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Microproteinuria: Indicator to monitor CNI-related nephrotoxicity in liver transplant recipients?
Calcineurin inhibitor-related renal dysfunction has been widely reported in liver transplant recipients. The monitoring of transplant patients, however, is still dependent on somewhat old indicators: serum creatinine, BUN, total urine output. Microproteinuria is a hallmark of early changes in the glomeruli and proximal tubular function. A research group in China demonstrated that microproteinuria could be used as an early and sensitive indicator to monitor CNI-related nephrotoxicity in liver transplant recipients. (2009-06-27)

Some stroke survivors' function slowly declines over time
Functional ability gradually declines annually for at least five years after a first ischemic stroke. The decline occurs even in patients considered functionally recovered six months after stroke. Patients with Medicaid or no health insurance have significantly more disability than those with Medicare or private insurance. (2009-06-25)

AUA Foundation announces 2009 Research Scholar Program award winners
The American Urological Association Foundation announced the award winners for the 2009 Research Scholar Program. The AUA Foundation Research Scholar Program supports young scientists in the early stages of their research careers. This year, a record number of candidates applied for awards. (2009-06-24)

Patients with lower urinary tract symptoms more likely to suffer from metabolic syndrome
Researchers have determined that individuals with mild to severe symptoms of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) are more likely to suffer from metabolic syndrome, a collection of cardiovascular risk factors thought to be linked by insulin resistance). LUTS encompass voiding (incomplete emptying, weak stream, intermittency, straining) and storage (frequency, urgency, nocturia) difficulties. (2009-06-18)

Botox injections can significantly improve quality of life for people with overactive bladders
Botox is well known for its cosmetic uses, but it can also significantly improve people's quality of life if they suffer from another problem that increases with age, an overactive bladder. A new study shows that patients who had Botox injections to control bladder problems reported significant improvements in their lives as well as their symptoms for at least 24 weeks. Thirty-four patients (average age 50) took part, with 16 receiving Botox injections to their bladder and 18 being injected with a placebo drug. (2009-06-09)

2 studies find patients have lower health-related quality of life after cancer diagnosis
Cancer patients who are older than 65 years have poorer physical health and, in some cases, mental health when compared with people of the same age group without cancer, according to a study in the June 9 online issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. (2009-06-09)

UCLA study details quality of life for prostate cancer patients 4 years out from treatment
A long-term study by researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center found that the three most common treatments for localized prostate cancer had significant impacts on patients' quality of life, a finding that could help guide doctors and patients in making treatment decisions. (2009-06-09)

NIH funds work at WPI on regenerating heart tissue and preventing urinary tract infections
Two researchers in Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center have received awards from the National Institutes of Health. Glenn Gaudette, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, will receive $403,000 over two years to advance his work using bone marrow derived stem cells to restore function to damaged hearts. Terri Camesano, associate professor of chemical engineering, will receive $218,000 over two years to continue her studies of how cranberry juice prevents urinary tract infections. (2009-05-29)

BPA, chemical used to make plastics, found to leach from polycarbonate drinking bottles into humans
A new study from Harvard School of Public Health researchers found that participants who drank for a week from polycarbonate bottles, the popular, hard-plastic drinking bottles and baby bottles, showed a two-thirds increase in their urine of the chemical bisphenol A. (2009-05-21)

Gene hunters target child kidney failure
Researchers are zeroing in on the genetic abnormalities predisposing to vesicoureteric reflux, one of the most common causes of urinary tract infections and kidney failure in children, reports a study in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. (2009-05-14)

Elevated level of certain protein in urine linked to increased risk for blood clots
Preliminary research suggests that higher than normal levels of the protein albumin in urine is associated with an increased risk for blood clots in the deep veins of the legs or lungs (venous thromboembolism; VTE), according to a study in the May 6 issue of JAMA. (2009-05-05)

Meditate your way to better bladder health
Findings from a Journal of Urology study conducted at Loyola University Health System revealed that cognitive therapy is an effective management strategy for urge incontinence. (2009-05-04)

