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Constipation is not the scourge we think it is
Western civilisation has been misled about the dangers of constipation, says medical historian James Whorton from the University of Washington. And doubts have now been raised about the effectiveness of bran cereals to ward off bowel cancer. (2000-12-21)

Preschoolers with chronic constipation tend to be picky eaters
In the first study of its kind in the US, researchers found that normally developing preschool children with chronic constipation have underlying sensory issues that contribute to their difficulties with toileting behaviors. These children are often picky eaters who might be overly sensitive to food textures, tastes, or odors. They also might have an exaggerated response to noises, bright lights, or other sensory stimuli. Findings were published in the Journal of Pediatrics. (2019-04-18)

Constipation in women linked to anxiety, depression, and feeling 'unfeminine'
Chronic constipation in some women is linked to anxiety, depression, and feeling (2001-07-11)

Certain alternative therapies may help patients with bowel disorders
A new review looks at the evidence behind the effectiveness of complementary or alternative therapies -- including probiotics, prebiotics, synbiotics, fiber, and herbal medicinal products -- for the treatment of bowel disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), functional constipation, and ulcerative colitis. (2016-10-03)

Sickle cell patients should be better monitored for constipation prevention
Not all patients with sickle cell disease receive laxatives after being treated with narcotics, despite recommendations from a collaborative panel of pediatric experts. These are the findings from a Nationwide Children's Hospital study examining patients from 29 pediatric hospitals, and appearing in Pediatric Blood & Cancer. (2010-06-16)

Electrical stimulation helps treat constipation in clinical trial
Electrical stimulation benefited women with constipation in a recent clinical trial published in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics. (2020-03-04)

Treating constipation in seniors: A review of current treatments
For seniors who are constipated, the use of polyethylene glycol and lactulose are effective, according to a review of current treatments published in CMAJ. The article reviews the latest evidence on the efficacy and safety of treatments to help doctors treat their patients. (2013-01-28)

More than 40% of women suffer from constipation during pregnancy and right after childbirth
Women are 2-3 times more likely to suffer from constipation during pregnancy and right after childbirth than at any other time in their life, a new study from the University of Eastern Finland shows. (2020-10-09)

Constipation linked to increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease
Men with constipation are more likely to later develop Parkinson's disease, according to a study published in the August 14 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2001-08-13)

Even surgery may not help patients with severe constipation
Current guidelines for treating severe constipation include surgical removal of part of the colon, a procedure called subtotal colectomy. Using national databases of hospital activity in the United States, investigators have discovered that colectomies for constipation nearly tripled over a span of 13 years, from 104 procedures in 1998 to 311 in 2011. (2015-10-05)

Drug trial shows promise for treating constipation caused by pain medicines
Taking medicines for chronic pain can often lead to constipation, but a New England Journal of Medicine study shows a daily pill can get things moving again. (2014-06-04)

Study uncovers link between constipation and kidney disease
Individuals with constipation had a 13 percent higher likelihood of developing chronic kidney disease and a 9 percent higher likelihood of developing kidney failure compared with individuals without constipation. More severe constipation was linked with an incrementally higher risk for both chronic kidney disease and kidney failure. (2016-11-10)

Loss of nerve cells may link constipation with achalasia of the oesophagus
Patients who have difficulty swallowing food may also be more likely to suffer from constipation, according to a preliminary study published this week in BMC Gastroenterology. The research suggests that patients with achalasia of the oesophagus, associated with a loss of nerve cells in the muscle surrounding the oesophagus, may also lose nerve cells from the muscle surrounding the rectum. This may cause an increased incidence of constipation in this population. (2003-10-16)

Mangos help promote gut health
Eating mangos found to be more effective in relieving constipation and reducing intestinal inflammation than comparable amount of fiber. (2018-06-06)

Promising medication counteracts constipation caused by opioid painkillers
Opioids -- strong morphine-based painkillers -- are widely prescribed to patients experiencing chronic severe pain. While these drugs are very effective for treating and managing pain, they have one particularly bothersome side effect: constipation. A new drug, called naloxegol, could bring relief. In stage 3 trials reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, KU Leuven and international researchers provide new evidence that the drug relieves constipation without dulling opioids' pain-relieving effects. (2014-07-16)

Constipation most common cause of children's abdominal pain
Acute and chronic constipation together accounted for nearly half of all cases of acute abdominal pain in children treated at one hospital. The study also suggests that physicians should do a simple rectal examination for constipation when trying to determine the cause of abdominal pain in children. (2007-12-17)

Study: Childhood constipation just as serious as asthma
Family life gets crazy around the holidays, and kids can get out of their bathroom routine. A new study finds childhood constipation is much more than an inconvenience -- it's a common, sometimes serious medical problem that costs nearly $4 billion each year to treat. That's equal to major chronic illnesses like asthma and ADHD. We have some important tips for parents to help treat or prevent the problem before it gets serious. (2008-11-26)

72 percent of pregnant women experience constipation and other bowel problems
Nearly three out of four pregnant women experience constipation, diarrhea or other bowel disorders during their pregnancies, a Loyola University Medical Center study has found. But such bowel disorders have only minimal impacts on pregnant women's quality of life, the study found. (2013-05-20)

Study identifies factors associated with aggression in nursing home residents
Depressive symptoms, delusions, hallucinations and constipation are associated with physical aggression among nursing home residents with dementia, according to a report in the June 26 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2006-06-26)

