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11 Dec 2017
Combining the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet with low sodium intake reduces systolic blood pressure (SBP) in individuals with pre- and stage 1 hypertension, with progressively higher reductions at greater levels of baseline SBP, a recent study has shown.
Tristan Manalac, 5 days ago
Major depressive disorder (MDD) appears to be more prevalent in females than in males, particularly in those who are divorced or widowed, a recent study from Singapore has found.
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Tadalafil may not be effective for reducing the decline in ambulatory ability in boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), as shown in a recent study.
01 Dec 2017
At a symposium during the 25th Congress of the Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, Professor Susan Davis discussed the unique implications of women living decades beyond menopause, and how healthcare professionals can best manage menopausal symptoms in the short and long term.

Biofeedback therapy improves dyssynergic defecation in elderly women

12 Oct 2017
Constipation: More than meets the eye

Electromyographic biofeedback (EMG-BF) appears to be an effective behavioural therapy for improving dyssynergic defecation in chronically constipated community-dwelling elderly women, according to a recent study.

There were significant differences between randomized groups in all the dependent variables after 1 month of treatment. In addition, no significant between-group difference was seen in age or in the duration of chronic constipation symptoms.

Clinical gains were maintained over a follow-up of 3 months, according to researchers.

To assess the efficacy of BF therapy in the treatment of dyssynergic defecation, 20 chronically constipated women were randomly assigned to either EMG-BF group (n=10) or control group (n=10) after an initial assessment phase carried out for 1 month.

The outcome measures for evaluating treatment efficacy were as follows: weekly stool frequency, sensation of incomplete evacuation, difficulty evacuation level, Anismus index and mean EMG-activity of the external anal sphincter during straining to defecate.

The findings of the current study supported those of a previous randomized controlled trial by Simon and Bueno. [Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback 2009;34:273-7]

Their results showed that patients in the EMG-BF group had significant improvements in psychophysiological measures (EMG-activity during straining to defecate and Anismus index), as well as in clinical variables (frequency of defecations per week, sensation of incomplete evacuation, difficulty evacuation level and perianal pain at defecation). These benefits were maintained at the follow-up period 2 months later.

One of the most common forms of functional constipation, dyssynergic defecation refers to an incomplete evacuation of faecal material from the rectum due to paradoxical contraction or failure to relax pelvic floor muscles when straining to defecate. It is said to be a behavioural disorder because there are no associated morphological or neurological abnormalities. [World J Gastroenterol 2006;12:7069-74]

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Most Read Articles
11 Dec 2017
Combining the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet with low sodium intake reduces systolic blood pressure (SBP) in individuals with pre- and stage 1 hypertension, with progressively higher reductions at greater levels of baseline SBP, a recent study has shown.
Tristan Manalac, 5 days ago
Major depressive disorder (MDD) appears to be more prevalent in females than in males, particularly in those who are divorced or widowed, a recent study from Singapore has found.
6 days ago
Tadalafil may not be effective for reducing the decline in ambulatory ability in boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), as shown in a recent study.
01 Dec 2017
At a symposium during the 25th Congress of the Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, Professor Susan Davis discussed the unique implications of women living decades beyond menopause, and how healthcare professionals can best manage menopausal symptoms in the short and long term.