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A Muscle-Regenerating Gel Aims to Treat Pelvic Floor Dysfunctions

In vaginal childbirth, the pelvic muscles are subjected to tremendous stretching and can suffer damage, e.g., tears. These injuries can lead to pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse and urinary and fecal incontinence. The most common treatment option is rehabilitation, although in acute cases surgery may be necessary. However, the damaged fibers do not recover, says Pamela Duran, a bioengineer at the University of California. She and her team have created a hydrogel based on an extracellular matrix extracted from pigs, which has succeeded in regenerating the affected tissue. The results of the research, which was conducted in rats, were recently published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. Read more.

Source: El Pais, October 30, 2023

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NHS Waste Half a BILLION Pounds a Year Due to Substandard Incontinence Care

The NHS is ‘leaking’ more than half a BILLION pounds a year – through substandard incontinence care, according to a report. There are currently 164,833 people in residential care and nursing homes who experience difficulty with bladder or bowel control. But an eight-week value-based procurement pilot carried out at two care homes in Lincolnshire has exposed both the cost, and indignity, of cheap, ill-fitting pads and protection. The study, carried out by hygiene and health company Essity in partnership with the NHS, investigated the impact of providing more clinically appropriate products in lieu of those chosen on unit cost alone. Read more.

Source: Yahoo! News UK, October 11, 2023

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NIH Designates People With Disabilities As a Population With Health Disparities

Today, Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, M.D., director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), designated people with disabilities as a population with health disparities for research supported by the National Institutes of Health. The decision was made in consultation with Robert Otto Valdez, Ph.D., the director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, after careful consideration of a report delivered by an NIMHD advisory council, input from the disability community and a review of the science and evidence. A report issued in December 2022 by the Advisory Committee to the (NIH) Director (ACD), informed by the work of the Subgroup on Individuals with Disabilities, explored similar issues faced by people with disabilities. The designation is one of several steps NIH is taking to address health disparities faced by people with disabilities and ensure their representation in NIH research. Read more.

Source: National Institutes of Health, September 26, 2023

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Pennsylvania House Lawmakers Raise Awareness About Diaper Needs

Pennsylvania House lawmakers are calling attention to diaper and incontinence product needs in the state. Sept. 25-29 is Diaper Need Awareness Week in Pennsylvania.  According to the House Democratic Caucus:

  • Half of American families struggle to provide diapers for their children, impacting more than 15 million children younger than 3.
  • Incontinence products can cost as much as $1,000 a year, which is unaffordable to many seniors on fixed incomes.
  • A lack of clean, disposable undergarments poses a serious health risk, potentially leading to infection and even death.

House Bill 229 – proposed by Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York County – would establish a grant program to improve and expand access to clean diapers for infants, children and incontinent adults. Read more.

Source: WGAL.com, September 26, 2023

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Recurring UTIs: The Infection We Keep Secretly Getting

Want to pee all the time, or been told to drink cranberry juice because it burns when you pee? If so, you might have experience with urinary tract infections or UTIs. UTIs happen when certain types of bacteria get into part of your urinary tract, like your bladder, and create an infection. Researchers estimate that 60% of women and 10% of men will get a UTI in their lifetime.  Typically, people are told to avoid UTIs by bettering their personal hygiene—peeing before and after sex, wiping properly, ceasing douching—and drinking more water. Because of this, many people may feel ashamed or embarrassed when they get a UTI, thinking it was their fault. But about one in four women experience recurring UTIs, which is defined as having at least two infections in six months or three in a year. Even when these patients do everything right, they still get infections. Read more.

Source: NPR, September 6, 2023

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Caldera Medical Acquires Atlantic Therapeutics to Expand Portfolio in Women’s Health

Caldera Medical, a women’s health medical device company that develops and markets best-in-class products for the treatment of Stress Urinary Incontinence, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Polyps and Fibroids, announced today that it has completed its acquisition of Atlantic Therapeutics, an Ireland based provider of non-invasive pelvic floor strengthening and nerve stimulating solutions for women. The acquisition bolsters Caldera Medical’s expanding portfolio, furthering its mission to improve the quality of life for women! Read more.

Source: Business Wire, September 6, 2023

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BlueWind Medical’s Revi™ System Secures U.S. FDA De Novo Classification Grant for the Treatment of Urgency Incontinence

BlueWind Medical, Ltd. today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted a De Novo marketing request for the Revi System, a transformative tibial neuromodulation therapy for the treatment of the symptoms of urgency incontinence alone or in combination with urinary urgency. Physicians should follow clinical guidelines as applicable and should use their discretion to determine if Revi can be used before patients fail or not tolerate more conservative therapy. The De Novo grant is for men and women with urge urinary incontinence (UUI) and was based on results from the OASIS pivotal trial, in which Revi demonstrated statistically significant improvement in the reduction of symptoms of UUI compared to baseline and a favorable safety profile. Read more.

Source: PRNewswire, August 17, 2023

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Incontinence Management: A Crisis In Plain Sight

I find often when trying to help providers improve their quality and operational performance metrics, most of the time they are overlooking or ignoring a major foundational concept. Two-thirds of the clinical pathways or critical elements that CMS has sent forth often involve the incontinence ecosystem (See Figure 1). Incontinence, as stated in some of my previous articles, needs to be taken seriously when trying to improve overall quality. Read more.

Source: McKnight’s Long Term Care News, August 9, 2023

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Vaginal Estrogen Effective Against Recurrent UTIs

According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, vaginal estrogen is effective in preventing recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs) in women with hypoestrogenism. Over 60% of women are impacted by UTIs in their lives, costing over $2 billion per year in the United States. Breakthrough infections even while on active antibiotic suppression are reported in 70% to 80% of recurrent UTI cases. Read more.

Source: Contemporary OB/GYN, August 10, 2023

Drug-coated Balloon Gets FDA Clearance for Treating Enlarged Prostate

Benign prostatic hyperplasia — or BPH, more commonly known as an enlarged prostate — is common among older men. As many as 30% of those aged 80 or more years have severe enough symptoms — including urinary incontinence — to require treatment.  One nonsurgical solution, balloon dilation, can be used to widen the urinary tract and has been around for several decades, but an innovative version of this tool recently received federal clearance and now is being used commercially. Read more.

Source: McKnight’s Senior Living, August 7, 2023