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Hate UTIs? One Simple Step Can Cut the Risk

Posted 9 Oct 2017 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 9 Oct 2017 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 4 Oct 2017 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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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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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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Dangerous Urinary Tract Infections Common in Nursing Homes

Posted 10 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 10, 2016 – Urinary tract infections (UTIs) in nursing home residents can often have serious effects, including delirium, debilitating falls and even fatal blood infections. Now, new research finds the infections are common in nursing homes, often due to a lack of proper prevention. UTIs "can have a devastating impact on frail, debilitated individuals," said Donna Armellino, a nurse and vice president of infection prevention at Northwell Health, in Lake Success, N.Y. She reviewed the new findings. "It is obvious, based on this random survey of nursing homes, that there is a lack of education and inconsistent practices that can raise the risk for infection," she said. In younger people, UTIs can be a painful nuisance that is usually treated with an antibiotic. But in the infirm elderly, the risk to health can be much greater, another expert explained. "UTIs in the elderly ... Read more

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Program Cut Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections

Posted 2 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2016 – If you find yourself hospitalized, you've got a one in five chance of needing a urinary catheter – raising your risk for a urinary tract infection. Now, researchers report that a new program shows it might be possible to reduce both catheter use and its associated infections. "Catheter-associated urinary tract infections are common and costly patient safety problems," said lead researcher Dr. Sanjay Saint. He is a professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Roughly 250,000 such infections occur in hospitals each year in the United States, costing about $250 million, the researchers pointed out. Although about 20 percent of hospitalized patients get a urinary catheter, one-third of the time they aren't needed, Saint said. He believes that patients can play a role in reducing catheter use. "A lot of patients and families don't ... Read more

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Antibiotic Resistance Common in Kids' Urinary Tract Infections

Posted 16 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 16, 2016 – Many kids who develop urinary tract infections tied to the E. coli bacteria are now failing to respond to antibiotic treatment, a new review warns. The culprit, according to the British researchers: Drug resistance, following years of over-prescribing and misusing antibiotics. "Antimicrobial resistance is an internationally recognized threat to health," noted study author Ashley Bryce, a doctoral fellow at the Center for Academic Primary Care at the University of Bristol in the U.K. And that threat is of particular concern among young patients, the authors said, given that E. coli-driven urinary tract infections (UTIs) are one of the most common forms of pediatric bacterial infections. Young children are more vulnerable to complications including kidney scarring and kidney failure, so they require prompt, appropriate treatment, added Bryce and co-author ... Read more

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