Urinary Incontinence News and Research

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Urinary incontinence (UI), or the unintentional loss of urine, is a problem for more than 13 million Americans—85 percent of them women. Although about half of the elderly have episodes of incontinence, bladder problems are not a natural consequence of aging, and they are not exclusively a problem of the elderly.

Incontinence has several causes. Women are most likely to develop incontinence either during pregnancy and childbirth, or after the hormonal changes of menopause, because of weakened pelvic muscles. Older men can become incontinent as the result of prostate surgery. Pelvic trauma, spinal cord damage, caffeine, or medications including cold or over-the-counter diet tablets also can cause episodes of incontinence.

But even though urinary incontinence can be improved in 8 out of 10 cases, fewer than half of those with bladder problems ever discuss the condition with their health care professional. The condition often goes untreated.
Urinary incontinence may affect learning and academic performance of teenagers

Urinary incontinence may affect learning and academic performance of teenagers

Prescribed medications linked to dry mouth symptoms in older adults

Prescribed medications linked to dry mouth symptoms in older adults

Study highlights association of obesity with fecal incontinence in spina bifida patients

Study highlights association of obesity with fecal incontinence in spina bifida patients

Vaginal mesh problems in UK and USA for J&J

Vaginal mesh problems in UK and USA for J&J

Physical exercise during pregnancy provides benefits for both mother and baby

Physical exercise during pregnancy provides benefits for both mother and baby

Surgery may not prolong life in men with early-stage prostate cancer

Surgery may not prolong life in men with early-stage prostate cancer

Identifying overactive bladder syndrome

Identifying overactive bladder syndrome

New study finds lower levels of estrogen in women with stress urinary incontinence

New study finds lower levels of estrogen in women with stress urinary incontinence

Drug treatment used for other conditions can help women combat urinary incontinence

Drug treatment used for other conditions can help women combat urinary incontinence

Quality of life for prostate cancer patients varies by type of treatment, study reveals

Quality of life for prostate cancer patients varies by type of treatment, study reveals

Vanderbilt study compares side effects, outcomes of prostate cancer treatments with active surveillance

Vanderbilt study compares side effects, outcomes of prostate cancer treatments with active surveillance

New system uses remote medical monitoring, mobile games to improve at-home pelvic floor muscle training

New system uses remote medical monitoring, mobile games to improve at-home pelvic floor muscle training

Urinary incontinence symptoms in middle-aged woman linked to lower levels of exercise

Urinary incontinence symptoms in middle-aged woman linked to lower levels of exercise

More than 1,000 patients at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals benefit from high-tech robot

More than 1,000 patients at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals benefit from high-tech robot

Important vaccines that should not be missed by adults, elders and pregnant women

Important vaccines that should not be missed by adults, elders and pregnant women

Mediplus develops new silicone pessaries that eliminate clinical risks associated with surgical mesh

Mediplus develops new silicone pessaries that eliminate clinical risks associated with surgical mesh

Study shows effectiveness of pelvic floor muscle training for prevention of prolapse symptoms

Study shows effectiveness of pelvic floor muscle training for prevention of prolapse symptoms

High BMI or fat mass linked to increased risk for SUI and UUI in older women

High BMI or fat mass linked to increased risk for SUI and UUI in older women

ATOMS device shows efficacy in treating male stress urinary incontinence

ATOMS device shows efficacy in treating male stress urinary incontinence

Women who have not given birth also experience urinary incontinence, study finds

Women who have not given birth also experience urinary incontinence, study finds