World Bedwetting Day 30th May 2017

April 23, 2017

For decades, bedwetting was considered as a simple condition that would resolve spontaneously. However, it is now regarded as a complex disorder involving several factors such as bladder dysfunction and the over-production of urine at night.2

Bedwetting does not have a psychological cause, in most cases it is caused by over-production of urine at night, the inability to wake up or reduced capacity of the bladder.2 This medical condition can have a serious detrimental effect on the child’s self-esteem, emotional well-being and day time functioning, including school and social performance.2,3,4 However, the impact on the child and their family is often underestimated and trivialised.5

The International Children’s Continence Society (ICCS) and the European Society for Paediatric Urology (ESPU) launched World Bedwetting Day (WBD) in 2015. This year will mark the third consecutive year that the day will be marked globally and it will take place on 30th May 2017. The initiative will continue to raise awareness among the public and healthcare professionals around this common medical condition.

The World Bedwetting Day 2017 theme continues on from previous years and will focus on ‘Time to Take Action’, in recognition that much more can be done to diagnose and treat those children who suffer from bedwetting.

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Clinical Update; Why Urinary Tract Infections Are More Harmful If You’re Older

November 27, 2016

Urinary tract infections (UTI) are one of the most common ailments affecting young women, but they are also prevalent in women over 65 and men over 85. And the consequences of getting a UTI when you’re older are far more dire.

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Clinical Update; New tool helps women detect pelvic floor disorders

November 27, 2016

The hidden problem of prolapse and urine incontinence is being exacerbated because women are often too embarrassed to speak about the issue and get help, but help is on the way.

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Cliinical Update; Reducing Unnecessary Testing of UTIs Improves Patient Care, Saves Resources

November 27, 2016

Many hospital patients may be unnecessarily tested, and treated, for catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs), according to a study published today in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. Researchers significantly reduced rates of CAUTI, one of the most common types of healthcare-associated infections, through a multifaceted intervention emphasizing best practices for insertion, maintenance and removal of indwelling catheters, as well as following strict criteria for testing patients for infection.

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Clinical Update;Incontinence: Stress urinary incontinence treatment—surgery first?

October 7, 2016

A randomized trial involving 460 women with stress urinary incontinence compared physiotherapy with midurethral-sling surgery. We question whether the results, showing higher rates of improvement and cure for surgery than for physiotherapy, should change best practice and clinical practice guideline recommendations.

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Clinical update; Could honey cut hospital infections? - Southampton researchers think so.

October 7, 2016

MANUKA honey could be used to help keep internal medical devices such as urinary catheters free of infection, according to Southampton researchers.

Scientists at the University of Southampton have found that even low dilutions of Manuka honey can curb the activity and growth of bacterial biofilms - a thin layer of microbes that build up on, and stick to, any surface including plastic.

The findings, published online in the Journal Of Clinical Pathology, could lead to the honey being used in patients fitted with medical devices, such as urinary catheters, which carry a high infection risk. 

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Clinical update;Manuka honey could stave off catheter-associated UTIs

October 7, 2016

Manuka honey has long been hailed as a health food, with a number of studies reporting its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Now, a new study provides further evidence of such benefits, after finding it can halt the development of bacterial biofilms - groups of microorganisms that can adhere to surfaces and facilitate transmission of infections.

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Clinical Update: Are YOU brave enough to discuss incontinence? Women speak out about embarrassing issue

October 7, 2016

WOMEN across the country have appeared in a documentary aiming to raise awareness for adult incontinence - which affects one in three women in the UK.

Silenced by shame, nearly half - 45 per cent -  of sufferers admit that sensitive bladder affects their happiness and can leave them feeling embarrassed in a body they feel is older than their years.

Urinary incontinence is the unintentional passing of urine, which can either occur when the bladder is under pressure, for example when people cough or laugh or feel a sudden, intense urge to pass urine.

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Clinical Update: Unique Surgical Technique Prevents Postprostatectomy Incontinence

September 7, 2016

Surgeons from the Department of Urology, UP Faculty of Medicine, have achieved an outstanding success. They have developed a new technique which significantly reduces incontinence in patients who have undergone robotic surgery for prostate cancer. Their results were published in a prestigious journal of the European Association of Urology, European Urology, which features the most prominent studies in the field.

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Clinical Update: HEALTH LINES: Incontinence does not have to ruin one’s life

September 7, 2016

What is the smartest muscle in the human body? One obvious possibility is the ocular (eye) musculature, which allows both eyes to move in perfect coordination. Or, how about the diaphragm, which knows exactly how hard we need to breathe? Another possibility is the heart muscle. Surely the muscle that keeps us all alive has to be the smartest.

The correct answer is actually the anal sphincter muscle. What other muscle allows us to tell the difference between a solid, liquid or gas? For example, what other muscle prevents us from passing gas in front of the preacher?

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