European Society for Pediatric Urology to organize anniversary congress in Amsterdam
From May 6-9, the European Society for Pediatric Urology is organizing its 20th annual congress. This anniversary meeting promises to be a special one, among other things because of its high-quality scientific content. The congress venue is the Forum Complex at the RAI Congress Center in the southern part of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. (2009-04-27)

Drinking diet soda may reduce the risk of forming kidney stones
Patients with stone disease could benefit from drinking diet soda. New research from the University of California, San Francisco suggests that the citrate and malate content in commonly consumed sodas may be sufficient to inhibit the development of calcium stones. The study was presented at the 104th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association. (2009-04-26)

Uterus sparing surgery is a safe and effective treatment for pelvic organ prolapse
Researchers presented data at the 104th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association showing that uterus sparing surgery is an effective and safe treatment for women who want to preserve the integrity of vaginal function after pelvic organ prolapse. Hysterectomy may not be the only option for women with pelvic organ prolapse. (2009-04-26)

Long-term complications of melamine consumption in children
Children with a history of consuming melamine-contaminated milk powder are at an increased risk of developing kidney stones and other urological complications. Researchers presenting two studies at the 104th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association found that melamine calculus occurred mostly in infants at six months to 18 months after consuming melamine-contaminated milk powder after birth but that the stones could be effectively managed with noninvasive treatment. (2009-04-26)

Autologous muscle-derived cells may treat stress urinary incontinence
Researchers have confirmed that transplanting autologous muscle-derived cells into the bladder is safe at a wide range of doses and significantly improves symptoms and quality of life in patients with stress urinary incontinence. The study was presented at the 104th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association, and showed that the injection of muscle-derived cells was well tolerated and significantly improved symptoms. (2009-04-26)

Obesity associated with higher risk for urinary tract infections
As body mass increases, so does a patient's risk of urinary tract infection, according to Baltimore researchers. A new study, presented at the 104th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association assesses and stratifies this risk. (2009-04-26)

Major statin study reveals several important findings for reducing prostate cancer and disease
Statins, drugs widely prescribed to lower cholesterol, may have protective effects on prostate health. (2009-04-26)

Tadalafil may effectively treat symptoms of BPH-LUTS in addition to erectile dysfunction
Tadalafil may improve lower urinary tract symptoms in men with benign prostatic hyperplasia. Researchers from Nashville, Dallas, San Antonia and Indianapolis will present these findings during the 104th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association. (2009-04-26)

Predominant risk factors for first urinary tract infections in college-aged women
Increased sexual activity and alcohol consumption were associated with an increased risk of developing urinary tract infections, and college-aged women experiencing urinary frequency or urgency should seek medical care to treat what may be their first urinary tract infection, according to new research presented at the 104th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association. (2009-04-26)

Generics less effective/safe than branded medications in treating LUTS
Men taking generic drugs may be more likely to have less effective results and more adverse events than if they were using branded medications, according to new data from researchers in New York. Researchers presented a study at the 104th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association showing that generic substitutes for alpha blockers and 5-alpha reductase inhibitors, two classes of medications used to treat lower urinary tract symptoms in men, are less effective than their branded counterparts. (2009-04-26)

Researchers find possible genetic link for pelvic floor disorders
University of Utah researchers have identified a region of the human genome that may contribute to the development of pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, according to a study published this week in the American Journal of Human Genetics. (2009-04-23)

Hospital care varies greatly for children with urinary tract infections
More than 45,000 infants and children in the United States are hospitalized each year for urinary tract infections, but a new study reveals significant variability across hospitals in treatment and outcomes. The findings of the study provide an opportunity to eliminate potential waste in the health-care system and to engage in quality improvement efforts for this common condition, according to the co-authors. (2009-04-21)

ASBMB Annual Meeting to feature talks on the biochemistry of aging
Five-hundred years ago, Ponce de Leon combed the swamps of Florida seeking the legendary (2009-04-18)

