ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Wristbands May Lessen Nausea After Radiation
Garlic Yields Up Its Health Secret
Many Cancer Patients Turn to Complementary Medicine
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
Beware of Dog Bites
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Pain More a Cause of Arthritis Than a Symptom
Human Ancestors Put Best Foot Forward 1.5M Years Ago
Breast-feeding Might Shield Women From Rheumatoid Arthritis
CANCER
To Quit Smoking, Try Logging On
Green Tea Compound Slowed Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Massage Therapy Helps Those With Advanced Cancer
CAREGIVING
Depression, PTSD Common Among Lung Transplant Patient Caregivers
Medication Errors Could Be Cut: Experts
Many Alzheimer's Caregivers Admit to Abusive Behavior
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Walk 100 Steps a Minute for 'Moderate' Exercise
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
Secondhand Smoke Quickly Affects Blood Vessels
COSMETIC
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
DENTAL, ORAL
Study Links Osteoporosis Drugs to Jaw Trouble
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
DIABETES
Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance in Older Men
Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Updated
Chamomile Tea May Ward Off Diabetes Damage
DIET, NUTRITION
Natural Oils Help Lower Body Fat For Some
Antioxidants Abound in Cereals, Popcorn, Whole-Grain Snacks
Coffee Drinking Lowers Women's Stroke Risk
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Household Chemicals May Affect Cholesterol Levels
What's Cookin'? It Could Be Air Pollution
Population-Based Strategy Urged to Cut U.S. Obesity Rate
EYE CARE, VISION
Retinal Gene Is Linked to Childhood Blindness
Kids Think Glasses Make Others Look Smart, Honest
Blood Sugar Control Helps Diabetics Preserve Sight
FITNESS
Fall Cleanup Is a Prime Time for Accidents
After a Stroke, Light Exercise Gets Hands, Arms Working Again
Vigorous Treadmill Workout Curbs Appetite Hormones
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
GENERAL HEALTH
Eating Lots Of Vegetables, Olive Oil May Extend Life
Treat symptoms (result of disease) or diagnose systems (cause of disease)?
To Quit Smoking, Try Logging On
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Relaxation Tapes or Mozart Lower Blood Pressure
Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Heart Disease
Heart Disease May Be Prevented By Taking Fish Oils, Study Shows
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Exercise During Pregnancy Keeps Newborn Size Normal
Health Tip: Back Pain in Children
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
MEN'S HEALTH
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Cinnamon Breaks Up Brain Plaques, May Hold Key to Fighting Alzheimer’s
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
Most Depressed Teens Don't Get Treatment
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
SENIORS
Older People at Greater Risk of Swine Flu Death
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Supportive Weigh-In Program Keeps Pounds Off
Exercise, Weight Control May Keep Fibromyalgia at Bay
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
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Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men

SUNDAY, Nov. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Women may have a harder time prepping for colonoscopy than men, a new study suggests.

Patients must empty their colon to increase the rate of success in the procedure, in which a doctor uses a flexible camera to search for polyps or lesions along the entire length of the colon. This poses problems for women, who are more likely to suffer constipation and/or irritable bowel syndrome, which can cause gas, bloating, and abdominal pain or spasm, according to a report in the November issue of Harvard Women's Health Watch.

To help, the publication suggests:

* Receiving and completely reviewing your colonoscopy prep instructions well before the procedure date. They will require that certain medications and foods be stopped up to a week ahead of time.
* Block out time and arrange for privacy to complete the prep with as little stress as possible. Clear your schedule, be at home to start your prep, and stay close to the bathroom.
* Improve bad-tasting liquid prep with non-carbonated soft drink powders (such as Crystal Light or Kool-Aid but not red, blue, or purple). Drink it chilled through a straw so the liquid lands far back on your tongue or hold a lemon slice under your nose while you drink the prep.
* Keep a variety of clear liquids in addition to water on hand to drink before, during and after your bowel prep.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about screening methods for colon cancer.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: Harvard Health Publications, news release, November 2008

Last Updated: Nov. 16, 2008

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