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Health Tip: Concerned About Urinary Incontinence?

Posted 10 Oct 2013 by

-- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Human Cells Used to Make Replacement Anal Sphincters in Mice

Posted 10 Aug 2011 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10 – The first working, replacement anal sphincters have been built in a laboratory and tested on mice. Now scientists hope the research will benefit humans with fecal and urinary incontinence, because current methods used to repair internal anal sphincters, such as skeletal muscle grafts, silicone injections or mechanical implants, have had only limited success. "In essence, we have built a replacement sphincter that we hope can one day benefit human patients. This is the first bioengineered sphincter made with both muscle and nerve cells, making it 'pre-wired' for placement in the body," senior author Khalil N. Bitar, a professor of regenerative medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's Institute for Regenerative Medicine, said in a Wake Forest news release. Scientists were able to make the bioengineered anal sphincters in about six weeks using human muscle and ... Read more

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Pelvic Mesh for Incontinence May Carry Added Risk for Women: FDA

Posted 13 Jul 2011 by

WEDNESDAY, July 13 – A mesh device used to support the pelvic organs and help ease incontinence in women appears to carry more risks than previously thought, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday. In an "updated safety communication warning," the FDA said that surgical placement of the mesh through the vagina to fix a condition known as pelvic organ prolapse may lead to greater risks than other surgical methods, while not providing any greater clinical benefit. "There are clear risks associated with the transvaginal placement of mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse," Dr. William Maisel, deputy director and chief scientist of the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said in an agency news release. "The FDA is asking surgeons to carefully consider all other treatment options and to make sure that their patients are fully informed of potential complications ... Read more

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Weight Loss Helps Incontinence

Posted 28 Jan 2009 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28 – If you're among the millions of women who suffer from urinary incontinence, losing weight might just ease your symptoms, a new study suggests. Published in the Jan. 29 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, the study found that when women lost about 8 percent of their body weight – an average of 17 pounds for this group – the frequency of incontinence episodes dropped by almost half. "Weight is one of the biggest risk factors for developing incontinence and for worsening incontinence," said study author Dr. Leslee Subak, an associate professor in the departments of obstetrics, gynecology, reproductive sciences, urology and epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco. More than 13 million American women have urinary incontinence problems, according to background information in the study. Observational studies have found an ... Read more

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