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Aspirin use raises risk of Crohn’s disease

People who take aspirin regularly for a year or more could be increasing their risk of developing Crohn’s disease, says a new study.

The study by University of East Anglia (UEA) will be presented for the first time at the Digestive Disease Week conference in New Orleans.

Crohn’s disease is characterised by inflammation and swelling of any part of the digestive system. This can lead to debilitating symptoms and requires patients to take life-long medication. Some patients need surgery and some sufferers have an increased risk of bowel cancer.

Though there are likely to be many causes of the disease, previous work on tissue samples has shown that aspirin can have a harmful effect on the bowel.

To investigate this potential link further, the UEA team followed 200,000 volunteers aged 30-74 in the UK, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Italy. The volunteers had been recruited for the EPIC study (European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition) between 1993 and 1997.

High obesity rates in disabled children

Children who are disabled are at increased risk of becoming obesity. Now, a team of researchers has described possible ways to prevent or treat this problem.

In the current issue of Deutsches Ärzteblatt International, Thomas Reinehr and his colleagues from Witten/Herdecke University have tried to tackle the problem.

There are many reasons that a disabled child may be overweight. One reason may be the disability itself, for example, if this includes the cerebral regions responsible for weight regulation. Lack of exercise may also be important; this may be linked to a physical or mental disability or be due to overprotective care providers.

These children or adolescents are anyway restricted by their disabilities and the consequences of overweight are often more serious than for healthy persons. Problems associated with disability include social isolation, restricted mobility, and depression. These problems are often exacerbated by overweight, further reducing the child's independence.

Current therapeutic approaches for obese children and adolescents are of little or no use for obese disabled children. Only a few interventional studies have been performed which are adapted to specific disabilities.

The patients can be assisted in reducing their overweight if they are instructed about the importance of nutrition and exercise and are helped in reducing factors which restrict their mobility. 

Coffee may help cut uterine cancer risk

Two cups of coffee a day can lower the risk of uterine cancer, claims Mayo Clinic research.
Uterine cancer is the most common cancer for women’s reproductive organs.

According to the American Cancer Society, last year, 42,160 new cases were diagnosed, and it caused 7,780 deaths.

The research found that, among the 20,000 women who participated, those who drank more than two-and-a-half cups of coffee daily were less likely to develop uterine, or endometrial, cancer as compared to women who did not drink coffee at all.

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