Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Chewing gum aids surgery recovery

Chewing gum may speed recovery after bowel surgery, research suggests.

A US team found chewing gum seemed to speed up the return of normal bowel function, and therefore help shorten hospital stays.

They believe gum may stimulate the same nerves as eating, promoting the release of hormones that activate the gastrointestinal tract.

The study, by Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, California, is published in the journal Archives of Surgery.

Source - BBC News


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