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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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Stille Sonesta 6303 Gynecology/Urology Procedure Chairs for sale
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Bladder Health Network currently has for sale used/refurbished Stille Sonesta 6303 Gynecology/Urology Procedure Chairs. The 6303 chair comes with the standard accessories which includes three motors to provide full height, seat and back adjustments. The 6303 accepts the full line of Sonesta add-ons, allowing the chair to be configured for your needs.

Standard Accessories
  • Three motor hand control
  • Seat cushions with and without cut-out
  • Paper-roll holder
  • Two heavy duty Rissler leg rests
  • Large drainage receptor
  • Two Sonesta hand grip/arm rests
  • Two leg rest holders
  • Plastic drainage funnel
Asking price of $2000 plus shipping with 50 percent of the sale price being donated to the PFD Research Foundation. Please see the brochure and contact Michelle Phillips at BHN if you have any additional questions.

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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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New agents to treat lower urinary tract and pelvic floor disorders
Canadian Urological Association Journal via National Center for Biotechnology Information
For patients with overactive bladder and a suboptimal response to antimuscarinic therapy, there are several options to consider including alteration of the antimuscarinic regimen, switching to an agent with an alternate mechanism of action (i.e., mirabegron), posterior tibial nerve stimulation, or botulinum toxin. These options are summarized in this brief review.
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Treatment of complete genital prolapse by sacrospinous fixation, anterior mesh repair and conservation of the uterus
Chirurgia
The surgical treatment of complete genital prolapse must aim the restoration of the vaginal support structures. All 3 levels of the vaginal support system must be recreated. Ablation of the uterus is not useful for pelvic floor support. Sparing of the uterus offers the advantage of a reduced surgical trauma, and better pelvic floor restoration. We present the case of a 60-yearoldwoman with complete genital prolapse where the uterus was spared, and sacrospinous fixation, anterior mesh repair, perineal body repair and suburethral sling insertion were performed. The results were very good, by means of pelvic floor statics and physiology of micturition.
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Sexual function in women with pelvic floor disorders
Canadian Urological Association Journal via National Center for Biotechnology Information
Pelvic floor disorders can impact sexual function. This summary provides an overview of the impact of stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse and their treatments on sexual function. In general, interventions that successfully address PFDs will generally improve sexual function as well. However, there are patients whose sexual function will remain unchanged despite treatment, and a small but significant minority who will report worsened sexual function following treatment for their pelvic floor dysfunction.
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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.

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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.

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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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Anorectal manometry evaluation in adult women with clinical and urodynamic diagnostics of overactive bladder
Colégio Brasileiro de Cirurgia Digestiva
Anorectal manometry is a diagnostic method often used in clinical practice for assessing functional anorectal disorders and pelvic floor. The dysfunctional voiding, anorectal and pelvic floor has been considered as contributing factors of the symptoms of overactive bladder. Overactive bladder is currently one of the foremost study topics in urology, be it due to its prevalence or to its major impact on the quality of life of affected individuals. Overactive bladder is defined by urinary urgency (with or without loss of urine) that may be associated with increased daytime or nighttime urinary frequency.
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3D ultrasound appearance of pelvic floor in nulliparous women and postpartum women 1 week after rheir 1st delivery
International Journal of Medical Sciences via National Center for Biotechnology Information
This study investigated the morphology and structure of pelvic floor in 50 nulliparous and 95 postpartum women using translabial three-dimensional ultrasound. All the primiparae underwent ultrasound examination within one week after their first delivery. Volume datasets were acquired and analyzed to determine the alterations of levator hiatus after childbirth. Significant differences were observed in the levator hiatus of postpartum women compared with that of nullipara women.
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Challenges in lower urinary tract and pelvic floor disorders: Where do we go from here?
Canadian Urological Association Journal via National Center for Biotechnology Information
The proceedings of the 2013 Canadian Urology Forum clearly demonstrated that there are many outstanding challenges in the management of lower urinary tract and pelvic floor disorders. Although the faculty and participants did not develop any groundbreaking solutions to these challenges, the forum’s educational sessions did clearly identify them and highlight the areas that will continue to require research and development of new therapeutic approaches in the future.
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Study: Women cite satisfaction, improved body image after pelvic prolapse surgery
PRWeb
Elderly women who undergo colpocleisis surgery for pelvic organ prolapse and to relieve urinary urgency, bladder plain and bowel incontinence experience high satisfaction and improved body image just six weeks after surgery, a new national research study says. The seven-hospital, multi-center study was conducted through the Fellows Pelvic Research Network and headed by Cincinnati urogynecologist Dr. Catrina Crisp of Cincinnati Urogynecology Associates, a TriHealth partner at Good Samaritan and Bethesda hospitals.
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Amnesty International: Nepal must toughen fight on women's 'fallen womb' crisis
Thomson Reuters Foundation via The Baltimore Sun
When pregnant Nepali teenager Reena Pokharel began labor in her remote village, her family consulted a soothsayer, pressed her stomach and told her to cough to force the baby out. After four days of painful labor, the 17-year-old delivered a girl. But with no skilled midwives present, her placenta was not immediately removed, triggering a debilitating health condition that left her unable to perform daily tasks. Uterine prolapse — a medical condition in which the uterus is displaced from its normal position into the vagina — affects women worldwide but is more common in Nepal, where one in 10 is affected, rights group Amnesty International said
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