Friday, April 18, 2008

Daily Didactics: Urinary Tract Infections

For the most part, I've been very happy with my rankings on Helium. It's hard to complain too much when you have one of the "bonus" stars for being in the top 15%. Yes, that's a little bragging.

But every now and then, one of my articles will sink like a lead weight to the bottom of a title list and stay there. This is one of those articles. OK, it's an over-written topic. Everyone has an opinion on urinary track infections. And some of the other articles in the title are pretty good, so this isn't meant to be a "The Rating System at Helium is Crap!!!!" rant.

But even the losers need a hit, right?

As usual, here's the first two paragraphs, followed by a link. If you don't follow the link, I can assure you that the next time you pee... it's going to burn. It's bad juju not to read the entire article. Very bad juju.

Urinary tract infections are one of the most common infections in people. It is estimated that urinary tract infections are responsible for over 8 million office visits to a doctor each year. These infections are more common in women, due to the shorter length of the urethra. The urethra is the tube allowing urine to pass from the bladder out of the body. Despite this, urinary tract infections are also possible in men, and can be quite serious when they do occur. A commonly used medical term for urinary tract infections is cystitis.

Normal human urine is sterile. This means that it is generally completely free of bacteria. In a urinary tract infection, the bacteria infects the bladder and the urine that is contained within. A vast majority of urinary tract infections are caused by a single species of bacteria. This bacteria is known as E. coli. In most cases, the E. coli is able to enter the bladder through the urethra from the outside of the body.


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