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Half of women think urinary incontinence is normal

More than half of women surveyed think it is normal to leak a little urine from time to time, but nearly 60 percent are too embarrassed to talk to a health care professional about it, according to a new survey of more than 500 New Zealand women. The study was conducted by TENA, a brand of panty liner used for women with urinary incontinence, in an effort to raise awareness of the problem, educate women about incontinence and help empower them with tools to overcome the condition. Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is common among women, especially those who are older, overweight ... Read More

One-third of women who undergo transvaginal mesh surgeries have complications

A third of patients who undergo surgery to repair common pelvic floor disorders experience complications, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The surgery, called an abdominal sacrocolpopexy, is used to correct pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. It involves the vaginal insertion of surgical mesh, which is used to hold up organs such as the bladder, rectum or uterus that have fallen out of place due to childbirth, age or obesity. About 25 percent of women suffer from these conditions and about 11 to 19 percent undergo sacrocolpopexy to correct it. Though ... Read More

Woman’s bone disease linked to Mirena IUD

A 33-year-old woman who used the Mirena Intrauterine Device (IUD) for birth control for about six months developed a serious bone disease that left her disabled. The Mirena IUD was considered the primary source of her condition, according to researchers with AdverseEvents. According to the case study filed with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Adverse Event Reporting Program, the woman developed avascular necrosis in her hips and right shoulder shortly after being implanted with the IUD. After the device was removed, the necrosis did not spread to her right shoulder. (Avascular necrosis tends to affect parallel joints.) The woman had ... Read More

Tens of thousands of adverse events associated with Mirena IUD

The Mirena Intrauterine Device (IUD) has been associated with more than 47,000 adverse event reports since the device was introduced in 2000, according to AdverseEvents. The Mirena IUD, made by Bayer Healthcare, is a T-shaped device that is implanted in the uterus to temporarily prevent pregnancy. It is also used to control heavy menstrual bleeding in women who use IUDs for contraception. The device releases the hormone levonorgestrel. From the time the device hit the market through August 27, 2012, there have been 47,218 reports of a serious adverse event where the Mirena IUD was identified as the primary culprit. ... Read More

Legislation aims to give FDA greater oversight of compounding pharmacies that mass produce drugs

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators is proposing legislation that would grant the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) greater oversight of pharmacies that compound sterile drugs and ship them across state lines. The proposal comes on the heels of the deadly fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 53 people and sickened at least 733 across 20 states. Medical investigators determined that the outbreak was caused by contaminated steroid shots made by New England Compounding Center (NECC). About 18,000 tainted shots were sent to medical facilities in 23 states, putting an estimated 14,000 people at risk for fungal infections including meningitis. Pharmaceutical ... Read More

Affordable Healthcare Act may make more women choose IUDs over pills

Changes in health care laws may help make intrauterine devices (IUDs) more affordable for women, and could boost sales of the devices in the United States. There are three types of IUDs sold in the U.S., including Bayer’s Mirena, which was introduced 12 years ago. IUDs have steep upfront costs ranging from $400 to $1,000, which have made lesser expensive birth control pills a much more attractive option. However, under the Affordable Healthcare Act, new health plans or those that lose their grandfathered status now must provide many preventative services – including birth control – without patients having to dig ... Read More

Dry, itchy skin causes dialysis patients to skip appointments for treatment

Dialysis patients who feel itchy are less likely to keep their appointments, which can make patients more susceptible to serious health complications including heart problems and infections, new research shows. Dry, itchy skin, also known as pruritus, is a problem that affects dialysis patients, but no one really understands why. Because it is not considered a life threatening condition, pruritus has often been overlooked by health care professionals more concerned with more serious complications. However, in the past couple of years dialysis organizations have taken more of an interest in quality of life issues with patients since those issues are ... Read More

Study links vaginal cleansers, lubricants to yeast, bacterial infections

Cleansers, lubricants and petroleum jelly used by women intravaginally can cause yeast and bacterial infections that damage vaginal tissue and increase a woman’s chances of contracting sexually transmitted diseases such as herpes, chlamydia and HIV, a new study suggests. Researchers at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston polled 141 women about their use of cleansers, washes, douches and inserted lubricants – not including tampons – over the previous month. Then they tested women for vaginal infections. They found that women who used products intravaginally that were not intended for that use – such as oils or petroleum jelly – were ... Read More

Compounding pharmacy recalls products due to mold contamination

Med Prep Consulting, Inc., a compounding pharmacy based in Tinton Falls, NJ, is recalling all products after mold was discovered floating in plastic infusion bags. The mold was discovered in five bags of magnesium sulfate 2GM in Dextrose 5% in water, 50ml for injection, a product used for magnesium electrolyte replacement. If an intravenous product found to contain mold is injected into a patient, it could have deadly results. In an abundance of caution, Med Prep Consulting has recalled all products compounded by the pharmacy due to lack of sterility assurance. The affected products are administered for a wide range ... Read More

Woman’s suffering leads to foundation for women with transvaginal mesh complications

Less than a month after Teresa Sawyer was implanted with transvaginal mesh to treat urinary incontinence, she began having complications. “I started getting deathly ill,” she says. “I literally thought I was dying. My immune system just plummeted and I began having crazy ailments.” She immediately suspected the problems were caused by the mesh, but her doctor dismissed the notion. But the foreign object implanted inside her began to erode into neighboring organs, causing immense pain. She also developed an array of symptoms such as cysts on her wrists and worsening of her rheumatoid arthritis. Her doctor finally said there ... Read More