Understanding Miralax: The parents’ guide on how to approach constipation
Increase water intake and exercise, adopt and maintain a fiber-rich diet and avoid foods that bind you. These are common ways to find relief from constipation. But sometimes a child needs more to keep the digestive “engines,” (or bowels) moving. To ease the discomfort of chronic childhood constipation, pediatricians often prescribe an over-the-counter laxative called Miralax, the brand name for the generic drug polyethylene glycol 3350. The odorless, tasteless powder is typically mixed with 8 ounces of water or other liquid-of-choice and prescribed to children for use once or twice daily. Common side ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - March 17, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Maureen McCarthy Tags: Diseases & conditions Source Type: news

Complex Hyperplasia with Atypia – Reethah’s Story
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. My story took off in October 2013 during an appointment with my doctor for something else entirely unconnected – eczema behind the ears. A chance mention in passing to my doctor that I had had an unexpected period the month before after a long gap caused her to prick up her ears. When was your last period before that? she enquired. I looked back at my diary where I log all my periods and body changes. I knew it had been more t...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - February 23, 2015 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories Complex Hyperplasia with Atypia endometrial cancer Source Type: news

Ironwood shares rise after favorable report
A top executive at Ironwood Pharmaceuticals described the company's direct-to-consumer ad campaign to promote its drug for irritable bowel syndrome with constipation "one of the strongest in the industry over the last couple of years," driving $297 million in sales last year. The Cambridge company gave its 2014 annual report late Friday, with revenue for the last four months coming in slightly above analyst estimates, but a larger net loss than most anticipated. Today, investors boosted the share… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 17, 2015 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Don Seiffert Source Type: news

The Truth Behind Your Supplements
Last week, the New York State Attorney General's office unveiled what could potentially amount to fraud in the dietary supplement industry. The office targeted four major retailers of supplements, Target, GNC, Walgreens, and Walmart, and accused them of selling bogus supplements. The office backed their claim that the retailers were selling supplements that contained very little, or none at all, of the advertised ingredients and demanded that the supplements be removed from their shelves as they could potentially cause harm. This revelation, if true, is a real blow to the supplement industry but more so to consumers who ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Top 5 Foods to Avoid and 5 to Eat for Constipation
Title: Top 5 Foods to Avoid and 5 to Eat for ConstipationCategory: Doctor's & Expert's views on SymptomsCreated: 8/28/2013 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/13/2015 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Crohn's Disease General)
Source: MedicineNet Crohn's Disease General - February 13, 2015 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

Da Vinci hysterectomy for fibroids – TJ’s Story
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. I have had heavy periods for the last 6 years. The last two years the bleeding became heavier and the pain far worse. I went to my GP again 2 years ago after losing so much blood in all one go with huge clots. An ultrasound scan revealed a large fibroid 8 x 5 cm. My GP at that time ordered a CA125 test which was 63. The gynaecologist recommended in 3 mins that I required a total hysterectomy with removal of the right ovary. Due to a...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - February 9, 2015 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories da vinci hysterectomy fibroids Source Type: news

Woman diagnoses ovarian cancer on Google after doctors mistake for IBS
Sadie Rance, 22, from Kent, was told her stomach pain and constipation were due to IBS, but after Googling her symptoms she discovered she had eight of the nine signs of ovarian cancer. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Woman diagnoses her own ovarian cancer with Google search
Sadie Rance turns to internet search engine for answers after being told stomach pains and constipation were due to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - February 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: search ovarian Irritable Bowel Syndrome Sadie Rance diagnosed Cancer Google Source Type: news

Gut health - What it is and how to improve it
(NaturalNews) Gut health. Catchy phrase, isn't it? Of course the first thing it brings to mind is diarrhea, constipation, bloating and gas, right? But gut health is so much more.It's not just whether your bowels regularly move or whether you have runny stools. It's whether you... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 5, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vibrating Capsule May Relieve Chronic Constipation
Patients may soon swallow a vibrating capsule instead of taking laxatives to treat constipation. (Source: Medical Design Online News)
Source: Medical Design Online News - February 2, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Source Type: news

Common anticholinergic drugs like Benadryl linked to increased dementia risk
This study is another reminder to periodically evaluate the all drugs you’re taking. Look at each one to determine if it’s really helping,” says Dr. Sarah Berry, a geriatrician and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. “I’ve seen people who have been on anticholinergic medications for bladder control for years and they are completely incontinent. These drugs obviously aren’t helping.” Many drugs have a stronger effect on older people than younger people. With age, the kidneys and liver clear drugs more slowly, so drug levels in the blood remain higher for a lon...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - January 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Beverly Merz Tags: Alzheimer's Disease Drugs and Supplements Mental Health anticholinergic drugs Source Type: news

