ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
Know Your Asthma Triggers
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Quit Smoking the Holistic Way
Acupuncture May Help Restore Lost Sense of Smell
Regular Yoga May Improve Eating Habits
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Vitamin C Protects Some Elderly Men From Bone Loss
Majority of College Students Report Backpack-Related Pain
Improved Hip Implants Can Last 20 Years
CANCER
Acupuncture May Help Relieve Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Higher Vitamin D Intake Could Cut Cancer Risk
Gene Screen May Predict Colon Cancer's Return
CAREGIVING
Undoing the 'Big Baby' Trend
With Alzheimer's, Health-Care Costs Could Triple
Rapid Infant Weight Gain Linked to Childhood Obesity
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
Bad Marriages Harder on Women's Health
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
COSMETIC
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
DENTAL, ORAL
Periodontal Disease Impacts Whole Health
Amino Acid May Be Key to Strong Teeth
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
DIABETES
Formula Puts Doctor, Patient Glucose Readings on Same Page
Americans Consuming More Sugary Beverages
Saliva Test Could Monitor Type 2 Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Compound in Red Wine Fights Ravages of Age
Low Vitamin A, C Intake Tied to Asthma Risk
HELP TO LOSE WEIGHT ON A LOW CAL BUDGET
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Gas Stove Emissions Boost Asthma in Inner-City Kids
Sunken, Unexploded Bombs Pose Cancer Risk
Database Helps Assess Your Breast Cancer Risk
EYE CARE, VISION
Eye Disease, Cognitive Decline Linked in Study
Don't Lose Sight of Halloween Safety
Poor Night Vision May Predict Age-Related Eye Disease
FITNESS
As Temperature Plummets, It's Still Safe to Exercise
Barefoot Best for Running?
Basketball Star Details His Struggle With Gout
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
GENERAL HEALTH
Tune Up Your Health With Music
Eating Lots Of Vegetables, Olive Oil May Extend Life
Autumn Chores Often Hazardous
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
Dark Chocolate May Lower Stroke Risk
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Wood Fires Can Harm the Youngest Lungs
Stomach Germ May Protect Against Asthma
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
MEN'S HEALTH
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
MENTAL HEALTH
Mind Exercise Might Help Stroke Patients
Drink Away Dementia?
Consciousness Helps the Mind and Body Work Together
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
SENIORS
Any Old Cane Won't Do
Video Gaming Just Might Fight Aging
Older People at Greater Risk of Swine Flu Death
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
WOMEN'S HEALTH
How Much Fish to Eat While Pregnant?
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women
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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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