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    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

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    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    Archive for the 'Incontenence: Urinary' Category

    Cranberry juice to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infection

    Monday, June 20th, 2011

    Catheter-associated bacteriuria is the most common healthcare–associated infection worldwide. It’s due to the widespread use of urinary catheterization.

    An Expert Panel of the Infectious Diseases Society of America reviewed the evidence and made recommendations to minimize this risk. Here’s what they say about cranberry juice. (more…)

    Biofeedback for men undergoing prostatectomy

    Sunday, January 9th, 2011

    The value of pelvic floor muscle training on the recovery of urinary continence after removing the prostate is controversial, according to researchers at the University of São Paulo School of Medicine, in Brazil.

    They studied biofeedback + pelvic floor muscle training to improve urinary incontinence following radical prostatectomy. (more…)

    Treating giggle incontinence

    Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

    incontinenceIt’s a rare condition in which urination occurs during laughing. Researchers from North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, in New York studied the value of biofeedback in a small group of children. (more…)

    Effectiveness of cranberry in people with ileal enterocystoplasty

    Friday, July 30th, 2010

    A diseased urinary bladder with low capacity and low compliance (ability to urinate) may require ileal enterocystoplasty (remove a part of the small intestine and attach it to the bladder to enlarge it and improve function [photo]).

    Researchers at Hospital Foch, in Suresnes, France, studied a cranberry preparation with high levels of proanthocyanidin A (inhibits bacteria from sticking to tissue) to prevent repeated bacteriuria in people with an ileal enterocystoplasty. (more…)

    Behavioral therapy as good as drugs to treat overactive bladder

    Friday, June 4th, 2010

    During the American Urological Association (AUA) 2010 Annual Scientific Meeting, researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham reported that a comprehensive behavioral therapy program is as effective as drug therapy for treating overactive bladder (OAB) in men without significant bladder outlet obstruction. (more…)

    Pelvic floor training for urinary incontinence

    Saturday, December 12th, 2009

    Stress incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine during a physical activity such as coughing or sneezing. It can happen if the pelvic floor muscles are weak.

    Cochrane has reviewed the data on Kegel exercises in women. (more…)

    Prompted voiding for urinary incontinence

    Monday, August 17th, 2009

    Researchers from the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota reviewed treatments for nursing home residents with urinary incontinence.

    Prompted voiding used alone and combined with exercise were associated with modest short-term improvement in daytime urinary incontinence. (more…)

    Lose weight, gain control over incontinence

    Thursday, January 29th, 2009

    Obesity correlates with urinary incontinence. Might weight loss be an effective treatment?

    Researchers from across the US decided to find out. (more…)

    Benefits of biofeedback in older women with urge urinary incontinence

    Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

    It’s mostly in your head. (more…)

    Biofeedback in children with voiding disorders

    Sunday, October 26th, 2008

    Urinary incontinence can lead to lower self-esteem and even kidney damage.

    Researchers from Hopital Jeanne de Flandre in Lille, France evaluated the effect of a biofeedback-training program in children with a long history of voiding disorders. (more…)

    Interferential current vs biofeedback for stress incontinence

    Sunday, June 8th, 2008

    Both methods are effective in patients with urinary stress incontinence, according to this study by researchers at Gaziosmanpasa University in Tokat, Turkey. (more…)

    Does biofeedback reduce incontinence after prostate surgery?

    Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

    Radical prostatectomy is an operation to remove the prostate gland and some of the tissue around it. It is done to treat prostate cancer, and up to half of all men who have a radical prostatectomy develop urinary incontinence.

    Preoperative pelvic floor training (PFT) is used to strengthen the muscles and improve recovery of continence following the operation.

    Does adding biofeedback help?