Pixie Scientific was founded by husband/wife team Yaroslav Faybishenko and Jennie Rubinshteyn who, inspired by their own infant daughters, started out with the intention of creating the diapers for babies.
They are now looking to increase the power of these diapers to be able to analyze urine for even more conditions, so their research continues. They hope to have these diapers for sale next year.
What causes a UTI? It is caused by bacteria forming in the urinary tract. This bacteria can be caused by vigorous sex (that pushes bacteria into the tract), as well as by bacteria from the rectal and digestive system.
In women, the urethra and rectum are located quite closely together so women tend to get UTIs more than men. From an EmpowHER article Urinary Tract Infection Causes & Risks, other risk factors include:
◾ Being sexually active
◾ Kidney stones
◾ Enlarged prostate
◾ Weak immune system
Symptoms of a urinary tract infection include:
◾ Frequent and urgent need to urinate
◾ Passing small amounts of urine
◾ Pain in the abdomen or pelvic area
◾ Burning sensation during urination
◾ Cloudy, bad-smelling urine
◾ Increased need to get up at night to urinate
Bloody urine, low back pain, high fever, and chills are all signs of a kidney infection.
For more risk factors and symptoms, and how to guard against this infection, click here for our detailed compilation of information on urinary tract infections on EmpowHER: https://www.empowher.com/condition/urinary-tract-infection
Because the elderly or those with dementia can have weakened immune systems, as well as enlarged prostates, they are more suseptible to UTIs.
According to the Alzheimer's Society, "UTI's can cause confusion in older people and people with dementia. If the person has a sudden and unexplained change in their behaviour such as increased confusion, agitation, or withdrawal, this may be caused by a UTI. "
Persons with dementia suffer from many periods of confusion and agitation in the first place.