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While it's safe to say there is still much progress to be made with UTI research and urinary health, we do think it's important to reflect on the innovation that has happened, and what else is in the pipeline for the future.
We’ve faced some crazy stuff in this last decade, like the sharp rise of antibiotic-resistant infections, but we’ve also made some major progress in the field of urology. And as more and more media attention is paid to antibiotic-resistant UTIs, we are spreading awareness that may change the game for UTI sufferers forever.
So let’s take some time to appreciate some milestones, shall we?
Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that UTI-causing bacteria in mice can exploit the body’s natural waste disposal system (known as “autophagy”) which usually clears harmful bacteria. E. coli can transform garbage-bin-like containers along the bladder wall (known as “autophagosomes”) into safe havens, where they can hide out and cause repeat infections.
We’ve sure come a long way, and we’ll be accomplishing even more in this next decade. As researchers continue to uncover new nuggets and organizations take the initiative to fight back against UTIs, we know we’ll accomplish some amazing things together.
Kate graduated with a B.A. in Journalism from San Diego State University. She is the Content Manager at Uqora and is responsible for Uqora's social media, newsletters and contributing to the UTI Learning Center.