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Doctors remove ostrich egg size stone from man’s bladder

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CALIFORNIA — Doctors in a California,US hospital have removed a huge bladder stone from a 64-year-old man who complained of pain and struggling to urinate.

The bladder stone was as large as an ostrich egg which measured 4.7 inches by 3.7 inches by 3 inches (12 by 9.5 by 7.5cms).

Bladder stones usually affect people older than 50 and they are often small enough to be passed in urine but on this occasion, doctors had to surgically remove it.

According to a report in the LiveScience, the 64-year-old man went to the emergency room because he had pain in his left side and trouble urinating. His doctors found an egg-shaped bladder stone that weighed a whopping 1.7 lbs. (770 grams).

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CT scans of the man’s adbomen also revealed another, much smaller stone in the man’s left ureter, which is the tube that carries urine from the kidneys to the bladder, according to the report, which was published on Sept 6 in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Doctors stated that the man had an invasive bladder cancer over a decade ago. He was also given laser treatment to break down another smaller stone in addition to the surgery for removing the big stone.

Bladder stones show up in people’s bodies when they can’t empty their bladders, forming hard masses of minerals, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Symptoms could include severe abdominal pain or blood in the urine, though people don’t always show symptoms.

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Red meat, white bread and sugar-laden drinks might increase risk of colon cancer

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Heavy diet like red meats, refined grains, white bread and sugar-laden drinks might increase long-term risk of colon cancer, a new study suggests.

These foods all increase inflammation in our body, and the inflammation they cause is associated with a higher chance of developing colon cancer, according to pooled data from two major health studies appeared in JAMA Oncology journal.

According to researchers, a diet high in foods with the potential to cause inflammation, including meats, refined grains and high-calorie beverages, was associated with increased risk of developing colorectal cancer for men and women.

Basically, what makes for a healthy diet overall also appears to promote a cancer-free colon, said senior researcher Dr. Edward Giovannucci. He is a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health in Boston.

“It’s consistent with what we already recommend for a healthy diet in general,” Giovannucci said, adding “I see that as good news. We’re supporting the current evidence, and not telling people to do something completely different from what they’ve been told.”

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For the study, conducted by Fred K Tabung from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health in Boston, the team analysed 1,21,050 male and female health care professionals, who were followed for 26 years in long-term studies. The researchers completed the food questionnaires about what they ate, on the basis of which data analysis was done last year.

The scores were based on 18 food groups characterised for their inflammatory potential and were then calculated from the questionnaires given to participants every four years.

The results indicated that higher scores reflecting inflammation-causing diets were associated with a higher risk of developing colorectal cancer in men and women.

Previous studies have linked diet factors with colon cancer, but there’s been no clear explanation why that might be, he added.

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