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Yoga May Boost Quality of Life for Prostate Cancer Patients

Posted 8 days ago by

FRIDAY, Nov. 20, 2015 – Yoga may benefit men who are undergoing radiation therapy for prostate cancer, according to a small study. Many such patients experience side effects, including fatigue, erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence and a decline in their quality of life, the researchers said. The new study included 27 men who attended 75-minute yoga classes twice a week. These patients saw their quality of life and side effects remain stable throughout their radiation treatment. "Data have consistently shown declines in these important measures among prostate cancer patients undergoing cancer therapy without any structured fitness interventions, so the stable scores seen with our yoga program are really good news," Dr. Neha Vapiwala, an associate professor in the radiation oncology department of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, said in a ... Read more

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Health Tip: What May Cause Urinary Incontinence

Posted 17 Sep 2015 by

-- The inability to fully control the bladder, a condition known as urinary incontinence, has many potential causes and treatments. The website says possible causes include: Weakening of the pelvic muscles due to pregnancy or childbirth. Lower levels of estrogen during menopause. Chronic constipation. Side effects from medication, such as diuretics or hormone replacement therapy. Alcohol or caffeine. Being overweight. Nerve damage. Read more

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Dangers of Vaginal Mesh Surgery for Incontinence May Be Overstated: Study

Posted 9 Sep 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, 2015 – Surgical mesh appears to be relatively safe for treating urinary incontinence in women, despite concerns raised by U.S. regulators, a new report contends. Only one out of every 30 women who receive a synthetic vaginal mesh sling to treat stress incontinence will suffer a complication that requires a second surgery, according to a decade-long follow-up study of nearly 60,000 Canadian women. "If a person has a sling in, 97 percent of them will do just fine and will have a good outcome potentially up to 10 years, in terms of their risk for future surgery," said study author Dr. Blayne Welk, an assistant professor of urology at Western University's Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry in Ontario. The researchers also found that women can greatly reduce their risk of complications by choosing a surgeon who performs these mesh implants on a regular basis. "You ... Read more

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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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