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.
Improvements in prostate cancer recognition, management and treatment are needed

Improvements in prostate cancer recognition, management and treatment are needed

Collagen injections can help some incontinence patients when surgery fails

Collagen injections can help some incontinence patients when surgery fails

Weight loss in overweight and obese women reduces urinary incontinence

Weight loss in overweight and obese women reduces urinary incontinence

Multidetector CT cystography accurately detects vesicourethral leaks after prostatectomy

Multidetector CT cystography accurately detects vesicourethral leaks after prostatectomy

Cytori announces seven new investigator-initiated clinical studies in Japan

Cytori announces seven new investigator-initiated clinical studies in Japan

Pfizer's Toviaz (fesoterodine fumarate) receives FDA approval for the treatment of overactive bladder

Pfizer's Toviaz (fesoterodine fumarate) receives FDA approval for the treatment of overactive bladder

24 percent of U.S. women affected by pelvic floor disorders

24 percent of U.S. women affected by pelvic floor disorders

Urologists report success using robot-assisted surgery for urinary abnormality

Urologists report success using robot-assisted surgery for urinary abnormality

Latest information questions value of PSA test for men over 75

Latest information questions value of PSA test for men over 75

Asian women and incontinence

Asian women and incontinence

Dual treatment of incontinence and dementia associated with functional decline

Dual treatment of incontinence and dementia associated with functional decline

Dual treatment of incontinence and dementia associated with functional decline

Dual treatment of incontinence and dementia associated with functional decline

Black women less likely to develop urinary incontinence than white women

Black women less likely to develop urinary incontinence than white women

Anti-cholinergic drugs may increase cognitive decline in older people

Anti-cholinergic drugs may increase cognitive decline in older people

Prostate size and other neglected factors influence prostate cancer treatment satisfaction

Prostate size and other neglected factors influence prostate cancer treatment satisfaction

Physical therapy helps symptoms of urinary incontinence in women

Physical therapy helps symptoms of urinary incontinence in women

1 in 3 women has pelvic floor disorder

1 in 3 women has pelvic floor disorder

New online information resource on bladder problems

New online information resource on bladder problems

Effects of prostate removal

Effects of prostate removal

Congestive heart failure leads to greater disability, nursing home admissions

Congestive heart failure leads to greater disability, nursing home admissions