Constipation Therapeutic Pipeline Companies and Drugs Review H1 2015...
RnRMarketResearch.com adds “Constipation – Pipeline Review, H1 2015” to its store. The report provides an overview of the Constipation’s therapeutic pipeline.(PRWeb January 25, 2015)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/constipation-pipeline/review-h1-2015-market/prweb12467225.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - January 26, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Health Tip: Risk Factors for Constipation
Title: Health Tip: Risk Factors for ConstipationCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/20/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/20/2015 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Crohn's Disease General)
Source: MedicineNet Crohn's Disease General - January 20, 2015 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

Reactions: Your Letters: Medical School Naming, Ocean Life and Constipation
Letters to the Editor. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Water Pollution Oceans and Seas Constipation Source Type: news

Report highlights the dangers of opioid painkillers
Whenever I read or write about the overuse of so-called opioid painkillers it is with mixed feelings. As a lifelong back-pain patient who once depended on them for pain relief, I appreciate the challenge posed by opioids to people in pain and their doctors. People in agonizing pain want it to stop, but opioids are often a poor long-term solution. Doctors want to help their patients, so they may prescribe opioids for extended periods despite well-founded reservations. At the same time, the epidemic of abuse of these painkillers has led to numerous deaths. Like many Americans, I know people whose lives were destroyed—w...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - January 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Daniel Pendick Tags: Addiction Drugs and Supplements Pain Management hydrocodone opioids oxycodone Source Type: news

Constipation: What Works, What Doesn'tConstipation: What Works, What Doesn't
Dr David Johnson reviews the supportive evidence and recommendations for all of the available treatments for chronic constipation and irritable bowel syndrome. Medscape Gastroenterology (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - January 15, 2015 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Gastroenterology Slide/Lecture Presentation Source Type: news

Yan Yan, constipated panda, back from the dead
When the giant panda Yan Yan died of acute constipation in 2007, the entire German nation went into mourning. Today she is back Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 13, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Henry Nicholls Tags: Science Wildlife Environment China Germany Zoology Evolution Biology Europe Museums Source Type: news

There's No Back Pain Surgery Can't Make Worse
Surgery is much less science-based than the rest of medicine. It is almost impossible to subject it to studies that are double-blind and placebo-controlled. Surgical guidelines are therefore necessarily much more anecdotal than based on evidence. Lots of elective surgery is probably unnecessary, and back operations are the most notorious example. Back pain is an inevitable and fairly ubiquitous complication of the human condition, arising from our incomplete postural adaptation to bipedal locomotion and the fact that we now live much longer than our backs are adapted for. Back surgery is performed when the patient has a ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 6, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Scrutiny for Laxatives as a Childhood Remedy
A team of scientists in Philadelphia will examine an ingredient used in laxatives, like Miralax, given to children. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 5, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS Tags: Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Laxatives Constipation Children and Childhood Source Type: news

A really positive experience – Kathy’s Story
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. I am 63 years old and had been putting up with a cystocele for the past 5 years following a rectocele repair (when the surgeon had told me the cystocele was not bad enough to repair at the time). Finally it got the better of me and I went for a consultation only to be told that my uterus had prolapsed as well. On 4th December I had a hysterectomy and cystocele repair. I had prepared well for it having bought Linda’s 101 handy ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - January 1, 2015 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories cystocele rectocele Source Type: news

Travel-Related Constipation?
Can you tell me why I become constipated when I travel and what, if anything, I can do about it? We eat healthily and exercise on the road as much as possible, but I always experience constipation.   (Source: Dr. Weil Q and A)
Source: Dr. Weil Q and A - December 29, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can hypnosis help heal people with irritable bowel syndrome?
(NaturalNews) Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a disorder of the large intestine that often plagues its sufferers with diarrhea, constipation, cramping, gas and bloating, is often improved by making dietary changes and assessing stress, hormones or the possibility of more severe underlying... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 20, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Benefits of breastfeeding: for mother and baby
Breastfeeding diets, tips, networks and common problems as research finds breastfed babies have less chance of suffering from diarrhoea and constipation (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - December 11, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Breastfeeding baby NHS mums Source Type: news

Benefits of breastfeeding: for mother and baby
Breastfeeding diets, tips, networks and common problems as research finds breastfed babies have less chance of suffering from diarrhoea and constipation (Source: The Telegraph : Health Advice)
Source: The Telegraph : Health Advice - December 11, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Breastfeeding baby NHS mums Source Type: news

