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2006-07-07 21:58:19

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Results of a study conducted in China indicate that drinking tea reduces the risk of bile stones and cancer, especially among women. Bile stones, which are often seen in women and have been linked to obesity, occur in the ducts that transfer bile from the liver to the small intestine. If the stones block the opening of the gallbladder, they can cause discomfort and pain, typically located just below the rib cage on the right side of the abdomen. At this...

2006-04-11 18:02:49

By Patricia Reaney LONDON (Reuters) - Men with high cholesterol levels, particularly if they were detected before the age of 50, may have an increased risk of developing prostate cancer, Italian scientists said on Wednesday. They discovered an association between prostate cancer and raised cholesterol in a study of more than 2,750 men, published online by the journal Annals of Oncology. "We have found a possible relation between high cholesterol and prostate cancer. It was...

2006-02-14 15:15:00

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Central fat, as measured by abdominal circumference or waist-to-hip ratio, is associated with an increased risk of gallbladder removal or "cholecystectomy" among women, researchers at Harvard Medical School report. By far the most common reason for this surgery is the presence of gallstones. Although other studies have suggested a link between belly fat and gallstones, they were limited by short follow-up periods or other design issues, lead investigator Dr. C-J...

2006-02-13 19:29:15

LONDON (Reuters) - An expansion in a woman's waistline increases her risk of suffering from gallstones and needing surgery to remove them, a study published on Tuesday showed. The study of more than 42,000 women in the United States showed women with a waistline of 36 inches or more were nearly twice as likely to require surgery to remove gallstones than slimmer females. Waist-to-hip ratio, dividing the waist size by hip size, was another way of assessing the risk of gallstones....

2005-08-29 22:24:18

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Gallbladder removal or "cholecystectomy" raises the risk of colon but not rectal cancer, results of a UK study suggest. Still, experts note that the risk is only slightly increased and, therefore, should not influence the decision to undergo this procedure if it's necessary. The findings support the view of previous studies on the link between gallbladder removal and colon cancer, investigators note in the American Journal of Gastroenterology. According...

2004-11-30 12:00:07

LOS ANGELES - A gallstone the size of a golf ball - about 16 times the size of a normal one - has been removed from a 56-year-old man, doctors say. The massive growth was the result of a stent inadvertently left in his body from a pancreatic operation more than a decade ago. Gonzalo Medina underwent surgery Monday at a hospital in Los Angeles. The procedure "went fine," according to his doctor, Ian Kenner. "In 30 years of treating gallstones, I have never seen one of this size," Kenner...


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