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Female Triathletes May Face Health Problems Such as Incontinence

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 – Women who compete in triathlons are at increased risk for pelvic floor disorders, including incontinence, and other health problems, a new study says. "There has been a surge in popularity of high-impact sports such as triathlons, but little has been known until now about the prevalence of pelvic health and certain other issues associated with endurance training and events," study author Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald, a physiatrist at Loyola University Health System, said in a university news release. The term "pelvic floor" refers to the muscles that support the pelvic organs, such as the uterus, bladder or bowel. Researchers surveyed more than 300 female triathletes, with a median age range of 35 to 44. On average, they ran 3.7 days a week, cycled 2.9 days a week and swam 2.4 days a week. One-third said they had pelvic floor disorder symptoms, such as urgency ... Read more

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Weight Loss Surgery May Help Ease Urinary Incontinence

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 – Weight-loss surgery appears to have an additional side benefit – it may improve urinary incontinence symptoms in women, according to a new study. The study found that nearly half of women in a weight-loss surgery program reported having incontinence prior to the procedure. After surgery, most of those women said their urinary symptoms either improved or disappeared, said study researcher Dr. Leslee Subak, professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. The women "lost almost 30 percent of their body weight, and about two-thirds who had incontinence at the start were cured at one year with that amount of weight loss. Among those who continued to have incontinence, their incontinence frequency improved a lot," Subak said. Subak's team is due to present the findings this week at the ... Read more

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Over Half of Seniors Plagued by Incontinence: CDC

Posted 25 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 25, 2014 – More than 50 percent of older Americans struggle with incontinence, a new government report released Wednesday shows. "We found that half the population experienced urinary leakage or accidental bowel leakage, and about 25 percent had moderate, severe or very severe urinary leakage. And about 8 percent had moderate, severe or very severe bowel leakage," said lead researcher Yelena Gorina, a statistician at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. One expert noted that the impact of incontinence is significant. "Bladder and bowel incontinence is a highly prevalent disease that has emotional, health, social and economic impacts in the daily life of our elderly population in the U.S.," said Dr. Farzeen Firoozi, a urologist at North Shore-LIJ Health System in Manhasset, N.Y. Incontinence occurs when muscles are ... Read more

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Removal of Faulty Mesh for Incontinence May Not Improve Women's Symptoms

Posted 19 May 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 19, 2014 – Removal of vaginal mesh – a device implanted to help support a woman's pelvic organs – won't necessarily improve side effects such as pain and incontinence related to the device, suggests the mixed results from a pair of new studies. The findings, reported Monday at the American Urological Association's annual meeting, come at a time of growing safety concerns over vaginal mesh devices. Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it will require stricter oversight of the products – specifically, as they are used to treat pelvic organ prolapse. The FDA now classifies these devices as "high-risk." In pelvic organ prolapse, the structures supporting the bladder, uterus and rectum weaken and stretch. The organs may drop from their normal position and protrude into the vagina, which can cause pelvic pain, discomfort during sex, and problems with ... Read more

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Botox Might Help Treat Bladder Disorders

Posted 18 May 2014 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, May 17, 2014 – Many still think of Botox as a wrinkle smoother, but new research shows the toxin's growing list of medical uses now includes the treatment of two common causes of urinary frequency, urgency and incontinence. Scientists have found that Botox (botulinum toxin A) – the same toxin that causes the life-threatening type of food poisoning known as botulism – may be used in place of surgery or other invasive treatments for stubborn cases of conditions causing bladder control problems. "We think Botox has two different kinds of effects in the bladder. One, it blocks the nerve endings that go to the muscles that are responsible for bladder contractions," said urologist Dr. Rose Khavari, director of research at the Houston Methodist Center for Restorative Pelvic Medicine, who wasn't involved in the new research. "The other way we think it works ... is by blocking the ... Read more

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FDA Moves Female Incontinence Device to 'High Risk' Status

Posted 29 Apr 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 29, 2014 – Vaginal mesh devices that support the pelvic organs and help ease incontinence in women will get stricter oversight in the future due to safety concerns, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday. "The FDA has identified clear risks associated with surgical mesh for the transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse and is now proposing to address those risks for more safe and effective products," Dr. William Maisel, deputy director of science and chief scientist at the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said in an agency news release. The FDA said it plans to reclassify the devices, moving them from its "moderate" to "high" risk category. The agency will also require manufacturers to submit pre-market approval applications to the FDA, so it can better evaluate a device's safety and effectiveness beforehand. The new rules apply to ... Read more

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Health Tip: Concerned About Urinary Incontinence?

Posted 10 Oct 2013 by Drugs.com

-- Urinary incontinence is the inability to control the flow of urine. In addition to being a medical problem, it affects a person's behavior and overall well-being. The Urology Care Foundation says possible causes of urinary incontinence include: A vaginal or urinary tract infection. Constipation Side effect of certain medications. A post-surgical reaction. Pregnancy or delivery of a child. An enlarged prostate. A disorder affecting the muscles, including multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injury or stroke. Diabetes. Overactive bladder. Read more

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Procedure for Incontinence in Women May Lose Effectiveness With Time

Posted 14 May 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 14 – The success of a common surgery for pelvic organ prolapse – a painful and distressing condition affecting many women – lessens over time, according to a new study. Abdominal sacrocolpopexy is a procedure used to relieve the problem. It involves stitching a piece of mesh on the top of the vagina and attaching it to a strong ligament from the back of the pelvic bone. This surgery helps to support the pelvic organs. But the new study found that with each passing year, the rate of pelvic organ prolapse surgery failure increased. The rate of mesh erosion (the primary material used to provide support) reached 10.5 percent by seven years after surgery. The study also found that the risk of urinary incontinence rose with each year after the surgery. "This is the longest follow-up of a common operation for women with pelvic organ prolapse. We found that pelvic organ prolapse ... Read more

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Botox Injections: Option for Urge Incontinence?