Constipated? Study finds surprising cause
A Yale-led study has shown a surprising link between constipation and herpes infection. The finding, published June 8 in Cell Host & Microbe, advances the science on herpes, and could help patients with chronic gastrointestinal diseases with no clear cause. (2016-06-08)

Medication shows promise for patients with severe chronic constipation
A new medication appears to offer significant relief to patients with severe chronic constipation while minimizing the likelihood of cardiac-related side effects. (2008-05-28)

Children's Hospital Los Angeles receives $1 million grant from Autism Speaks
Pat Levitt, Ph.D., 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. (2014-10-24)

New drug relieves symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome in females
A Mayo Clinic-led study found that a new drug called alosetron (ah-loss'-e-tron) improves pain relief and bowel function in women with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It specifically helped patients who experienced diarrhea or altered bowel habits, not patients with constipation. (1999-10-31)

Two new studies offer insights into gastrointestinal dysfunction in Parkinson's patients
Constipation is one of the most common non-motor related complaints affecting Parkinson's disease (PD) patients. (2017-07-31)

Plain film X-rays may not be necessary in some children with non-traumatic stomach pain
The majority of plain films (X-rays), which are traditionally used to evaluate non-traumatic abdominal pain in children brought into the emergency department, may not be clinically useful, a panel of experts has found. Ultrasound and CT, on the other hand, are more clinically useful in evaluating these patients, a new study shows. (2004-05-05)

Pelvic Floor Society statement -- use of mesh surgeries for constipation & rectal prolapse
In light of ongoing concerns by the media and the public surrounding the use of mesh in women with pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence, the Pelvic Floor Society has issued a consensus statement addressing the use of mesh for the treatment of constipation and rectal prolapse (via a surgical procedure called ventral mesh rectopexy, or VMR). (2017-09-21)

Can auriculotherapy help relieve chronic constipation?
Nearly one in six adults worldwide may suffer from chronic constipation and, over time, the disorder can cause serious complications. Auriculotherapy, a form of acupuncture that involves stimulating targeted points on the outer ear, may help in managing constipation. (2014-08-25)

Chronic constipation linked to increased risk of colorectal cancer
Patients with chronic constipation may be at increased risk of developing colorectal cancer and benign neoplasms, according to study findings unveiled today at the American College of Gastroenterology's 77th Annual Scientific meeting in Las Vegas. (2012-10-22)

World's biggest study of multi-million pound health problem launched
UK researchers have launched the world's biggest ever study of an embarrassing problem that costs health services millions - constipation. In Britain, more drugs are prescribed for this condition than for diabetes. As it mainly affects the over-55s the problem is expected to worsen as the proportion of older people in the population increases. The £650,000 study is funded by the British Government and aims to recruit nearly 2,000 sufferers. (2005-02-22)

Vibrating capsule shows promising results in treating chronic constipation
An oral capsule that vibrates as it moves through the digestive tract has shown notable promise as a non-pharmacological treatment for constipation, according to new research presented today at Digestive Disease Week. (2014-05-03)

Mayo Clinic researchers find new treatment for constipation
Constipation is definitely not a glamorous topic. In reality, it affects nearly 30 million Americans and costs more than $1 billion annually to evaluate and treat. While not often life threatening, the pain, bloating, discomfort, and straining associated with constipation lead sufferers to focus on one thing -- relief. Mayo Clinic researchers recently had success in the clinical trial of a new medication shown to provide relief from constipation (2011-05-10)

Mayo Clinic discovery is first step toward new bacteria-based constipation treatment
Genetically engineered bacteria are showing promise as a new treatment for constipation, researchers at the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine have discovered in a mouse study. The finding is significant in part because there are few approved constipation remedies on the market. The research is published in Cell Host & Microbe. (2018-06-13)

Debunking constipation myths
There are a lot of common myths about constipation treatment. An article in the January issue of The American Journal of Gastroenterology dispels those myths and clears numerous misconceptions regarding chronic constipation. From a high fiber diet to taking laxatives, researchers address the common beliefs concerning various aspects of the condition and review results based on medical trials. (2005-01-04)

Study findings show improvement in work attendance after consistent treatment of IBS
A new study shows that treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) with constipation may have a significant impact on absenteeism from work, as well as improving presenteeism - defined as coming to work but being less productive. IBS is second only to the common cold as the leading cause of work absenteeism. (2005-10-31)

Experimental drug more potent, longer lasting than morphine
A little-known morphine-like drug is potentially more potent, longer lasting and less likely to cause constipation than standard morphine, a study has found. The drug also is less likely to cause constipation. (2011-01-03)

MiraLax switches from prescription to over-the-counter status
The number one doctor-prescribed laxative, MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol 3350), is the newest over-the-counter constipation product. (2007-03-28)

Inner health, outer embarrassment: in between it's interesting history
James Whorton didn't set out to write a history of constipation. But when the University of Washington professor of medical history and ethics researched the idea of diseases of that plague civilization he kept finding references to constipation as the fundamental disease of civilization. (2000-06-26)

Complementary medicines can be dangerous for children
Complementary medicines can be dangerous for children and can even prove fatal, if substituted for conventional medicine, indicates an audit of kids' CAM treatment published online in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. (2010-12-22)

New constipation treatment under study for Parkinson's patients
Constipation can be another uncomfortable problem for patients with Parkinson's disease that standard treatment won't relieve, researchers say. (2014-03-03)

Suffering from constipation? Self-acupressure can help
In a randomized clinical trial, 72 percent of participants said that perineal self-acupressure, a simple technique involving the application of external pressure to the perineum -- the area between the anus and genitals -- helped relieve constipation. (2014-11-18)

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