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Program aims to provide information on preventing, treating condition

LINTHICUM, MD, February 24, 2010–The American Urological Association (AUA) Foundation will be hosting a free patient Webinar on urinary tract infections (UTIs) on Tuesday, March 26, 2010, from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. EDT. UTIs affect millions of people and account for more than eight million doctor visits per year; some patients are chronic sufferers. The interactive Webinar will provide valuable information to both chronic sufferers and those who may not have experienced a UTI, including several small lifestyle changes that may help reduce the likelihood of developing a UTI.

The teleconference will be led by urologist Philip M. Hanno, MD, MPH, of the University of Pennsylvania, who will be joined by Diane K. Newman, RNC MSN, CRNP FAAN, co-director of the Penn Center for Continence and Pelvic Health at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. These nationally recognized experts will discuss the incidence and prevalence of UTIs and the condition’s impact on sufferers, in addition to identifying lifestyle changes that may help to prevent or reduce the impact of an infection. Participants will also learn the latest in medical treatment options for UTIs.

A UTI can be a serious condition, which, if left untreated, could spell trouble for the bladder and kidneys. UTIs occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract and multiply in the urethra. If the infection in the urethra (urethritis) is left unchecked, bacteria can move deeper into the urinary tract to the bladder (cystitis) and throughout the ureters into the kidneys (pyelonephritis). Kidney infections are extremely dangerous and can lead to life-threatening conditions such as bacteremia (bacteria in the bloodstream) if left untreated.

This program is free. After the live program, anyone can view the recorded Webinar at This Webinar series allows patients to interact with nationally recognized experts in the field without needing to travel. Free, interactive Webinars not only give patients and their loved ones useful information, but also the opportunity to ask questions of the experts.

Contact Lacey Dean at 410-689-4054 for more information on the AUA Foundation Webinar Series or visit for registration information.



About the AUA Foundation: The AUA Foundation is the world’s leading non-profit urological health foundation and the Official Foundation of the American Urological Association. Our mission is to promote health, provide hope and promise a future free of urologic disease, including cancer.


As the official foundation of the AUA, the professional organization of approximately 16,000 urologists, the AUA Foundation is the trusted public source for the most accurate and current information relating to urological health.

Lacey Dean, AUA