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Volunteer. Contribute. Make a Difference. Apply Today!
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Do you want to gain valuable professional experience, build your personal and professional networks, and have fun? Apply for one of the 36 open positions during the AUGS Annual Call for Volunteers to engage in meaningful work with a dynamic group of individuals committed to advancing the field of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS).

As the AUGS Annual Call for Volunteers deadline approaches, I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate the importance AUGS volunteers play in the success of our organization. The AUGS Board of Directors, Committees, and Special Interest Groups are responsible for developing and maintaining the programs and services that support the Society's mission, as well as help advance our strategic priorities. If you are interested in getting more involved, I strongly encourage you to submit an application before the May 31 deadline.

Being a volunteer gives us the opportunity to contribute and make a difference on a national level. Our new specialty is undergoing maturation and increasing recognition with patients and other colleagues. By volunteering you can help advance FPMRS. I volunteered because I love our subspecialty and want to do everything I can to promote it. Help us shape the future of our Society while serving our profession.

Click here to learn more and apply. All volunteer applications must be submitted by midnight Pacific Time on May 31, 2014.

If you have any questions, please contact AUGS staff at info@augs.org or 202-367-1167.
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AUGS Annual Call for Volunteers Application Closes TOMORROW, Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Midnight Pacific Time
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Don't miss your opportunity to get involved with AUGS! Apply for one of our many volunteer opportunities and help us shape the future of our Society. There are over 35 positions that need to be filled! The available opportunities include positions on the Board of Directors and various Committees and Special Interest Groups. All terms begin Oct. 1, 2014.

Click here to learn more and to apply. All volunteer applications must be submitted by midnight Pacific Time on May 31, 2014.

Please contact AUGS staff at info@augs.org or 202-367-1167 with any questions or concerns.

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ICD-10 Coding Basics Medicare Fee-For-Service National Provider Call
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On Wednesday, June 4, at 1:30-3 p.m. ET, the Medicare Learning Network will be hosting an ICD-10 Coding Basics National Provider Call.

To Register: Visit MLN Connects™ Upcoming Calls. Space may be limited, register early. HHS expects to release an interim final rule in the near future that will include a new compliance date that would require the use of ICD-10 beginning October 1, 2015. Providers would have an extra year to prepare. During this MLN Connects™ National Provider Call, join us for a keynote presentation on more ICD-10 coding basics by Sue Bowman from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), along with updates from CMS. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

Target Audience: Medical coders, physicians, physician office staff, nurses and other non-physician practitioners, provider billing staff, health records staff, vendors, educators, system maintainers, laboratories, and all Medicare providers.

Continuing education credit may be awarded for participation in certain MLN Connects Calls. Visit the Continuing Education Credit Information web page to learn more.

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Dr. Giulio Santoro explains how he uses ultrasound to assess and evaluate pelvic floor disorders. Want to learn more? View his video and download a free eBook on pelvic floor ultrasound: CLICK HERE
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AUGS-IUGA 2014 Scientific Meeting Late Breaking Abstract Submission Closes June 2
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Late-breaking abstract submissions are intended to allow for the timely presentation of high impact trials to AUGS-IUGA meeting attendees. It is expected that these abstract submissions are from studies for which no preliminary data was available at the time of the abstract submission deadline (Feb. 3, 2014).

This meeting feature is not a mechanism to update previously submitted preliminary data or to provide an opportunity for previously rejected abstracts to be revised and resubmitted for consideration.

Abstract submission will close on June 2. For additional details and submission guidelines, please visit the meeting website.

