Risk Factors Kidney stones are one of the most common disorders of the urinary tract. They are an ancient health problem. Evidence of kidney stones has been found in an Egyptian mummy estimated to be more than 7,000 years old. At this time, studies suggest that kidney stones affect more than 5% of Americans, and the rate has increased since the 1970s. Gender and Age Men. Kidney stones are more common in men than women. The risk of kidney stones increases in men in their 40s and continues to rise until age 70. Caucasian men have a higher risk than other ethnic groups. Women. The risk of kidney stones peaks in a woman's 50s. In younger women, stones are more likely to develop during the late stages of pregnancy. Pregnant women tend to have a higher calcium intake, but their kidneys do not handle the calcium as well as they did before pregnancy. Kidney stones are still rare during pregnancy, however, affecting only 1 in 1,500 pregnancies. Risk Factors in Children. Stones in the urinary tract i...
Cough, cold and flu season has arrived for most of the northern half of America. Doctor's offices are busier trying to squeeze patients in for sick visits. Emergency departments and Urgent Care Centers are shuffling patients in and out of examining rooms as they attempt to keep up with the increased demand for acute medical care. Some parents are getting less sleep as they listen to their children cough through the wee hours of the morning. Adults with upper respiratory tract infections try to decide whether they can afford another day off from work vs. go to work and feel miserable, as co-workers attempt to avoid them like the plague.
This time of year prescriptions for antibiotics skyrocket as doctors desperately attempt to remedy their patients that have sinus complaints. But how effective are antibiotics in these situations?
The majority of patients in health care settings that present with complaints of runny nose, nasal congestion, cough and headache have a viral ...
Parents and doctors beware! Antibiotic use during the first year of life probably does cause asthma!
There is enough research now that we can definitely say probably. General thinking for years has been that if a child has an infection it should be treated with antibiotics. Yet newer evidence is leaning in the direction that while antibiotics cure an acute infection, it may cause asthma later on.
The most recent study was completed by Yale University researchers , and they interviewed women during pregnancy and when the child was 6-years-old. Of the 1,401 studied:
40 percent of infants given just one dose of antibiotics developed childhood asthma and allergies.
70 percent of infants given two rounds of antibiotics developed asthma
These are pretty significant statistics, and they correlate well with past studies like this one completed in 2007 at the University of Manitoba and McGill University in Montreal.
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