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Nutrition / Diet
Can you take too much magnesium?
Tue, 16 Oct 2018 07:00:00 PDT
Magnesium is essential for health, but taking too much can cause problems, including digestive issues, lethargy, and an irregular heartbeat. In rare cases, an overdose can be fatal. Learn more here.

Urology / Nephrology
What can make urination painful?
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:00:00 PDT
There are many possible causes of painful urination, or dysuria, including bacterial infections and health conditions that place extra pressure on the bladder. Fortunately, most of these potential causes are highly treatable. Learn more about 10 causes of dysuria here, as well as when to see a doctor.

Urology / Nephrology
Study overturns what we know about kidney stones
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 08:00:00 PDT
New research uses cutting-edge technology to study kidney stones. The findings change what we know about their nature, composition, and behavior.

Urinary Tract Infection
Treating urinary tract infections with Cipro
Fri, 07 Sep 2018 11:00:00 PDT
Cipro is an antibiotic that doctors use to treat urinary tract infections (UTIs). For Cipro to work, people must take the full course of the drug and follow their doctor's instructions. But some people may be at risk of severe side effects if they take Cipro, and they may need to consider alternatives. Learn more here.

Men's Health
Urologic conditions lead to depression, sleep issues in men
Tue, 04 Sep 2018 09:00:00 PDT
Physicians need to be aware that men with urologic conditions often have depression and sleep problems and should refer them appropriately, says a study.

Urology / Nephrology
Vitamin B-3 may treat and prevent acute kidney injury
Tue, 21 Aug 2018 03:00:00 PDT
New research shows that raising vitamin B-3 levels may benefit patients who have undergone major surgery and are at risk of developing acute kidney injury.

Urinary Tract Infection
What are the symptoms of a UTI in older adults?
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 03:00:00 PDT
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can affect people at any age. However, UTIs are one of the most common causes of infection in older adults. Symptoms of a UTI in older adults may include restlessness, agitation, and confusion. UTIs are treatable with medication. Learn more about UTIs in seniors here.

Urology / Nephrology
How to do pelvic floor exercises
Thu, 09 Aug 2018 04:00:00 PDT
The pelvic floor is a set of muscles that supports pelvic organs, including the bladder and bowel. These muscles aid urinary control, continence, and orgasm. In this article, learn how to do four exercises that can help strengthen the pelvic floor, including bridge and squats. We also cover which exercises to avoid.

Pregnancy / Obstetrics
What to do about an evaporation line on a pregnancy test
Tue, 31 Jul 2018 04:00:00 PDT
An evaporation line on a pregnancy test is a faint, non-colored line that may appear if a person uses the test incorrectly. In this article, learn to tell the difference between an evaporation line and a positive test result. We also describe how pregnancy tests work and how to prevent evaporation lines from appearing.

Cancer / Oncology
What are the symptoms of late stage bladder cancer?
Mon, 30 Jul 2018 11:00:00 PDT
The symptoms of stage 4 bladder cancer include tiredness, weakness, and pain. Stage 4 is the most advanced stage of cancer. The standard treatment for late-stage cancer is chemotherapy, but treatment will often focus on palliative care. Learn more about the symptoms of stage 4 bladder cancer and the survival rate here.

Pediatrics / Children's Health
Why is my kid's poop green?
Fri, 27 Jul 2018 06:00:00 PDT
Green poop in kids is usually due to something that they ate, such as leafy greens or food coloring. Diarrhea can also cause green poop. Green poop is rarely a need for worry, and in infants, it is a sign that everything is normal. Learn about the reasons for green poop in babies, toddlers, and children here.

Urology / Nephrology
Foods to eat and avoid on a low-purine diet
Thu, 26 Jul 2018 11:00:00 PDT
People who have gout, kidney stones, or a similar disorder can often benefit from following a low-purine diet. Purine is a naturally occurring substance, and too much can lead to a buildup of uric acid. In this article, learn which foods to eat and which to avoid to reduce levels of purine in the body.

Nutrition / Diet
What are the benefits of drinking lime water?
Mon, 23 Jul 2018 13:00:00 PDT
Proper hydration is essential to overall health. Drinking lime water is a great way to keep hydrated, but it may also help in aiding digestion, improving the skin, and helping promote weight loss. To get some of these benefits, simply add a squeeze of juice or a slice of lime to regular water.

