ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Massage Therapy Helps Those With Advanced Cancer
Pharoah's Wine Jar Yields Medicinal Secrets
Many Cancer Patients Turn to Complementary Medicine
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
For All Their Plusses, Pets Pose a Risk for Falls, Too
Childhood Dairy Intake Boosts Bone Health Later On
Almost Half of Adults Will Develop Knee Osteoarthritis by 85
CANCER
Vitamin D May Lower Colon Cancer Risk
Many Ignore Symptoms of Bladder Trouble
Ginger Can Ease Nausea From Chemotherapy Treatments
CAREGIVING
With Alzheimer's, Health-Care Costs Could Triple
Caregivers Face Multiple Strains Tending Older Parents
Coordination Has Led to Quicker Heart Treatment
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
High Blood Fat Levels Common in Americans
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
Vitamins Do Older Women Little Good
COSMETIC
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
DENTAL, ORAL
Periodontal Disease Impacts Whole Health
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
Sports Drinks May Be Tough on Teeth
DIABETES
Insulin Resistance Tied to Peripheral Artery Disease
Brown Rice Bests White for Diabetes Prevention
Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance in Older Men
DIET, NUTRITION
Indian Spice May Thwart Liver Damage
Want to Stop Cancer? You Can, Experts Say
Vinegar Might Help Keep Off Pounds
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
Accumulated Lead May Affect Older Women's Brains
Greener Neighborhoods Mean Slimmer Children
EYE CARE, VISION
Glaucoma Associated With Reading Impairments in Elderly
'Blind' Man Navigates Obstacle Course Without Error
Ordinary Chores Cause Half of All Eye Injuries
FITNESS
MRSA Infections Can Bug Fitness Buffs
Run for Your Life
When It Comes to Lifting, the Pros Have Your Back
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
GENERAL HEALTH
Want to Stop Cancer? You Can, Experts Say
Soluble Fiber, But Not Bran, Soothes Irritable Bowel
Regular Yoga May Improve Eating Habits
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Cherry-Enriched Diet Cut Heart Risks in Rats
Obese People Seem to Do Better With Heart Disease
Western Diet Linked To Heart Disease, Metabolic Syndrome
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
School Meals Need to Get Healthier
Teen Stress May Have Roots in First Three Years of Life
Babies Who Eat Fish Lower Eczema Risk
MEN'S HEALTH
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
Countdown to Hair Loss
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
MENTAL HEALTH
Using the Mind to Heal the Heart
A Simple 'Thank You' Brings Rewards to All
The Unmedicated Mind
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
SENIORS
Fitness Fades Fast After 45
Seniors Cope With Sleep Loss Better Than Young Adults
Friends, Not Grandkids, Key to Happy Retirement
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Steady Weight Gain Boosts Late-Life Breast Cancer Risk
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
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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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