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Hate UTIs? One Simple Step Can Cut the Risk

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 – Drinking plenty of water each day may have an unexpected benefit – staving off urinary tract infections, a new study reports. Young women plagued by UTIs who drank an additional 6 cups of water each day were nearly half – 48 percent – as likely as a control group to have another infection, the study showed. The water group also reduced their use of antibiotics by roughly half – or 47 percent. What's more, the amount of time that passed before a woman's next UTI and between recurrent infections was longer in the water group than in the control group. Women are more prone to UTIs than men, partly due to their anatomy. A shorter urethra makes it easier for bacteria from rectum to enter the vagina and travel to the bladder. Study author Dr. Thomas Hooton said it's thought that increasing fluid intake decreases UTI risk in two ways: by preventing bacteria from ... Read more

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Did Your Urinary Infection Come From Undercooked Chicken?

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 – Could ingesting undercooked poultry give you a urinary tract infection? Maybe. Although exactly how it might happen isn't clear, say researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who investigated a possible foodborne source of these common infections. Their interest was sparked by earlier Berkeley research suggesting a link between some drug-resistant UTI cases and a certain strain of E. coli bacteria. E. coli are a type of bacteria that live in the intestines of humans and animals. Most of these bugs are harmless. But some types of E. coli cause infection. In the worst cases, E. coli infection can lead to kidney failure and even death. Researchers used E. coli from meat products and urine samples from people with UTIs to look for a possible mechanism of transmission. "When we compared the ... Read more

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Coming Soon: A Faster Test for Antibiotics Against UTIs?

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 – Urinary tract infections (UTIs) plague millions of Americans each year. Now, researchers say they've developed a test that can tell in minutes whether or not a particular antibiotic can clear up the problem. The issue is an important one, doctors say, since many of the bacteria behind UTIs have grown resistant to certain antibiotics. And, left untreated, these infections can have serious effects, especially in the frail and elderly. "We live in an era of multidrug-resistant bacteria, so-called 'superbugs' that can cause life-threatening infections," said infectious disease specialist Dr. Sunil Sood, who reviewed the new study. "Modern molecular techniques to distinguish bacteria that are resistant from those that are susceptible to common antibiotics could be lifesaving," said Sood. He is chair of pediatrics at Northwell Health's Southside Hospital in Bay ... Read more

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8 Ways College Women Can Protect Their Health

Posted 11 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 – The start of college means it's time for young women to take charge of their health. Dr. Aparna Sridhar, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, Los Angeles, offers several tips in a university news release. Know your health status. Talk to your parents and your doctor to make sure you're up-to-date with health screenings, shots and prescriptions. Ask about the status of allergies and other health issues. Guard against HPV. Sridhar said college students should make sure they have been immunized for human papilloma virus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection. "It can cause cervical cancer but can be prevented by the HPV vaccination and screening with pap smears," she said. Know how to get health care on campus. Find out the location of the closest health center that accepts your insurance. Keep track of menstrual ... Read more

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Antibiotic Vabomere Approved

Posted 30 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 30, 2017 – The intravenous antibiotic Vabomere (meropenem and vaborbactam) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat certain complicated urinary tract infections, including the kidney infection pyelonephritis. "The FDA is committed to making new safe and effective antibacterial drugs available," said Dr. Edward Cox, director of the Office of Antimicrobial Products in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. "This approval provides an additional treatment option for patients with [complicated urinary tract infection], a type of serious bacterial infection." The drug was evaluated in clinical testing involving 545 adults with complicated urinary tract infections. Some 98 percent of people treated with Vabomere had a negative urine culture test, compared with 94 percent of those treated with another antibacterial drug, the FDA said in a ... Read more

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The Doctor Will (Virtually) See You Now

Posted 8 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 8, 2017 – Telemedicine is playing an ever-expanding role in the U.S. health care landscape. Among the reasons: a growing national shortage of doctors, both primary care and, in certain areas, specialists. And one-quarter of the population lives in rural areas without easy access to care. So, telemedicine has stepped in to help fill the gap. In fact, more than 10 million Americans now use it every year. Telemedicine, or telehealth, are terms for virtual office visits – video chats made through your smartphone, tablet or computer, sometimes with no waiting at all. You can see and speak with a doctor using real-time audio and video technology. Services can vary from getting a diagnosis and a prescription for minor medical issues, to ongoing monitoring of chronic conditions – especially helpful to older adults. Some health insurance providers now offer telehealth as part ... Read more

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Can Tracking Germs in One Hospital Make All Hospitals Safer?

Posted 24 May 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 – One hospital's germ history may help doctors curb infections in all hospitals, researchers report. Scientists analyzed more than 10,000 samples collected over 12 months from surfaces, air and water in the University of Chicago's new hospital, the Center for Care and Discovery. Samples were also taken from 252 patients. The samples were collected for two months before the hospital opened in February 2013, and for 10 months after the opening. Germ DNA was detected in 6,523 of the samples. But the makeup of those germs changed drastically once there were humans in the building. "Before it opened, the hospital had a relatively low diversity of bacteria," said study author Jack Gilbert, director of the Microbiome Center at the University of Chicago. "But as soon as it was populated with patients, doctors and nurses, the bacteria from their skin took over." Another ... Read more

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Bike Fanatics Shouldn't Worry About Effects on Sexual Health

