North Shore Times : January 29th 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 10 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 29, 2013 NEWS One in three women will suffer from a urinary tract infection during their lifetime, compared to 1 in 20 men. Its simply the way a womans body is designed that makes them more vulnerable to UTIs. The tube that connects to the bladder (urethra) is much shorter in women than men which means that bacteria can get to your bladder far more easily. UTIs usually happen when bacteria that is supposed to be outside the body enters through the urethra. To prevent an infection, it is important for example, to wipe from front to back when you go to the toilet. There hasnt been much research into prevention of UTIs, but many people also fnd the following advice helpful if suffering from repeat infections: Go to the toilet when youneedtodonot delay Take showers rather than baths Gently wash the genital area (avoid soap) Always use feminine hygiene products only as directed And lastly, its always important to keep up your fuids says Khalid, pharmacist at Sunnynook Care Chemist. Make sure you stay hydrated, especially now, during our warmer summer weather. Each week around 4,500 women seek help for Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs). The good news is that now you can get antibiotic treatment for a UTI from your local Phar- macist. In a New Zealand frst, women are now able to receive treatment for UTIs, also referred to as bladder infections, directly from specifcally trained pharmacists. Symptoms of a urinary tract infection include: a burning sensation when youre urinat- ing, a strong, persistent urge to urinate passing frequent, small amounts of urine and/or discomfort just above the pubic area If you are suffering from two or more of these symptoms, you may have a UTI. There are other con- ditions which may cause similar symptoms, so your Care Chemist pharmacist will work through a checklist and consult with you and if you meet the criteria, the pharmacist will then be able to supply you with an appropriate antibiotic treatment. As the condition can be quite painful for some, your Care Chemist pharmacist can also advise you on what type of pain relief may help alleviate this. It is important that you drink plenty of water as well says Mohamed, pharmacist at Albany Village Care Chemist. Its great to be able to offer women treatment for urinary tract infections adds Anthony, pharmacist at Northcote Care Chemist. Women who have suffered from this type of infection before often know what it is and that they need to treat it. Directly providing medication in the pharmacy makes treat- ment for UTIs more accessible than ever before. In todays modern world, we are all time poor and urinary tract infections dont often occur at a convenient time. Thats why this is a great step forward for womens health, that your pharmacist can be your frst point of call without needing an actual appointment. says Sam, pharmacist at Greenhithe Care Chemist. So, if you are going to the toilet every 5 minutes and still feel like your bladder is full or you experience a burning sensation when urinating, then you may have a UTI. For FREE helpful information and per- sonalised advice talk with your local Care Chemist pharmacists, Mohamed at Albany Village Care Chemist, ph (09) 415-9676, Sam at Greenhithe Care Chemist phone (09) 413-9324, Anthony at Northcote Care Chem- ist phone (09) 480-8164 or Khalid at Sunnynook Care Chemist ph (09) 410-4248. Treating Urinary Tract Infections Mohamed, pharmacist Albany Village Care Chemist New product Cranbiotic supports urinary tract and intestinal health Support Urinary Tract Health s i Promotion ends 22nd February 2013. While stocks last. Supports Urinary Tract and intestinal health. Supports immune health. No refrigeration needed. Vitaco Health(NZ) Ltd, Auckland Always read the label and use as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional. $34.99 60 capsules Preventing UTIs Sam, pharmacist Greenhithe Care Chemist Anthony, pharmacist Northcote Care Chemist LADIES Advertorial TAPS PP3293 Khalid pharmacist Sunnynook Care Chemist New turbine turns heads at estuary By KERRY GALLAGHER Turbine test: John Service turned a head or two when he tried out his experimental turbine in the Orewa Estuary. Go to northshore times.co.nz and click Latest Edition to see the linear turbine being tested on the Clutha River. Passing pedestrians may have wondered what the heck was being lowered into the water. John Service was trialling his home-made linear tur- bine in the Orewa Estuary. In conjunction with Engi- neers Without Borders, he hopes it could be used to pro- vide water and power to places in need around the world. Mr Service is a former Air New Zealand mechanical engineer but these days is a patent attorney with engin- eering as a hobby. He has been working on the turbine project on and off for about 25 years. Mr Service started when he was in Japan teaching English and tested it there and in Thailand during the 1980s. It could be used to pump water or as a generator for electricity. And Mr Service says the turbine can be eas- ily made with a hacksaw, tin snips and a drill. He says it would be useful in places with small villages, such as African countries. Or it could be used on farms anywhere. The turbine is named after the Tuapeka punt', a means of crossing the Clutha River. Mr Service says it is the same concept. The turbine has vanes suspended from cables and chains on a loop which are turned to an angle to the river flow and thus move sideways across the river, pulling the cable or chain which moves in a loop and rotates wheels at each end of the loop. Engineers Without Borders is an organisation of professionals and students who share a vision to con- front global challenges of poverty, sustainable develop- ment and social inequity by undertaking initiatives improving the quality of life in communities in the South Pacific region.
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