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President's Perspective: Registration for the 5 day AUGS/IUGA Joint 2014 Scientific Meeting Opens April 11
Save the Date! Registration for the AUGS/IUGA 2014 Joint Scientific Meeting opens April 11, so be sure to register early to take advantage of the registration discount!
The AUGS/IUGA 2014 Joint Scientific Meeting will be held Tuesday, July 22 thru Saturday, July 26 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. This international collaboration provides AUGS and IUGA an opportunity to produce a distinctly unique program for scientists, clinicians and health care providers engaged in caring for women with pelvic floor disorders.
When making travel and lodging arrangements, please note that this year's schedule is different than the traditional AUGS- only meeting schedule. You will be able to choose from more than 30 half-day or full day workshops offered Tuesday morning, Tuesday afternoon, and Wednesday morning. To accommodate the more than 640 abstract submissions, the scientific meeting will start Wednesday afternoon instead of Thursday morning and will continue until 1pm Saturday. The AUGS-/IUGA program committee led by Halina Zyczynski and Ranee Thakar have put together an exciting meeting which includes preconference workshops, keynote lectures, debates, meet the expert roundtable discussions, scientific presentations, and networking events.
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Submit your feedback for the reVITALize Gynecology Data Definitions Initiative
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is actively leading the reVITALize Gynecology Data Definitions Initiative to standardize the language used across women's health care. To kick-off this work, the Initiative convened a national stakeholder conference in December 2013. The conference brought together over 60 leaders in women's health care, including representatives from AUGS, as well as the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and many others.
As a result of collaborative efforts at the December 2013 reVITALize Gynecology National Stakeholder Conference, over 100 proposed data element definitions will be available for review and open Public Comment from April 2 to June 4. While a great deal of work has already been accomplished, input from the membership of AUGS is critical for ensuring widespread acceptance and success.
During this period of open Public Comment we invite all interested stakeholders to review the proposed definitions and provide feedback. This feedback will directly shape the final definitions; therefore it is critical that we engage as many stakeholders as possible.
For more information, download the flyer and be sure to submit your feedback starting next week!
Deadline to submit a nomination for the Award for Excellence in FPMRS: Monday, March 31
The Award for Excellence in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery is designed to recognize one PGY-3 OB/GYN Resident and/or PGY-3 or PGY-4 Urology Resident from each department who demonstrates a commitment to the care of women with pelvic floor disorders and to incorporating quality of life improvement into his or her clinical care of patients.
Residency directors are invited to use the application form to select one resident from their program for this award. The selected resident will receive a certificate recognizing him or her as a winner of the award, as well as free membership in AUGS for one (1) year. Membership includes online access to the journal Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.
Selections should be returned to AUGS headquarters no later than March 31, 2014. Any questions can be directed to AUGS staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the ICD-10 Webinar on April 2nd
Are you ready for ICD-10? To help you prepare, CMS and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) will present a webinar on Wednesday, April 2, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET. This webinar will feature CMS representatives who will discuss:
CMS will also demonstrate the new "Road to 10" tool, available on the Provider Resources page of the CMS ICD-10 website. Developed in collaboration with physicians, the tool helps clinical practices create a customized action plan for ICD-10. A portion of the webinar will be dedicated to Q&A.
- What you need to do to get ready for the October 1, 2014, ICD-10 compliance date
- Key steps to ensure a successful transition
- Resources to help with a smooth implementation
How to Register
Register through HIMSS to participate in the ICD-10 Webinar. Once registration is complete, you will receive a follow-up email with instructions on how to log-in to the webinar.
Urinary dysfunction in women with multiple sclerosis
Neurology International via PubMed
The aim of the present study is to describe the type and frequency of bladder dysfunction in a series of female patients with multiple sclerosis from Rio de Janeiro, and analyze the role of the urologist in the multidisciplinary team. A team of urologists and a neurologist from the Hospital da Lagoa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, interviewed female patients with MS about illness onset, urologic follow-up since diagnosis, current stage of the disease and current urological symptoms.
Does the onset or bother of mixed urinary incontinence symptoms help in the urodynamic diagnosis?
Prospective observational study carried out in a tertiary referral urogynaecology unit in London. Women who underwent urodynamic investigations for MUI were asked whether stress or urgency incontinence was the first occurring symptom and which was the most bothersome one. Sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value for the first occurring symptom and most bothersome component of their mixed urinary incontinence symptoms in relation to the urodynamic diagnosis were calculated.
Effectiveness and complication rates of tension-free vaginal tape, transobturator tape, and tension-free vaginal tape-obturator in the treatment of female stress urinary incontinence
Saudi Medical Journal via PubMed
The study was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness and complications of tension-free vaginal tape (TVT), transobturator tape (TOT), and tension-free vaginal tape-obturator (TVT-O) in a medium- to long-term follow up.
Continence and micturition: An anatomical basis
Clinical Anatomy via Wiley Online Library
Urinary incontinence remains an important clinical problem worldwide, having a significant socio-economic, psychological, and medical burden. Maintaining urinary continence and coordinating micturition are complex processes relying on interaction between somatic and visceral elements, moderated by learned behavior. Urinary viscera and pelvic floor must interact with higher centers to ensure a functionally competent system.
Latrogenic rectal diverticulum with pelvic-floor dysfunction in patients after a procedure for a prolapsed hemorrhoid
The Korean Society of Coloproctology
Diverticula are frequently seen in the sigmoid, descending, ascending and transverse colons whereas rectal diverticula are extremely rare. The stapled rectal mucosectomy for the treatment of a prolapsed hemorrhoid is less painful and has lower morbidity; therefore, it has been commonly used despite possible complications. This paper reports a case of a rectal diverticulum that developed after a procedure for prolapsed hemorrhoids.
Risk of pelvic floor disorders can be reduced by maintaining healthy weight
Many pelvic floor disorders are due to defects in the structure of the tissue underlying the vagina and result in stress urinary incontinence and prolapse of the pelvic organs into the vagina. Pelvic floor disorders affect approximately 25 percent of women during their lifetime. There are many factors that contribute to these disorders and also many interventions that can be performed to decrease the risk of these disorders throughout life. Once these disorders occur, there are several ways to treat them.
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