Understanding the Link Between Urinary Incontinence in Women and Disability Risk: Insights from Recent Medical Research

Urinary incontinence, a condition that affects millions of women worldwide, may have more severe implications than previously thought. A recent study from the Rush University Medical Center has added a new dimension to our understanding of this common health issue. According to the study, urinary incontinence in women is linked with a higher risk of disability. This finding is significant and has implications for both the management and treatment of urinary incontinence in women. Read more.

Source: Medriva, January 12, 2024

Female Incontinence: A Public Health Crisis?

Women’s health has a long history of being sidelined—that’s no great secret. Women’s health issues cloaked in embarrassment are uniquely at risk of being overlooked or ignored. Urinary (UI) and fecal incontinence (FI) are among them. Shame often keeps women from speaking about bothersome symptoms, which contributes to today’s grim reality: the adult diaper market now exceeds the market for baby diapers. With 62% of adult women living with bladder leaks, I feel female incontinence has reached the level of a public health crisis. Read more.

Source: MedCity News, December 6, 2023

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Axena Health Begins First-of-Its-Kind Global Study of Female Incontinence

Axena Health, Inc. (Axena Health), a women’s health medical device company focused on scalable treatments for female pelvic health, announced today a large-scale study that will investigate the burdens of incontinence on women in low- and middle-income countries to support equitable access to treatment. The first-of-its-kind study will examine how women could access treatment within local healthcare delivery systems and in a manner that accommodates cultural norms. Study results will be available in late 2023 and will inform the development of new treatment options based on the Leva® Pelvic Health System, a digital health treatment for urinary incontinence (UI) with published studies supporting its effectiveness, including durable, long-term symptom relief. Read more.

Source: Yahoo! Finance, May 19, 2023

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Decades-Long Suffering From Obstetric Injuries

Bowel leakage, the need for anal incontinence protection and a restricted social life may cause severe, decades-long suffering among women with obstetric injuries to the anal opening, according to a study from the University of Gothenburg.  The study, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, comprises a total of more than 11,000 women who had given birth vaginally in Sweden, twice, in the years 1987-2000. Read more.

Source: Science Daily, February 23, 2023

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Viveve Announces Topline Results from Pivotal U.S. PURSUIT Trial for Treating Female Stress Urinary Incontinence

Viveve Medical, Inc. , a medical technology company focused on women’s health and the treatment of female stress urinary incontinence (SUI), today announced topline result from the U.S. Pivotal PURSUIT clinical trial. PURSUIT was a multicenter, randomized, double-blinded, sham-controlled U.S. study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the Viveve treatment for SUI in women. The results were obtained by the company on Friday evening, January 13, 2023.  The PURSUIT study did not meet its primary endpoint of achieving a statistically significant higher proportion of patients who experienced greater than a 50% reduction in urine leakage compared to baseline on the standardized 1-hour Pad Weight Test at 12 months post-treatment in the active treatment group versus the sham control group. Read more.

Source: Accesswire, January 17, 2023

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Does What You Drink Affect Your Risk of Urinary Incontinence?

Urinary incontinence affects nearly 20% of women aged older than 50 years. Many factors can influence a woman’s risk of urinary incontinence. A new study suggests that despite some commonly held misconceptions, the consumption of artificially sweetened beverages does not have a significant effect on a woman’s likelihood of developing the condition. Study results are published online today in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS). Read more.

Source: Newswise, December 14, 2022

Viveca Biomed Launches Contrelle To Create ‘Revolution’ In Tackling Stress Urinary Incontinence

Viveca Biomed has launched an innovative and clinically-proven bladder support device, Contrelle that offers women immediate relief from stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and provides community pharmacy contractors with a way to build a new consumer base, customer loyalty and sales margins. The product, named ‘Contrelle Activgard’, has already recorded millions of sales in Scandinavia over a decade. Read more.

Source: Pharmacy Business, August 24, 2022

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Prasterone Shows Promise In Reducing Severity of Urinary Urge Incontinence

Because of a decrease in estrogen, menopause is often accompanied by multiple vaginal and urinary issues. To date, most treatment options focus on vulvar and vaginal atrophy, with fewer options available to treat urinary incontinence. A new study, however, suggests prasterone is effective in improving the severity of urinary urge incontinence. Study results are published online today in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS). Read more.

Source: Newswise, July 27, 2022

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First Quality Introduces MaxSorb+ Zone For Bladder Control Pads

First Quality Products, Inc. is launching a new technology for bladder control pads called MaxSorb+ Zone, providing enhanced rapid absorption to help keep skin dry all day and support skin health. Pads that use First Quality’s MaxSorb+ Zone absorb up to 50% faster compared to previous Prevail bladder control pads. Read more.

Source: Nonwovens Industry, April 28, 2022

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EvidenceNOW: Managing Urinary Incontinence

In February 2022, AHRQ launched the Improving Nonsurgical Treatment of Urinary Incontinence among Women in Primary Care (INTUIT-PC). The initiative builds on AHRQ’s EvidenceNOW Model of external support to help primary care practices implement patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) on effective nonsurgical interventions for UI such as behavioral approaches, medications, and neuromodulation. The initiative will help close the gap between evidence and primary care practice in care for UI in women. Read more.

Source: U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, February 2022