Unlocking the Mechanics of the Urinary Tract Infection

The Wider Image: Around the world in 45 toilets

Anyone who’s ever had a urinary tract infection knows how awful it can be: running to the bathroom every 10 minutes, only to experience painful, burning urination once you get there. According to the National Institutes of Health, UTIs are the second most common type of infection, accounting for more than 8 million trips to the doctor each year. They’re especially common in women—the odds that a woman will experience a UTI at some point in her lifetime are higher than 50 percent—and each new infection increases the likelihood of a recurrent problem. UTIs became so ubiquitous that in recent years, some physicians have argued in favor of making the antibiotics that cure them available over the counter.    Read Full Story in The Atlantic

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