AstraZeneca, Nektar Constipation Drug Wins European ApprovalAstraZeneca, Nektar Constipation Drug Wins European Approval
AstraZeneca's new drug for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation, which was developed with Nektar Therapeutics, has been approved in the European Union. International Approvals (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 9, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology News Alert Source Type: news

AstraZeneca, Nektar constipation drug wins European approval
LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca's new drug for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation, which was developed with Nektar Therapeutics, has been approved in the European Union, the British company said on Tuesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 9, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

The management of chronic constipation
Treatment strategies for chronic constipation invoving dietary modification and laxatives often do not provide satisfactory results but newer agents, such as lubiprostone and prucalopride offer significant advances in the management of this prevalent condition (Source: Pharmacy Europe)
Source: Pharmacy Europe - December 2, 2014 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: ebercott Tags: Featured Articles Source Type: news

Weekend Wellness: Talk to doctor before taking stool softener for chronic constipation
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What are the long-term side effects of taking a stool softener daily? It is the only thing that keeps me regular, and when I have tried taking it every-other-day, it’s not effective. ANSWER: At this time, no research has examined the specific long-term side effects of taking a stool softener every day. [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - November 29, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Celery can fight cancer, improve blood health and aid weight loss
(NaturalNews) Celery has long been associated with good health. The stalks of this aromatic plant, which is believed to have originated from the Mediterranean basin, has been used worldwide to treat countless medical issues ranging from mild constipation to serious inflammatory diseases... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 26, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Constipation May Be Improved by Self-Applied AcupressureConstipation May Be Improved by Self-Applied Acupressure
Self-applied perineal pressure reduced symptoms of constipation and improved quality of life in a randomized clinical trial. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - November 25, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

What Types of Patients Can Be Referred for Palliative Care Services?
Discussion Pediatric pallative care (PPC) is care for patients who have life-threatening conditions or need end of life care. The main stakeholders receiving PPC are the patients and all members of the family which may include siblings, grandparents and other members. Other stakeholders are the medical care team including ancillary staff at the hospital and other venues where the patient receives care. PPC is provided by an interdisciplinary team including physicians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, psychologists, chaplains/faith workers and others who assist families in four main areas: “…relieve sufferi...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - November 24, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

GastroBreak: Stool Bank, Difficult Diagnoses
(MedPage Today) -- Both PCPs and specialists struggle to diagnose the etiology of constipation. (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - November 21, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

Cancer guidelines may improve diagnosis rates
“Doctors to get more help to spot cancer early,” The Guardian reports. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has produced new revised draft guidelines that may help GPs pick up on possible early warning signs of cancer. The aim of the draft guidelines is to improve early cancer diagnosis in children, young people and adults of all ages. The draft guidelines have been primarily written for GPs and are an update of the 2005 guidelines that were last partially updated in 2011. What are the possible early warning signs of cancer?It is misguided to think of cancer as a single di...
Source: NHS News Feed - November 20, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer Medical practice QA articles Source Type: news

Synergy Pharma constipation drug succeeds mid-stage trial
(Reuters) - Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc said its experimental drug for opioid-induced constipation was found safe and effective in a mid-stage trial. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 19, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Suffering from constipation? Self-acupressure can help
About 19 percent of North Americans suffer from constipation, with the digestive condition being more common among women, non-whites, people older than 60, those who are not physically active and the poor. The costs are significant. Hospital costs to treat the condition were estimated at $4.25 billion in 2010 alone. Constipation can also lead to depression, lower quality of life and a drop in work productivity. Treatments include use of laxatives, increased intake of dietary fiber and fluid, and exercise. But new research from the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine published online in the Journal of General Internal M...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - November 18, 2014 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Buckwheat flour: a healthy, gluten-free alternative to white flour
(NaturalNews) It is not difficult to find research proving that regular white flour is bad for us. Consuming foods made from this popular flour, which has been processed, bleached and stripped of all its essential nutrients, has been linked to cancer, brain fog, acne, constipation... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 18, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Simple Cure for Cat Constipation
The most common cause of constipation in a kitty is inadequate fluid intake. Cats are by nature infrequent and inefficient water drinkers. They depend on their diet for the majority of their water intake, which is how nature intended things to work. But herein lies the problem. Many cats are fed dry food, which isn't the food they are designed to eat. Cats are obligate carnivores designed to hunt mice. Mice, as it turns out, provide the perfect balance of fiber (their fur), protein and moisture in one tiny package. Mice are 70 percent water, which provides kitties with exactly the amount they need for their bodies to rem...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 15, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pumpkin: More Than Just Pie
We carve faces in them and love the pies, but pumpkin, it turns out, is actually a very nutritious gourd with so many great beneficial components that can make it a great side dish to many meals, much like sweet potatoes, only without a blood sugar spike. It's in the same plant family as squash, cucumber and melons, very similar to butternut squash, yet it's mostly forgotten and left out of our diet. Its bright orange color denotes a rich content of carotenoids, the precursors to vitamin A. Nurses Health Studies indicate that a diet high in carotenoids can decrease the risk of cataracts and cancer. Pumpkin is chock full ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 14, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Parental attitudes may contribute to kids’ chronic constipation
(Reuters Health) – Child-rearing practices and attitudes could be contributing factors when kids have chronic constipation issues, according to a new study from the Netherlands. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 12, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Picky Eaters: Emotional or Physical Problem?
Children may refuse to eat for physical reasons (constipation, abdominal pain) which can be addressed with supplements. But when they lose their appetite because of stress or grief, natural medicines can help. read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 10, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Burke Lennihan, R.N., C.C.H. Tags: Child Development Eating Disorders Health Parenting food allergies grief psychosomatic symptoms sensory processing disorder Source Type: news

