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Health Tips for December 18

Posted Dec 17 2009 9:00pm

Health Tip: These Symptoms May Indicate Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are growths that form inside a woman's uterus. Though they're not cancerous, they can cause pain and other symptoms.

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says the following warning signs may indicate uterine fibroids:

  • Menstrual bleeding that is heavier, occurs more often or lasts longer than normal.
  • Menstrual cramps.
  • Spotting or bleeding between periods.
  • Anemia.
  • Painful intercourse.
  • Pain in the abdomen or lower back.
  • Difficult or frequent urination.
  • Constipation, or pain during bowel movements.
  • Infertility or miscarriage.
  • Enlargement of the uterus and abdomen.

Health Tip: What Could Be Causing Renal Failure

Chronic renal failure is a serious condition that, over time, causes the kidneys to stop working properly.

The University of Virginia Health System offers this list of conditions that could lead to chronic renal failure:

  • Damage to the kidneys in people with diabetes.
  • Persistent high blood pressure.
  • The autoimmune disease lupus.
  • A lingering blockage in the urinary tract.
  • Hereditary conditions such as cystinosis or Alport syndrome.
  • Nephrotic syndrome.
  • Polycystic kidney disease.
  • Inflammation of structures inside the kidneys.

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