Expectant father given painful hemorrhoid operation after mix-up while awaiting birth of child in Chinese hospital

An expectant father who was waiting anxiously for news on his wife's condition outside a hospital ward in China was given the surprise of his life when he was invited in by doctors – to get an operation on his hemorrhoids.

The man, who was named as Mr Wang in reports, was mistaken for another patient who had already completed the paperwork for the painful procedure, according to Bandao City News.

When doctors asked him to accompany them as he waited in a corridor at the Shenyang Hunnan Xinqu Hospital, Mr Wang believed he would be asked to assist them with his wife's delivery.

What he didn't expect was to be told to drop his trousers and lie on the operating table.

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The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Get hemorrhoid relief with simple home remedies

Q: I have an external hemorrhoid. It's only uncomfortable some of the time. What treatment do you suggest?

A: The best way to reduce swelling and discomfort is to keep stools soft and the anal area clean.

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Caffeine dependence tied to physical, emotional problems

It's 4 in the afternoon, and Adam Sandoval, a San Francisco handyman who starts work very early most mornings, is finishing up his second 16-ounce tumbler of black coffee for the day.

"I've tried to quit it, but I get headaches," Sandoval, 47, said with a shrug. "So I stopped using sugar and cream. That's the bad stuff. Now I just drink it straight, and it feels like I'm getting more caffeine somehow."

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Hunterdon Medical Center offering new treatment for hemorrhoids

Hunterdon Medical Center is the only hospital in New Jersey offering patients a new treatment for hemorrhoids. The HET System is a non-surgical technology that allows physicians at Advanced Gastroenterology and Nutrition to treat internal hemorrhoids in a single procedure. It is a quick and simple procedure, associated with rapid recovery, no or minimal discomfort and excellent results.

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Hemorrhoid procedure yields shorter recovery, less pain

PARIS -- Hemorrhoids can be a sensitive and often embarrassing topic of discussion.

However, the Paris Community Hospital/Family Medical Center reported that hemorrhoids are a serious matter, as they are more common than most people might think.

By age 50, about half of all adults deal with the itching, discomfort, and bleeding that can signal the presence of hemorrhoids. Although hemorrhoids are rarely dangerous, they can be a recurring and painful condition for people who have them.

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Lecture series offered by Medical Specialty Center

Dr. Tanya Brown will present a lecture series on general surgery and what to expect the next eight weeks at the Medical Specialty Center Conference Room Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Starting Tuesday, June 5, 2012, Dr. Brown will begin the series with gastrointestinal tract issues such as stomach, colon, reflux, gallbladder and any GI (Gastrointestinal) problems.

Other subjects covered during the eight weeks will be breast surgeries such as biopsies, lumps, mastectomies and treatments.

Hernias and lesions on skins will be discussed along with hemorrhoids and lumps and bumps.

The purpose of the series is to educate the community about signs and symptoms, what they mean and how to treat them.

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Choose healthy sauces and seasonings

Hot sauce and chili. For susceptible individuals, hot sauce and chili can lead to ulcers and hemorrhoids. The ingredients in hot sauce are actually irritating to the blood vessels in the rectum (anus) and can aggravate hemorrhoids. Too much spicy foods will also be released through our sweat pores, causing body odor.

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What humans and cows share is an unexpected surprise

Most people know that cows eat grass and hay and neither of those would be much of a meal for us, even for a vegan.

What plants all have in common are cells with walls made of cellulose, lectins and other complex carbohydrates collectively called glycans. What cows (and other ruminants) have is a storage area of their stomach that ferments the glycans with special bacteria. The fermented food we call cud. It is eventually broken down to sugars and fatty acids and fuels the growth and maintenance of cattle.

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Changing eating habits can control hemorrhoids

They're embarrassing, itchy, painful, incredibly common and a pain in the rear. More than half of Americans have experienced hemorrhoids, which also are called piles.

These swollen and/or inflamed veins in the anus or rectum are particularly common during pregnancy and after childbirth. They're frequently are caused by straining when going to the bathroom. Sometimes a person discovers the problem when she finds bright red blood on toilet paper after wiping, which can be frightening. Hemorrhoids can lead to constipation and, in severe cases, anemia.

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Neosporin alternative: the DIY cottonwood salve

Before people bought tubes of Bacitracin (TM), Neosporin (TM), and generic imitations thereof, we had cottonwood salve. The cottonwood tree, Populus balsamifera, also called Balsam Poplar or Balm of Gilead, grows in wet meadows and along rivers and lakes, ranging from Alaska to Southern California and east across the top half of North America as far south as Virginia.