One Good Reason To Stop Mocking Gluten-Free Diets
Going gluten-free is an ever-so-mockable decision, despite the fact that an estimated 18 million Americans suffer from some kind of gluten sensitivity that results in embarrassing and painful symptoms like gas, bloating, constipation and urgent diarrhea. Unlike celiac disease, which is an autoimmune disorder that damages the small intestines if gluten is present, there’s no blood test to confirm gluten sensitivity -- which contributes to even more skepticism about the condition. Gluten-free diets undertaken by people without celiac disease have been called the “new, cool eating disorder” or, more serious...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 7, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

One Good Reason To Stop Mocking Gluten-Free Diets
Going gluten-free is an ever-so-mockable decision, despite the fact that an estimated 18 million Americans suffer from some kind of gluten sensitivity that results in embarrassing and painful symptoms like gas, bloating, constipation and urgent diarrhea. Unlike celiac disease, which is an autoimmune disorder that damages the small intestines if gluten is present, there’s no blood test to confirm gluten sensitivity -- which contributes to even more skepticism about the condition. Gluten-free diets undertaken by people without celiac disease have been called the “new, cool eating disorder” or, more serious...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 7, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Ironwood begins Phase III trial of linaclotide 72mcg in adults with chronic idiopathic constipation
US-based Ironwood Pharmaceuticals has started a Phase III clinical trial in the US evaluating once-daily linaclotide 72mcg capsule in adults suffering from chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC). (Source: Drug Development Technology)
Source: Drug Development Technology - November 5, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Rhythm reports positive results from relamorelin Phase II trial to treat chronic constipation
US-based biopharmaceutical firm Rhythm has reported positive results from a Phase IIa clinical trial of relamorelin (RM-131) in patients with chronic constipation. (Source: Drug Development Technology)
Source: Drug Development Technology - October 27, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Children's Hospital Los Angeles receives $1 million grant from Autism Speaks
(Children's Hospital Los Angeles) Pat Levitt, PhD, Simms/Mann Chair in Developmental Neurogenetics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, has received a grant of nearly $1 million from Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization. Funding will support research into the treatment of chronic constipation to improve behavioral symptoms associated with autism spectrum disorder. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 24, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Constipation Eased by New Ghrelin Analog
(MedPage Today) -- Relamorelin hastened bowel transit time in a phase II trial. (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - October 22, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

Refocus bowel health to cut unnecessary admissions and spending
Constipation costs the NHS £59m a year (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 20, 2014 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

What Factors Decide Urolithiasis Treatment?
Discussion Although pediatric uroliathiasis is relatively rare, there has been an increasing number of children evaluated for renal stones over time. For an overview of uroliathiasis click here. Renal colic classically has paroxysmal pain that is severe, radiates toward the groin and the patient is not able to find a comfortable position. They may also have irritability, nausea, emesis, increased urinary frequency, dysuria and hematuria. 85-90% of patients will have macro- or microscopic hematuria but up to 15% of patients with urolithiasis will not have hematuria. Clinical differential diagnosis includes but is not limit...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - October 13, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Laxative Type Might Influence Colon Cancer Risk
Fiber-based formulations seem to lower chances for the disease, non-fiber products seem to raise them Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Colorectal Cancer, Constipation (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - October 8, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Potty training before age two linked to increased risk of later wetting problems
Children who start toilet training before age 2 have a three times higher risk of developing daytime wetting problems later, according to new research. Additionally, in the current study, early trainers were three times more likely to complain of constipation than normal trainers. "Almost all of the children who had wetting also had constipation," the authors noted. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - October 7, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news