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Urinary Tract Infections and Intermittent Catheterization

What is a urinary tract infection? When bacteria gets into your bladder or kidneys and cause you to have symptoms, you have a urinary tract infection (UTI). It is important to know the difference between an infection and bacterium (having bacteria in the urine but no symptoms). What causes urinary tract infections?

Ostomy Care Today

Having started in nursing in the 1960s, I have seen many changes in ostomies and ostomy care. T

Scientists Find Anti-Cancer Trigger

Boost from the garden can help activate the body’s own toxic waste disposal system. U. S. and Japanese scientists have discovered how to trigger the body’s natural defenses against cancer and are working on a drug that could boost protection against all forms of disease. The researchers at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore have believed for many years that the body has a toxic waste disposal system that gets rid of chemicals, such as those in cigarette smoke, that can cause cancer. Now, they say they have proven in detail how the system works.

Are You Getting the Nutrients You Need?

Everybody has trouble eating right. When you have an ostomy, though, the challenges can be even tempts to control diarrhea, fluid balance, gas, and odor can stop you from eating enough healthy foods. And even if you do eat right, you may worry that your intestines don’t absorb the vitamins and minerals you need. The first thing to know: people with an ostomy

Ostomy Reversal Surgery

What happens? Permanent stomas are just that — permanent. But a temporary ostomy can be closed (reversed) quite easily depending on the type of surgery. When the surgeon decides to reverse your surgery, (and that can vary from days to years and anytime frame in between), it's a good idea to take some simple steps so that the recovery time is faster and you can help potentially avoid other issues that may occur.

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