U.K. researchers reported that a data analysis showed a 20.8% global prevalence of uninvestigated dyspepsia, but the rate varied by nation and definition criteria. The studies found a modest link between risk factors and uninvestigated dyspepsia, suggesting culture, diet, genetics and ethnicity also may be factors.
Before leaders can help their employees, they must discover and embrace their own inner genius, says Bob Rothman, co-chief operating officer at Gap International. The truth is that everyone is truly great at something, Rothman says, and acknowledging their gift in one area can help them improve in others.
The acid in Coca-Cola has successfully eliminated gastric phytobezoar, a stomach blockage that can be caused by undigested fruit, University of Athens researchers reported. An analysis found the soda completely eliminated the blockage in half of patients and partially treated it in others, helping many patients avoid surgery.
Sarah Croessmann of Baltimore is one of the 1.6 million people who adhere to a gluten-free diet without being diagnosed with celiac disease, a figure reported in The American Journal of Gastroenterology. Croessmann says her gastrointestinal symptoms went away after starting a gluten-free diet, but she says the lifestyle -- promoted by celebrities and often perceived as more healthful than a diet containing wheat -- is expensive and can be higher in calories.
Eating a meal can aggravate the symptoms of pain, fullness and bloating in patients with functional dyspepsia, researchers say. A survey of 218 patients found the intensity of symptoms increased 15 minutes after eating and remained for the entire four-hour study period. Seventy-nine percent of patients reported meal-aggravated symptoms.