May 2, 2010

One Pill Equals Half the Prep

1 Pill Makes Prep for Colonoscopy Easy to Swallow

A colonoscopy can make a difference in finding colon cancer in time for effective treatment, but the procedure isn’t a patient favorite because preparing for the test means drinking a gallon of fluid containing a mixture of polyethylene glycol and electrolytes to clean out the bowels. Researchers have discovered that a pill already approved as a treatment for chronic constipation can be used in place of half the liquid requirement. Dr. Chetan Pai, the study's lead author, says most people don’t want to have a colonoscopy because of the preparation, but might be encouraged to have the test done if there was a better way to prepare for it. This new prep could be especially beneficial for patients over 50, who have an especially hard time drinking a whole gallon of fluid.

More at MSN Health and Fitness | Posted 8 years ago by Marty Shaw

Previously: More Need Colon Screenings Than Get Them

Tags: Colon Cancer, Colonoscopy, New Treatment

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Relatives No Better for Kids

2 Children Living with Relatives Face Health Issues

Children living with relatives other than their birth parents could have an increased risk for physical and mental health problems. Sara B. Eleoff, MD, from the University Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in New York, used data from a 2007 national survey of more than 91,000 children. She concluded that, "Children who live in kinship care with a relative have more special health care needs, mental health problems such as ADHD and depression, and dental problems compared with children who live with their parents." Dr. Eleoff suggests health care providers, educators and public health agencies should identify and monitor these children as they may need additional services and supports.

More at E! Science News | Posted 8 years ago by Yi Chen

Tags: Children, Family, Health, Sara Eleoff, Kid, Child, Relative, Foster, Kinship, Care, University Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Problem, Parent

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Five Minutes to Improved Mood

3 Green Exercise Improves Mental Health

Where you exercise could matter when it comes to mental health. According to a new study published in Environmental Science and Technology, it only takes fives minutes of green exercise to benefit mental health, including improved mood or sense of well-being. Study authors Jules Pretty and Jo Barton explain that green exercise is any physical activity in nature. Examples include a stroll in the park, exploring a nature trail or gardening in your yard. Pretty and Barton analyzed various outdoor activities, such as walking, horse-riding, cycling, fishing, gardening, boating and farming. While experts have long known that time in green spaces improves mental health, this is the first time researchers have discovered exactly how much time is needed to get the mental health benefit.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 8 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Green Exercise, Outdoor Exercise, Improving Mental Health, Exercises for Mind, Benefits of Exercising in Nature, Nature Trail, Gardening, Walking in Park, Benefits of Nature, Cycling, Fishing, Boating, Jules Pretty, Jo Barton, Environmental Science and Technology

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Lower Risk of Ulcerative Colitis

4 Olive Oil May Guard Against Ulcerative Colitis

A diet rich in oleic acid could protect you against developing ulcerative colitis, a disease which causes abdominal pain, diarrhea and weight loss. Oleic acid is found in olive oil, peanut oil, grapeseed oil, butter and some margarines. New research by the University of East Anglia (UEA) revealed that study participants with the highest intake of oleic acid had a 90 percent lower risk of developing ulcerative colitis. Study findings were presented recently at the Digestive Disease Week conference in New Orleans. "Oleic acid seems to help prevent the development of ulcerative colitis by blocking chemicals in the bowel that aggravate the inflammation found in this illness," said Dr. Andrew Hart of UEA's School of Medicine.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 8 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Butter, Ulcerative Colitis, Olive Oil, Peanut Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Preventing Ulcerative Colitis, Benefits of Olive Oil, Oleic Acid, Digestive Disease Week Conference, Dr. Andrew Hart, University of East Anglia

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Don't Turn Your Blue Eyes Brown

5 Side Effects of Latisse for Longer Eyelashes

"Attention Ladies: Men couldn't care less about how 'full' your eyelashes are."
- Kevin in the comments

Latisse, a topical solution manufactured by Allergan, may give some women longer, fuller eyelashes, but it comes with risks. A rare side effect of Latisse is a chance that hazel or blue eyes could permanently change to brown! According to New York Times, Latisse is supposed to be doctor-prescribed, but it's easy to obtain without seeing a doctor. Latisse may cause irritation, redness or itchiness that goes away when the product is discontinued. While many women use Latisse without side effects, some women may experience eyelid discoloration, which may not be reversible. Even with the risks, more than a million bottles of Latisse have been sold, and Brooke Shields appears in ads for the product.

More at New York Times | Posted 8 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Depression Drug Side Effects Not Reported

Tags: Eyelid Discoloration, Latisse, Allergan, Longer Eyelashes, Fuller Eyelashes, Latisse Side Effects, Brooke Shields

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