Test predicts who will develop end-stage renal disease
Measuring kidney function by assessing two different factors -- glomerular filtration rate and urinary albumin levels -- helps determine which patients with chronic kidney disease will develop end-stage renal disease, according to a study appearing in the May 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Society Nephrology. This combination test could help physicians identify patients at high risk of serious kidney trouble and allow them to intervene at an early stage. (2009-04-08)

M. D. Anderson study finds pre-surgical stress management improves mood, quality of life
Brief stress management sessions prior to and immediately after surgery may have both short- and long-term benefit for men undergoing a radical prostatectomy for early stage prostate cancer, according to research from the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. (2009-04-06)

Multiple sclerosis associated with lower cancer risk
A new study shows that people with multiple sclerosis may be at a lower risk for cancer overall, but at a higher risk of developing certain types of cancer, such as brain tumors and bladder cancer. The study is published in the March 31, 2009, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2009-03-30)

Collagen injections can help some incontinence patients when surgery fails, researcher finds
Collagen injections can benefit women who still suffer from stress urinary incontinence even after urethral or periurethral surgery, a UT Southwestern Medical Center researcher has found. (2009-03-17)

Meet the expert sessions at the 24th Annual EAU Congress
At the forthcoming 24th Annual EAU Congress in Stockholm, which will start on Tuesday, March 17, the EAU will be organizing three (2009-03-12)

Steroid doping tests ignore vital ethnic differences in hormone activity
Current steroid (testosterone) doping tests should be scrapped for international sport, because they ignore vital ethnic differences in hormone activity, suggests research published ahead of print in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. (2009-03-11)

New research reveals how cranberry products prevent urinary tract infections
Chemicals present in cranberries -- and not the acidity of cranberry juice, as previously thought -- prevent infection-causing bacteria from attaching to the cells that line the urinary tract, as documented in a report published in Journal of Medicinal Food, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert Inc. (2009-03-09)

Freezing prostate cancer does a man's body good
The so-called (2009-03-09)

EAU TV goes 'live' at 24th Annual EAU Congress in Stockholm
At the forthcoming 24th Annual EAU Congress in Stockholm, the EAU will broadcast news recorded on-site in the EAU TV Studio. A first in the organization's annual congresses, EAU TV webcasts will be posted on the EAU websites and broadcast live in the EAU TV area at the congress venue in Stockholm. (2009-03-02)

'Stay Dry' tested to help men with incontinence problems from prostate cancer treatments
Improving the lives of men with incontinence after prostate surgery is the goal of a new (2009-02-27)

Healthy people with high urinary protein levels have elevated kidney disease risk
Measuring the amount of protein lost in the urine can identify individuals at risk of developing kidney disease, according to a study appearing in the April 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Society Nephrology. The results suggest that a simple and low-cost urine screen is a promising way to address the epidemic of chronic kidney disease. (2009-02-11)

Stem cell transplant reverses early stage multiple sclerosis
Researchers from Northwestern University appear to have reversed the neurological dysfunction of early stage multiple sclerosis patients by transplanting their own immune stem cells into their bodies and thereby (2009-01-29)

Blood and urine protein predicts CKD progression
Measuring a small protein in the blood and urine can predict which patients with non-advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) will progress to a more serious form of the disease, according to a study appearing in the February 2009 issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology. The findings could be used to devise a new screening method for identifying which patients should receive aggressive therapies to prevent the progression of their disease. (2009-01-28)

Weight loss reduces incontinence for women
A six-month program of diet, exercise and behavior modification resulted in a loss of 17 pounds and nearly one-half fewer incontinence episodes per week on average, according to a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine. The bottom line? Initiation of weight loss should be added as a first-line treatment in overweight and obese women, the researchers said. (2009-01-28)

Weight loss reduces incontinence in obese women, UCSF study shows
Behavioral weight-loss programs can be an effective way to reduce urinary incontinence in women who are overweight or obese, according to a study led by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco. (2009-01-28)

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