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Colostomy Irrigation And Bowel Control

Colostomy irrigation is the process of infusing water into the colon through the stoma similar to an enema. The irrigation process stimulates the colon to then empty. By performing this process once a day at a set time, it is often possible to train the colon to empty only after irrigation. This allows the colostomate to simply use a stoma cover or stoma cap, rather than the pouch normally required, for the majority of the day.

Daily Aspirin Is Not for Everyone, Study Suggests

Nearly a third of middle-aged Americans regularly take a baby aspirin in the hope of preventing a heart attack or a stroke or lowering their cancer risk. But new research shows that aspirin is not for everyone, and that in some patients this so-called wonder drug is doing more harm than good.

Exercise May Keep Alzheimer’s at Bay

A daily walk or jog could alter the risk of developing Alzheimer’s or change the course of the disease if it begins in some people, a new study suggests.

Thoughts on Ostomy Odor Management

What’s an ostomy? Basically an ostomy is a man-made exit site that changes the point of exit from the bottom or back of our body to the front. Our eyes and noses are obviously on the front of our body, which leads us to be more aware of our changed body image and our odor-producing products. I’m sure you’ve heard the statement, “You’ve come a long way, baby.” Yes, ostomy management has come a long way-considering that as little as ten years ago, we had very few 100% odor-free pouching systems.

Majority Of Americans Take At Least Two Pills Every Day

Fifty-one percent of American adults take two or more pills each day—a prescription drug, an over-the-counter drug, or a vitamin or herbal supplement—according to a new survey. And nearly half, 46 percent, said they were taking an average of nearly three prescription medications a week. Predictably, more people tended to take more prescriptions, as they grow older.

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