The medical community increasingly recognizes weight-loss surgery as a safe and effective way to combat obesity as well as improve or cure certain obesity-related conditions, such as diabetes or sleep apnea. The acceptance is likely to fuel a continued rise in the number of bariatric surgeries performed each year, but experts caution the procedure isn't appropriate for all patients.
Long-term Helicobacter pylori infection can lead to chronic inflammation of the stomach and loss of normal gastric tissue, which can raise the risk of cancer, one gastroenterologist says. However, it remains unclear if H. pylori eradication can eliminate a person's risk of gastric cancer.
People with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease were 69% more likely to die than the general population, according to study data from Sweden. Researchers said those with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis were 86% more likely to die.
Many celiac sufferers say insurance companies should reimburse patients with intestinal disorders or food allergies that require expensive diets. Some celiac patients are exercising other financial options, including tax deductions or using a flexible spending account.
A new blood test for a biomarker called colon cancer-specific antigen-2 might provide a way to detect colorectal cancer in its earliest stages, as well as differentiate between early- and late-stage disease, according to a recent study.