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.
PolyU develops multi-function nighttime monitoring system for elderly with dementia

PolyU develops multi-function nighttime monitoring system for elderly with dementia

Prostatectomy plus radiotherapy associated with greater survival in prostate cancer patients

Prostatectomy plus radiotherapy associated with greater survival in prostate cancer patients

Study: Overweight or obese women may have increased risk of urinary incontinence

Study: Overweight or obese women may have increased risk of urinary incontinence

Biomedical review finds failure rates in some surgical mesh treatments to be unacceptably high

Biomedical review finds failure rates in some surgical mesh treatments to be unacceptably high

Medicare incurs more than $1.2 billion over prostate cancer care in older men

Medicare incurs more than $1.2 billion over prostate cancer care in older men

FDA warns consumers and pet owners not to use drug products made by King Bio

FDA warns consumers and pet owners not to use drug products made by King Bio

Availability of Elvie Trainer could help reduce NHS annual spend on urinary incontinence

Availability of Elvie Trainer could help reduce NHS annual spend on urinary incontinence

“Vaginal rejuvenation” procedures and devices unsafe says FDA

“Vaginal rejuvenation” procedures and devices unsafe says FDA

Careful patient selection may help achieve good outcomes for vaginal mesh surgery

Careful patient selection may help achieve good outcomes for vaginal mesh surgery

HIFU treatment may be as effective as surgery or radiotherapy to destroy prostate tumors

HIFU treatment may be as effective as surgery or radiotherapy to destroy prostate tumors

Female bladder bacteria found to be similar to microbes in the vagina

Female bladder bacteria found to be similar to microbes in the vagina

Study: Men tolerate stress urinary incontinence for years before seeking medical help

Study: Men tolerate stress urinary incontinence for years before seeking medical help

Study finds reciprocal link between emotional distress and treatment side effects of prostate cancer

Study finds reciprocal link between emotional distress and treatment side effects of prostate cancer

New study shows declines in prostate cancer screening, diagnoses and treatment

New study shows declines in prostate cancer screening, diagnoses and treatment

Research shows link between chronic conditions and urinary incontinence burden in women

Research shows link between chronic conditions and urinary incontinence burden in women

Newly expanded program at Rush offers relief from pelvic floor problems

Newly expanded program at Rush offers relief from pelvic floor problems

Researchers study how often healthcare providers prescribe anticholinergics for older adults

Researchers study how often healthcare providers prescribe anticholinergics for older adults

Study shows link between urinary incontinence and negative sexual health outcomes

Study shows link between urinary incontinence and negative sexual health outcomes

Study suggests risk factors that contribute to urgency urinary incontinence

Study suggests risk factors that contribute to urgency urinary incontinence

Study suggests there are health benefits for the ‘tummy tuck’

Study suggests there are health benefits for the ‘tummy tuck’