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Clinical Update: Apollo sets up clinics to treat incontinence

August 24, 2016

Many women who have incontinence keep silent about it and restrict themselves from leading a normal lifestyle. In an attempt to devise planned intervention or a clinical pathway to help such women who suffer in silence, Apollo Hospitals has launched continence clinics in a couple of places in the city.

The clinics, which were launched by the Apollo Hospitals on Tuesday, will be opened at the OMR and Karapakkam branches of the hospital, said Preetha Reddy, executive vice-chairperson, Apollo Hospitals.

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Clinical Update: Urinary incontinence in men: Causes, symptoms, and treatment

August 24, 2016

Urinary incontinence (UI) or loss of bladder control in men is not uncommon, but it can be treated once the cause is determined.

Uncontrollable urine in men or urinary incontinence occurs in eleven to 34 percent of older men, but it is not just an issue that impacts the aging. Younger men can also experience UI due to health problems. Urinary incontinence also happens to women, but the biggest issue with UI in men is that they are less likely to speak with their doctors about it. This means that the statistics could actually be much higher in men that the current numbers indicate. Discussing the problem is the first step to addressing the symptoms and finding a treatment.

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Clinical Update: Is urinary incontinence a predictor of death?

August 24, 2016

Urinary incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine and whilst it’s an embarrassing problem, most people don’t think of it as deadly.  

But a recent and comprehensive study found urinary incontinence is “a predictor of higher mortality in the general and particularly in the geriatric population”. 

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Clinical Update: Let’s talk about it: Stress incontinence

August 24, 2016

The occasional dribble. Some bothersome tinkle. And the downright pee-pee or piddle.

Whatever hush-hush code words they use to describe it, more than half of U.S. women over the age of 50 suffer at some point in their life from unintentional, unexpected and often embarrassing urine leakage – known medically as stress incontinence, according to Seattle specialists with Swedish Medical Center.

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Clinical Update: Botox injections treat overactive bladder almost as effectively as oral medications for incontinence

August 24, 2016

Botox injections treat overactive bladder almost as effectively as oral medications for incontinence. Urinary incontinence is a common problem that is characterized by the loss of bladder control, when the bladder muscles become either too weak (stress incontinence) or too active (overactive bladder). Prostate problems and nerve damage can both increase the risk of urinary incontinence.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Botox to treat the overactive bladder condition in adults. The treatment involves injecting small doses of Botox into the bladder muscles using a small instrument inserted through the urethra. Once Botox is injected, it blocks the release of the chemicals that cause muscle spasms, thus bringing on temporary muscle paralysis.

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Clinical Update: The pelvic floor, peeing yourself and incontinence: What no one tells you about having a baby

August 24, 2016

When Laura Foster, 27, gave birth to her daughter Kinsley last September, no one warned her about the less dignified aspects of becoming a mother.

“A couple weeks after I had her, I sneezed when I was sitting on the couch feeding her and I peed myself. I was like, ‘Oh my goodness.’ Of course my husband starts laughing. I’m stuck in this position,” Foster said.

Giving birth can do serious damage to the pelvic floor — the supportive muscles and connective tissue surrounding the bladder, lower intestines, and in women, the uterus.

This can result in all sorts of issues, from back pain to organ prolapse to painful sex, but one of the most common and debilitating is urinary incontinence, which affects about a third of new mothers.

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Clinical Update: Carol Smillie And Annabel Croft talk About Adult Incontinence; "We Should Be Helping Women, Not Ridiculing Them"

August 24, 2016

Urinary incontinence is a big problem which is kept well hidden. Even though millions of women, regardless of age struggle with it, the condition remains a taboo subject.

Here, TV presenter Carol Smillie and former British Number One tennis player Annabel Croft, talk about how their teenage girls' monthly periods inspired the development of the DiaryDoll pants.
Originally made for young women worried about heavy periods whilst at school, playing sport or at a sleepover, the product soon proved popular with the many sufferers of stress incontinence (estimated to affect 1 in 3 women in the UK) and women with sensitive bladder, also known as pelvic floor weakness which is experienced during and after maternity (believed to affect around 9 million women in the UK).
 
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Clinical Update: What are the probable predictors of urinary incontinence during pregnancy?

August 3, 2016

Objectives. The frequency, predisposing factors and impact of urinary incontinence (UI) on quality of life (QoL) during pregnancy were investigated.

Materials and Method. A preliminary cross-sectional survey was studied among pregnant women between January and July of 2014. A total of 132 pregnant women were recruited using a questionnaire form for sociodemographic features, the Turkish version of the International Consultation on Incontinence-Short Form (ICIQ-SF), for the characteristics of UI and Wagner’s Quality of Life scale to assess impact on QoL. p < 0.05 was set significant.

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Clinical Update: MP issues call for action

August 3, 2016

Local MP David Simpson has called for improvements in paediatric continence services to help ensure that the one in 10 children who experience problems with their bladder or bowel have access to effective services. Mr. Simpson recently attended a parliamentary event hosted by the Paediatric Continence Forum (PCF), where the poor state of continence services nationwide was discussed.

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Clinical Update: Tumor Site in Bladder Adenocarcinoma Predicts Survival Outcomes

August 3, 2016

Tumor location in patients with bladder adenocarcinoma (BAC) independently predicts survival outcomes, with tumors in the dome and urachus associated with better overall and disease-specific survival than those in the lateral wall and base, according to a new study.

A team led by Ramy F. Youssef, MD, of the University of California Irvine, retrospectively studied 1,361 BAC cases in which the tumor locations were known. They placed patients into 3 groups according to tumor location: dome and urachus (UD), lateral wall (LW), and base (trigone, ureteric orifices, and bladder neck [BL]).

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