Avoiding Dehydration
Excercise to Reduce...
Supplements a Cure For...
Bladder Cancer & Smoking
Kidneys & Blood Pressure

 

Valley Urological Associates regularly features tips and information about how to maintain urological health.

Avoiding Dehydration During the Summer

The arrival of summer weather in western Pennsylvania also brings higher temperatures and humidity, along with the health risk of dehydration and its disastrous effects. While most of us understand that dehydration is a serious health problem, few of us realize the effects that dehydration has on our urinary system. In fact, dehydration is an important cause of acute renal failure.
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Bladder Cancer: Another Reason To Quit Smoking

The National Cancer Institute projected that there would be more than 70,000 new cases of bladder cancer in the United States, and nearly 15,000 deaths, in 2010. Although bladder cancer does not have the same public profile of other cancers, such as breast and lung, it is the fourth most common cancer diagnosis among men, and the ninth most in women.
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Your Kidneys and High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a major contributing factor to many chronic health conditions, that’s why you hear so much about the importance of managing your blood pressure. According to the American heart Association, an estimated one in three Americans has high blood pressure, which is signified by a systolic pressure (the top number in your blood pressure reading) of 140 or higher, and a diastolic (bottom number) of 90 or higher.
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Meet the Valley Urological Associates Physician Extender

There's no better way to maintain proper urologic health than to take full advantage of all of the resources that Valley Urological Associates provides its patients. The newest resource? Our highly qualified physician extender!
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A 'Perfect Storm'

Dr. Doebler: A 'Perfect Storm' For Urology Patients, Doctors

Taken individually the issues are troubling enough; combine them and the conditions are just right for a "perfect storm" in healthcare and, specifically, in the specialty of urology. Anticipating these developments, Valley Urological Associates added physician extender Richard Burns to the staff to ensure that Valley Urological Associates' reputation for quality care and prompt access continues into the future.
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September Is Prostate Care Month

If you are a man it is more than likely you will experience some sort of prostate problem during your lifetime. There are three types of prostate problems: infection; enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia); and prostate cancer. Other sections of the Valley Urological Associates website provide extensive information on prostate problems, but here is a quick overview:
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High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound Provides Breakthough Treatment for Prostate Cancer

Until recently, patients had three options for treating their prostate cancers: a radical prostatectomy - through either open or minimally invasive robotic surgery; radiation therapy involving the implantation of radioactive metal particles, or "seeds," in the prostate and sometimes combined with external radiation; and cryotherapy, a procedure that involves freezing the prostate gland.
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Supplements: The Common Cure For Urinary Stones?

A Painful Problem

According to an August 2006 article in the Journal of Urology, more than $1.5 billion is spent annually in the United States on plant supplements to prevent and relieve the symptoms of urinary stones. It's no surprise. Urinary stones, commonly called kidney stones, are perhaps the most painful urologic condition--some have likened the discomfort to childbirth.
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Exercise To Reduce or Eliminate Overactive Bladder and Stress Incontinence

No doubt, every woman has heard of Kegel exercises. A recent Google search listed approximately 63,700,000 "hits" regarding the subject. There is good reason for the interest in these exercises: Properly performed, Kegel exercises can be 60-80 percent successful in reducing or even eliminating the symptoms of overactive bladder and stress urinary incontinence. Unfortunately, for large numbers of women attempting Kegel exercises, the results are quite unsatisfactory for two main reasons.
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