Category: Doc Next Door

General medical advice and answers to all your most burning medical questions.

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We just posted a pretty sweet live map of where people are tweeting about Zika: This led to some requests for must know facts about Zika, as if you hadn’t heard enough already.

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What do cranberry juice, cotton panties, and peeing after sex have in common?

I treat a lot of UTIs. UTIs are urinary tract infections. The urinary tract is made up of the kidneys (makes urine), ureters (transfers urine to the bladder), bladder (stores urine), urethra (the hole where your urine comes out). It causes burning, pain, and trouble urinating. If the infection gets to your kidneys, it can make you really sick – vomiting, fever, severe pain, you name it. Close to 3% of women will get an UTI every year, and the majority will have one in their lifetime. So, it is not surprising that women will apparently do, try, and avoid ANYTHING to prevent a UTI.

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Two Birds for One (Kidney) Stone –

Here’s a summary of findings from an interesting study that was recently published:

Journal of urology:

Sex helps you pass a kidney stone. 90 patients, prospective, randomized, but not blinded. NNT of 2. MANY limitations though. “sexual intercourse and masturbation” were prohibited in the other two groups but …