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  1. Weight Loss May Reduce Incontinence

    Jan, 27, 2009 -- For obese and overweight women, losing weight can dramatically reduce episodes of incontinence, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Study participants included 338 women, all overweight or obese, who leaked urine at least 10 times in a week. The wo

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  2. FDA OKs First Overactive Bladder Gel

    Jan. 28, 2009 -- The FDA has approved Gelnique, the first and only topical gel to treat overactive bladder. Watson Pharmaceuticals, which makes Gelnique, announced the approval in a news release. Gelnique's active ingredient, oxybutynin, isn't new; it's an antispasmodic agent that's already availabl

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  3. At Events With Incontinence

    A lecture hall, the theater, a ballgame: if the setting is crowded, incontinence is a hassle. Many people avoid those events. Others get crafty in devising their exit plans. "People can be very strategic," says Roger Dmochowski, MD, a urologist and director of the Vanderbilt Continence Center in Nas

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  4. New Drug Approved for Overactive Bladder

    Oct. 31, 2008 -- The FDA has approved a new prescription drug called Toviaz to treat overactive bladder (OAB) in adults. Toviaz relaxes the bladder's smooth muscle tissue, thus reducing the urinary frequency, urge to urinate, and sudden urinary incontinence that are characteristic symptoms of OAB. "

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  5. Women, Sports, and Stress Incontinence

    Sept. 25, 2008 -- It's a delicate subject, but one that many women experience. Urinary incontinence, or leaking urine, is a common, embarrassing female problem that keeps women from working out or playing sports. Researchers wanted to take a look at stress urinary incontinence in the general populat

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  6. 1/4 of Women Have Pelvic Floor Disorder

    Sept. 16, 2008 -- Nearly a quarter of women have a pelvic floor disorder, which can be incontinence (urinary or fecal) or pelvic organ prolapse (when the uterus or another pelvic organ drops from its usual position and pushes against the walls of the vagina.) The older a women gets, the higher her c

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  7. Tips for Dealing With Overactive Bladder (OAB)

    Don't just "live with it" if you have an overactive bladder. Simple lifestyle changes and medications can make a big difference. To help you cope with OAB, WebMD editors searched through our best articles and OAB guides to pull out useful tips for daily living. Use these tips for better health and p

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  8. Incontinence: A Woman's Little Secret

    Often, it starts after the baby's born: You head to aerobics class, ready to shed those extra pounds, and in the middle of the workout...an accident. This embarrassing little problem is urinary incontinence, and lots of women -- regardless of age -- are secretly dealing with it. More than 13 million

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  9. Study: Female Incontinence Is Common

    Feb. 29, 2008 -- Women often don't tell their doctors about incontinence, overactive bladder, and pelvic organ prolapse, but those problems are common, a new study shows. The study urges women not to accept those problems as a normal part of aging. "Rather, they should focus on modifiable risk facto

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  10. Panel Recommends Curb in Episiotomy

    Dec. 12, 2007 -- A routine procedure performed on up to 1 million American women per year may be needlessly contributing to incontinence in those women, an expert panel concluded Wednesday. The procedure, known as episiotomy, involves cutting tissue between the lower vagina and the anus when women a

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