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Constipation, Kidney Disease May Be Linked, New Research Shows

Posted 11 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 10, 2016 – People with constipation are more likely to develop kidney disease, a new study finds. The discovery suggests kidney problems might be prevented or treated by managing constipation, according to researchers at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Memphis VA Medical Center. They studied the medical records of 3.5 million U.S. veterans with normal kidney function. They were tracked from 2004 to 2006, and followed through 2013. Those with constipation were 13 percent more likely than patients without constipation to develop chronic kidney disease and 9 percent more likely to experience kidney failure. The risk was even higher for those whose constipation was more severe. The study did not prove that constipation causes kidney disease or failure, however. Instead, "Our findings highlight the plausible link between the gut and the kidneys and ... Read more

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The Scoop About Healthy Poop

Posted 25 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 25, 2016 – Your bowel movements can offer important clues about your health, a doctor says. If bowel movements feel comfortable, then it's likely all is well, said Dr. Gabriel Neal, a family medicine doctor and clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M College of Medicine. "Normal bowel movements are relatively soft but dense. They should be any shade of brown or green," Neal said in a college news release. Viruses and bacteria in the intestinal tract can cause stool discoloration, diarrhea or blood in the stool. The color of the blood can help your doctor pinpoint the location of the infection. "If an infection is in the lower intestines or colon, then the blood in your stool is going to be red. If you find black blood, then the blood has oxidized and is from higher up in your digestive tract, such as the stomach or upper intestines," Neal said. People with gallbladder ... Read more

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Can Acupuncture Ease Severe Constipation?

Posted 12 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 – People with severe chronic constipation may get relief from a more modern type of acupuncture, new research suggests. After eight weeks of treatment with electroacupuncture – acupuncture involving electrical stimulation – study participants experienced significant symptom and quality-of-life improvements, the study found. Electroacupuncture uses thin needles inserted beneath the skin that are attached to a device that sends electric pulses into the body. The study findings suggest a safe and effective option for difficult-to-treat patients, several gastroenterologists said. "It is heartening to see such rigorously tested alternative therapies, since so many of them are administered without any evidence to support them," said Dr. Christopher Andrews. He's a clinical associate professor in the gastroenterology division at University of Calgary Cumming School of ... Read more

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Health Tip: Laxatives Have Side Effects

Posted 8 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Laxatives can have unpleasant side effects, especially when overused. The American Academy of Family Physicians says possible problems associated with laxative use include: Abdominal cramps or nausea. Gas, diarrhea or bloating. Electrolyte imbalance, which can affect the muscles, nerves and organs. Those most at risk include children and people with kidney disease or diabetes. Muscle weakness or muscle spasms. Fatigue, confusion, headache or vomiting. Read more

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Health Tip: Your Child's Bowel Function

Posted 25 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Every child has different bowel habits, but certain signs may indicate a medical problem. The University of Michigan Health System says parents should visit a doctor if: The child is constipated for longer than a week, or the child's bowel movements are painful and require more than normal pushing. The child has blood in the stool, or has hemorrhoids. The child has a leaking soft stool between bowel movements. The child is vomiting or has a swollen belly. Read more

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Health Tip: Should I Talk to my Doctor About Gas?

Posted 10 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

-- While everyone has intestinal gas, some people have severe bloating that causes discomfort and other problems. The Mayo Clinic mentions these warning signs that you may need to see a doctor: Intestinal gas that is persistent and severe. Intestinal gas that occurs with vomiting. Long-term diarrhea, bloody stool or constipation. Weight loss for no apparent reason. Heartburn. Read more

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Constipation Treatments Not Equally Effective: Review

Posted 28 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

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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Fiber Beats Other Remedies for Constipated Kids, Study Says

Posted 27 Sep 2011 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 27 – Many children in western countries suffer from chronic constipation, and when the going gets slow, fiber seems to beat all other non-drug remedies, new research from the Netherlands suggests. A review of nine studies with 640 children up to age 18 with functional constipation, which has no known physical cause, found that fiber supplements were somewhat better than placebos at reducing kids' abdominal pain and improving frequency and consistency of stools. Other common non-drug treatments – including prebiotics and probiotics, which help restore the digestive tract's balance of "good bacteria," increased water intake or behavioral therapy – were deemed to be of little use, a finding that puzzles some doctors. "Treatments we typically use were not, in fact, proven by these studies to be effective. I find that very difficult to believe and put into practice," said ... Read more

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Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes

Posted 30 Mar 2009 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 30 – Japanese herbal medicines may help people with gastrointestinal disorders – such as constipation and indigestion – that don't respond to conventional treatments, a new study suggests. Many drugs used for these gastrointestinal "motility disorders" don't work or cause unwanted side effects, the researchers noted. "Japanese herbal medicines have been used in East Asia for thousands of years. Our review of the world medical literature reveals that herbal medicines serve a valuable role in the management of patients with functional gastrointestinal disorders," lead researcher Hidekazu Suzuki, an associate professor at the Keio University School of Medicine, said in a news release. The researchers analyzed data from studies that examined several different Japanese herbal medicines, including Rikkunshi-to and Dai-Kenchu-to. The results showed that Rikkunshi-to, which is ... Read more

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What You Need to Know When Your Stomach Aches

Posted 28 Mar 2009 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, March 28 – If your tummy feels funny, it could be a one-time bellyache, but it also could be a sign of something more serious. Dr. C. Richard Boland, chief of gastroenterology at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, says that everyone should know five things about serious digestive disorders: Symptoms: Alert your doctor if you have persistent symptoms, such as abdominal pain or discomfort, nausea, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn or blood in the stools. Diagnosis: Because many digestive disorders are not detectable with blood or imaging tests, they can be difficult to diagnosis. Irritable bowel syndrome, for instance, is usually diagnosed by first ruling out all other disorders. Talking to your doctor: Symptoms and your health history play a major role in diagnosing digestive disorders, so be frank with your doctor. Recording your eating habits and symptoms ... Read more

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