Urology

2015/10/02MEDICAL UPDATE

Effective use of Firmagon (degarelix) for advanced prostate cancer

Firmagon (Degarelix) is a competitive, reversible GnRH receptor blocker, for patients with advanced hormone-dependent prostate cancer.  Where Injection technique is critical;  Nora Sullivan, a specialist nurse at Hibernian Healthcare, explains that very slow injection (over two or even two and a half minutes) is the key to minimising the risk of injection site reactions.

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2015/08/27MEDICAL UPDATE

Pioglitazone treatment not linked to bladder cancer

by Bruce Sylvester: Treatment of diabetes with pioglitazone does not appear to be related to an increased risk of bladder cancer, researchers from an analysis including nearly 200,000 subjects reported in the July 21, 2015 issue of JAMA.

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2015/07/23MEDICAL UPDATE

A person’s diet, acidity of urine may affect susceptibility to UTIs

The acidity of urine -- as well as the presence of small molecules related to diet -- may influence how well bacteria can grow in the urinary tract, a new study shows. The research, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, may have implications for treating urinary tract infections, which are among the most common bacterial infections worldwide.

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2015/01/21MEDICAL UPDATE

Neither aspirin nor clonidine treatment used perioperatively lowers risk of kidney injury

by Bruce Sylvester: In the non-cardiac surgical setting, neither aspirin nor clonidine taken perioperatively appears to reduce the risk of acute kidney injury, researchers reported on Nov. 15, 2014 in JAMA/Journal of the American Medical Association. 

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2014/06/10MEDICAL UPDATE

Urology QT Conference, London, May 2014. Video Interview with a number of participants

2013/05/29MEDICAL UPDATE

Nocturia and increased mortality risk

Nocturia significantly increased mortality risk in men and women, according to data from a government health survey.  Overall, awakening more than twice a night to urinate increased mortality risk by 50% in men and by more than 30% among women. Nocturia doubled the mortality risk of people younger than 65, and the effect was independent of comorbidities.

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2013/05/28MEDICAL UPDATE

Poor sleep link to urinary problems

Disordered sleep preceded development of urinary symptoms by as much as five years in men and women, according to researchers.

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2013/03/18MEDICAL UPDATE

Novel treatment approach for bladder pain using a herpes simplex virus vector reported

Severe chronic pain associated with conditions such as bladder pain syndrome/interstitial cystitis often require the use of opioid medication. An alternative treatment strategy increases the levels of a naturally occurring painkiller in and around the nerves that deliver pain signals to the bladder.

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2013/01/21MEDICAL UPDATE

Cranberry juice now unlikely to prevent cystitis

Cranberry juice is unlikely to prevent bladder and kidney infections, according to an updated systematic review published in The Cochrane Library.

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2013/01/21MEDICAL UPDATE

Change in PSA levels over time can help predict aggressive prostate cancer

Measurements taken over time of prostate specific antigen, the most commonly used screening test for prostate cancer in men, improve the accuracy of aggressive prostate cancer detection when compared to a single measurement of PSA,

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