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WHO report says processed meats raise colon cancer risk 

World Health Organization panel says there is sufficient scientific evidence to conclude that processed meats such as ham and bacon can increase the risk of colon cancer. The report also said scientific data indicate eating red meat, including pork and lamb, probably increases the risk as well. Dr. John Ioannidis of Stanford University said the risk from eating red meat is small, and it would be "an exaggeration" to say people should not eat any processed or red meat. The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) 


October 08, 2015
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The capsule is equipped with a miniature video camera and light source It travels painlessly through your entire digestive tract. It captures images quickly and sends them to a recording device you wear during the procedure.

And, unless your doctor tells you otherwise, you can move around freely throughout the examination. PillCam SB is disposable and passes naturally through your body. It really is that simple.


October 08, 2015
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Gastroparesis, which means partial paralysis of the stomach, is a serious disease that prevents your stomach from digesting food and emptying properly. Damaged nerves and muscles don’t function with their normal strength and coordination. That slows the movement of contents through your digestive system.

The primary cause of gastroparesis is damage to or dysfunction of peripheral nerves and muscles.

In diabetic patients, it appears as more of a neuropathy-based disease associated with damaged nerves. In patients who don’t have diabetes, it seems more muscular-based: The nerve endings are all right, but the muscles are not responding.

In addition to diabetes, other sources of gastroparesis include:

  • Lingering post-viral effects — You get a virus, but the nausea and vomiting from the virus don’t go away after the virus is gone.“Some of those cases will resolve, and we just have to wait and watch”. “But a lot of times it doesn’t resolve, so we have to continue to treat the patients.”
  • Connective tissue diseases — Gastroparesis may plague patients who have diseases such as multiple sclerosis or muscular dystrophy.
  • Side effects from medication — Probably the most difficult group to treat, narcotic pain medicines and other drugs slow a patient’s intestinal motility.“That can be very hard to treat, because the medications often override what we prescribe to treat the gastroparesis,” he says.
  • Post-surgical effects — Some patients develop gastroparesis after the vagus nerve is damaged or trapped during a gastrointestinal surgical procedure.


October 08, 2015
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If you’re constipated, avoid processed foods because they lack fiber, which helps regulate bowel movements. Processed foods also often contain preservatives and artificial coloring and people with allergies or sensitivities to these additives will feel their effects during digestive problems. Note that some packaged foods contain lactose, which can give you gas and worsen any discomfort you’re already going through.


October 02, 2015
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California website shows quality, price for health care services The California Department of Insurance launched a website that allows state residents to compare the quality and price of health care services. The site offers quality information about services for childbirth, hip and knee replacement, colon cancer screening, diabetes and back pain, and cost information by county for 100 procedures.
Kaiser Health News

Read the full article here




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