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Save the Date! Path to Prevention of LUTS Workshop
May 3 – 4, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
999 Ninth Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
The goal of this workshop is to provide a scientific background that can inform research to identify and establish modifiable risk factors for LUTS in women and help lay the foundation for future prevention studies. See the event flyer for details. A registration link for meeting will be available on the NIDDK website.
The NIDDK-sponsored workshop "Path to Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS) in Women: Bladder Health" will bring together medical, nursing, physical therapy, patient education, behavior change, epidemiology, public health, and prevention experts in a scientific workshop framed around defining bladder health as a first step along the path of exploring the potential role of prevention efforts to reduce the impact of LUTS on women.
For meeting inquiries, please contact Dr. Tamara Bavendam, Program Director for Women's Urology at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Abstracts relevant to bladder health and prevention of lower urinary tract symptoms and conditions will be accepted until April 15th. Please send abstracts to Dr. Tamara Bavendam at: email@example.com.
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. To review the definitions and submit comments,
visit the reVITALize Gynecology webpage at: www.acog.org/reVITALize.
Effective use of the Bakri postpartum balloon for posthysterectomy pelvic floor hemorrhage
American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology via PubMed
Following hysterectomy, massive pelvic floor hemorrhage sometimes occurs especially in those who had complicated procedures. Conventional methods frequently fail to control this type of life-threatening bleeding. This report demonstrates the successful application of the large-volume Bakri balloon as a pelvic pressure pack for the control of intractable pelvic floor hemorrhage following hysterectomy in three consecutive cases. The Bakri balloon was introduced through the laparotomy incision and was passed inflation port first through a small posterior culdotomy to the vagina. The shaft of the balloon was then pulled through the vaginal canal.
Comparison of abdominal muscle thickness with vaginal pressure changes in healthy women
Journal of Physical Therapy Science
The purpose of this study was to verify the efficacy of a pelvic floor muscle exercise program by comparing subjects' muscle thickness with changes in vaginal pressure. Two groups of female participants without a medical history of pelvic floor muscle dysfunction were evaluated. The mean age of Group I was 33.5 years and that of Group II was 49.69 years. The participants were instructed to perform a pelvic floor muscle contraction. While measuring the vaginal pressure of the pelvic floor muscle, biofeedback was given on five levels, and the thicknesses of the transversus abdominis, external oblique, and internal oblique muscles were measured with ultrasound.
A comparison of vaginal pressures and abdominal muscle thickness according to childbirth delivery method during the Valsalva maneuver
Journal of Physical Therapy Science
The purpose of this study was to compare the effect of childbirth delivery method on vaginal pressure and abdominal thickness during the Valsalva maneuver. Thirty healthy female volunteers (26-39 years of age) were selected for this research. Their delivery histories were: nulliparous 10, vaginal delivery 10, and Cesarean delivery 10. None of the participants had a history of incontinence. In the crook-lying position, a perineometer probe was inserted into the vagina and the transducer was placed transversely on the right side of the body during the Valsalva maneuver.
Urogenital disorders after pelvic ring injuries
Central European Journal of Urology via PubMed
The close anatomical relationship between the skeletal and connective systems of the pelvis, neurological, and vascular structures and pelvic organs are predisposing factors for structural and functional damages of the urogenital system.
Total urgency and frequency score as a measure of urgency and frequency in overactive bladder and storage lower urinary tract symptoms
BJU International via Wiley
The term lower urinary tract symptoms encompasses a range of urinary symptoms, including storage symptoms (e.g. overactive bladder as well as voiding and post-micturition symptoms. Although treatment of male LUTS tends to focus on voiding symptoms, patients typically find storage symptoms the most bothersome. The core storage symptom is urgency, which drives the other main storage symptoms of increased daytime frequency, nocturia and incontinence.
The anatomical outcome of robotic sacrocolpopexy for treatment of pelvic organ prolapse: A comparison of obese and non-obese patients
Surgical Technology International via PubMed
The purpose of this study is to compare the anatomical outcome of robotic sacrocolpopexy for pelvic organ prolapse in women with a body mass index of 30 and higher to those with a BMI under 30. This is a retrospective chart review. POP-Q measurements preoperatively and 12 months postoperatively were evaluated using non-parametric statistical analysis.
The improvement in pelvic floor symptoms with weight loss in obese women does not correlate with the changes in pelvic anatomy
International Urogynecology Journal via PubMed
It has been suggested that weight reduction decreases the frequency of urinary incontinence (UI) episodes. However, it is not known if this improvement is associated with anatomical changes in the pelvis. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of weight loss on UI episodes and pelvic floor anatomy.
Loyola researchers study role of yoga in reducing symptoms of urinary incontinence in women
Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing researchers are recruiting women for a study to determine whether practicing yoga will help reduce symptoms of urinary incontinence.
This trial also will evaluate associations among stress, inflammation and incontinence. Inflammation has been linked to urge urinary incontinence. Yoga has reduced inflammation associated with other health conditions, but it has yet to be tested in women with urge urinary incontinence.
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