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Florida Faces Medicaid Class Action Lawsuit

A judge has cleared the way for a class-action lawsuit alleging that Florida’s Medicaid program has violated federal laws by denying coverage for incontinence supplies for adults with disabilities.  U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard issued a 37-page decision granting a request by attorneys for two women and the organization Disability Rights Florida to handle the case as a class action. While it is not clear how many people the case could affect, the decision cited one estimate that at least 480 Medicaid beneficiaries a year turn 21 and lose coverage for incontinence supplies that they received as children. Read more.

Source: CBS Miami, April 10, 2023

Urology Fellowship Program Celebrated After 20 Years

A two-year urology fellowship training program focused on women’s urologic health and reconstruction, known as Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS), is celebrating its 20th anniversary and graduating its 20th fellow in June at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  FPMRS fellows, selected one per year after completing a urology residency, spend two years learning to manage adult patients with urinary and pelvic conditions including urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, voiding dysfunction and neurogenic lower urinary tract dysfunction. Additional aspects of pelvic and urinary reconstruction include surgical repair of urinary fistulas, diverticular disease, urinary diversion and cancer survivorship. FPMRS is a multidisciplinary subspecialty that includes both urologists and gynecologists, all of whom complete the same fellowship-level training regardless of background. Read more.

Source: VUMC Reporter, March 30, 2023

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Dementia, Incontinence and the Loss of Dignity in Acute Hospitals

Continence care for people with dementia in acute wards has been described both as a “crisis of dehumanization” and a “key moment of care” that can reveal a great deal about the wider hospital care of this highly vulnerable population (Boddington and Featherstone, 2018). “The challenge of continence care for people living with dementia can be seen as the ‘canary in the coal mine’ for the unravelling of dignity within the acute setting” (Boddington and Featherstone, 2018). Read more.

Source: Nursing Times, March 13, 2023

Hydrogel-based Sensor Improves Outlook For People With Overactive Bladder

Overactive bladder syndrome (OBS) causes a frequent, uncontrolled urge to urinate, which can interfere with a person’s daily activities and affect their mental health. A new hydrogel-based device has been developed that can continuously monitor overactive bladders and has the potential to improve the treatment of the condition. Read more.

Source: New Atlas, March 13, 2023

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Digital Therapeutic Device for Urinary Incontinence

The prescription leva Pelvic Health System (Renovia) is the first device to offer a digital therapeutic therapy for pelvic floor muscle training to improve symptoms of urinary incontinence and fecal incontinence. In study findings published in Obstetrics & Gynecology, leva achieved significantly greater urinary incontinence symptom improvement than a standard home pelvic floor muscle training program at 6 and 12 months. Read more.

Source: Contemporary OB/GYN.net, March 8, 2023

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Dignify Therapeutics Receives NIH Award for Preclinical and Clinical Development of a Novel, On-Demand, Voiding Therapy

Dignify Therapeutics LLC, a pharmaceutical and medical device development company focused on restoring bladder and bowel control for people with spinal injury, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and the elderly, was awarded the prestigious Blueprint Neurotherapeutics Network grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This 4-year award provides over $4 million in funding to support preclinical and clinical development of the Company’s lead drug candidate, DTI-117, to treat bladder and bowel dysfunction. “This new award exemplifies the foresight of, and commitment from, the NIH to develop treatments for bladder and bowel dysfunction in people suffering from these conditions” said company President and Principal Investigator, Dr. Ed Burgard. “This award will provide funds for an IND submission and a subsequent clinical trial for DTI-117”. Read more.

Source: Dignify Therapeutics website, February 27, 2023