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I Frequently Get Urinary Tract Infections
Can natural measures prevent them?
By Andrew Weil, MD, Prevention
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Q. I frequently get urinary tract infections. What natural measures do you recommend to prevent them?

A. There are several—and that's good news for you and other women who suffer from UTIs. First, observe these habits:

Be sure to urinate when you have the urge, always wipe from front to back, avoid feminine hygiene products such as douches and deodorant sprays, and empty your bladder after sex—intercourse can irritate the urethra and expose it to bacteria. And drink plenty of water every day to flush out your system.

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Health Tip: Do I Heat or Ice My Sprain?

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(HealthDay News) -- If you have a sprain, you may be wondering if you should heat it or ice it to help it heal and reduce pain and swelling.

The University of Puget Sound says both are effective, and can be used independently or alternated.

Heat will relax the muscles and increase blood flow. Heat can be applied to the injury as long and as often as is comfortable, but should be used at least two to three times per day.

Moist heat is more effective than dry heat, so a hot bath or shower, or warm moist towel should prove effective.

Ice will reduce pain and swelling by numbing the area. You should ice the injury at least twice a day, for about 15 minutes at a time.

You can either buy pre-made ice packs, or put ice cubes in a plastic bag. Be sure to place a towel over the sprain before applying the ice pack.

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Start Your Fat-Burning Engine
beat a plateau and slim down for good.

By Ann Hettinger, Prevention
Carbs That Boost Your Metabolism
Boost Your Energy Workout
The Fat-Burning, High Metabolism Diet

The facts are simple: To look fit and firm at any age, you have to strength train, says Wayne Westcott, Ph.D., senior fitness research director at the South Shore YMCA in Quincy, Mass. Women lose about half a pound of muscle a year, beginning as early as in their 20s. But that's not inevitable. According to two studies Westcott conducted over 15 years of more than 2,800 women and men, on average, you can gain 3 pounds of muscle, lose 2 inches around your waist, and drop 4 pounds of fat—without dieting—in 10 weeks by strength training at least twice a week. Plus, new muscle revs metabolism. "A 3-pound muscle gain increases metabolism by about 7 percent, which translates to burning roughly 100 more calories a day," explains Westcott. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn.

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Florida Hospital Orlando makes magazine's 'best hospitals' list
Harry Wessel | Sentinel Staff Writer
11:33 AM EDT, July 11, 2008
Florida Hospital Orlando is one of just nine hospitals in the state, and the only one from Central Florida, to make U.S. News & World Report's annual America's Best Hospitals list, which was released this morning.

Florida Hospital's diabetes program was ranked 46th in the country, down slightly from its ranking last year of 39th but still good enough to make the top 50 list for endocrinology. That's one of 16 specialties ranked by U.S. News, which has published an annual America's Best Hospital list for the past 19 years.

Ranked specialties include cancer, gastroenterology, geriatric care, heart and heart surgery, and orthopedics.

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This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Dr. Awan disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information. If this is a life threarening emergency dial 911.
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