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Blood in Urine: A Hard Nut to Crack

A 34-year-old woman presented with a 2-week history of intermittent painless macroscopic hematuria. She had a similar episode of macroscopic hematuria 5 years ago during her last pregnancy, which resolved spontaneously. Apart from this, she had no significant medical history. She was not taking any regular medications or supplements. On examination, she appeared well. She […]

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‘Urinary Tract Infection’ and the Microbiome

The current paradigm for managing uncomplicated “urinary tract infection” (“UTI”) is deeply flawed. “UTI” is ambiguously defined, and coupled with a belief that “bacteria are not normal inhabitants of the urinary tract,”1 the diagnosis often leads to unnecessary, harmful antibiotic treatment. Although bacteriuria identified by standard clinical cultures (which we will call standard bacteriuria) is central […]

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Regular Intercourse Protects Against Erectile Dysfunction: Tampere Aging Male Urologic Study

Regular intercourse–at least once a week–plays an important role in preserving erectile function among men over 55 years of age, according to this study. Furthermore, the authors found a dose-response relationship between coital frequency and erectile function.AbstractBackgroundErectile dysfunction is common among men aged more than 60 years. Its cause involves both physiologic and psychosocial factors. […]

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