The C-Gall Trial: A randomised controlled trial comparing laparoscopic cholecystectomy with observation/conservative management for preventing recurrent symptoms and complications in adults with uncomplicated symptomatic gallstones.
Gallstone disease (cholelithiasis) is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders which currently affects 10-15% of the UK population. Within this group only 1 in 5 patients will need medical treatment for gallstones. One of the main symptoms of gallstones is extreme pain, which is known as binary colic, on the upper right hand side of the abdomen. People can also suffer inflammation of the gall bladder (cholecystitis) which can be treated with painkillers and antibiotics to control the symptoms experienced by the patient.
Until now most of the studies conducted in this area have been centred on the surgical management of the disease. This highlights a need for researchers to compare the watchful waiting/conservative treatment with the more traditional surgical intervention. By doing this it will help patients, surgeons and health professionals understand what is the best treatment for people suffering pain from gallbladder disease but with no further complications due to it. The results from this study will guide future treatment of gallbladder disease and assess the cost-effectiveness into the different methods of management of the disease.
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The FISH Meal Study: The Effect of FISH intake on metabolic health in a diabetic South Asian population. University of Aberdeen.
Current health guidelines encourage us to eat more oily fish in our diet as they are low in fat and very rich in nutrients that are good for our health. The consumption of oily fish has been found to benefit glucose control and heart health which is very beneficial to people that suffer from diabetes. People of South Asian ethnicity are known to have an increased risk of developing diabetes compared to other ethnic groups so it is this group that the researchers want to focus on in this study.
The researchers at the Rowett Institute in Aberdeen want to investigate the link between oily fish consumption, glucose control and heart health in South Asian people with diabetes that is only controlled through diet and lifestyle. They will do this by providing tinned mackerel twice a week to a particular group to study the effects of increasing this oily fish in the diet has on the body's blood glucose and omega-3 fatty acid levels. It is hoping that the information from this study will help researchers gain a better understanding of how oily fish could help improve the overall health status as well as glucose control in people with South Asian ethnicity.
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