Health Alert 7-20-12

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

July 20, 2012 - Uncircumcised boys may be at a higher risk of contracting a urinary tract infection. At least that's what a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests. Researchers studied nearly 400 boys who visited a Canadian emergency room with U-T-I symptoms. Out of that group, 309 were uncircumcised. They say more than half of the kids who weren't circumcised were diagnosed with a U-T-I. Only five percent of the circumcised boys had it. Unlike previous studies, the researchers also found the visibility of the urethral opening didn't affect the level of risk.

Also, school won't start for another month in Leon County. But some students still need to get their shots. Students going into kindergarten and 7th grade need to have certain immunizations on file before schools starts back up in August. Throughout the summer, the Leon County Health Department is offering free immunizations. They are currently giving out the shots from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Roberts and Stevens Clinic. Just call ahead to make an appointment.

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