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  1. New Overactive Bladder Drug Approved

    Dec. 22, 2004 -- The FDA today approved Enablex for the treatment of overactive bladder, according to the drug's manufacturer. Novartis Pharmaceuticals, the East Hanover, N.J., affiliate of Swiss drug giant Novartis AG, says the drug should hit the U.S. market in early 2005. The drug is approved for

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  2. Your Own Stem Cells May Cure Incontinence

    Nov. 29, 2004 -- A new treatment that uses a person's own stem cells to strengthen the bladder may one day cure incontinence. Stress urinary incontinence is a common problem that affects more than 15 million people worldwide. It occurs when the muscles that help the urethra open and close become wea

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  3. Vesicare Approved to Treat Overactive Bladder

    Nov. 23, 2004 -- The FDA has approved a new, once-daily drug to treat overactive bladder, an often embarrassing disorder that affects up to 20 million men and women in the U.S. Vesicare is approved to treat overactive bladder with symptoms of urgency, frequency, and urge incontinence. In people with

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  4. Urinary Incontinence Runs in the Family

    Oct. 14, 2004 -- Sisters and daughters of women with urinary incontinence are more likely to face the same problem as they get older, a new study shows. Urinary incontinence or loss of urine control is a common problem among women, especially among older women. It's a symptom of a problem in the low

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  5. First Pill for Stress Incontinence in the Works

    Aug. 5, 2004 -- Developers of a new drug to treat stress urinary incontinence report favorable findings in a new study. Yentreve is designed to help increase the tone and contraction of a urethral muscle to help stop urine leaks during physical activity in women. Stress urinary incontinence is the m

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  6. Incontinence Drug Doesn't Affect Memory

    March 31, 2004 -- The manufacturer of a new treatment for overactive bladder says its drug may be less likely to affect the memory than currently available therapies. In a study reported late last week, patients taking Enablex showed no evidence of memory or other cognitive problems. Researchers say

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  7. Stress Incontinence: Exercise Works Best

    July 15, 2003 -- A new study shows exercising the right muscles can significantly improve stress incontinence, but electrical stimulation -- used for more than 50 years -- offers no added benefit. Researchers say the key to maximizing results is to make sure you work closely with your doctor. The re

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  8. New Relief for Stress Incontinence

    Women who suffer from stress urinary incontinence (SUI) worry about coughing, sneezing, even laughing in public for fear of having an accident. For some the fear of embarrassment is so great that they become virtual recluses, staying at home and avoiding any social contact. Even with this anxiety, h

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  9. Drug Shows Promise for Bladder Problems

    July 22, 2002 -- A new drug looks promising for treatment of stress urinary incontinence, an embarrassing problem for many women. Though the drug duloxetine is still being tested and has not received FDA approval, it seems to provide many women with another option. Stress urinary incontinence is sai

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  10. Muscle Training Relieves Incontinence After Childbirth

    Sept. 17, 2001 -- Childbirth is generally felt to be part of the natural cycle of life, but many women are left with troubling medical problems, including the inability to control their urine or even their bowel movements. As many as a third of women suffer from urinary incontinence following vagina

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