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2012-04-12 09:52:52

Dozens of therapies have been tried, but study led by University of Michigan physicians is first to show effective prevention of post-ERCP pancreatitis A study in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine shows a serious complication of ERCP, a procedure commonly used to diagnose and treat problems of the bile and pancreatic ducts, may be eliminated with a single dose medication. The finding is significant in helping patients avoid a condition known as post-ERCP...

2012-03-13 22:33:15

In a small, preliminary trial, patients with infected necrotizing pancreatitis (severe form of the disease involving devitalized pancreatic tissue) who received a less-invasive procedure, endoscopic transgastric necrosectomy (removal of the pancreatic tissue), had an associated lower risk of major complications and death compared to patients who had surgical necrosectomy, according to a study in the March 14 issue of JAMA. "Acute pancreatitis is a common and potentially lethal disorder. In...

2011-11-23 10:03:29

Researchers identify new therapeutic target for pancreas' dangerous, sudden swelling and inflammation NYU Langone Medical Center researchers have discovered the novel protective role dendritic cells play in the pancreas. The new study, published in the November issue of journal Gastroenterology, shows dendritic cells can safeguard the pancreas against acute pancreatitis, a sudden dangerous swelling and inflammation of the pancreas gland. "Our study findings demonstrate that an abundance...

2011-11-02 21:54:09

The toxic byproducts produced by the breakdown of unsaturated fats lead to a higher likelihood of severe inflammation, cell death and multi-system organ failure among acute pancreatitis patients who are obese, say researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Their findings, published online today in Science Translational Medicine, provide new insight into how fat can induce complications after sudden inflammatory, non-infectious illnesses. Doctors have observed that...

2011-10-13 10:05:54

Particular types of mouth bacteria, some of which are found in gum disease, are associated with the development of pancreatic cancer, indicates a small study published online in the journal Gut. The finding opens up the possibility of curbing the progress of one of the most difficult cancers to treat, by altering the balance of bacteria, say the authors. Pancreatic cancer usually spreads very quickly, and only around one in 20 patients is still alive five years after diagnosis. The...

2011-09-19 07:28:02

Two newer drugs used to treat Type 2 diabetes could be linked to a significantly increased risk of developing pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer, and one could also be linked to an increased risk of thyroid cancer, according to a new UCLA study. Researchers from the Larry L. Hillblom Islet Research Center at UCLA examined the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's database for adverse events reported between 2004 and 2009 among patients using the drugs sitagliptin and exenatide. They found a...

2011-08-29 12:20:01

Tokyo, Aug 29, 2011 - (JCN Newswire) - Abbott Japan Co., Ltd. and Eisai Co., Ltd. announced today that they will launch the pancreatic digestive enzyme replacement drug Lipacreon(R) Capsules 150 mg and Lipacreon(R) Granules 300mg Sachets (pancrelipase) on August 30 in Japan.Abbott Japan received approval to manufacture and market Lipacreon in Japan as a pancreatic digestive enzyme replacement in patients with pancreatic exocrine insufficiency (PEI) on April 22 of this year, with the drug...


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