Northwell Health - Glen Cove Hospital

Fall 2015

Look North is a magazine published by the Northwell Health System. This publication features health and wellness information geared toward healthcare consumers in the Long Island and New York City region.

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Keep Ovari C cer Away? ::: for her ::: focus on health BY PR EVE NTI NG I N FLAM MATION, aspirin may play a role in protecting against cancer, according to research. A National Cancer Institute study published in February 2014 was the largest study yet to consider aspirin's effect on ovarian cancer risk. Researchers mined data from 12 studies to determine the cancer- prevention effects of aspirin and other common pain relievers on nearly 20,000 women, approximately 8,000 of whom had ovarian cancer. Study participants who took aspirin daily were 20 percent less likely to develop ovarian cancer than those who used it less than once a week. Researchers are still working to understand precisely how aspirin might protect against ovarian cancer and whether its potential benefi ts outweigh its possible side effects before recommending its use as a preventive therapy. The study offers hope, however, that one of the cheapest and most easily obtainable medications may help lift the burden of a terrible disease. UTI S AR E TYPICALLY caused by bacteria that enter the body and set up shop in the urinary tract. They cause symptoms such as pain while urinating, frequent urination, fever, loss of appetite, back pain and discharge. Antibiotics are the standard course of treatment for UTIs. Take medication exactly as prescribed — and in its entirety — to destroy all traces of the infection. If a physician rules out physiological causes of UTIs, lifestyle changes may help prevent another infection. THE UTI LOWDOWN Keep Ovarian Cancer Away? Recent research suggests a common pain reliever could be a risk-reducer, too. Frequent, recurring urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a real pain. A few tweaks can help keep them from coming back. CAN AN ASPIRIN A DAY REMEMBER: Always take antibiotics as prescribed and in their entirety! 14 TO FIND A PHYSICIAN NEAR YOU, CALL 1-888-321-DOCS. Though the reason is not fully understood, drinking cranberry juice or eating cranberries has proven effective at minimizing infections of the urinary tract. It may also help to drink plenty of water, always wipe from front to back, and urinate frequently, especially before and after intercourse, to help prevent bacteria from entering the urethra. Unchecked, UTIs can lead to kidney damage and an increased risk of certain cancers, so always seek treatment if you experience symptoms.

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