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Weight-loss surgery causes gastro issues: study

Weight-loss surgery causes gastro issues: study

Weight-loss surgery is certainly an effective way to drop unnecessary pounds, but a new research has cautioned that the procedure may also cause long-lasting tummy problems.

A team of Dutch researchers examined data on 249 obese people who opted for laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, the most common type of weight-loss surgery, and found that they suffered various gastrointestinal issues and food intolerance up to 2 years after their operation.

Researchers announce success of experimental brain cancer treatment

Researchers announce success of experimental brain cancer treatment

Immunotherapy uses the body’s immune system to beat cancer, and the same immune-based therapy has reportedly helped a patient with advanced brain cancer.

Researchers around the globe have long been using immunotherapy for beating blood cancers like lymphomas and leukemias, but it has yet to be approved for treating brain cancer.

China to implement nationwide ban on smoking

China to implement nationwide ban on smoking

China, which produces the world’s largest supply of cigarettes, is set to implement a stricter nationwide ban on cigarette smoking by the end of this year.

Blood donation drops when it is needed most: Red Cross says

Blood donation drops when it is needed most: Red Cross says

Many blood donors cancel or postpone their appointments over the Christmas and New Year holidays, causing a shortfall at a time when the need for blood is the highest, the American Red Cross said.

The higher likelihood of road accidents during the Christmas and New Year holiday season pushes need for blood significantly up. On the other hand, nearly 20 per cent of registered blood donors cancel their appointments due to their busier schedules or celebrations.

Women doctors may be better at treating patients: researchers say

Women doctors may be better at treating patients: researchers say

A study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine made an intriguing suggestion that female doctors may be better than their male counterparts at treating patients and keeping them healthy in the long-term.

McDowell County sues prescription painkiller distributors over addiction epidemic

McDowell County sues prescription painkiller distributors over addiction epidemic

A West Virginia county has filed a lawsuit against three national drug distributors and a local physician, alleging they are responsible for the county’s growing addiction epidemic.

Filing the suit in a state court, the McDowell County Commission cited the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) records showing the three distributors of prescription painkillers shipped nearly 423 million pills like hydrocodone and oxycodone to local pharmacies and doctors between 2007 and 2012.

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