January 6, 2012

Higher in Developed Nations

1 IBD Rates Rise Worldwide

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, is on the rise worldwide, finds a study published in the journal Gastroenterology. Researchers say the highest prevalence of IBD, which affects men and women equally, was reported in Canada and Europe; Asia reported the lowest prevalence of IBD. Universally, people between the ages of 20 and 40 have the highest incidence of IBD which is also more prevalent in industrialized countries. Common symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain, weight loss, and less commonly, rectal bleeding. "Our findings will help researchers estimate the global public health burden of inflammatory bowel disease so that appropriate health-care resources are allocated ...” says lead author Gilaad G. Kaplan, MD, MPH.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: C. Difficile Increases Death in Those with IBD

Tags: Abdominal Pain, Diarrhea, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Rectal Bleeding, Ulcerative Colitis, Weight Loss, Crohn's Disease, Gilaad G. Kaplan, Gastroenterology

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The Risk of an Aspirin a Day

2 Aspirin in Seniors Tied to Vision Problems

Results of a three year study involving 4,700 seniors over 65 years in several European countries suggest that daily aspirin use doubles the risk of developing advanced (wet) age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Researchers looked at blood pressure levels, stroke and heart attack data, history of smoking and drinking, blood test results and aspirin use. About 33 percent of individuals with wet AMD took aspirin once a day compared to 16 percent without the disease. Macular degeneration is caused by abnormal retinal blood vessels leaking which damage the core of the eye, known as the macula. Central vision needed for activities such as reading, driving and moving around is impaired by AMD. Many seniors take aspirin for pain relief and to reduce the risk of blood clots and heart disease.

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

Previously: Aspirin and Macular Degeneration Link Seen

Tags: Age Related Macular Degeneration, AMD, Aspirin, Vision Loss in Seniors

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