Posted 15 May 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 15, 2017 – The groin pain and numbness some serious bicyclists experience isn't harmful to their sexual or urinary health, two new studies suggest. "As cycling gains in popularity, as both a hobby and a professional sport, it is important for the public to know that it has no credible link to urologic disease or sexual dysfunction," said Dr. Kevin McVary, a spokesman for the American Urological Association. "Men and women can benefit from the cardiovascular exercise of cycling without worrying about negative side effects to their urinary tract or sexual performance," McVary said in an association news release. He is chair of urology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Prolonged pressure to the perineum, or groin area, can be painful and cause loss of feeling in the area. Previous studies have suggested this groin pain could lead to erectile dysfunction in ... Read more

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Prostate Cancer Treatments Have Varying Side Effects, Study Shows

Posted 21 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 – The long-term side effects of different prostate cancer treatments vary – and knowing that may help men decide which one is right for them. That's the conclusion of two new studies published March 21 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Both followed men who had early stage prostate cancer treated with "modern" approaches – including the latest surgical and radiation techniques. And both found that side effects sometimes persisted for up to three years. The specifics, however, varied. Many men had surgery to remove the prostate. Overall, they tended to have greater declines in their sexual function, versus men who chose radiation or "active surveillance." They were also more prone to urinary incontinence. On the other hand, men treated with radiation typically had more problems with bowel function. If they also received hormonal therapy, they ... Read more

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Safeguards May Be Reducing Serious Catheter Infections

Posted 23 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 – Improved catheter safety measures in hospitals significantly reduce bloodstream infections and health care costs, a new study indicates. "Safety interventions are a win-win for both patients and hospitals," said study leader Dr. Teryl Nuckols of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She is director of the center's division of general internal medicine. More than 60,000 primary bloodstream infections related to central venous catheters occur each year in the United States. About 12 percent of these infections end in death, according to background notes with the study. These catheters, also known as central lines, are widely used in intensive care units. They're placed in large veins in the arm, chest, neck or groin to deliver medications, fluids or blood to patients. To prevent serious infections, hospitals have introduced new safety procedures in recent ... Read more

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Know the Risks, Warning Signs of Ovarian Cancer

Posted 19 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 – Women need to be aware their risk for ovarian cancer increases with age. Half of all cases affect women age 63 or older, according to specialists at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. However, the center reminds all women to be aware of other risk factors for the disease, as well as common ovarian cancer warning signs, such as: Belly bloating or swelling, Lower belly pain, Back pain, Trouble eating or feeling full quickly, Unexplained weight loss, Pain during sex, Menstrual changes, A change in bathroom habits, such as constipation, diarrhea, or having to urinate very badly or very often. "While these symptoms are common and may be caused by something other than ovarian cancer, I advise women to take them seriously," said Dr. Christina Chu, a Fox Chase gynecologic oncologist. "A woman knows what is normal for her own body. If her symptoms don't seem ... Read more

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Retail Health Clinics Fail to Curb Routine ER Visits, Study Finds

Posted 21 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 21, 2016 – Having retail health clinics near hospitals does not reduce emergency department visits for minor health problems, a new study finds. It was hoped that lower costs and increased convenience of clinics in drug stores or retail chains would curb emergency department visits, but these findings add to growing evidence that this is not the case, according to RAND Corp. researchers. The investigators examined five years of data from more than 2,000 emergency departments in 23 states and found that the opening of retail medical clinics did not reduce emergency department visits for 11 non-urgent ailments, such as respiratory infections and earaches. "One hope for retail clinics was that they might divert patients from making expensive visits to the emergency department for minor conditions such as bronchitis or urinary tract infections. But we found no evidence that ... Read more

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Cranberry Products May Not Prevent UTIs: Study

Posted 27 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 27, 2016 – Many American women swear by cranberry juice as a home remedy to help prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs). But a new study finds that cranberry capsules didn't prevent recurring UTIs in older women who lived in nursing homes. No significant difference was seen in the number of UTIs among those receiving the capsules versus a placebo pill, the researchers said. However, at least one urogynecologist believes the study couldn't prove that cranberry products, including juice, might not help some younger, uninfected women. In the study, Yale University researchers only looked at women living in nursing homes, whose average age was 86. "Cranberry products have long been thought to prevent urinary tract infections, and many different cranberry products, including capsules, tablets and powders, are promoted for this purpose, but this study did not show that this ... Read more

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Too Few Female Urologists to Meet Aging Patients' Demand

Posted 22 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2016 – Women prefer to see female urologists, but there are far too few to meet a growing demand, a new study reports. Researchers analyzed patient data from 2003 to 2012 for more than 6,000 urologists across the United States. Women represented 54 percent of patients for female urologists, and 32 percent for male urologists, the study found. Of an estimated 9,600 U.S. urologists, between 8 percent and 12 percent are women, according to the study. "Every day in my practice I hear women say, 'Oh, I'm so glad you're here. It has taken me a long time to find a woman in this field,'" said study senior author Dr. Sarah Flury. She is an assistant professor of urology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. "In some smaller cities, there isn't a single female urologist," Flury said. The number of female urologists did increase from 34 in 1981 to 512 in 2009, ... Read more

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FDA Bolsters Warnings About Class of Antibiotics

Posted 26 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it's strengthening label warnings on a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones because the drugs can lead to disabling side effects, including long-term nerve damage and ruptured tendons. The agency also cautioned that these bacteria-fighting drugs – including levofloxacin (Levaquin) and ciprofloxacin (Cipro) – shouldn't be prescribed for sinusitis, chronic bronchitis or simple urinary tract infections unless no other treatments options exist. "Fluoroquinolones have risks and benefits that should be considered very carefully," Dr. Edward Cox said in an FDA news release. He's director of the Office of Antimicrobial Products at the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. "It's important that both health care providers and patients are aware of both the risks and benefits of ... Read more

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