Posted 4 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 4 – Botulinum toxin, the anti-wrinkle treatment known as Botox, can also help women with urge incontinence reduce their leaking episodes, according to a new study. Injecting Botox into the bladder worked as well as daily solifenacin pills, a commonly prescribed treatment for incontinence, the researchers found. The Botox treatment is already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for urge incontinence due to known neurological injuries such as spinal cord trauma, said lead study Dr. Anthony Visco, chief of urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. It is not yet approved for incontinence without a recognized cause, known as idiopathic incontinence. Visco and his colleagues conducted what they believe is the first head-to-head comparison of medication and the botulinum toxin. They will present their results ... Read more

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Incontinence Affects Young Childless Women, Too

Posted 17 Jul 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 17 – Urinary incontinence is often thought of as a problem that occurs after childbirth or in old age, but a new study finds that many young women who have never given birth have the bothersome condition, too. Researchers in Australia surveyed more than 1,000 women aged 16 to 30 who had never been pregnant and found that one in eight, or nearly 13 percent, reported having urinary incontinence. Urinary incontinence means leaking urine during certain activities such as running or sneezing, or being unable to hold urine with a full bladder. Previous research has found the rates are higher among women who've had children. But this study shows that urinary incontinence can affect women of all ages, regardless of pregnancy history, and that the condition may be underdiagnosed and undertreated in younger women, experts said. "Although incontinence is more prevalent as women age ... Read more

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'Sling' Implant May Cut Risk of Incontinence After Prolapse Surgery

Posted 20 Jun 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 20 – Women who have surgery to treat pelvic organ prolapse can reduce their risk of incontinence afterward by having a second procedure done simultaneously where surgeons implant a "sling" to support the urethra, new research finds. However, experts caution that women who got the sling were at a higher risk for complications such as difficulty emptying the bladder, urinary tract infection, bladder perforation and bleeding. Though the researchers characterize the complications as relatively minor, other experts say the risks should be taken seriously. And some of the women might not have needed the sling procedure in the first place, since only 25 percent of women getting the prolapse surgery actually experience incontinence, according to background information in the study. Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when muscles and tissues in the pelvic cavity weaken. The tissues ... Read more

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Urinary Incontinence Drugs May Be More Trouble Than They're Worth

Posted 9 Apr 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 9 – For women with urinary incontinence, the available treatments may cause more problems than they solve and many stop taking the medications because of side effects that can include dry mouth and constipation, a new analysis indicates. Urge incontinence is marked by frequent, sudden urges to urinate that can result in leakage and accidents. Standard treatment includes lifestyle changes, pelvic floor exercises, bladder training and/or medication. There are several types of medications that may be used alone or together for the condition. Generally, these medications relax bladder contractions and help improve bladder function. Researchers from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health analyzed data from 94 studies to see how well the available drugs worked. A given medication was deemed effective if women achieved a 50 percent or more reduction in daily ... Read more

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FDA OKs Impotence Drug Cialis to Treat Enlarged Prostate

Posted 7 Oct 2011 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 6 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced late Thursday that it had approved using the erectile dysfunction drug Cialis as a treatment for enlarged prostate. According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, enlarged prostate – clinically known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) – is a "common part of aging" for men. In fact, the NIH estimates that "more than half of men in their 60s, and as many as 90 percent in their 70s and 80s, have some symptoms of BPH." The condition often leads to urinary incontinence and can raise the odds for urinary tract infections and even kidney damage. "BPH can have a big impact on a patient's quality of life," Scott Monroe, director of the division of reproductive and urologic products in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in an agency news release. "A large number of older men have symptoms of BPH. ... Read more

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Botox Approved to Treat Urinary Incontinence

Posted 24 Aug 2011 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24 – Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat urinary incontinence in people with neurological conditions such as spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis. Some people with these conditions have uncontrolled bladder contractions, which leads to inability to retain urine. Common treatments include medication or a catheter, the agency said in a news release. The use of Botox involves injecting the drug into the bladder, relaxing the bladder. The drug's effects last for about nine months, the FDA said. Botox was evaluated for this use in clinical studies involving 691 people. The most common adverse reactions included urinary tract infection and urinary retention. Botox also is FDA-approved for reducing facial frown lines, and treating chronic migraine, certain forms of muscle stiffness, severe underarm sweating and ... Read more

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FDA Approves Botox to Treat Specific Form of Urinary Incontinence

Posted 24 Aug 2011 by Drugs.com

SILVER SPRING, Md., Aug. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) injection to treat urinary incontinence in people with neurologic conditions such as spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis who have overactivity of the bladder. Uninhibited urinary bladder contractions in people with some neurological conditions can lead to an inability to store urine. Current management of this condition includes medications to relax the bladder and use of a catheter to regularly empty the bladder. The treatment consists of Botox being injected into the bladder resulting in relaxation of the bladder, an increase in its storage capacity and a decrease in urinary incontinence. "Urinary incontinence associated with neurologic conditions can be difficult to manage," said George Benson, deputy director, Division of Reproductive and ... Read more

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