Cystitis – get help from the experts in a live webchat


London: Don’t Let Cystitis Ruin Your Life – Join Dr Jonathan Wright and Dr Dawn Harper for help and advice on beating the condition Chat date: Tuesday 30th October Chat time: 14:30 – 15:00 – GMT.

Cystitis is a common infection which can be caused by bacteria from the nearby skin that can travel up the urethra and grow in your bladder, causing infection and inflammation. For many, living with cystitis can be uncomfortable, embarrassing and at times, extremely painful.

It is a common condition where the lining of the bladder becomes inflamed and makes going to the loo quite painful. Common symptoms include a stinging or burning feeling when passing urine, an urgent and frequent need to go to the loo, and passing small amounts of urine often.

Cystitis usually occurs as the result of an infection and other possible symptoms include blood in the urine, backache, lower abdominal aches and generally feeling unwell. It can ruin sleep and make working uncomfortable.

Although men can suffer with cystitis, it is adult women who are most commonly affected. For some women, cystitis is a rare event, for others it can happen four or five times a year. It affects women of all ages, being more common during pregnancy, post menopause and in those who are sexually active.

There are a number of ways of relieving the pain of cystitis. Drinking several glasses of water a day can help and cranberry juice can also help relieve symptoms. Although antibiotics have traditionally been prescribed to treat the condition, there are now natural products such as D-Mannose available on the market which may be just as effective with none of the side effects.

To find out how these products work and how they can help you, email your question to Dr Wright (pictured right) and Dr Harper and join us live online at on Tuesday 30th October at 14:30 – GMT

For more information on D-Mannose call 0800 169 1231 or visit

For further information and support contact Cystitis & Overactive Bladder Foundation at

New report looks at ways to promote walking

People can be encouraged to walk for up to 30-60 minutes more per week if they are given the right kind of help, finds a study published on today. This could make a valuable contribution to improving public health.

Physical activity reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer of the colon, write David Ogilvie and colleagues for the Scottish Physical Activity Research Collaboration (SPARColl). Walking is a free and convenient way to be active, and most people can continue walking into old age. Promoting walking could therefore help tackle the health problems linked to today’s inactive lifestyles.

The authors reviewed 48 studies of different approaches to promoting walking. The most successful were tailored to people’s needs and targeted at sedentary people or at those most motivated to change. These increased walking in the target groups by up to 30-60 minutes a week on average, at least in the short term. Given how little exercise most people take, this amounts to a substantial increase, say the authors.

The authors found that walking could be encouraged in a variety of ways. Examples included giving face to face advice or telephone support, using pedometers, or promoting walking as an environmentally friendly mode of transport. Different people may respond to different approaches, say the authors. One size may not fit all, and a range of options should be offered, they conclude.

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