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Congratulations to the 2015 PFD Research Foundation grant recipients
The PFD Research Foundation is pleased to announce the 2015 grant recipients.

Foundation Fellow Research Award
Annetta Madsen, MD
Women and Infants Hospital/Brown Alpert Medical School

Pedro Maldonado, MD
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Mesh/Graft Science in Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery
Joseph Kowalski, MD
University of Iowa

Craig Mayr, MD
UPMC Magee Womens Hospital

PFD Research Foundation and ICA IC/PBS Research Grant
Ana Charrua Cordeiro, MD
IBMC — Instituto de Biologia Celular e Molecular

For more information on the grant program and to make a donation to support the Foundation, please visit

The PFD Research Foundation would like to thank American Medical Systems, the Allergan Foundation, Astellas Scientific & Medical Affairs, Inc., Boston Scientific, Medtronic and the Interstitial Cystitis Association for their generous support.
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Save the date! Fourth Annual Break Free from PFDs Bladder Health Week
WHAT? "Break Free from PFDs" is an educational event designed to further educate women on issues related to their pelvic health: prolapse, incontinence, and other pelvic floor disorders. The event gives women the knowledge and confidence they need to evaluate their own pelvic health and address pelvic health issues with their physician.

(New for 2015) Application Process

The application period for Bladder Health Week will be open from Monday, August 24, 2015 to Friday, September 4, 2015. You will receive an email on August 24 with the link to apply. All of the details of your event must be confirmed at this time. The first 15 organizations to complete the online application form will receive a $1,000 expense honorarium.

Click here to preview the application. This information will need to be confirmed prior to completing the online application (August 24 – September 4).

Once your application is processed, the toolkit will be sent to you via email for you to begin the preparations for your institution's "Break Free from PFDs" Local Event!

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AUGS Weekly Poll
In order to increase the knowledge and understanding of the growing AUGS membership, AUGS created the AUGS Weekly Poll. This poll, circulated in FPMRS News, will help AUGS collect information from the membership on a variety of topics. The poll will also feature clinical questions to help members benchmark themselves with their peers. The weekly poll will allow AUGS to receive feedback that will be used by staff as well as volunteer leaders from AUGS committees and SIGs to make decisions that will benefit the membership.

Question: What laboratory tests do you check post-operative day one after vaginal hysterectomy and a vaginal prolapse repair?


Click here to see the results of last week's poll.

Do you have an idea for a poll question? Email your question to to be reviewed by the AUGS Membership Committee.


ALLERGAN is continuing to research and develop new treatments for urogynecologists and urologists. In fact, that devotion is demonstrated by our considerable investment to address the continuum of care for patients with Overactive Bladder.


Expectations of stress urinary incontinence surgery in patients with mixed urinary incontinence
Reviews in Urology via PubMed Central
Mixed urinary incontinence is estimated to affect 30 percent of all women who have urinary incontinence, and it has been shown to be more bothersome to women than pure stress incontinence. Given the degree of bother, many women will undergo surgical correction for incontinence. Patients have high expectations about the success of these interventions. Understanding mixed incontinence and the effects of our interventions can help guide therapeutic choices and manage patients' expectations.
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Use and risks of surgical mesh for pelvic organ prolapse surgery in women in New York state: Population based cohort study
BMJ via PubMed Central
In 1996, the first mesh — a synthetic graft — was approved for the surgical treatment of incontinence by reinforcing weakened tissue. Twelve years later, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a public health notification that placed the use of mesh for pelvic organ prolapse under national scrutiny. In 2011, the FDA updated safety communication and added a caution for transvaginal placement of mesh in POP surgery, reporting 1503 events from the Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience database from 1 January 2008 to December 2010 associated with mesh repair. In addition, the FDA alerted that complications increased fivefold over time. Subsequently, the safety of surgical mesh has been the target of major media coverage and has led to several lawsuits.
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Office-based Neuromodulation for OAB
Leslie Wooldridge, GNP-BC, explains how to deliver Urgent® PC in an efficient way with shared or staggered treatments. To view the practice tip: CLICK HERE
Lantheus Proven Success
Discovering, developing and marketing innovative medical imaging agents provides a strong platform from which to bring forward new breakthrough tools for the diagnosis and management of disease.

Integration of nondegradable polystyrene and degradable gelatin in a core-sheath nanofibrous patch for pelvic reconstruction
International Journal of Nanomedicine via PubMed Central
Pelvic organ prolapse is a serious health issue affecting many adult women. Complications of POP include pelvic pressure, pelvic pain, and problems in emptying their bowels or bladder. Sometimes, POP may even cause urinary outflow obstruction and lead to bladder or kidney infections. Currently, synthetic and naturally derived materials have been chosen for treatment of POP to reduce the high recurrence rates after surgical interventions. However, existing materials for POP treatment cannot meet the clinical requirements in terms of biocompatibility, mechanics, and minimal risk of rejection.
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Treatment by a nurse practitioner in primary care improves the severity and impact of urinary incontinence in women. An observational study
BMC Urology via BioMed Central
Urinary Incontinence is a common problem in women. The management of UI in primary care is time consuming and suboptimal. Shift of incontinence-care from General Practitioners to a nurse practitioner maybe improves the quality of care. The purpose of this observational (pre/post) study is to determine the effectiveness of introducing a nurse practitioner in UI care and to explore women’s reasons for not completing treatment.
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FDA clears smartphone-connected pelvic floor muscle training device for incontinence
Australia-based Analytica has received FDA 510(k) clearance for PeriCoach, its smartphone-connected device that helps women monitor their pelvic floor exercises. The goal of PeriCoach is to reduce or stop urinary incontinence. It will commercially launch in the US next week. According to the company's website, one in three women experience a bladder leak at some point in their lives. And although experts recommend pelvic floor muscle training exercises to help reduce leaking, Analytica said, "at least 50 percent of women do not correctly contract their pelvic floor muscles with verbal or written instructions alone."
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Understanding urinary incontinence in adults
Urologic Nursing via Medscape
This article aims to assist urologic nurses in the assessment and management of adults with urinary incontinence, with special consideration given to the geriatric patient. Additionally, discussion will include classifications of the disorder, risk factors, and applicable age-related impacts.
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