Nutrition / Diet
Does the oatmeal diet work for weight loss?
Mon, 23 Jul 2018 06:00:00 PDT
The oatmeal diet is a fad diet that involves eating only or mostly oatmeal. Advocates claim that it can help a person to lose weight quickly, but no evidence suggests that it safe or effective in the long term. Learn about the potential benefits and risks of the oatmeal diet in this article.

Urology / Nephrology
What happens when you get an adrenaline rush?
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:00:00 PDT
Certain situations will trigger an adrenaline rush, which is the release of adrenaline from the adrenal gland. This defense mechanism causes an increased heart rate, sweating, and pupil dilation. People can control an adrenaline rush with slow breathing and calming techniques. Learn more about an adrenaline rush here.

Urology / Nephrology
What to know about end-stage kidney disease
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 06:00:00 PDT
End-stage kidney disease is the last stage of chronic kidney disease when the kidneys stop functioning properly. Without sufficient kidney function, waste products begin to build up in a person's blood, causing a variety of symptoms. In this article, learn about the causes and treatment of end-stage kidney disease.

Prostate / Prostate Cancer
Causes and treatment of chronic prostatitis
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 14:00:00 PDT
Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate that can cause pain, sexual dysfunction, and urination issues. Chronic prostatitis might last for more than 3 months. Possible causes include bacterial infections and damage to the nerves or muscles in the pelvic area. Treatment often involves antibiotics. Learn more here.

Prostate / Prostate Cancer
What are the treatment options for BPH?
Thu, 12 Jul 2018 09:00:00 PDT
Benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, is the medical term for an enlarged prostate. BPH can cause difficulties with urination. Treatment options for BPH include watchful waiting, medication, minimally invasive procedures, and surgery. Lifestyle changes can also help improve a personís symptoms. Learn more here.

Urinary Tract Infection
Seven ways to treat a UTI without antibiotics
Tue, 10 Jul 2018 06:00:00 PDT
Antibiotics are a common and effective treatment for urinary tract infections (UTIs), but they come with risks. Some UTIs can go away on their own, and several home remedies can speed up this process. In this article, we discuss the benefits and risks of antibiotics and provide seven home remedies to treat UTIs.

Medical Devices / Diagnostics
What is the normal range for a creatinine blood test?
Thu, 05 Jul 2018 09:00:00 PDT
A creatinine blood test measures how much creatinine is in the blood. It is used to check kidney function, and high levels may indicate the kidney is damaged. The procedure involves drawing a small amount of blood for testing, and there is no special preparation necessary. Learn more about the test here.

Urology / Nephrology
Lithotripsy for stones: What to expect
Wed, 04 Jul 2018 03:00:00 PDT
Lithotripsy is a procedure that uses shock waves or lasers to break down stones in the kidneys, bladder, or ureter. In this article, learn about how the procedure works, the success rate, how to prepare, and what to expect during recovery. We also cover the possible risks and side effects.

Pregnancy / Obstetrics
Is having vaginal pressure during pregnancy normal?
Thu, 28 Jun 2018 10:00:00 PDT
It is normal to feel a heaviness or pressure on the vagina or pelvis during pregnancy. The common causes of vaginal or pelvic pressure are different in the early and late trimesters but are not usually cause for concern. In this article, we look at common causes, when to see a doctor, and how to relieve symptoms.

Urinary Tract Infection
How can you stop a chronic UTI?
Wed, 20 Jun 2018 03:00:00 PDT
A urinary tract infection is a painful condition that has a variety of symptoms, including frequent urination accompanied by a burning feeling. There is a range of treatment options available for recurring urinary tract infections, including home remedies. Learn ways to prevent them, such as drinking plenty of water.

Pharmacy / Pharmacist
What is penicillamine?
Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:00:00 PDT
Penicillamine is a drug that is used to treat Wilsonís disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and kidney and bladder stones. It can have serious side effects, so it is important to follow the doctorís instructions and to attend all follow-up appointments to monitor for any changes while taking this drug. Find out more.

Urology / Nephrology
Why is my urine foamy?
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 05:00:00 PDT
A fast urine stream sometimes causes urine to appear foamy. However, foamy urine is also a symptom of several medical conditions. In this article, learn about the potential causes, including dehydration, kidney disease, and diabetes. We also explore treatment options and when to see a doctor.