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Early bird registration for AUGS' 36th Annual Meeting, PFD Week 2015, ends today!
Join AUGS in Seattle from Oct. 13-17 for the premier of PFD Week, an expansion of the successful AUGS Annual Scientific Meeting. With the traditional two and a half days of scientific presentation and an addition of one day of clinical and surgical workshops, PFD Week 2015 is the go-to meeting for healthcare professionals interested in or actively practicing Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. Register before the end of the day (July 31) for early bird rates!
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Host a Bladder Health Week event!
AUGS is providing you the tools to host an educational event in your community designed to further educate women on issues related to their pelvic health: Prolapse, incontinence, and other pelvic floor disorders. Each host site is responsible for funding, planning, publicizing and hosting the event. AUGS has created a toolkit to help you plan your event.

AUGS strongly encourages all physician members of AUGS to host an event during Bladder Health Week. Last year over 75 events were held, and this year we are hoping to increase that number to 100! The host form for Bladder Health Week will be open from Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 to Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. All AUGS physician members will receive an email on August 24th with the link to complete the form. All of the details of your event (date, time, and location) must be confirmed at this time. The first 15 organizations to complete the online host form will receive a $1,000 expense honorarium.

Click here for more information!

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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: Have you attended a Global Health Medical Mission that treated women with pelvic floor disorders?


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.

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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.


Clarifying questions and answers related to the July 6, 2015 CMS/AMA joint announcement and guidance regarding icd-10 flexibilities
On July 6, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA) released a joint statement about their efforts to help the provider community get ready for ICD-10. This statement included guidance from CMS that allows for flexibility in the claims auditing and quality reporting processes.

In response to questions from the health care community, CMS has released "Clarifying Questions and Answers Related to the July 6, 2015 CMS/AMA Joint Announcement and Guidance Regarding ICD-10 Flexibilities," which provides answers to the most commonly asked questions.

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Quality of life evaluation of patients with neurogenic bladder submitted to reconstructive urological surgeries preserving the bladder
International Braz J Urol
Treatment of neurogenic bladder aims to upper urinary tract protection. When the conservative clinical measures are insufficient, surgical treatment is indicated. Though admittedly important, the quality of life has been little studied in these patients, there are even contradictory results. The aim of this study was to evaluate QoL before and after bladder augmentation in patients with BN refractory to medical treatment. We analyzed, prospectively, the data of 67 patients who underwent surgical treatment for BN by questionnaire SF-36® and Qualiveen® QoL before and after six months of operation.
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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.

Sacrospinous hysteropexy vs. vaginal hysterectomy with suspension of the uterosacral ligaments in women with uterine prolapse stage 2 or higher: Multicenter randomized non-inferiority trial
BMJ via PubMed Central
Pelvic organ prolapse is a common health problem. The prevalence of such prolapse is as much as 40 percent in women aged more than 45 years, with millions of women affected worldwide, and the incidence is still rising as a result of aging populations and increasing obesity rates. Pelvic organ prolapse has a negative influence on women's quality of life and is associated with physical, psychological, and sexual problems.
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Urethral complications after tension-free vaginal tape procedures: A surgical management case series
World Journal of Nephrology
Stress urinary incontinence is a significant and common problem in women. SUI is defined as an involuntary leakage of urine on effort, straining, or coughing. Some of the potential causes of SUI include childbirth, older age, obesity, chronic bronchitis, and chronic constipation. Although relatively mild, symptoms often have a negative effect on the patient quality of life in terms of physical and social well-being.
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Flowmetry/pelvic floor electromyographic findings in patients with detrusor overactivity
International Braz J Urol
To evaluate different flowmetry/EMG patterns in patients with proven detrusor overactivity and compare them with that of a group of patients with lower urinary tract symptoms but without DO. Materials and Methods: We retrospectively evaluated the records of 100 patients with frequent urinary tract infection or any kind of storage or voiding symptoms that had undergone urodynamic testing: 50 cases with proven DO on cystometry who had a good quality flowmetry/EMG and 50 patients without DO. EMG lag time (the time distance between pelvic floor EMG inactivation and the start of urine flow) and different flow curve pattern were recorded and compared.
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Correlation between psychological stress levels and the severity of overactive bladder symptoms
BMC Urology via PubMed Central
The relationship between psychological stress and interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome has been well described. Even though there is some overlapping of symptoms between overactive bladder and IC/BPS, there have been very few studies that specifically investigated the relationship between psychological stress and urinary symptoms in OAB patients who do not have pelvic pain. Here we examined the relationship between psychological stress levels and the severity of overactive bladder symptoms.
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The relationship between irritable bowel syndrome, functional dyspepsia, chronic fatigue and overactive bladder syndrome: A controlled study 6 years after acute gastrointestinal infection
BMC Gastroenterology via PubMed Central
To investigate in a cohort with previous gastrointestinal infection and a control group the prevalence of overactive bladder syndrome, and how it was associated with three other functional disorders; irritable bowel syndrome, functional dyspepsia and chronic fatigue.
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The surprising pelvic perks of peeing in the shower
Shape Magazine
hould peeing in the shower be your new go-to kegel move? According to Lauren Roxburgh — a fascia and structural integrative specialist quoted in a recent Goop article — the answer is yes. ( Roxburgh suggests going No. 1 while squatting low in the shower. If you need a mental picture, imagine going to the bathroom in the woods. "When you squat to pee as opposed to sitting up straight on the toilet, you automatically engage your pelvic floor and it naturally stretches and tones," Roxburgh explains. This will also allow for easy elimination, since your urethra will be pointed straight downward versus when you're sitting on a toilet, where it's often on a tilt.
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