Entries in Bladder (5)


Cranberry Juice Not Good for Bladder Infections

Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- For years, cranberry juice has been touted as the natural way to prevent and treat bladder and urinary tract infections (UTI).  But a comprehensive review of studies has found the claims have been overhyped.

Certain sugars and a type of enzyme called flavanol found in cranberries have been thought to prevent infections by keeping bacteria from clinging to cells in the urinary tract.

Results from a review of 24 studies that included nearly 5,000 people suggest that cranberry juice may only be helpful in a select few women.  Women with recurrent UTIs are the most likely to benefit from the juice.  But regular women would need to drink at least two glasses of it a day over a long period of time to prevent an infection, the researchers said.

However, it's unclear whether cranberry-based products, such as pills, may be able to offer more of a benefit than juice.

"More studies of other cranberry products such as tablets and capsules may be justified, but only for women with recurrent UTIs, and only if these products contain the recommended amount of active ingredient," said Ruth Jepson of the University of Stirling in the U.K., the lead researcher of the review.

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Man Sues Philly Strip Club for Bladder Rupture During Pole Dance

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- A bachelor party celebration at a Philadelphia strip club turned painfully dangerous for Patrick Gallagher, who says his bladder was ruptured while participating in a pole dance on stage.

Gallagher, of Lansdale, Pa., filed a lawsuit in Philadelphia's Court of Common Plea last week, alleging that a dancer at the Penthouse Club caused him serious injury, including a ruptured bladder, when she fell on him during the dance routine in November 2010.

According to the complaint, Gallagher was lying at the bottom of the pole when a dancer climbed to the top of it and slid down "from a great height and slammed her body on top of" Gallagher.

The suit alleges the force of her slide ruptured Gallagher's bladder and caused nerve damage.

Gallagher's attorney, Neil Murray, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that his client had been directed to lie on the stage as part of the bachelors' package that his friends had bought for him.

Gallagher left the club in pain after the incident, and the next morning went to the hospital, where doctors determined his injuries, Murray told the newspaper.

Murray and Gallagher declined to speak to ABC News, and a manager at the Penthouse Club also declined to comment.

Gallagher is seeking damages in excess of $50,000, claiming negligence that resulted in physical injuries that required medical care, according to the lawsuit.

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Is Early Potty Training Harmful?

Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Thinkstock(WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.) -- As soon as toddlers are able to walk and communicate their needs, many parents rush to get their kids potty trained.  But the hard and fast recommendation by many experts to get children out of diapers before age 3 is a myth and can even be dangerous for some children, according to one expert.

"Children under age 3 should not manage their own toileting habits any more than they should manage their college funds," wrote Dr. Steve Hodges, a pediatric urologist at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, in an article on the parenting website

Many mothers begin training because of a variety of life factors, including the need to have a child potty trained so they can go to day care programs or school.

But preschools and facilities that require children to be potty trained by age 3, "are harming kids," according to Hodges.

A child's bladder, which continues growing to its standard size until age 3, grows stronger and faster when it's filling and emptying uninhibited, said Hodges.

"When you train early, you're interrupting that process," he told ABC News.

Training a child too early can lead to toilet accidents because the bladder may not be strong enough.  It may also lead to constipation, kidney damage and even urinary tract infections, said Hodges.  Mainly children are holding in their bowel movements longer than they should, he said.

These conditions may also be signs of forced training, according to some experts.

To prevent medical complications, children should be allowed uninhibited elimination until they are ready, Hodges said.

Age doesn't matter when it comes to potty training, according to many experts.  Some children are ready earlier than others.

A child's social, cognitive, and physical skill sets should dictate whether a child is ready to train, said Dr. Stephanie Hines, pediatric developmental and behavioral specialist at Beaumont Hospital's Center for Human Development.  

"At their age, they have control over sleep, eating, and going to the bathroom," said Hines. "So this is one of the few areas of their life they have control over."

Hines said the control should stay with the child.  If the child is resisting potty training, parents shouldn't force it, she said.

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Superbug Dangers in Chicken Linked to Eight Million At-Risk Women

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A growing number of medical researchers say more than eight million women are at risk of difficult-to-treat bladder infections because so-called superbugs -- organisms resistant to antibiotics and that grow in chickens -- are being transmitted to humans in the form of E. coli.

“We’re finding the same or related E. coli in human infections and in retail meat sources, specifically chicken,” says Amee Manges, epidemiologist at McGill University in Montreal.

If the medical researchers are right, this is compelling new evidence of a direct link between the pervasive, difficult-to-cure human disease and the antibiotic-fed chicken people buy at the grocery store.

“What this new research shows is, we may in fact know where it’s coming from.  It may be coming from antibiotics used in agriculture,” says Maryn McKenna, reporter for the Food & Environment Reporting Network.

The research is part of a joint investigation by ABC News and Food and the Environment Reporting Network.

The Food and Drug Administration says 80 percent of all antibiotics sold in the United States are fed to livestock and even healthy chickens to protect them from disease in cramped quarters.  It also helps the chickens grow bigger and faster.

“We’re particularly interested in chickens.  They, in many cases, are getting drugs from the time that they were in an egg all the way up to the time they are slaughtered,” Manges says.

The chicken industry says there could be other factors, such as overuse of antibiotics by humans, contribuing to the superbugs.  The industry further cautions that there’s no study that has proven a superbug from poultry transfers directly to humans.

Researchers note that a study to prove the latter would be unethical because it would require intentionally exposing women to the bacteria.  They add that there's persuasive evidence that chickens carry bacteria with the highest levels of resistance to medicine.

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Excess Caffeine Could Lead to Urinary Incontinence in Women

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- Excess caffeine intake can increase the probability of women developing urinary incontinence, according to the findings of a new study.

''Women who consume high levels of caffeine are 70 percent more likely to have urinary incontinence than women who don't," says Jon Gleason, MD, an instructor and fellow at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical School's Division of Women's Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.

According to WebMD, Gleason is set to present his findings at the American Urogynecologic Society's annual meeting in Long Beach, California on Friday.  In the study, women who reported consuming 329 milligrams or more of caffeine daily had a 70 percent higher chance of unintentionally losing urine.

Urinary incontinence affects more than 13 million Americans.  Most of those affected are women, who are most likely to develop it during pregnancy, childbirth, or during menopause and its hormonal changes, due to weakened pelvic muscles.

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