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Weight-Loss Surgery May Help Ease Incontinence: Study

Posted 26 Jun 2015 by

FRIDAY, June 26, 2015 – Weight-loss surgery may also help ease urinary incontinence in the long term, a new study suggests. Obesity is a key risk factor for urinary incontinence, a distressing condition that causes people to accidentally leak urine. Weight-loss surgery helps obese people shed unwanted pounds. In turn, that weight loss seems to help prevent a loss of bladder control, the study from the University of California, San Francisco, found. This research looked at benefits three years after weight-loss surgery. "Our findings showing another important long-term benefit to bariatric surgery might help to motivate people who are severely overweight," study first author Dr. Leslee Subak said in a university news release. She is a professor in obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences, as well as urology and epidemiology. An estimated 30 million adults in the United States ... Read more

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Many More Women Than Men Living to 100

Posted 25 Jun 2015 by

THURSDAY, June 25, 2015 – Men are less likely than women to reach 100, but those who do tend to be healthier than their female peers, a new study finds. Although women are four times more likely than men to hit 100, they are more likely to suffer broken bones or develop more than one chronic health problem, such as incontinence or loss of vision or hearing, the British researchers said. Men had fewer chronic ailments. "We found a surprising number of 100-year-olds who had no major illnesses," study author Nisha Hazra, of King's College London, said in a university news release. "However, as the number of people living to 100 continues to increase, it's very important to understand the evolving health care needs of the oldest old. This will help to accurately project health care cost associated with the aging population." The researchers analyzed public health records of more than ... Read more

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Overactive Bladder a Common Problem, FDA Says

Posted 19 Jan 2015 by

MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 – More than 33 million Americans suffer from overactive bladder, including 40 percent of women and 30 percent of men, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. There are numerous approved treatments for the condition, but many people don't seek help because they're embarrassed or don't know about therapy options, according to an agency news release. In people with overactive bladder, the bladder muscle squeezes too often or squeezes without warning. This can cause symptoms such as: the need to urinate too often (eight or more times a day, or two or more times a night); the need to urinate immediately; or accidental leakage of urine. Treatments for overactive bladder include oral medications, skin patches or gel, and bladder injections. "There are many treatment options for patients with overactive bladder. Not every drug is right for every patient," Dr. Olivia ... Read more

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Nonsurgical Treatments Suggested for Women's Urinary Incontinence

Posted 16 Sep 2014 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 – Effective treatment options exist for women with urinary incontinence that don't involve medication or surgery, according to new guidelines from the American College of Physicians. Exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, bladder training and weight loss could help, the group advised. Women with stress urinary incontinence have problems holding in urine when they laugh, cough or sneeze. The college recommends that these women perform Kegel exercises to strengthen the muscles that control urine flow. Urgency urinary incontinence causes women to suddenly feel the need to urinate and leak urine for no apparent reason. The physicians said bladder training can help women with this form of the condition. This behavioral therapy involves going to the bathroom on a set schedule and slowly increasing the intervals between urination over time. Women with more ... Read more

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Female Triathletes May Face Health Problems Such as Incontinence

Posted 25 Jul 2014 by

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 23 Jul 2014 by

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

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

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

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

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

-- 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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