How to Prevent Urinary Tract Infections in Children

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) occur often in children (more often in girls than boys), though symptoms vary between infants/young children and older children. In a young child, the only sign of a UTI may be a fever.

UTIs are caused when bacteria infect the urinary tract (the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra). Infections usually take place in the lower part of the tract – the urethra and bladder – and are referred to as cystitis. If the infection travels to the kidneys, it is a more serious condition called pyelonephritis.

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Is Your Erectile Dysfunction Actually a Sign of Heart Disease?

Approximately one in every five men 40 and older reports moderate to severe erectile dysfunction (ED). According to a recent Australian study, men with ED may also have a greater risk of heart disease and early death. This link between ED and heart problems isn’t new, but it is the first to suggest that even mild ED could be a sign of heart disease.

In this study, a team of researchers looked at hospital and death records of 95,000 men in the 45 and Up Study (an ongoing study of healthy aging).

The participants in the study provided researchers with lifestyle and health information. The researchers accounted for known risk factors for heart disease such as age, education, smoking, alcohol use, weight, marital status, diabetes, and more.

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Women with urinary incontinence: Hold off on taking medication.

Urinary incontinence occurs in 44 to 57 percent of women between the ages of 40 and 60, and 75 percent of women over 75. While frustrating, incontinence does not necessarily require immediate medication. Kegel exercises, bladder training and weight loss (in some circumstances) are all effective ways women can treat incontinence

The American College of Physicians (ACP) has established new guidelines for treatment of two types of urinary incontinence (UI): stress UI, a loss of urine after laughing, coughing or sneezing; and urgency UI, a loss of urine after a sudden urge to urinate.

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Kidney Stones? Review Your Diet.

If you’ve had kidney stones, you know how painful they are. Fortunately, there are ways to help prevent a recurrence.

One of the most important things you can do to ward off kidney stones is to drink more water. According to the American College of Physicians, increasing your fluid intake throughout the day is a good way to keep kidney function normal.

In a five-year study, those who reached the two liters of urine threshold by hydrating were less likely to have another kidney stone episode (12 percent recurrence) than those who didn’t increase their fluid intake (27 percent recurrence).

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