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2012-01-23 22:22:42

UNC researchers challenge commonly-held beliefs about the causes of a major intestinal disease For more than 40 years, scientists and physicians have thought eating a high-fiber diet lowered a person's risk of diverticulosis, a disease of the large intestine in which pouches develop in the colon wall. A new study of more than 2,000 people reveals the opposite may be true. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine , found...

2011-11-21 23:23:45

Among older Medicare beneficiaries who underwent surgical treatment for diverticulitis, black race was associated with increased risk of urgent/emergency surgery, high risk of in-hospital mortality and higher total hospital charges, according to a report in the November issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "Observed racial disparities in diverticulitis surgery have been attributed to differences in health insurance status and medical comorbidity," the authors...

2011-04-28 15:15:29

Findings suggest that nonperforating appendicitis, when the appendix hasn't burst, and nonperforating diverticulitis could be similar diseases that warrant similar treatments Antibiotics rather than surgery may be the better treatment for cases of appendicitis in which the appendix hasn't burst, according to a new study. The study's authors say the findings suggest that nonperforating appendicitis, as the disease is called when the appendix hasn't burst, may be unrelated to perforating...

2011-01-25 12:52:57

Acute diverticulitis is the most common complication of diverticular disease, and its clinical presentation varies from mild local inflammation to full-blown perforation. After resolution of an acute episode, the best management strategy is as yet undefined, due to the risk of further episodes and the risk associated with elective surgical resection. Historically, surgical resection has been advocated after one episode of complicated diverticulitis (diverticulitis with perforation of the...

2009-09-25 02:00:00

CAMP HILL, Pa., Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Prebiotin, one of the few prebiotic supplements featuring the exact full-spectrum prebiotic fiber researchers say can kill early stage colon cancer cells(1), now offers unprecedented benefits with three new products. (Full-spectrum prebiotic fiber nourishes bacteria throughout the colon, rather than only in certain sections like Inulin or FOS). These products combine Prebiotin's full-spectrum prebiotic fiber supplement with other natural...

2009-04-16 07:25:00

 Despite rapid strides in minimally invasive surgical techniques "” most notably, laparoscopy "” traditional open surgery remains the most common surgical option across the United States for people with diseases of the rectum and colon.A newer, third option is a hybrid "” hand-assisted laparoscopic surgery (HALS). The approach is safe and effective and compares favorably with standard laparoscopy, according to a team of colorectal surgical specialists at...

2009-03-09 07:10:00

U-M expert says regular colon cancer screening should start at age 50 ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Most adults would rather keep talk about colons behind the bathroom door. It's time to talk, says Kim Turgeon, MD, FACP, gastroenterologist in Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Health System. Regular wear and tear on the colon can cause little out-pockets called diverticula in one in three adults over the age of 65. They are sometimes more common when...

2008-09-01 15:00:21

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am a reasonably fit, 61-year-old male who exercises several times a week by walking and the use of Nautilus equipment. I am 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weigh 170 pounds. I recently ruptured my Achilles tendon while jogging across a parking lot to my car in a futile attempt to stay dry during one of our frequent rain storms. How could this happen? I wasn't doing anything I haven't done many times before. I regularly use the calf machine and lift almost the full stack of...


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