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Health Tip: Prevent Constipation

Posted 22 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Although constipation is more common in older adults, it can occur at any age. Potential causes for the condition include: diet that lacks fiber, insufficient exercise, misuse of laxatives, medical conditions, use of certain medications and an urge to hold in a bowel movement. The U.S. National Institute on Aging offers these suggestions that could prevent constipation: Increase fiber in your ...

More People Under 50 Getting Colon Cancer, Analysis Finds

Posted 25 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 – Colon cancer rates are rising among men and women under 50, the age at which guidelines recommend screenings start, a new analysis shows. One in seven colon cancer patients is under 50. Younger patients are more likely to have advanced stage cancer, but they live slightly longer without a cancer recurrence because they are treated aggressively, the researchers reported. ...

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 ...

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.

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