Finally: A faster, more effective way to treat UTIs could be on its way 14



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For those who have recurring UTIs, you’ll know just how painful and inconvenient they can be.

Now there’s new hope for sufferers of UTIs after a laboratory breakthrough.

A new DNA sequencing device created by scientists from the University of East Anglia (UEA) can detect bacteria directly from urine samples four times more quickly than traditional methods.

Scientists say this new technology, the size of a USB stick, could lead to faster treatment and better use of antibiotics.

Professor David Livermore, from UEA’s Norwich Medical School, said there was a need to move beyond the current approach to treating urinary tract infections (UTIs).

“The way to do so lies in accelerating laboratory investigation, so that treatment can be refined earlier, benefitting the patient, who gets an effective antibiotic, and society, whose diminishing stock of antibiotics is better managed,” he said, reports BBC.

The device can also detect resistance to antibiotics, and “Swift results like these will make it possible to refine a patient’s treatment much earlier – and that’s good for the patient, who gets the ‘right’ antibiotic, and for society – which can better manage or ‘steward’ its limited supply of antibiotics,” said Dr Justin O’Grady.

Here’s hoping that this technology can be trialled here, as UTIs are among one of the most common health issues for both men and women.


Have you had difficulty getting treatment or getting rid of your urinary infection? 


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  1. The easiest way to manage UTI is keep your system alkaline rather than acid. Half a teaspoon of bi-carbonated soda in a glass of water morning & night is almost instant relief.
    Keep you diet intake with foods that help with this also.

  2. Good news and I don’t want to be picky but I want something to do as soon as I feel an attack coming on! Ural and cranberry juice just don’t cut it 🙁 I know prevention is better than cure so I will also follow your advice Carol, thank you.

  3. Good news. Faster diagnosis and treatment better for all sufferers! Increase fluid intake,always a bonus. Only ever had one severe UTI. Can still remember the pain. Awful!

  4. Take Ellura. It prevents E. coli from building up in the urinary tract. And walk a lot. All mucosal tissue thins as we age, making it susceptible. Ageing is a biatch!

  5. I am pleased work is going ahead in this area as repeated U T I can bring on symptoms of dementia and the infection is the cause!

    1 REPLY
    • Well thst is strange that U.T.I brings on demiture mum was 91 had lots of urine problem and did not die with demiture

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