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What to know about urine tests for creatinine
Creatinine is a normal waste product that the body produces every day. High levels in the urine can indicate kidney problems, high muscle tone, or other factors. Learn about the uses, procedure, and results of creatinine urine tests here. (Medical News Today)

What can cause red blood cells in urine?
Red blood cells (RBC) in the urine can signal problems with the urinary tract, kidneys, or bladder. Learn more about RBC in urine, and what results from a urine sample might mean, here. (Medical News Today)

What are the complications of psoriatic arthritis?
There are many possible complications of psoriatic arthritis, including uveitis, kidney disease, and depression. Learn about the risks and preventive steps here. (Medical News Today)

What to know about Ben Wa balls
Ben Wa balls are small, weighted balls that a person can insert into their vagina. Makers claim that they can help with Kegel exercises and boost sexual stimulation, but no research supports this. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Does drinking urine have any real health benefits?
There are no proven health benefits of drinking urine, though people have done so for centuries. In this article, learn about risks, reasons, and more. (Medical News Today)

What to know about gallbladder polyps
Gallbladder polyps are growths of tissue within the organ. The vast majority are harmless, but some may become cancerous. Here, find out more about symptoms, complications, and treatments. (Medical News Today)

What to know about passing a kidney stone
Kidney stones are an accumulation of chemicals or minerals that form in the kidney or ureter. They can cause pain and discomfort. Read on to find out how long it takes to pass a kidney stone and how to speed up the process. (Medical News Today)

What is amyloidosis?
Amyloidosis is a condition that causes abnormal proteins to grow on a person's organs. It can cause a variety of symptoms, depending on the organs involved. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Everything you need to know about clear urine
Clear or very pale urine is usually a sign of proper hydration. In this article, learn more about the possible causes of clear urine and when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

What is a nephrologist?
A nephrologist is a kidney specialist. This article looks at what they do, the medical conditions they treat, and the procedures they can perform. (Medical News Today)

Can males get bacterial vaginosis?
Bacterial vaginosis is a common infection in females. We discuss whether males can also get the infection and describe its symptoms, causes, and treatments. (Medical News Today)

What are blood cleansers, and do they work?
In most cases, the organs in the body cleanse the blood without any extra help. In this article, learn about blood cleansers and whether they work. (Medical News Today)

Non-STD causes of penile discharge
Male discharge is not always a sign of a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Discharge from the penis could have many causes. Find out about non-STD causes of penile discharge and when to seek advice from a doctor here. (Medical News Today)

New prostate cancer blood test could reduce biopsies
Testing for circulating tumor cells in the blood alongside PSA can increase accuracy of prostate cancer diagnosis to more than 90%, new study reveals. (Medical News Today)

Kidney disease: Does gout increase risk?
A recent study finds that people with gout have a higher risk of advanced chronic kidney disease. The results could help design preventive strategies. (Medical News Today)

What to know about glycosuria
Glycosuria is where the urine contains more blood sugar (glucose) than usual. Diabetes and kidney disease can cause glycosuria. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatments here. (Medical News Today)

What to know about kidney pain after drinking alcohol
The kidneys are responsible for filtering out waste products, including alcohol, from the body. Kidney pain can be a sign of serious health issues. Learn more in this article. (Medical News Today)

Is it a yeast infection or a urinary tract infection?
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) and yeast infections share some similarities, but they have distinct symptoms and treatment options. Learn about the differences here. (Medical News Today)

Is a urinary tract infection contagious?
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are not contagious, but the bacteria that cause them can travel between people. Learn more about these infections and how they develop here. (Medical News Today)

What causes pain in the lower left back?
Pain in the lower left back often originates from muscle strains or kidney problems, but there are many other possible causes. We describe these causes and their treatments. (Medical News Today)

Everything you need to know about urinalysis
Urinalysis, or a urine test, can help a doctor diagnose certain health issues, check for pregnancy, or screen for drug use. In this article, learn more about the uses and results. (Medical News Today)

Can home remedies help with a kidney infection?
Kidney infections will usually require treatment with antibiotics. Home remedies on their own cannot treat a kidney infection, but some may help relieve symptoms alongside antibiotics. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What causes pain in the right upper quadrant of the ribs?
The right upper quadrant of the abdomen includes the pancreas, right kidney, gallbladder, liver, and intestines. Pain under the ribs in this area can indicate an issue affecting one of these organs. Here, learn about possible causes, their treatments, and when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

Drug resistant UTI bacteria can hide in the gut
A new study reveals that superbugs that cause hard-to-treat UTIs can persist in the guts of some healthy women, even those with no recorded history of UTI. (Medical News Today)

Ovulation bleeding: What to know
Ovulation bleeding is light bleeding or spotting that occurs around the time a person ovulates. Ovulation usually takes place in the middle of the menstrual cycle. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

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