<p><strong>What Is A Urinary Tract Infection?</strong></p>
<p>A urinary tract infection (UTI), also referred to as a bladder infection or cystitis, occurs when bacteria enter the urinary tract and travel into the urethra to the bladder. A UTI is a common infection seen 10 times more often in women than in men. A kidney infection, also called pyelonephritis, occurs when the infection travels up into the kidneys. Pyelonephritis is less common than bladder infections but tends to be more serious.</p>
<p><strong>Who Gets Urinary Tract Infection?</strong></p>
<p>Approximately 50% of women will have one UTI or more in a lifetime. There is also a high recurrence rate, approaching 30-40% within six months to a year. UTIs are one of the most common causes of physician visits. The fact that women have a shorter urethra compared with men may play a role on why the condition is seen more frequently...
Completing menopause can trigger regular urinary tract infections (UTIs), which are an infection in any part of the urinary system (including the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra). Most of these infections involve the lower urinary tract, which is made up of the bladder and the urethra. These infections can be painful if it only affects the bladder. However, a UTI that spread to the kidneys can have serious consequences.
However, a new study suggests that a specific type of hormone replacement may be useful in fighting UTIs. The study out of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that taking vaginal estrogen can serve as a preventive measure in stopping urinary tract infections among postmenopausal women.
In this study, researchers used animal models to identify ways that estrogen could stop recurring tract infections. Additionally, they used cells taken from postmenopausal women who had taken supplementary vaginal estrogen over a two-week period. Th...
Last week, I had my monthly massage with Ruth. I love going to see her because (a) she’s become a friend; (b) massages (for the most part) feel really good; and (c) I get a chance to analyze what’s happening with my body when she hits a pressure point or finds a muscle that’s really tight. This month, I asked Ruth to pay attention to my legs. “My hamstring muscles have been really tight as of late,” I told her during our pre-massage discussion. “They haven’t been cramping, but they feel like they are thinking about it.”
So why would they have been tightening up? Ruth’s guess was that these muscles were reacting to the extra mile that I’ve added to my daily walk with my dog. And – surprisingly – she found that my calf muscles were much tighter than my hamstrings.
So what is muscle stiffness? “Muscle stiffness is [the] feeling of tension and contraction in the muscles, that may limit normal range of motion,&rd...
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