Which method of restoring the continuity of the gastrointestinal tract after gastrectomy ensures the best patient’s quality of life?

Team of doctors.Until this day there is no consensus among surgeons which of available ways to reconstruct the continuity of the gastrointestinal tract after subtotal gastrectomy is the best. The most common reasons for performing this surgery are cancer of the distal part of the stomach and perforation of the stomach wall in the course of ulcer disease. Read full text »

Helicobacter pylori infection and the prevalence of multiple sclerosis

iStock_000016507590XSmallMultiple sclerosis (Multiple sclerosis – MS) is a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune disorder of the central nervous system. The prevalence of MS varies from 2 to 150 patients per 100 000 inhabitants, depending on geographic region. The first symptoms usually appear between 20 and 40 years of age. It occurs twice as often in women than in men. Potential causes of multiple sclerosis include genetic, environmental or infectious factors. New study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry suggested a potential link between Helicobacter pylori infection and the prevalence of multiple sclerosis.

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Botox – an effective remedy for stomach cancer?

Botox, which is a botulinum toxin, has been inextricably connected with medicine for many years. It was first used in ophthalmology and neurology in early 1920s. Currently, it became an integral part of beauty parlors and salons. Scientists from Columbia University in New York and Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet in Trodheim in cooperation with researchers from Germany, Japan and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston during their research on three mice models of stomach cancer have discovered that vagus nerves have a significant influence on the development of the cancer in its all stages and botulinum toxin, due to its properties, can block nerves thus contributing to increase of the chances to cure the disease. Read full text »

Obesity: Will simple tablets replace operations on the stomach?

Obesity has become an epidemic of the modern world – a decrease in physical activity, improper diet and stress contribute to the ever-increasing number of people with a BMI over 30. WHO raises the alarm: the expected number of obese individuals in 2015 is said to be over 700 millions. For the first time over 10 years the FDA has approved a new slimming drug. Read full text »