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Useful Ways To Prevent Urinary Tract Infections

The first time I went through the hell that is having a full-on urinary tract infection, I had no idea what was happening, why it was happening or, most importantly, how to make it go away. After 21 years of mostly pain-free urination, it suddenly felt as if my lady bits were on fire every time I peed — which I soon learned was because I had developed a UTI, which I had contracted through sexual activity. I had just become sexually active, and as ridiculous as this sounds, it felt like my own body was slut-shaming me — until my antibiotics finished their job (which took about three days), peeing was miserably difficult, and I hurt all over. Because of that experience, I've made a...

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New device to improve urinary infections treatment

Original Source: http://www.kashmirmonitor.in/news-new-device-to-improve-urinary-infections-treatment-90876.aspx Urinary tract infections could be treated more quickly and efficiently using a DNA sequencing device the size of a USB stick, says a study. "We found that this device, which is the size of a USB stick, could detect the bacteria in heavily infected urine - and provide its DNA sequence in just 12 hours. This is a quarter of the time needed for conventional microbiology," said one of the researchers Justin O'Grady from University of East Anglia in England. The new device called MinION detected bacteria from urine samples four times more quickly than traditional methods of culturing bacteria. The new method can also detect antibiotic resistance - allowing patients to be treated more effectively, the researchers said. "Swift results like these will make it possible...

Urinary Tract Infections – the causes, symptoms and prevention

Source: https://www.newera.com.na/2015/06/15/urinary-tract-infections-causes-symptoms-prevention/ Do you ever experience a burning sensation when urinating? Do you get the urge to urinate more frequently than usual? These could be signs of a urinary tract infection, the second most common type of infection in humans. The urinary tract is made up of the organs of the body that produce, store and discharge urine. These organs include the kidneys, ureters, bladder and the urethra. This system can be divided into upper urinary tract comprising of the ureters and kidneys and the lower urinary tract being the bladder and the urethra. The urinary system does several important jobs. It removes liquid waste from the blood in the form of urine. It also regulates, keeping a stable balance of salts and other substances in the blood....

Helicobacter Pylori Microbial Resistance

The prevalence of Helicobacter pylori infection worldwide is approximately 50% and goes up to 80-90% in developing countries. Around 20% of people who are infected keth H. Pylori develop gastroduodenal disorders. According to Wikipedia, up to 85% of people infected with H. pylori never experience symptoms or complications. Acute infection may appear as an acute gastritis with abdominal pain (stomach ache) or nausea. Where this develops into chronic gastritis, the symptoms, if present, are often those of non-ulcer dyspepsia: stomach pains, nausea, bloating, belching, and sometimes vomiting or black stool. Individuals infected with H. pylori have a 10 to 20% lifetime risk of developing peptic ulcers and a 1 to 2% risk of acquiring stomach cancer. Inflammation of the pyloric antrum is more likely to lead...

6 things your pee can tell you

Source: http://nypost.com/2015/05/22/6-things-your-pee-can-tell-you/ Centuries ago, doctors tasted their patients’ urine to diagnose diabetes. If it was sweet, it meant the body wasn’t properly clearing away glucose. Fortunately, we have more advanced — and much less gross — medical tests available today, but the ancient clinicians were on to something: Your pee is an excellent predictor of your health. “Urine is a byproduct that includes fluids and other filtrates that come out of your body so it can tell you what’s going on inside,” says Tomas Griebling, M.D., M.P.H., vice chair of the department of urology at the University of Kansas. Take a peek at your pee before you flush, and watch out for these six signs. The sign: Dark yellow color What it means: You’re dehydrated—but you probably already knew...

Bladder cells regurgitate bacteria to prevent urinary tract infections

Source: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-05-bladder-cells-regurgitate-bacteria-urinary.html Duke Medicine researchers have found that bladder cells have a highly effective way to combat E. coli bacteria that cause urinary tract infections (UTIs). In a study published online May 28, 2015, in the journal Cell, Duke researchers and their colleagues describe how bladder cells can physically eject the UTI-causing bacteria that manage to invade the host cell. This response is analogous to having indigestion and vomiting to rid the stomach of harmful substances. The finding suggests there may be a potential way to capitalize on this natural tendency in bladder cells to help treat recurring UTIs. UTIs are the second most common type of infection in the body, accounting for about 8.1 million doctor visits annually, the majority of which occur in women, according to the National...

Engineered bacteria detect cancer and diabetes in urine

Source: http://news.sciencemag.org/biology/2015/05/engineered-bacteria-detect-cancer-and-diabetes-urine Most of us think of bacteria as the enemy, but each of our bodies harbors trillions of microbes, most of them beneficial or benign. Now, you can add two new friendlies to the list. This week, two groups of synthetic biologists seeking to repurpose living microbes for human benefit report genetically modifying bacteria to detect cancer in mice and diabetes in humans. Clinicians have sought to exploit microbes for more than a century. Beginning in 1891, an American bone surgeon named William Coley injected more than 1000 patients with bacterial colonies in hopes that they would shrink inoperable tumors. The treatment sometimes worked, in part because the microbes preferentially seek out tumor tissue, which is rich in nutrients yet has few immune cells to knock...

Calgary doctor answers ‘burning’ questions about bladder infections

Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-doctor-answers-burning-questions-about-bladder-infections-1.3062166 [caption id="attachment_979" align="alignleft" width="494"] Dr. Raj Bhardwaj says urinary tract infections happen when bacteria from our skin crawls into the bladder. (Danielle Nerman/CBC)[/caption] If it burns when you tinkle, you likely have a bladder infection. The pain you feel is caused by irritation and inflammation, which is caused by bacteria. Then of course, there's that frequent urge to pee. "Your bladder tries to tell you something is going on. But the bladder only has one button, one sort of communication route to the brain," Dr. Raj Bhardwaj told the Calgary Eyeopener on Tuesday. Why women? More than 50 per cent of women will get a bladder infection in their lifetime. Bhardwaj says it all comes down to anatomy. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) happen when bacteria from our skin crawls into the...

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Ask a Vet: Puppy’s urination problems could be behavioral or medical

Source: http://www.capitalgazette.com/lifestyle/pets/ph-ac-cl-vet-0505-20150505,0,4756359.story Francine Rattner, Correspondent 8:28 a.m. EDT, May 5, 2015 My 10-week-old puppy is having urinary problems. She has to urinate very frequently and can't seem to hold her urine when she is sleeping. We have to differentiate out the possible cause of urinary problems in puppies as a behavioral or training issue versus a medical issue. It is normal for young puppies to need to urinate frequently, perhaps every two or three hours, but less often when sleeping. It is always recommended to carry a pup straight outside on waking and to take her out after meals and every few hours otherwise. If your house training is coming along and your puppy seems to know she should go outdoors but is also leaving puddles when she is asleep, that could be...

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Urine Isn’t Free of Bacteria

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter - Source: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2015/04/03/urine-isnt-free-of-bacteria FRIDAY, April 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Though it's commonly believed that urine is bacteria-free, normal urine is not sterile, a new study finds. "Clinicians previously equated the presence of bacteria in urine to infections. The discovery of bacteria in the urine of healthy females provides an opportunity to advance our understanding of bladder health and disease," study author Alan Wolfe, a professor in the department of microbiology and immunology at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, said in a university news release. Instead of collecting urine samples from a woman's urine stream, the researchers used catheters to collect urine directly from the bladder. Testing this way revealed that bacteria were present in urine taken from the bladders of healthy women....

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