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The AUGS Health Policy Quality and Coding Subcommittees would like to know how you, as a member of AUGS, would like to receive information and education regarding emerging health policy changes, including changes in reimbursement, quality reporting, alternative payment models, the future of Medicare reimbursements, ICD-10 coding, and requirements. Please take a few moments to complete the brief survey below so that we can customize content and the delivery method.
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Apply for the 2014 PFD Research Foundation Grant Program by March 3, 2014
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The PFD Research Foundation together with the June Allyson Foundation has awarded over $1.5 million in grants to AUGS members since 1998. The Foundation serves the medical profession by supporting promising, innovative research regarding the causes, prevention, cure and treatment of pelvic floor disorders.

Grant opportunities for fellows and junior faculty include one-year grants of $10,000 and two-year grants of up to $25,000 for research into pelvic floor disorders, including research specific to neuromodulation, interstitial cystitis and mesh/graft science in pelvic reconstructive surgery.

For detailed information about the grants program and to apply, visit the PFD Research Foundation website.

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Submit your nomination for the Resident Scholar Program
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The Resident Scholars Award Program is for third-year Ob/Gyn residents and fourth-year urology residents. Residents who have demonstrated an interest in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery will be selected to attend the AUGS/IUGA 2014 Scientific Meeting to experience the current research initiatives going on in the field. Each scholar will receive a $1,500 award to cover travel, hotel accommodations and meeting registration.

Faculty with a qualified nominee must complete this application by March 7, 2014.

The AUGS Education Committee serves as the selection committee for all nominations. The review criteria are based on:
  • Level of performance in their training program as evidenced by the nomination narrative
  • Interest in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery
For additional information and to nominate a qualified resident, visit the AUGS website.

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Apply for the 2014 PFD Research Foundation Grant Program by March 3, 2014
AUGS
The PFD Research Foundation together with the June Allyson Foundation has awarded over $1.5 million in grants to AUGS members since 1998. The Foundation serves the medical profession by supporting promising, innovative research regarding the causes, prevention, cure and treatment of pelvic floor disorders.

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Botulinum toxin may be used to ease urinary incontinence disorders if conservative treatment fails
Health Canal
Botulinum toxin preparations, such as Botox, have rapidly become a viable treatment option for urinary urge incontinence disorders, say experts from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in a new Scientific Impact Paper.

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What is clinically relevant prolapse? An attempt at defining cutoffs for the clinical assessment of pelvic organ descent
PubMed via Springer
This study was undertaken to investigate the relationship between symptoms of prolapse and International Continence Society Pelvic Organ Prolapse Quantification measurements in order to establish optimal cutoffs for predicting prolapse symptoms using receiver operator characteristic statistics.

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Translabial ultrasound in the assessment of pelvic floor and anorectal function in women with defecatory disorders
PubMed
This article shows how modern ultrasound imaging can contribute to the investigation of patients with posterior vaginal wall prolapse, obstructed defecation, fecal incontinence and rectal intussusception/prolapse, conditions that should be similarly relevant and of interest to colorectal surgeons, gastroenterologists and gynecologists.
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Short-term physical therapy treatment for female urinary incontinence: A quality of life evaluation
Karger
Urinary incontinence is a widespread health condition and in some situations conservative treatment has been recommended. The aim of this study was to compare women's quality of life before and after short-term physical therapy treatment.
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Influence of a distraction task on pelvic floor muscle contraction
Wiley
Attention may play a key role in the contraction of pelvic floor muscles in stressful situations, meaning that mental distraction may be involved in urinary incontinence.
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Ureterovaginal fistula linked to a retained pessary
PubMed
The vaginal pessary is a safe and effective method for the correction of uterovaginal prolapse. Complications are uncommon, but include fistula formation. We report a case of fistulous communication between the ureter and vagina that developed in a patient who had had a pessary for more than 8 years. She initially presented with urinary retention secondary to complete procidentia and declined surgical intervention. The patient was not compliant with follow-up. Eventually, she was scheduled for a vaginal hysterectomy and pelvic floor reconstruction, during which the communicating tract was discovered between the ureter and vagina. Ultimate treatment involved stenting of the ureter and interval ureteroneocystostomy. Fistulae can develop between the ureter and the vagina in the case of procidentia and a retained pessary.
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Mini-sling partially successful for stress urinary incontinence
News-Medical
A mini-sling that requires a single incision may be a viable alternative to the "gold standard" transobturator midurethral sling for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence, a randomized controlled trial has found. Although the mini-sling was less effective than the standard approach in terms of objective cure rates, it offered other benefits such as being quicker to perform and causing less postoperative pain.
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Need help for a gotta-go problem? There are no perfect solutions for overactive bladder
The Washington Post
A product that came out this fall proposes to offer millions of women an easy solution to an embarrassing problem. The Oxytrol for Women patch is available without a prescription to treat an overactive bladder, which can cause incontinence problems and make women run to the bathroom eight or nine times a day or even more. But here's why the experts at Consumer Reports' Best Buy Drugs say that women should think twice before rushing out to buy it.
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New score 'reliable and valid' for neurogenic bladder dysfunction
News-Medical
The Neurogenic Bladder Symptom Score is both valid and reliable for assessing urinary dysfunction in people with acquired or congenital neurogenic bladder, according to a study published online in the Journal of Urology. A further benefit of the NBSS is that it can be used to assess specific domains of the condition, such as symptoms, complications and consequences for the patient.
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