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Does maternal exposure during pregnancy to higher ambient temperature increase the risk of hypospadias?

The search for the causes of hypospadias continues at a pace. These authors from Turkey extrapolated other findings about the higher incidence of congenital anomalies in babies during summer months’ gestation to studying the risks of high ambient temperature during...

Telemedicine – safe, convenient and economical

I am sure that most, if not all, readers of Urology News will have utilised some form of telemedicine over the last few months during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. This timely publication from Boston Children’s Hospital precedes the...

Bladder Health UK

- CHARITY FOCUS - Bladder Health UK is a national patient support charity that has been communicating with bladder illness sufferers for 30 years. The charity offers a lot of resources to give help, educate and inform, including webinars, study...

The stonecutters of 17th Century London

In this series of articles I am going to show you some of the exhibits contained in the Museum of Urology, hosted on the BAUS website (www.baus.org.uk). In the last article I told you about the prostatic punch. If you...

Urolithiasis – metabolic considerations

Case 1 A 32-year-old female patient is diagnosed with a ureteric calculus for the first-time. What type of metabolic evaluation investigations should be performed? When should stone analysis be repeated? What are the most common metabolic abnormalities associated with calcium...

Post radical nephrectomy presenting with skull metastasis

We present the case of an 83-year-old female who underwent right radical nephrectomy for renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Despite negative surgical margins, the patient presented with a skull metastasis six years post radical nephrectomy. This case highlights the importance of...

BPH therapy: how to find one’s way through the maze?

This communication is from the Young Academic Urologists (YAU) group of the European Association of Urologists (EAU). A purpose-built questionnaire of current practice was sent to 2000 members, of which 637 responded (68% were aged 50 or younger). Alpha blockers...

Health-related quality of life in men with corrected hypospadias

More and more studies on long-term outcomes of paediatric operations are being published, many of which concentrate on health-related quality of life (HRQol) scores. This paper compared 45 men with corrected hypospadias (mean age 26.2 years +/- 5.1 years) with...

Urology around the world: India: past, present, and future

Past India has the largest population in the world, standing at 1.43 billion as of September 2023. This vast population across a huge geographical area brings unique healthcare challenges, including the full range of urologic conditions. Urology is a relatively...

The Lester Eshleman Urology Workshop (Tanzania): a trainee’s perspective

For many trainees a period abroad is increasingly an essential supplement to higher surgical training in the UK. However, for many, because of family responsibilities or financial imperatives, this is not always a viable option. There are however alternatives. Here...

ESWL and URS for treatment of paediatric urolithiasis

Tejwani et al. have undertaken a comparative effectiveness study to characterise differences in procedure frequency, postoperative re-admissions and emergency room (ER) visits, and repeat treatment rates for children (≤18 years) with urolithiasis who underwent initial intervention with extracorporeal shock wave...

Pain relief after removal of non-obstructive renal calculi

Non-obstructing stones are often not considered to be the source of pain, and probably most are not. This is because flank pain associated with a stone is typically caused by a stone that obstructs urinary flow, which increases intraluminal pressure...