Clinical Update: Advice on keeping healthy bladder

July 4, 2016

A new booklet promoting a healthy bladder has been launched designed to give residents information on preventing incontinence and what steps they can use to improve bladder control.

The ‘Promoting Healthy Bladders’ booklet, which is available in GP surgeries or on request from the Continence Advisory Service, features exercises and tips to maintain bladder health, and also the different types of incontinence, the causes, and how to address them.

To read more, click here.

Clinical Update: Biofeedback Can Help Treat Incontinence and Pelvic Pain

July 4, 2016

A recent article in the journal Biofeedback addresses how pelvic muscle weakness and dysfunction can affect the body's ability to maintain urinary and bowel control. This problem faced by millions is frequently related to trauma, child birth, injury, overall lifestyle, age, as well as other medical conditions.

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Clinical Update: Goodbye, granny pants! Carol Smillie has just given incontinence knickers a seriously pretty makeover

July 4, 2016

It affects up to six million people in the UK, mostly women, but incontinence is still considered embarrassing and safer off the table, as it were.

Now TV presenter Carol Smillie and tennis player Annabel Croft are hoping to bring an end to the stigma with a range of pretty knickers designed to protect against ‘life’s little leaks’.

DiaryDoll underpants are underpants fitted with three-panel waterproof system which, when worn with your usual protection, can provide extra reassurance against incontinence – such as stress incontinence and post-pregnancy – as well as heavy periods.

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Clinical Update: Smokers Face Delayed Continence Recovery After Prostate Surgery

July 4, 2016

Men who are smokers at the time of robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) for prostate cancer are more likely to experience delayed recovery of urinary continence after surgery, new data presented at the Canadian Urological Association 2016 annual meeting suggest.

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Clinical Update: Evidence base for managing neurogenic bowel dysfunction

June 21, 2016

A Cochrane review has concluded that, while bowel management is a significant issue for patients with neurogenic bowel disorders, the evidence base for effective interventions is poor

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Clinical Update: New Immune Therapy Drug Gives Bladder Cancer Patients Fresh Hope

June 21, 2016

A newly approved drug that gives the immune system a boost helped stall the spread of tumors in patients with advanced bladder cancer, researchers reported Sunday.

It's not a slam-dunk, but it's another piece of good news for the latest approach to treating cancer by harnessing the body's immune system.

The drug, called atezolizumab and sold under the brand name Tecentriq, works in a similar way to Keytruda — the drug credited with stopping former president Jimmy Carter's advanced melanoma. 

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Survey Exploring Women's Sources of Information, Knowledge and Use of Continence Pads

June 17, 2016

Dr. Adrian Wagg has asked the ACA Executive Committee if their members could help with a survey he is condusting.

The survey explores women's sources of information, knowledge and use of continence pads.  If you are a woman over the age of 30 who uses some sort of containment products for bladder problems/weakness, please consider taking the survey. 

It should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete, it closes 15th on August 2016

To take the survey, please click here.


Invitation to submit research abstracts for inclusion at the annual conference of Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecology Physiotherapists (POGP: Professional Network of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy)

June 14, 2016

POGP would like to invite ACA members to submit an abstract of original work to be scored for inclusion at POGP Annual Conference in Liverpool on 10th November 2016

The four highest scoring abstracts will be given the opportunity of a platform presentation of 7 minutes (to include 2 minutes for questions). All researchers are required to present their work as a Poster for display (including those who are offered platform presentation).

Your work may fall into one of the following categories:

  1. Original research (qualitative or quantitative)
  2. Service development/innovation
  3. Product development/ innovation
  4.  A case study 

Time frame: 

Open for abstracts from:        June 1st 2016 

Closing date for Abstracts:     Midnight 12th September 2016

Decisions notification:            By  Monday 3rd October 2016

Please note:  All posters require the researcher or member of the research team to stand and present the poster to delegates at designated times during the day.

All researchers must pay the full conference fee (£120).

Submission by non POGP members is welcomed

For details of the conference programme and how to submit please click here


Melanie Reid - Times Article

June 8, 2016

The ACA Executive Committee members were excited to read our Patron Melanie Reid's article in Saturday 4th June 2016 Times newspaper.  

To read the article please click here.

Clinical Update: Factors Affecting Post-Brachytherapy Urinary Incontinence Type ID'd

June 8, 2016

Urinary incontinence (UI) develops in a small percentage of patients with localized prostate cancer (PCa) treated with brachytherapy, a new study confirms. Both pre-treatment and treatment-related factors appear to influence who will experience urge urinary incontinence (UUI) versus stress urinary incontinence (SUI).

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