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When Bathroom Runs Rule the Day (and Night)

I have only one regret about not having been born a male, and it concerns plumbing, namely how easy it is for men to eliminate liquid waste,  whether by avoiding long bathroom lines or being able to relieve themselves discreetly when no facility is available.  My male envy grew after I contracted poison ivy on unmentionable parts when nature called during a hike in the woods. Urination has long been a vexing problem for women.  Read more.

Source: New York Times, December 12, 2016

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Body Composition May Affect Older Women’s Risk of Urinary Incontinence

In a study of older women, the prevalence of stress- and urgency urinary incontinence (SUI and UUI) was at least two-fold higher among women in the highest category of body mass index (BMI) or fat mass compared with women in the lowest category.  Also, women who lost at least 5% of their BMI or fat mass were less likely to experience new or persistent SUI over 3 years than women with less weight loss.  Read more.

Source: EurekAlert, December 6, 2016

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Innovus Pharma Launches its Clinically Proven UriVarx™ Product for Bladder Health in the United States

Innovus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Innovus Pharma”) (OTCQB Venture Market: INNV), an emerging commercial-stage pharmaceutical company that delivers safe, innovative and effective over-the-counter medicine and consumer care products to improve men’s and women’s health and respiratory diseases, today announced the launch of UriVarx™ in the U.S. UriVarx™ is clinically proven to reduce urinary urgency, accidents and both day and night frequency in Overactive Bladder (“OAB”) and Urinary Incontinence (“UI”) patients.  Read more.

Source: BusinessWire, December 1, 2016

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One More Mom-To-Teenage-Daughter Talk: The School Bathroom

It’s early morning and your teenage daughter runs out the door to school. Much will happen today that you may or may not hear about when you see her again tonight. It’s unlikely that you will hear anything about the school restrooms, yet during her day at school, your daughter is developing habits that can affect her bladder for her lifetime [1]. Three hours into the school day your daughter needs to urinate but doesn’t ask to leave her class because she can’t afford to miss information that will be on this week’s exam. Also this teacher gives extra credit to students who don’t ask for bathroom breaks. A minute later her urge to urinate is gone. During her short passing period to lunch she walks by the restroom, but is too busy texting her friend and doesn’t stop. She eats her lunch and heads to her next class. Suddenly she feels her bladder again. She heads to the bathroom but turns around because the floor looks dirty. Sitting down in class she crosses her legs and does not feel her bladder so much, which is good because her teacher does not allow bathroom breaks right after lunch. Read more.

Source: Huffington Post, November 21, 2016

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Urology Community Applauds Senate For Passing Resolution Proclaiming November As “National Bladder Health Month”

The American Urological Association (AUA) and the Urology Care Foundation, together with the Bladder Health Alliance – a coalition of groups representing physicians, patients and veterans – today applauded the U.S. Senate for passing Senate Resolution 604, a measure supporting the designation of November 2016 as “National Bladder Health Month” in the United States. The resolution was introduced by Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) in September. A companion measure, House Resolution 703, was also introduced during the 114th Congress. Read more.

Source: PRNewswire, November 21, 2016

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Women Who Have Not Given Birth Also Experience Urinary Incontinence, Study Finds

Women who have not given birth often end up under the radar for research on urinary incontinence. In a study of this group, however, one in five women over 45 years say they experience this type of incontinence.  “This confirms that problems are found in all groups, and that women have a weakness of the pelvic floor even if they have not previously given birth,” says Maria Gyhagen, gynecologist at Södra Älvsborg Hospital in Borås and researcher at Sahlgrenska Academy at Gothenburg University. Read more.

Source: News-Medical.net, November 9, 2016