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FPMRS ARTICLES


The comparison of urodynamic findings in women with various types of urinary incontinence
International Braz J Urol via PubMed
The study was aimed to determine the differences of the urodynamic findings of mix urinary incontinence, urge urinary incontinence, and stress urinary incontinence and to evaluate the urodynamic findings in different groups by using bladder sensitivity index.
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Pelvic floor symptoms and severity of pelvic organ prolapse in women seeking care for pelvic floor problems
European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology via Elsevier Science
The aim of the study was to estimate whether POP severity is related to lower urinary tract symptoms and symptoms of sexual difficulties, when evaluated with validated questionnaires.
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Validation of a bladder symptom screening tool in women with incontinence due to overactive bladder
International Urogynecology Journal via PubMed
The Actionable Bladder Symptom Screening Tool was initially developed to identify patients with multiple sclerosis who could benefit from lower urinary tract assessment and treatment. Assessment of the measurement properties of the ABSST, including its ability to identify patients experiencing bladder symptoms related to overactive bladder, was undertaken in a general female population.
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Coccygeal movement test: An objective, non-invasive test for localization of the pelvic floor muscles in healthy women
Medical Principles and Practice via Karger
Pelvic floor exercises are an important element in the prevention and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction. Therefore, women are commonly advised, particularly at their first antenatal visit, to perform pelvic floor muscle training and to continue practicing it thereafter. However, these instructions are seldom backed up by an objective test to ensure that the woman is able to locate her pelvic floor muscles. Indeed, without guidance, more than 30 percent of women are unable to contract their PFMs correctly. Several studies have concluded that PFMT requires proper instructions and an objective assessment to ensure muscle localization and also close follow-up.
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Do women notice the impact of childbirth-related levator trauma on pelvic floor and sexual function? Results of an observational ultrasound study
International Urogynecology Journal via PubMed
The levator ani is thought to play an important role in sexual function; however, to date little literature has been published on the impact of delivery-related levator trauma on female sexual function. We hypothesised that delivery-related levator trauma has a negative impact on women's reports of pelvic floor and sexual function postpartum.
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The Annual Call for Volunteers Application Deadline is May 31, 2014!
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Want to get involved in AUGS? Apply for one of our many volunteer opportunities and help us shape the future of our Society. The open positions are listed below. The number in parenthesis indicates the number of available positions. All terms begin October 1, 2014.

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Mesh: A hushed but prevalent problem in women's health
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Some women say it feels like they're sitting on something. Others develop incontinence. There also are women who can literally see the problem but aren't sure exactly what to do about it.

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Ring pessary for OAB as effective as nonsurgical therapies
International Urogynecology Journal via News-Medical.net
The use of a ring pessary appears to be an effective, well tolerated and inexpensive treatment for overactive bladder (OAB), say U.S. researchers writing in International Urogynecology Journal.

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Peripheral changes in endometriosis-associated pain
Human Reproduction Update via PubMed
Pain remains the cardinal symptom of endometriosis. However, to date, the underlying mechanisms are still only poorly understood. Increasing evidence points towards a close interaction between peripheral nerves, the peritoneal environment and the central nervous system in pain generation and processing. Recently, studies demonstrating nerve fibres and neurotrophic and angiogenic factors in endometriotic lesions and their vicinity have led to increased interest in peripheral changes in endometriosis-associated pain. This review focuses on the origin and function of these nerves and factors as well as possible peripheral mechanisms that may contribute to the generation and modulation of pain in women with endometriosis.
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5 steps toward improving quality in surgical care
International Urogynecology Journal via Springer
Quality is an elusive concept and hard to describe. Quality is not, like beauty, in the eye of the beholder, but can be defined and experienced. In surgery, quality means that the right operation is chosen, that everything goes well during and after surgery, and that the desired aim is achieved. While everyone would agree on these points, the actual definition of quality and the selection of benchmark data points are trickier.
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FPMRS NEWSBRIEFS


AUA: Removal of vaginal mesh or tape can reduce patient pain
HealthDay News via Doctors Lounge
According to two new studies, removal of vaginal mesh or tape can reduce pain, and the use of vaginal mesh can have long-term consequences, even after removal. These findings were presented at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association.
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Botox OK for some patients with OAB, but not all
Medscape
OnabotulinumtoxinA, approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2013 to treat overactive bladder, may be an appropriate second-line treatment option for select patients with OAB, according to a joint committee opinion by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Urogynecologic Society.
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Stanford researchers develop tiny wireless implant
San Francisco Chronicle
The chip Ada Poon has invented is as tiny as a grain of rice, but someday, the engineer believes, it could do big things — like transform the way illnesses are treated. Poon and a team of Stanford University researchers have invented a system that wirelessly beams power to tiny implants located deep inside the body, using as much energy as a cell phone. Poon believes her invention could someday be designed to influence neurosignals in ways that could treat afflictions such as chronic pain, Alzheimer's and urinary incontinence, all of which signal malfunctions in the central nervous system. The engineer has started a company, Vivonda Medical.
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Stress urinary incontinence: New ACOG guidelines
Medscape
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has issued first-time guidelines regarding the evaluation of uncomplicated stress urinary incontinence before surgical treatment in women.
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