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7 post-baby symptoms and how to find relief

4. The culprit: Hemorrhoids and constipation
Why it happens: Hemorrhoids occur when the veins in the anus dilateÑboth during pregnancy and labor and delivery when youÕre pushing and straining. ÒThose two processes together make them much more common,Ó said Muir. Your hormones cause constipation, and if you had a C-section, the incision and movement of the bowel, as well as the pain medications given afterward, can contribute. ÒThe bowel can be slower to wake up after an abdominal surgery,Ó she said.

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Skinvisible Licensee Increases US Sales for Women's Health Product Made With Invisicare

LAS VEGAS, NV, Apr 12, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Skinvisible Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (otcqb:SKVI) SKVI -3.64% is pleased to announce that its licensee, Women's Choice Pharmaceuticals LLC, a specialty pharmaceutical company based in Gilbert, Arizona, has partnered with Advanced Medical Enterprises, LLC (AME Inc.) to market ProCort(R) in Puerto Rico. ProCort(R) is a topical prescription treatment for hemorrhoids formulated with Skinvisible's patented polymer delivery system Invisicare(R) and a combination of hydrocortisone acetate and pramoxine hydrochloride.

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Doctors answer reader questions on specialized diets, hemorrhoids

My son suffers from seizures, and I believe he might benefit from a nutrition plan like a gluten-free diet. I have spoken to his pediatrician, but I would like more information from experts in the area of nutrition. Where can I go to find resources on kidsÕ nutrition and to explore food plans?
Ñ K.M.

As a mother myself, I can sympathize with the wish for your son to have the best diet possible. Due to his seizures, heÕs in a particular class of children that may need a specialized diet, which can certainly help some children with epilepsy. However, please know up-front that such diets should not be assumed and administered by the parent alone.

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Use molasses internally, not externally

Q. My doctor would like to know how you apply blackstrap molasses to hemorrhoids. Does it come in a capsule form, or is it an ointment? What strengths or milligrams does the molasses come in?

A. Do NOT apply blackstrap molasses to hemorrhoids. We shudder to think how messy that would be.

We first heard about swallowing a teaspoon of blackstrap molasses for hemorrhoids three years ago. Since then, dozens of readers have reported success with this improbable supermarket remedy. We have no idea how or even if it actually works, but here is a compelling story:

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Pain-relieving gels, sprays to get new warning labels

Products containing benzocaine, used to relieve pain for problems ranging from teething to hemorrhoids, will get new labels warning of a rare but potentially serious side-effect.

Health Canada announced this week that companies have been asked to add a statement to their packaging warning of the potential risk of methemoglobinemia in sensitive individuals who use the topical anesthetic.

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Lack of exercise one cause of hemorrhoids

DUBAI - Hemorrhoids are normal vascular structures in the anal canal which help with stool control but they become piles when swollen or inflamed, said Dr Wadhah Shaker, Specialist Surgeon at Zulekha Hospital, Dubai.

"The symptoms of pathological hemorrhoids depend on the type present. Internal hemorrhoids usually present with painless rectal bleeding while external hemorrhoids present with pain in the area of the anus," he explained.

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Hemorrhoid treatment doesn't always involve surgery

"I'm having some issues 'down there' ... I think I have hemorrhoids. Anyone ever had this problem?"

It's not a topic that often comes up in casual conversation, but it is a question that shouldn't be ignored. UC Health experts say unexplained pain or rectal bleeding during bowel movements could be an indication of hemorrhoids, sexually transmitted diseases, infection or even certain cancers.

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Brooklyn proctologist Boris Sachakov nabbed by feds for Medicare fraud

It was no joke when the feds showed up Wednesday to arrest a Brooklyn proctologist on Medicare fraud charges at his posh oceanfront condo.

Dr. Boris Sachakov, who was hauled off in handcuffs, is accused of bilking $3.5 million through phony bills from his Colon and Rectal Care of New York in Brighton Beach.

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Healthbeat: The prostate exam: Not just for cancer screening

Put aside the jokes and fears about the prostate exam and men will discover a very important fact: the prostate exam is an essential tool in the diagnosis and treatment of clinical problems including enlargement, inflammation or cancer of the prostate.

Although the exam is most often associated with screening for cancer, in reality it is also commonly used in assessing benign conditions. If you consider the fact that 50 percent of all men will have some type of problem with their prostate during the course of their lifetime, it becomes clear that the test is as essential as similar tests for women such as a pelvic or breast exam.

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