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Urinary Tract Infections Affect Millions. The Cures Are Faltering

For generations, urinary tract infections, one of the world’s most common ailments, have been easily and quickly cured with a simple course of antibiotics. But there is growing evidence that the infections, which afflict millions of Americans a year, mostly women, are increasingly resistant to these medicines, turning a once-routine diagnosis into one that is leading to more hospitalizations, graver illnesses and prolonged discomfort from the excruciating burning sensation that the infection brings. The New York City Department of Health has become so concerned about drug-resistant U.T.I.s, as they are widely known, that it introduced a new mobile phone app this month that gives doctors and nurses access to a list of strains of urinary tract infections and which drugs they are resistant to. Read more.

Source: New York Times, July 13, 2019

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Deep Brain Stimulation May Ease Some of Common Urinary Problems in Parkinson’s Patients, Study Reports

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) can help to alleviate some urinary symptoms — such as urinary frequency, urgency, and incontinence — in Parkinson’s patients, and is particularly helpful to women, a large study reports. The study, “Clinical study of the effects of deep brain stimulation on urinary dysfunctions in patients with Parkinson’s disease,” was published in Clinical Intervention in Aging. DBS involves a surgical procedure in which very fine wires are inserted into the brain to electrically stimulate areas responsible for movement control and, in this way, adjust neuronal activity within those brain regions. This treatment approach is indicated for Parkinson’s patients whose motor symptoms do not respond well to commonly used parkinsonian medications. Read more.

Source: Parkinson’s News Today, July 2, 2019

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Smart Diaper Detects Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are dangerous for infants and the elderly. While the onset of UTIs generally involves pain and other symptoms, young children are not able to describe how they’re feeling, while the elderly may suffer from neurodegenerative conditions that reduce sensation in the affected area. Moreover, it’s difficult to obtain a sample for testing from those that wear diapers. Now, engineers at Purdue University have developed a sensor-embedded diaper that can accurately point to the presence of a bacterial infection in the urinary tract. Read more.

Source: Medgadget, June 25, 2019

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Rinovum Women’s Health Debuts Revolutionary Reusable Over-the-Counter Product Clinically Proven To Treat Light Bladder Leaks and Boost Women’s Confidence

Rinovum Women’s Health, the makers of the successful Stork® products for at-home conception has debuted a breakthrough reusable device, clinically proven to treat light bladder leaks that does not require a prescription, impacting the more than 15 million women in the U.S. who suffer from the embarrassing issue. The revolutionary product Revive™ is an FDA-cleared urethral support device designed to empower women and help them to take charge of their health by kicking stress urinary incontinence (SUI) to the curb. After successfully growing The Stork ®OTC, the first conception aid sold over-the-counter, Rinovum Women’s Health has made Revive available in nearly 5,000 retail locations nationwide and growing. Read more.

Source: BioSpace, June 24, 2019

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1-In-3 Women In America Can Now Proudly Declare “I Just Free’d Myself With INNOVO®” Thanks To Revolutionary New Device To Treat Root Cause Of Bladder Weakness

“OMG. I just free’d myself!” Today, 20 million women in America will rewrite that whispered, uncomfortable admission of bladder weaknessinto a declarative, celebratory shout thanks to INNOVO®. As the first-in-class wearable, non-invasive solution for Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI), INNOVO has the potential to positively impact the lives of one in three women.These women will now be able to laugh louder, exercise harder and even sneeze with ease. The INNOVO thigh-length, elasticized therapeutic shorts are outfitted with eight electrodes sewn in a crisscross formation across the pelvic region. When activated via its attached hand-held controller, INNOVO delivers a series of pelvic stimulations equivalent to Kegel exercises for strengthening the pelvic floor. Read more.

Source: PRNewswire, June 5, 2019

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Why So Many Older Women Develop UTIs

Urinary tract infections are one of the indignities many women face as they age. One reason why is because their bladder walls can be invaded by several species of bacteria, a new study finds.  Urinary tract infections, or UTIs, are among the most common type of bacterial infections in women, accounting for nearly 25% of all infections. UTI recurrence rates can range from 16%-36% in younger women to 55% in postmenopausal women.  In the new study, researchers at University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) in Dallas analyzed bacteria in bladder biopsies from 14 postmenopausal women with recurrent UTI. The investigators found that, in these patients, several species of bacteria can get inside the bladder’s surface area. Read more.

Source: HealthDay News, May 20, 2019

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Domtar Personal Care Launches Attends® Premier – the Most Absorbent and Softest Products Ever Produced by Attends®

Domtar Corporation today announced that its Personal Care Division, a leading manufacturer in the disposable incontinence product category for over 35 years, launched their most absorbent and highest performing product line in the Attends® family.  The new Attends® Premier product line of briefs, underwear and a premium underpad, has launched to the North American Healthcare market both in-store and online.  Read more.

Source: Business Wire, May 20, 2019

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Focus Group Opportunity in the Chicagoland Area

If urinary incontinence is affecting your life, please help The Simon Foundation for Continence understand your challenges and give your input to help design a new program we are creating. The study focus groups are 90-minutes long and will take place in June 2019. Current locations are: Evanston, Chicago and Forest Park, Illinois.Continue reading

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AUA and SUFU Release New Clinical Guideline on Urinary Incontinence after Prostate Treatment

Today, the American Urological Association (AUA), a leading global urology association, and the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogenital Reconstruction (SUFU), released a new clinical guideline on the treatment of urinary incontinence after prostate treatment (IPT). IPT is one of the few urologic conditions that is iatrongenic, and therefore predictable, and often preventable. A condition that tends to cause a high degree of patient distress, IPT has gained visibility over the past several years due to the use of surgery to treat prostate cancer, as well as the proliferation of men’s continence products available to the lay public. Read more.

Source: PRNewswire, May 3, 2019

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Bristol-based children’s incontinence charity marks its 30th anniversary

The UK’s only charity dedicated to bowel and bladder health in children and teenagers in the UK – based in Bristol – today (May 1) marks its 30th anniversary. ERIC has been providing valuable support and advice to parents and children struggling with incontinence, a condition that continues to be heavily stigmatised, for more than three decades and has commemorated its big birthday by making the help it provides even more accessible.  In the UK an estimated 900,000, or 1 in 12, 5-19 year olds suffer from bowel and bladder conditions – including bedwetting, daytime wetting, constipation and soiling. Read more.

Source: BristolLive, May 1, 2019