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Bowel prep for colonoscopy often poor in the obese

The necessary, albeit unpleasant, purging to clear the bowel before colonoscopy is quite likely to be inadequate in people...

MRSA hits those with inflammatory bowel disease

A Canadian study of people with inflammatory bowel disease shows that they are more likely to become infected with the "superbug"...

Stool test shows promise in detecting many cancers

Using just a stool sample, doctors may be able to detect colon and many other cancers of the digestive tract including stomach,...

Urine and stool incontinence often occur together

Almost one in five women with urinary incontinence also experience fecal incontinence, researchers report. Dr. Alayne Markland...

Folate added to food may raise colon cancer risk

Although fortifying food with folate as a public health measure reduces the number of children born with spina bifida, new...

Diabetics may need more calcium with their fiber

People with type 2 diabetes who are trying to bulk up on fiber may need to pay closer attention to their calcium intake as...

Probiotics may help irritable bowel

Probiotic products, which contain living microbes that aid digestion, may help relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome,...

Prucalopride effective for chronic constipation

Prucalopride (Resolor; Movetis) "significantly and consistently" improves bowel function in patients with severe and chronic...

New guidelines for colon cancer screening issued

The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) has just released new guidelines for colorectal cancer screening -- the first...

Yogurt-type probiotic eases digestive discomfort

Regular consumption of a yogurt-like fermented milk product containing the digestion boosting probiotic Bifidobacterium lactis...

An antidepressant may calm an irritable bowel

Antidepressants and psychological therapies, particularly cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), appear to provide relief from...

Clean living could cut one third of common cancers

Healthier living could prevent about one third of the most common cancers in rich countries and about one quarter in poorer...

Aspirin reduces risk of colon polyps recurring

For people with a history of colorectal polyps or cancer, taking aspirin is an effective way to reduce the chances of new...

Muscle and bone deficits seen in kids with Crohn's

Children with Crohn's disease have deficits in the muscle and bone that are unrelated to steroid treatment, which can also...

Pain pills may cut risk of bowel cancer: study

Use of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for over 5 years may lessen a person's risk of developing cancer of...

Real-world colonoscopy benefit seen more limited

Screening for colorectal cancer by colonoscopy seems to prevent about two-thirds of deaths from colon cancer, rather than...

US FDA warns of kidney damage in bowel cleansers

Some sodium-based bowel cleansing products used before colonoscopies can cause kidney damage and must carry a stern warning...

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