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Overactive bladder (OAB) is a urological condition defined by a set of symptoms: "urgency, with or without urge incontinence, usually with frequency and nocturia."
Sleep-wake cycles are genetically connected to the bladder

Sleep-wake cycles are genetically connected to the bladder

If you think sleep problems and bladder problems are a fact of life in old age, you may be right. A new report appearing in the November 2014 issue of The FASEB Journal, shows that our sleep-wake cycles are genetically connected to our bladder, and disruptions to one may cause problems with the other. [More]
Storage symptoms more severe in men with comorbid diabetes

Storage symptoms more severe in men with comorbid diabetes

A study of men with lower urinary tract symptoms and benign prostatic hyperplasia suggests that the presence of comorbid diabetes is associated with more severe urological symptoms. [More]
OABSS reveals impact of symptoms on women’s quality of life

OABSS reveals impact of symptoms on women’s quality of life

The Overactive Bladder Symptom Score questionnaire is valuable for assessing the impact of OAB symptoms on women’s health-related quality of life, shows a large survey of Japanese women. [More]
Urinary nerve growth factor shows diagnostic value

Urinary nerve growth factor shows diagnostic value

Urinary nerve growth factor could be a useful biomarker for the diagnosis of overactive bladder and a predictive biomarker to help guide treatment, Chinese researchers believe. [More]
Sacral neuromodulation augments efficacy of antimuscarinics in OAB

Sacral neuromodulation augments efficacy of antimuscarinics in OAB

The addition of sacral neuromodulation to antimuscarinic pharmacotherapy offers significant benefits over antimuscarinics alone in the treatment of women with idiopathic overactive bladder, study findings show. [More]
Loyola announces opening of new acupuncture clinic for patients with pelvic health disorders

Loyola announces opening of new acupuncture clinic for patients with pelvic health disorders

Loyola University Health System will open an acupuncture clinic for men and women with pelvic health disorders this fall. The clinic will use acupuncture to treat patients with common conditions such as pelvic pain, nausea from pelvic surgery, interstitial cystitis, painful bladder syndrome, postoperative pain, prostatitis and overactive bladder. [More]
Transplantation of B10 cells helps inhibit development of bladder fibrosis post SCI

Transplantation of B10 cells helps inhibit development of bladder fibrosis post SCI

A team of researchers from Korea and Canada have found that transplantation of B10 cells (a stable immortalized human bone marrow derived -mesenchymal stem cell line; B10 hMSC) directly into the bladder wall of mice modeled with spinal cord injury (SCI) helped inhibit the development of bladder fibrosis and improved bladder function by promoting the growth of smooth muscle cells in the bladder. [More]

No added benefit determined from Mirabegron for mortality, morbidity and quality of life

Mirabegron (trade name: Betmiga) has been approved since December 2012 for the treatment of adults with overactive bladder. [More]
Transobturator tape improves OAB symptoms including nocturia

Transobturator tape improves OAB symptoms including nocturia

The use of transobturator tape offers significant relief from symptoms of overactive bladder in patients with mixed urinary incontinence, study findings indicate. [More]
Gene variants linked to overactive bladder and prolapse in women

Gene variants linked to overactive bladder and prolapse in women

A systematic review and meta-analysis of genetic association studies reveals a number of genetic variations associated with overactive bladder and pelvic organ prolapse in women. [More]
NGS issues positive coverage decision for PTNS to manage symptoms of OAB

NGS issues positive coverage decision for PTNS to manage symptoms of OAB

Uroplasty, Inc., a medical device company that develops, manufactures and markets innovative proprietary products for the treatment of voiding dysfunctions, today announced that National Government Services has issued a positive coverage decision for Posterior Tibial Nerve Stimulation (PTNS) for the treatment of urinary urgency, urinary frequency and urge incontinence associated with overactive bladder (OAB). Coverage for the proprietary Urgent PC device was effective August 10, 2014. [More]
Sacral magnetic stimulation effective in refractory stress incontinence

Sacral magnetic stimulation effective in refractory stress incontinence

Sacral magnetic stimulation may be an effective treatment for stress urinary incontinence in women whose symptoms are refractory to standard therapies, a clinical trial suggests. [More]

Urgency Questionnaire validated for use in overactive bladder

The symptom of urinary urgency experienced by people with overactive bladder is a pathological sensation distinctive from the normal urge to void, US researchers believe. [More]
Nocturia affects one in three premenopausal women

Nocturia affects one in three premenopausal women

Nocturia affects around one-third of women of reproductive age, a survey has found, highlighting that the condition is not confined to elderly individuals. [More]

LUTS highly prevalent in western Turkish population

Researchers have published the first-ever estimate of the prevalence of lower urinary tract symptoms, overactive bladder and urinary incontinence in the population of western Turkey. [More]
Metabolic syndrome components may influence LUTS/BPH

Metabolic syndrome components may influence LUTS/BPH

Abdominal aortic calcification and visceral fat obesity each seem to influence lower urinary tract symptoms in men with benign prostatic hyperplasia, study findings suggest. [More]

OAB and interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome show considerable overlap

There is considerable overlap between symptoms in patients with interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome and those with overactive bladder, US researchers have shown. [More]
TENS effective for poststroke urinary incontinence

TENS effective for poststroke urinary incontinence

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation is effective for improving symptoms and enhancing quality of life in people who develop incontinence following a stroke, research suggests. [More]
First morning voided volume useful for OAB evaluation

First morning voided volume useful for OAB evaluation

Measuring the first morning voided volume may be helpful for evaluating symptom severity in patients with overactive bladder, researchers believe. [More]

Prolapse repair fails to improve sling outcomes in OAB patients

Performing concomitant anterior compartment repair in women receiving a midurethral sling for overactive bladder does not seem to offer any additional benefit, results of a cohort study indicate. [More]