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Multi-center Study Published in Urology Confirms Efficacy and Safety of Avation Medical’s Noninvasive Vivally® System for OAB

Avation Medical, Inc., an innovative neuromodulation and digital health company with a mission to make wearable peripheral neuromodulation accessible to patients across a variety of clinical conditions, today announced the publication of safety and efficacy results from a  multi-center study, “FREEOAB”, for its novel Vivally System in Urology, a leading, peer–reviewed journal for urologists.  “The Vivally System represents a significant advancement in bladder control therapy as a non-invasive, patient-centered therapy providing patients with effective treatment, performed in the home, without the need for surgery or drugs,” said Dr. Colin Goudelocke, Principal Investigator for the FREEOAB Study.  “In our study, significant reductions in symptom burden were observed at 12 weeks which, notably, persisted out to 12 months, even with a reduction in frequency of therapy sessions.” Read more.

Source: PRNewswire, November 15, 2023

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The Annual Economic Burden of Urinary Incontinence Could Reach €87 Billion In 2030 If No Action Is Taken

New international research on the economic burden of urinary incontinence reveals that the cost of continence care will reach an estimated €69.1 billion in 2023. These costs include the impact of incontinence on individuals’ health, the costs of medical consultations and products such as continence pads, incontinence-related absenteeism at work, nursing home admissions, and the environmental impact of incontinence care. If no action is taken to support continence health, the economic burden could rise by 25% in 2030, to €86.7 billion. This economic burden becomes considerably higher when including caregiver costs. Read more.

Source: EurekAlert!, November 7, 2023

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UROwebinar: (Data-driven) Shared Decision-Making (SDM) in the Management of Incontinence

This recorded webinar intends to clarify the value of (data-driven) Shared Decision-making (SDM) in the management of incontinence. Learning Objectives: -The benefits and value of data-driven SDM. -How can urologists facilitate (data-driven) shared decision-making with their patients? -The need for patient reported outcomes in the management of incontinence. Speakers: Dr. M.R. Van Balken (NL) Mrs. M.L. Van Poelgeest-Pomfret (NL) Mr. J. Phillips (GB) Mrs. J. Ghith (US) This recorded webinar is brought to you in collaboration with WFIPP. Link to the recorded webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7bhMjVsPUY

Source: November 2, 2023

Higher Rate of Bladder Neck Incompetence in Mixed Urinary Incontinence

Patients with mixed urinary incontinence (MUI) have a higher rate of bladder neck incompetence (BNI), according to a study published online Sept. 29 in the World Journal of Urology.  Yu-Chen Chen, from the Kaohsiung Medical University in Taiwan, and colleagues conducted a retrospective analysis involving 184 patients with stress UI (SUI), MUI, urge UI (UUI), or dry overactive bladder (OAB) who underwent transrectal ultrasound between 2017 and 2022. In all included patients, the presence of BNI and urethral incompetence was recorded. Read more.

Source: Medical Xpress, November 1, 2023

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Addressing the Psychological Side Effects of Incontinence

Incontinence and diapers are often associated with babies and young children. They are considered parts of a natural learning curve and growing up. However, incontinence does not discriminate—it impacts people of all ages and walks of life and, for some, continues or returns in adulthood. In fact, 50% to 84% of older people in long-term care facilities struggle with incontinence and more than 25 million adult Americans experience temporary or chronic urinary incontinence. Read more.

Source: Homecare, October 31, 2023

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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