal of the large or small intestine; surgery to repair a bleeding or torn ulcer; separating abdominal organs that have adhered to each other; appendix removal; gall bladder removal; and open-abdominal surgery. Researchers found these operations also account for 80 percent of complications from emergency general surgery, a specialty that focuses primarily on abdominal health problems. "Our gastrointestinal tract is just so specialized and so critical to our existence. We think it's easy to operate on, but then in practice it's very difficult for patients," said senior author Dr. Joaquim Havens, an instructor in trauma and emergency surgery at Brigham ... Read more

Related support groups: Stomach Ulcer, Gastric Ulcer, Peptic Ulcer, Intestinal Obstruction, Appendicitis, Intraabdominal Infection, Appendectomy

Widely Used Heartburn Drugs Linked to Dementia Risk in Study

Posted 15 Feb 2016 by

MONDAY, Feb. 15, 2016 – A popular class of heartburn medications might raise a senior's risk of dementia, a new study suggests. Called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), this group of drugs includes Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid. They work by lowering the amount of acid produced by the stomach. But German researchers found that people 75 or older who regularly take the medications had a 44 percent increased risk of dementia, compared with seniors not using the drugs. The study only found an association, however, and not a cause-and-effect link. "To evaluate cause-and-effect relationships between long-term PPI use and possible effects on cognition in the elderly, randomized, prospective clinical trials are needed," said corresponding author Britta Haenisch, from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Bonn. In the meantime, "Clinicians should follow guidelines for PPI ... Read more

Related support groups: GERD, Gas, Omeprazole, Nexium, Dementia, Prilosec, Protonix, Indigestion, Pantoprazole, Alzheimer's Disease, Stomach Ulcer, Dexilant, Lansoprazole, Prevacid, Gastric Ulcer, Aciphex, Peptic Ulcer, Duodenitis/Gastritis, Prevpac, Mild Cognitive Impairment

Stomach Ulcers Sending Fewer Americans to the Hospital

Posted 11 Aug 2010 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 11 – Recent advances in understanding the cause of severe peptic ulcers, along with better treatments, may be driving a decline in their incidence, a new study indicates. From 1998 to 2005, the number of Americans hospitalized for peptic ulcers – sores in the stomach, esophagus or upper small intestine – dropped by 21 percent, reports a team from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the 1980s, scientists discovered that many peptic ulcers were linked with the bacteria Helicobacter pylori, and could be effectively treated with antibiotics. That means that most of the 6 million new cases of stomach ulcers reported annually in the United States are now treated outside of the hospital, the researchers said. "We hypothesized that after the knowledge of the relationship between H. pylori and ulcers became widely known, doctors would prescribe antibiotics ... Read more

Related support groups: Duodenal Ulcer, Peptic Ulcer

Health Tip: Warning Signs of Peptic Ulcer

Posted 27 Mar 2009 by

-- A peptic ulcer is a sore that occurs in the lining of the stomach or small intestine. A bacterium, called H. pylori, causes the sore to form. While the foods you eat don't cause peptic ulcers, foods can aggravate these sores. Peptic ulcers can be treated with antibiotics and acid-reducing medications. The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse lists these common warning signs of a peptic ulcer: Dull pain in the abdomen. Abdominal pain that fluctuates, but often occurs on an empty stomach or several hours after a meal. Abdominal pain that subsides after eating or taking antacid medications. Loss of weight and lack of appetite. Nausea or vomiting. Feeling bloated or frequent burping. Read more

Related support groups: Helicobacter Pylori Infection, Peptic Ulcer

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