Study: UTIs more frequent in women with increased sexual activity, alcohol consumption
LINTHICUM, Md. Increased sexual activity and alcohol consumption were associated with an increased risk of developing urinary tract infections, according to new research presented at the 104th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association on Sunday.
From July 2001 through April 2005, researchers studied 181 women with their first UTI who presented to the student health care facility at the University of Florida. The control group consisted of 80 women attending the clinic without a UTI. A clinic nurse administered a survey that addressed lifestyle habits and dietary intake. Results showed that frequency and urgency were the most common symptom, and that UTIs were most commonly found in women who had increased sexual activity and recent alcohol consumption. The use of sanitary napkins during menstruation also increased the risk for a first-time UTI.
Co-existing chlamydia, gonorrhea and yeast infections did not contribute significantly to urinary symptoms.
“If you are experiencing urinary frequency and urgency, you should seek medical attention,” stated Anthony Smith, an AUA spokesman. “A woman experiencing her first UTI might not recognize these symptoms immediately. But, medical attention is necessary because UTIs can lead to kidney infection and even sepsis. So, it is important for women who notice these symptoms to seek medical attention.”
RediClinic adds travel immunization packages, expands other services
HOUSTON Clinic operator RediClinic is now offering a string of new services, including a new Travel Healthy Package to help international travelers stay healthy by providing them with a medical overview of their travel destination and a list of required immunizations, which can be obtained at RediClinic.
“The Travel Healthy Package is a great tool for international travelers to identify their medical needs before their trip,” stated Web Golinkin, CEO of RediClinic. “It is especially important for international travelers to ensure that when booking travel they have enough time to receive destination-specific immunizations, some of which are administered over several months.”
The Travel Health Package, priced at $75, includes a destination-specific travel risk assessment, vaccination recommendations and administration, recommended travel prescriptions, an immunization certificate and general travel tips. The package also includes a travel report focusing on health and safety issues based on individual itineraries, including a country profile, hospital/clinic information, basic preventative measures, safety and security tips, embassy locations, crime statistics and information regarding public and private transportation.
“International travel can be very rewarding, but its health risks should be taken seriously,” stated Golinkin. “RediClinic can help to minimize these risks while saving travelers time and money.”
Other new services now available at RediClinic include B12 shots for adults, treatment solutions for acne and instant tests for mono.
The company currently operates 21 in-store health clinics within HEB stores in Houston and Austin, Texas.
Nutrition researchers awarded for findings by ASN
WASHINGTON Norman Farnsworth and Susan Talcott were honored Monday with the Mary Swartz Rose Senior Investigator Award and the Mary Swartz Rose Young Investigator Award respectively, at the American Society for Nutrition Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting held in conjunction with Experimental Biology 2009 in New Orleans, La.
The awards, jointly presented by the ASN and the Council for Responsible Nutrition, are given with the intent to recognize outstanding research on the safety and efficacy of bioactive compounds for human health.
“Sound scientific research is absolutely essential to the growth of the supplement and functional foods industries,” stated Andrew Shao, VP scientific and regulatory affairs, CRN. “It is a privilege for CRN to collaborate with ASN, the preeminent nutrition research society in the world, in providing grants to honor nutrition researchers for their work. We look forward to expanding our on-going commitment to supporting scientific research and scientific researchers in the field of nutrition and health.”
Farnsworth, director of the National Institutes of Health Center for Botanical Dietary Supplements Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago, currently focuses his research on the study of botanical dietary supplements such as valerian, black cohosh, dong quai and red clover, and the potential roles they play in the overall health of consumers. His past research included extensive work on the isolation and structure elucidation of biologically active principles from natural sources, making him a pioneer in his field. He serves in a number of additional capacities including as editor-in-chief of the Natural Products Alert database.
Talcott is currently the assistant research scientist, Department of Nutrition and Food Science at Texas A&M University. Her research focuses on the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and cancer preventive properties of plant derived bioactive compounds. She has helped elucidate the health benefits of many “superfruits,” such as pomegranate and acai as well as bioactive compounds such as ellagic acid and quercetin that are found in foods that have a long history of use. Talcott is also the current secretary/treasurer of the Bioactive Compounds Research Interest Section of ASN.
These awards are named in honor of the late Mary Swartz Rose (1874–1941), a founder and president of the American Institute of Nutrition (now known as ASN).The Mary Swartz Rose Senior Investigator Award is given to an investigator with 10 years or more of postgraduate training, for outstanding preclinical and/or clinical research on the safety and efficacy of dietary supplements as well as essential nutrients and other biologically active food components that might be distributed as supplements or components in functional foods. The Mary Swartz Rose Young Investigator Award is based on the same research qualifications, but is given to an investigator with 10 or less years of postgraduate training.
Made possible by a $50,000 grant from CRN to fund the awards annually over five consecutive years, this is the second year the award was given out.