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What is necrotizing pancreatitis?

What is necrotizing pancreatitis?

Necrotizing pancreatitis is a condition where parts of the pancreas die and may get infected. It is a complication of acute pancreatitis. In this article, we look at the symptoms and causes of necrotizing pancreatitis, as well as how doctors treat it. Understanding necrotizing pancreatitis The pancreas produces enzymes used in the digestion of food. […]

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Pancreatic cancer: Some blood pressure drugs put women at risk

Pancreatic cancer: Some blood pressure drugs put women at risk

New research suggests that certain blood pressure drugs may increase the risk of pancreatic cancer in postmenopausal women. A certain class of blood pressure drugs may double the risk of pancreatic cancer, a new study suggests. Zhensheng Wang, a postdoctoral researcher at the Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine in […]

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How an existing diabetes drug controls pancreatic cancer

How an existing diabetes drug controls pancreatic cancer

New research suggests that targeting a particular cell signaling pathway with the diabetes drug metformin might offer a way to stop the progression and spread of pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer kills more than 44,000 people in the U.S. every year. The study — which was led by Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey in New […]

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Pancreatic cancer: Modified flu virus destroys tumors

Pancreatic cancer: Modified flu virus destroys tumors

Researchers from the Queen Mary University of London in the United Kingdom have modified a flu virus and used it to successfully target pancreatic cancer cells. Cancer of the pancreas — shown here — may soon be easier to treat due to recent findings. Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related mortality in […]

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Pancreas divisum: How to treat and manage it

Pancreas divisum: How to treat and manage it

Pancreas divisum happens in the womb when two parts of an embryo’s pancreas, the ventral and dorsal ducts, do not fuse together to form one main pancreatic duct. The pancreas is an organ that sits behind the stomach and secretes chemicals, called enzymes, which aid digestion. These digestive juices drain into the intestine through a […]

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How inhibiting one protein could help to treat pancreatic cancer

How inhibiting one protein could help to treat pancreatic cancer

Targeting an enzyme that makes pancreatic cancer cells more aggressive by silencing some of their genes could make the deadly disease less resistant to treatment. Could the findings of a new study help in the fight against pancreatic cancer? This was the conclusion of new research from Genentech, a biotechnology company in South San Francisco, […]

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‘Super tumor suppressor’ found to prevent pancreatic cancer

‘Super tumor suppressor’ found to prevent pancreatic cancer

A new study affirms that not all gene mutations are bad, after uncovering a mutation that appears to give a known tumor suppressor gene a boost against pancreatic cancer. Researchers have discovered a p53 gene mutation that prevented pancreatic cancer in mice. Researchers found that mice that possessed a specific mutation in the p53 gene were […]

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Pancreatic cancer could be treated with a Parkinson’s drug

Pancreatic cancer could be treated with a Parkinson’s drug

A new study shows that a common drug for Parkinson’s disease has anti-cancer effects in mice and human pancreatic cells. Cancer of the pancreas is among the most difficult to treat. The new research suggests that carbidopa, which is a drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and widely used to treat Parkinson’s […]

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Can you live without a pancreas? What you need to know

Can you live without a pancreas? What you need to know

While it is possible to live without a pancreas, doctors only recommend removing a pancreas when a person has a serious medical condition such as severe recurrent pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer. In most cases, medical treatments can take the place of the pancreas, but people living without a pancreas require diligent monitoring and medical care. […]

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A metabolic treatment for pancreatic cancer?

A metabolic treatment for pancreatic cancer?

Pancreatic cancer is now the third leading cause of cancer mortality. Its incidence is increasing in parallel with the population increase in obesity, and its five-year survival rate still hovers at just 8 to 9 percent. Research led by Nada Kalaany, PhD, at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, now […]