Art Clokey, the creator of the clay figure character Gumby, has died. According to his son, Joseph, he died in his sleep Friday at his home in Los Osos, Calif., after battling repeated bladder infections. The Gumby character was invented by Clokey and his wife Ruth in the early 1950’s. Gumby originally debuted on “The Howdy Doody Show,”and soon after became the star of his own hit television series, “The Adventures of Gumby,” which was the first to use clay animation on television.
Gumby’s subsequently has a number of successful comebacks, as a bendable childrens’ toy (along with his side-kick horse Pokey), as an Eddie Murphy parody on Saturday Night Live, and in the 1990’s as a movie called, Gumby the Movie.
Infections of the urinary tract are the second most common type of infection in the body. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) account for about 8.3 million doctor visits each year. Although UTIs are much more common in women, men older than 50 may be at risk of this type of infection because of prostate enlargement, a frequent problem in older men. An increase in the size of the prostate gland can prevent the bladder from emptying properly. If this happens, small amounts of urine are left to pool in the bladder, creating a perfect environment for bacteria to multiply and cause infection.
The symptoms of a bladder infection include:
The diagnosis is made by taking a culture of the urine to identify the organism involved, and thereby allowing treatment with the most appropriate antibiotic.
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Urinary Tract Infection