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Laxative Type Might Influence Colon Cancer Risk, Study Finds

Posted 8 Oct 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 – A new study suggests that the type of laxative a person takes might be a factor in their odds for colon cancer. The research indicates that fiber-based laxatives are associated with a lower risk of colorectal cancer, while non-fiber laxatives are linked with a higher risk. The study could only show an association between laxative types and colon cancer risk, it could not prove cause-and-effect, and experts stress that more study is needed. Still, the researchers believe the findings are important because about 20 percent of Americans use laxatives. According to a team led by Jessica Citronberg, a predoctoral fellow at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, non-fiber laxatives are the most widely used in the United States and work by forcing the colon to contract. On the other hand, fiber-based laxatives boost the water content and bulk of the stool ... Read more

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Constipation Treatments Not Equally Effective: Review

Posted 28 Jan 2013 by

MONDAY, Jan. 28 – Some treatments are more effective than others for relieving constipation in seniors, according to a new review. And laxatives aren't always enough, researchers say. Constipation is common in seniors and can have serious health consequences and affect quality of life. Excessive straining in frail elderly people can cause them to faint and put them at risk of injury or falling, or restrict blood flow to the heart and brain. Chronic constipation can lead to fecal impaction, a large lump of hard stool that remains stuck in the rectum. Fecal impaction can cause nausea, pain and loss of appetite. "Given the growing proportion of older adults in North America, effective management of constipation by health care professionals will be increasingly necessary," Dr. Dov Gandell, of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, and colleagues wrote in an article appearing Jan. 28 ... Read more

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Inadequate Bowel Prep May Invalidate Colonoscopy

Posted 29 Mar 2012 by

THURSDAY, March 29 – Doctors may fail to detect precancerous growths if patients' colons aren't adequately cleansed before having a colonoscopy, a new study warns. On the day before a colonoscopy, patients are instructed to stop eating solid food and to consume only clear liquids. They also drink bowel-cleansing mixtures to empty the colon. However, previous research suggests that up to one-quarter of colonoscopy patients fail to adequately cleanse their colons. The new study, from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, examined the potential consequences of poor bowel preparation. Researchers identified 373 patients who underwent a colonoscopy between 2004 and 2009, and had inadequate bowel preparation. Of the 133 patients who later had a second colonoscopy, nearly 34 percent had at least one precancerous growth detected in the repeat screening. Nearly one in five ... Read more

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Health Tip: Take Laxatives as Directed

Posted 17 May 2010 by

-- Laxatives are medications usually purchased over-the-counter to help treat constipation. The American Academy of Family Physicians says side effects are rare if laxatives are taken as their labels direct, but sometimes they can trigger: Diarrhea. Nausea. Cramps. Gas. Bloating. Read more

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