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Pelvic Floor Disorder Alliance aims to educate, empower women

One in three women have a pelvic floor disorder, yet many women refuse to seek treatment, leaving them to suffer in silence, according to new research issued by the Pelvic Floor Disorder (PFD) Alliance. The lack of awareness and stigma around these issues prompted the PFD Alliance to launch a public awareness campaign to help women impacted by pelvic floor disorders and minimize any discomfort around seeking education and treatment for the condition. The campaign, “Break Free from PFDs,” aims to help women understand the facts about PFDs and empower them with information on how to pursue individualized solutions for ... Read More

FDA wants more data on safety of transvaginal mesh

Manufacturers of surgical mesh used to repair pelvic floor disorders including pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) are being asked by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct new studies on the safety of the products. The review is in response to mounting complaints associated with the transvaginal use of the mesh. Inserted through the vagina to shore up organs that have slumped from childbirth or obesity, the mesh offers an attractive non-invasive alternative to surgical repair. However, complaints show that the mesh often over time begins to erode into the vaginal wall. This causes pain, ... Read More

SSRIs increase fall risk for elderly patients with dementia

Falls are the No. 1 cause of accidental death in people age 65 years and older, and one common medication among elderly patients with dementia may be exacerbating the situation, suggests the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. Many patients with dementia also suffer from depression, and are often prescribed antidepressants. Doctors have known that older antidepressants, which carry side effects such as dizziness and unsteadiness, have contributed to falls. They had hoped switching patients to a newer class of antidepressants, known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), would change those statistics. But the new study shows the newer SSRIs, among the ... Read More