July 10, 2011

When It's Good to Be Fat

1 Obese Spared Respiratory Distress in Surgery

Obese adults having surgery are less likely to develop respiratory insufficiency (RI) and adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), but if they do develop problems, they're more likely to survive, find researchers. Published in Journal of Intensive Care Medicine, the findings may help researchers find ways to protect non-obese patients in surgery. "Maybe developing an intervention that mimics the physiological process that seems to offer natural protection to obese patients, such as the binding of cytokines and other inflammatory mediators to fat, could have a protective effect," notes study leader Stavros G. Memtsoudis, M.D., Ph.D. The study involved roughly 9 million patients who had various surgeries, including spine, cardiac, thoracic and major vascular.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Health Impact Obesity, Surgical Outcomes Obese, Obesity Protects Respiratory Surgery, Journal of Intensive Care Medicine, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Respiratory Insufficiency, Respiratory Distress Syndrome

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Chronic Pain in Users a Symptom

2 Ketamine Use Can Wreak Havoc on the Bladder

A study in the Journal of Urology suggests that chronic ketamine use can cause bladder problems which range from pain during urination, frequent urination, urgency, urge incontinence and blood in the urine because of inflammation that causes abnormal proliferation of blood vessels. Sixty-six 13 to 25 year old ketamine users filled out a "Pelvic Pain, Urgency and Frequency (PUF) Questionnaire" and had their urinary flow measured. Over half were current users and using at least three times a week reduced urine output volumes but results in former users suggest this side effect is reversible. A quarter of users had swollen kidneys and abdominal pain occurred more often in users than non-users. Researchers want users who experience chronic pain to be informed of these side effects.

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

Previously: Ketamine Is a Very Effective Anti-Depressant, Weight Loss Can Relieve Urinary Incontinence

Tags: Ketamine, Ketamine Use and Bladder Problems, Bladder Problems, Urgency Incontinence, Pelvic Pain, Urgency and Frequency (PUF) Questionnaire, Long-Term Ketamine Use

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