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Interesting article by Prof. Malone -Lee in the Daily Mail

The rise of 'super-cystitis': Poor testing could leave women with symptoms 'for the rest of their lives' James Malone-Lee is a professor of medicine at University College London Around 150 million people have a urinary tract infection each yearBut the real figure could be much higher as testing misses most infectionsUp to 30 per cent of patients won't respond to antibiotics prescribed Please click here to read the full article.
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Fact Sheets Medical And Complimentary

Medical and Complementary Therapy Fact Sheets The COB Foundation has produced a range of medical and complementary therapy fact sheets which give an explanation of medication, treatments and complementary therapies that are commonly associated with all forms of bladder illness. Members receive the choice of their first six fact sheets free of charge. Further sheets can be obtained for a small cost. Complementary Therapy Fact Sheets Many sufferers find that alternative therapies
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The Latest Fundraising Activities and Ideas

Matthew Gough A YOUNG fund-raiser is hoping to spread the word and increase public knowledge of his incurable condition by selling wristbands. Matthew Gough, from Lowton, is selling the popular rubber bands to raise awareness of Interstitial Cystitis (IC), with the proceeds being split between the COB Foundation, a research-funding charity, and the Bladder and Bowel Foundation. University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) sport and exercise psychology student Matthew is also getting in the
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Two Types of Bladder Problem

BY DAVID COWLEY · PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 27, 2017 · UPDATED JANUARY 23, 2018 A bladder problem is not something that anyone wants to deal with and it can happen to adults or children.  There are all kinds of problems that can result from your bladder not functioning properly.  Some of them are a lot more serious than others and it is not something you want to fool around with.  You need to go to a doctor if you suspect that you have any bladder problems.  I am going to tell y
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Overactive Bladder Symptoms

BY SEAN · PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 21, 2017 · UPDATED NOVEMBER 21, 2017 Overactive bladder (OAB) is defined as being a chronic urological condition that causes urgency, with or without urge incontinence, and commonly with frequency and nocturia. The cause of this condition is unknown, but researchers are sure that it involves dysfunction of the detrusor muscle. Recent surveys have found that about one in six American or European adults suffers from symptoms caused by OA
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Continence Related SensitiveSkin

OVER 50% of people with incontinence suffer from sore and broken skin, or Incontinence Associated Dermatitis (IAD), when wearing continence pads, with almost all of those describing the condition as painful or uncomfortable. Research has been conducted by 3M, manufacturers of Cavilon durable barrier cream, in association with the Cystitis and Overactive Bladder (COB) Foundation, the largest bladder patient support charity in the UK. In the survey of 800 incontinence sufferers at home, 45%
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Fowler’s Syndrome

What is Fowler’s Syndrome? Fowler’s Syndrome was first described by Professor Clare J Fowler in 1985 and consists of difficulty in passing urine and urinary retention due to the bladder’s sphincter muscle’s failure to relax. Fowler’s affects young women and up to half the patients affected have polycystic ovaries. Who is affected? Fowler’s Syndrome typically affects younger women in their twenties and thirties who infrequently pass urine with an intermittent stream. The sensation
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Other Treatments

Other Treatments Botox Botox (Botulinum A-toxin) is now being used in some hospitals as a treatment for OAB. Botox,  Electrical Stimulation Electrical stimulation of the pelvic floor can sometimes help. It is best to be supervised by a health professional on this treatment.    Biofeedback This system uses measuring devices to help you become more aware of the body’s functioning. A variety of instruments are used to record small electrical signals which are given off when speci
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Medication

Medication Anticholinergics and Antimuscarinics: these drugs slow down the contractions of the bladder wall, relaxing the bladder and decreasing the need to urinate. Commonly prescribed anticholinergics include:  ·         Oxybutinin (also available as a transdermal patch) ·         Tolterodine ·         Darifenacin ·         Trospium ·         Vesicare ·         Toviaz   Betmiga (Mirabegron)  Mirabegron is a once-daily, beta-3 adrenoceptor agonist for the symptomatic
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Treatments

Treatments There are many treatment options available, speak to your GP or continence advisor for further information. Below are many of the options available:  Urinalysis and cultureIt may be considered necessary to provide a sample of urine for testing to ensure that there is no infection or blood present.Bladder diaryYou may be asked to record when you pass urine and how much, over a short period of time and include how much fluid you are drinking.  For urge incontinence or overacti
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