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2010-02-22 16:33:38

COLUMBUS, Ohio "“ A new study suggests that the bacteria that cause typhoid fever collect in tiny but persistent communities on gallstones, making the infection particularly hard to fight in so-called "carriers" "“ people who have the disease but show no symptoms. Humans who harbor these bacterial communities in their gallbladders, even without symptoms, are able to infect others with active typhoid fever, especially in developing areas of the world with poor sanitation. The...

2009-11-11 17:06:25

Use of the cholesterol-lowering drugs statins for more than a year is associated with a reduced risk of having gallstones requiring surgery, according to a study in the November 11 issue of JAMA. In developed countries, approximately 10 percent to 20 percent of white adults have gallstones, which can cause pain and complications. Gallstone disease is a leading cause of gastrointestinal tract illness and inpatient admission in western countries and represents a serious burden for health care...

2009-10-14 16:30:00

Delays contribute to unnecessary ER visits and additional imaging services CHICAGO, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Getting patients to the operating room more quickly could cut by half the amount paid for hospital treatment of painful gallstones, researchers reported today at the 2009 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons. According to a study of 383 patients who underwent surgical treatment for gallstones at the University of North Carolina in 2008, the average...

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2009-06-01 11:43:36

U.K. researchers say that drinking a moderate amount of alcohol protects against the development of gallstones. Analysis of data from 25,000 men and women showed that consuming two units a day cuts the chance of developing gallstones by a third. Even though gallstones are very common, symptoms and complications are only seen in three out of 10 cases. At a U.S. conference, delegates heard that alcohol reduces cholesterol in the bile from which gallstones form. Data from a large study was used...

2009-05-12 13:17:30

Although obesity and gallstones often go together, U.S. scientists say genetically modified mice fed high-fat food don't grow fat, but do develop gallstones. Washington University School of Medicine researchers in St. Louis said they studied a strain of mice genetically engineered to lack a substance called liver fatty acid binding protein. The scientists compared the modified mice with their healthy, normal littermates. Both groups ate either a standard chow diet or a diet that provided...

2008-07-18 03:00:17

By Anonymous In addition to losing weight, avoiding saturated fats, and eating more fiber, adding more magnesium to the diet may also help alleviate gallstones. New research published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology found that among more than 42,000 male subjects between the ages of 40 and 75 who were followed for 16 years, those with a dietary and supplementary magnesium intake of more than 409 mg per day were 28 percent less likely to develop gallstones than those whose intake...

2008-04-11 12:00:00

Looking for another good reason to eat your vegetables? Green leafy veggies are high in magnesium, and magnesium seems to be good for your gallbladder. A recent study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology showed that adequate magnesium consumption can reduce your risk of gallstones. In this study, more than 42,000 men were followed for 16 years; those who had the highest intake of magnesium from foods (on average 454 mg per day) also had a 30 percent lower risk of developing...

2007-08-03 09:20:00

By Cofer, Joseph B Dart, B W IV; Adams, David B; Gadacz, Thomas Quantitative cholescintigraphy with cholecystokinin injection is commonly used to assess patients without evidence of cholelithiasis but with functional biliary pain. However, normal results may not always exclude the possibility of pathologic biliary disease. Retrospective review of prospectively collected data on eight patients with biliary colic, no evidence of cholelithiasis, a normal quantitative cholescintigraphy ejection...

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....