Urinary Implant Helps Patients With Incontinence Track Bladder Fullness

It’s hard for some folks who suffer illness-related urinary incontinence to judge whether they’ll be able to hold it until they get home, or if they should rush to a bathroom now.  There might soon be a new app for that.  A newly developed soft, flexible, battery-free implant attaches to the bladder wall and senses the organ filling with urine, according to researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago.  The implant wirelessly transmits data to a smartphone app, so patients can track their bladder fullness in real time, researchers said. Read more.

Source: UPI, March 26, 2024

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How Urobiome Composition Impacts Urinary Incontinence

A urobiome community type with fewer Lactobacilli and more diverse bacteria is associated with more severe urinary incontinence (UI) episodes vs a type with high predominance of a single genus, Lactobacillus, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Bacteria has been categorized into various niches, including the bladder niche and adjacent vaginal niche in women. Sequencing methods allow for urothelial and squamous intracellular bacteria to be identified. These bacteria may serve as reservoirs for chronic conditions such as urinary tract infection (UTI). Read more.

Source: Contemporary OB/GYN, March 19, 2024

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Medical Mysteries: Dizzy and Off-balance, She Searched for the Cause

The first sign of trouble was difficulty reading. In late 2014 Cathy A. Haft, a New York real estate broker who divides her time between Brooklyn and Long Island, thought she needed new glasses. But an eye exam found that her prescription was largely unchanged.  Bladder problems came next, followed by impaired balance, intermittent dizziness and unexplained falls. By 2018 Haft, unable to show properties because she was too unsteady on her feet, was forced to retire. Read more.

Source: Washington Post, November 25, 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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My Story – Submitted by Lisa

After 12 years of dialysis I got a kidney that I call Hannah. This month [June 2023] made 7 years that I had my transplant.  I haven’t passed urine in 4 years after the operation. I went often and I started to smell urine off and on with a little of wetness. With my bottom I developed hemorrhoids because when I was on dialysis your fluids are limited.  Not until later I found them leaking after every bowel movement orContinue reading

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Megola Completes Successful Pilot Scale-Up Field Testing of its Patent-Pending Odor Control (SAPs) for Baby Diapers, Adult Incontinence and Feminine Hygiene Products

Megola, Inc. (“MGON”, “Company”) a Consortium Group of Health Technologies and Eco-Friendly Product Lines announced the successful completion of its Pilot Scale-up Field Testing with its patent-pending Odor Control (SAPs) for Baby Diapers, Adult Incontinence and Feminine Hygiene Products. The odor control personal hygiene products were provided to a group of incontinent human volunteers in the USA. Superabsorbent Polymer granules (SAP) are used annually in diapers and pads of all types, in a global industry with an annual turnover of more than $100 billion. “It’s been a long time coming but controlling embarrassing odors from incontinence garments and feminine hygiene products is about to become a reality at last….” Read more.

Source: StreetInsider.com, May 8, 2023

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Touching Film for TENA Goes Behind Closed Doors to Show the Reality of Family Carers

Around one in ten people already look after a loved one [1], yet new research conducted by Essity owned incontinence brand TENA reveals that only 50% of people who provided extended family care considered themselves a ‘carer’. This lack of perception is largely down to those doing the care not acknowledging themselves as ‘carers’ and, as a result, they feel more alone and unaware of the support available. The research, conducted with Ketchum, is part of TENA’s new global campaign #NoLoveLikeIt, which sees the brand also partnering with Carers UK. Committed to providing care for both caregiver and receiver, TENA delved deep into qualitative and quantitative research to understand the realities of caring, which will become a reality for most of us at some point, as populations age and more care is provided in home by families. Read more.

Source: lbbonline, April 12, 2023

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Incontinence Due to Pelvic Floor Issues Affects Women With DM1

Pelvic floor disorders, including urinary and anal incontinence, are common in women with myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) and a cause of significant distress, according to a recent study in Canada.  “This study highlights the importance of screening these symptoms in a clinical setting and will help develop interventions to adequately treat these symptoms, taking into account the characteristics of the disease,” its researchers wrote. Ways of addressing urinary incontinence — reported by 60% of the women in this study — “should be explored due to the high prevalence of this disorder,” the team added. The study, “Prevalence of urinary incontinence and other pelvic floor disorders in women with myotonic dystrophy type 1,” was published in the journal Neuromuscular Disorders.  Read more.

Source: Bionews, January 17, 2023

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Coloplast to Introduce SpeediCath Flex Set Catheter in US

Danish medical device company Coloplast is set to launch its new SpeediCath Flex Set catheter in the US this month. The new catheter is a gentle, all-in-one solution that has been developed for people living with bladder and urinary problems. It features a no-touch dry sleeve as well as an omnidirectional tip, which can bend to follow the curves of the urethra.  The SpeediCath Flex Set has a soft-squeeze grip that safely guides the tip into the urethra without making contact. It helps patients catheterise at home or away and also supports them in managing conditions and sustaining healthy lifestyles. Read more.

Source: Medical Device Network, November 21, 2022