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Clinical Update: What are the probable predictors of urinary incontinence during pregnancy?

August 3, 2016

Objectives. The frequency, predisposing factors and impact of urinary incontinence (UI) on quality of life (QoL) during pregnancy were investigated.

Materials and Method. A preliminary cross-sectional survey was studied among pregnant women between January and July of 2014. A total of 132 pregnant women were recruited using a questionnaire form for sociodemographic features, the Turkish version of the International Consultation on Incontinence-Short Form (ICIQ-SF), for the characteristics of UI and Wagner’s Quality of Life scale to assess impact on QoL. p < 0.05 was set significant.

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Clinical Update: MP issues call for action

August 3, 2016

Local MP David Simpson has called for improvements in paediatric continence services to help ensure that the one in 10 children who experience problems with their bladder or bowel have access to effective services. Mr. Simpson recently attended a parliamentary event hosted by the Paediatric Continence Forum (PCF), where the poor state of continence services nationwide was discussed.

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Clinical Update: Tumor Site in Bladder Adenocarcinoma Predicts Survival Outcomes

August 3, 2016

Tumor location in patients with bladder adenocarcinoma (BAC) independently predicts survival outcomes, with tumors in the dome and urachus associated with better overall and disease-specific survival than those in the lateral wall and base, according to a new study.

A team led by Ramy F. Youssef, MD, of the University of California Irvine, retrospectively studied 1,361 BAC cases in which the tumor locations were known. They placed patients into 3 groups according to tumor location: dome and urachus (UD), lateral wall (LW), and base (trigone, ureteric orifices, and bladder neck [BL]).

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Clinical Update: An introduction to MultICath by Professor Fader

August 3, 2016

Click here to view a short video which Professor Fadar has uploaded to YouTube - An introduction to MultICath by Professor Fader


Clinical Update: Changes in continence provision for children

August 3, 2016

Historically, school nurses have played a major role in supporting children with continence problems, providing expert advice and support. Some, for example, have run clinics for children with bedwetting problems, carrying out assessments and initiating first-line treatments.

Services for children currently have a lower priority than those of adults. The Nuffield Trust (Kossarova et al, 2016) identified that NHS England’s strategic plan has few explicit priorities for children and, other than mental health, child health is not explicitly incorporated in the latest NHS Business Plan priorities.

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Clinical Update: What Will it Take to Reduce Infections in the Hospital?

July 28, 2016

The headlines brim with news of infectious threats. Our lawmakers just battled over more than $1 billion in funding for Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that has caused serious birth defects in at least nine babies born in the U.S. and has been diagnosed in at least 1,306 Americans.

But far more mundane infections kill thousands of Americans each year – infections that patients caught in the very hospitals they’ve trusted to make them better. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hospital infections affect almost two million Americans every year. About 99,000 die each year as a result.

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Clinical Update: Study Shows Reducing In-Hospital Patient Transports and Urinary Catheter Use Decreases HAIs

July 28, 2016

Patients treated in hospital intensive care units (ICUs) for severe neurological events such as stroke and aneurysm rupture, who require ventilator support, are at high risk of pulmonary and urinary infections that can lead to more serious complications and death.  A study by researchers at Overlook Medical Center recently published in Neurocritical Care shows that changing standard practices to reduce the number of times patients are transported for brain scans and the use of urinary catheters substantially decreases ventilator-associated events (VAEs) and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs).  This appears to be the first time that the frequency of patient transports has been shown to be a risk factor for hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).

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Clinical Update: Bladder Cancer Urine Test Accurate

July 28, 2016

Urine-DNA testing for bladder cancer may decrease the number of patients with gross hematuria who would need to undergo flexible cystoscopy, researchers concluded based on the findings of a prospective, blinded study.

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Clinical Update: Shepton Mallet care home staff wear incontinence pads as part of training day in a resident's shoes

July 28, 2016

Care workers in Somerset tried wearing incontinence pads during a day spent in a resident's shoes to better understand their needs.

Staff at St Cecilia care home on Hitchen Lane, Shepton Mallet, learnt a lot from the "invaluable" training exercise, according to manager Tracy Woolfrey.

She said it was important carers understood how wearing an incontinence pad makes residents feel.

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Clinical Update: Invasive Penile Cancer Linked to Low Education, Income

July 12, 2016

Low education level and low disposable income are among the socioeconomic factors that place men at risk for invasive penile cancer, a new study found.

Men who are divorced or never married or who live in a single-person household also are at higher risk.

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