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Some of the risk factors that influence bladder infections also affect kidney infections. Researchers have found that both bladder infections and kidney infections have been linked to frequent sexual intercourse during the prior 30 days (over 3 times per week), recent urinary infection, new sex partner in prior year, mother with history of urinary tract infections and recent spermicide use. Incontinence and diabetes was also found to be linked to higher risk of kidney infection. The study results reinforce the belief that bladder infections often precede kidney infections. This information may be used to ascertain a person's risk of kidney infection and these people can then be educated on lower UTI prevention. The study involved nearly 800 women and was funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and kidney Diseases.
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About: Similar risk factors for kidney infection and urinary tract infection
Date: 16 January 2005
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