April 24, 2011

First Surgery with These Results

1 Brain Bypass Surgery Reverses Tissue Loss

A group of 29 patients with an average age of 41 who were progressively losing brain tissue due to cerebrovascular disease underwent a brain bypass surgery. The hope was for prevent further tissue loss by restoring the blood flow. To the researchers’ surprise brain tissue loss was reversed based on magnetic resonance imaging scans that showed brain tissue was 5.1 percent thicker 11 months after the surgery. No other surgical procedure has ever restored loss brain tissue and re-growth is not something that occurs on a regular basis. Chronic cerebrovascular disease is a major health issue right now because it impairs neurocognitive function-i.e., perception, memory, awareness, etc.-and can cause dementia to progress at a faster rate and decreases the quality of life.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Dark Chocolate May Protect Brain After a Stroke

Tags: Brain, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Chronic Cerebrovascular Disease, Neurocognitive Function, Brain Bypass Surgery, Brain Tissue Loss, Restoring Brain Tissue Loss, Brain Thickness, Brain Blood Vessels, Brain Vasculature

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Six-Fold Increase

2 C. Difficile Increases Death in Those with IBD

A new study out of the United Kingdom found that those with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and are infected with Clostridium difficile bacteria have a six-fold increased risk of dying. IBD patients in the hospital between 2002 and 2008 had a 25 percent death rate with the infection compared to only 3 percent in those who were not after about a month. It also increased the median hospital stay to 26 days compared to 5 days in non-infected patients. Infection also doubled the chance of needing gastrointestinal surgery. Healthy people can handle the bacteria but broad-spectrum antibiotics allow C. difficile to take over and cause non-life threatening illness. Researchers urge hospitals to screen high-risk patients and doing all they can to control infections.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Antibiotics for Acne Linked to Bowel Disease

Tags: IBD, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, IBD and Bacterial Infection, IBD and Length of Hospital Stay, Clostridium Difficile, C. difficile

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