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Study Shows Advantages for Stress Urinary Incontinence Surgery

One of the most commonly performed surgeries to treat stress urinary incontinence in women may have better long-term results than another common surgical technique, according to a study led by Mayo Clinic researchers.  The retrospective study of more than 1,800 cases at Mayo Clinic from 2002 to 2012 found that the need for additional surgery was twice as high after a transobturator sling surgery compared with a retropubic sling procedure. Reoperation rates within eight years after surgery were 11.2 percent for patients in the transobturator group compared with 5.2 percent in the retropubic group, according to the study, which will be published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology in August. Read more.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, July 16, 2019

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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