The “False Positive” Celiac Blood Test: Why Wrong Diagnosis is Possible

Gluten Free- False positive celiac blood test

It is estimated that celiac disease affects 1 in 100 people in the UK. However, some of these people could actually have been wrongly diagnosed.

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Although pull up pants are often the recommended running option, you can also choose a pad if you prefer this option. Many people feel more comfortable in an all in one pad due to the security of a pad with a pant design. On the other hand, some people with very light incontinence only require a small, light pad.

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Teenagers at sleepover

Staying somewhere overnight or going to a sleepover are common events that young people look forward to. Reduced self-confidence and embarrassment can severely restrict social life.

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It made the news this October that C-Sections have nearly doubled since 2000. Reasons for this decision include the fear of labor pain, sexual dysfunction and of course the fear of incontinence related to vaginal delivery.

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There are an estimated 4 million men living in the UK with incontinence. However, the fear of a bulky product means many men shy away from looking for protection.

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transient incontinence

Transient incontinence is estimated to occur in up to a third of community-dwelling elderly and up to 50% of acutely hospitalized patients.

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It is common for people with incontinence to believe there is no treatment method. However, most cases of incontinence can actually be treated. (more…)

We are constantly bombarded with different claims of natural remedies that are supposed to calm bladder problems and incontinence. Using herbal teas and plants is one of these.

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Stress incontinence and urge incontinence are the most common types of urinary incontinence. So, what is the difference between them both?

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Spinal cord injury is defined as damage to the spinal cord itself, often in combination with damage to the nerve roots in the lowest section of the spinal cord.

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Are you tempted to google early potty training methods when your child doesn’t seem to be progressing? Although it can be easy to lose patience, you may want to re-think rushing the process.

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A recent survey published as “Failing the Frail” discovered that only a third of care home staff have attended training about continence care in the past year. Is this problem something which we are simply pushing to one side?

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With an increase in usage of ureteral stents in the management of urinary tract diseases, familiarity of the devices is becoming wide-spread. With this, the consequences and complications have come to light.

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A Greek study showed that smokers were more likely to suffer from incontinence than those who didn’t smoke. National Kidney Foundation research showed that former or current or heavy smokers were more than twice as likely to develop severe incontinence.

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Having weak pelvic floor muscles is a common cause of incontinence. Dysfunction of the pelvic floor muscles can lead to problems with bladder and rectal support.

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Are you worried about leaving a cinema numerous times because of incontinence?

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Going to an anticipated social event can easily be ruined by worrying about incontinence. What if you need to change your product? Where do you dispose it?

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Research shows that seniors are more likely to delay seeking incontinence treatment. It can cause psychological stress, depression and humiliation; however, many seniors choose not to seek help.

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The peak prevalence of incontinence in women occurs around the time of the menopause. Recent studies have found that the reduced levels of oestrogen during menopause is a huge reason for this fact.

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If you have experienced incontinence, you have probably already heard people telling you that caffeine can worsen incontinence. So, we’re finally answering the question: why is there such a significant correlation between caffeine and urinary incontinence?                      (more…)

Urinary catheters can be a life-changing solution for many people. Individuals often describe using the products as “liberating”. However, they can also cause other problems such as reduced self-confidence and feelings of alienation.

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Vaginal mesh implants for incontinence have been a popular phenomenon across Europe and in the US since the early 2000s. However, problems surrounding mesh implants is a topic that seems to resurface countless times.

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It is still taboo to talk about bladder problems and toileting. However, not every disability is visible, which makes access to public toilets vital.

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Bladder and bowel problems are estimated to affect up to 28% of all children at any one time. Unfortunately, a large proportion of these children continue to suffer from incontinence into adulthood. (more…)

As we’d expect, incontinence can cause psychological stress and embarrassment. However, could stress and other mental health issues be a possible cause of urinary incontinence?

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If you have incontinence, you have probably been told countless times that your diet can have a profound effect on your voiding patterns. While it is important to obey the basic rules, you shouldn’t have to stick to a boring regime.

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It is estimated that one of three new mothers develop urinary incontinence. Although stressful, the condition remains a frequently overlooked form of maternal morbidity.                                (more…)

When someone mentions the phrase “incontinence pants”, do you automatically think of a bulky and noisy product?

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From lack of resources to lack of publicity, incontinence in men is a topic that needs serious attention. Leakages are certainly not just a woman’s problem.

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Bladder cancer remains one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers. However, the complications that come with bladder cancer are often misunderstood. One particular struggle that is rarely spoken of is urinary incontinence.

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Looking after a child with incontinence can cause many practical and social problems. As a child is taught toilet training at a young, it can be confusing when they become incontinent later in life.

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Shockingly, there are 100,000 people in the UK living with Multiple Sclerosis. The side effects of Multiple Sclerosis can have a huge impact on a person’s quality of life. (more…)

The world of an athlete includes training, hard work and satisfaction. However, a problem we don’t see on TV when watching the Olympics is the hidden world of incontinence.

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Wearing incontinence pads can be life-changing. They feel discreet and light at the same time as providing you with confidence. However, keeping them in place can be a difficulty that many people experience.

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Urinary Incontinence or faecal incontinence should not turn the holiday you are excited about into something you dread. Air travel with incontinence can be stress-free with the right tips and guidance.

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Parkinson’s is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. It is caused by the loss of nerve cells, which contain a chemical called dopamine. Many people understand Parkinson’s Disease to only cause delayed movement and impaired balance. (more…)

When it is unnecessary to buy the most absorbent all in ones for your leaks, it can be hard to know what your options are when choosing light incontinence products.

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Prostate cancer recently overtook breast cancer to become the UK’s third biggest cancer killer. According to Prostate Cancer UK, 11,819 men now die from prostate cancer every year.

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A child learns bladder control at a young age. It can, therefore, be shocking and alarming when they experience leaks at a much older age.

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It is estimated that between 6 and 30 percent of hospitalised people aged 65 years and older are dehydrated. Dehydration in seniors is a problem that requires more research and understanding.

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Bowel incontinence, also known as faecal incontinence is a surprisingly common condition in both men and women. There is currently an under-reporting due to patients’ reluctance to talk about the condition. This results in many people being unaware of the bowel incontinence products that are available to them.

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What Causes Anal Sphincter Muscle Damage?

Childbirth is the most common cause of damage in women. The incidence of anal incontinence following recognized obstetric anal sphincter injury is estimated at over 60%. 63-year-old Nancy experienced a fourth-degree perineal tear, expanding from the vagina to the rectum. The injury included damage to the anal sphincters. She remembers the tough first days of parenthood, explaining, “I was trying to be a mother while going back in the hospital for surgery. It was overwhelming”. Other women develop symptoms around menopause when the pelvic floor muscles tend to weaken. A common cause of sphincter damage for both men and women is any type of injury to the anus. This injury may be due to accidental damage during an anal or rectal operation, such as haemorrhoidectomy or following an operation for anal fissure or fistula. Damage to the pudendal nerves is another common cause of sphincter muscle damage. The pudendal nerves stimulate the sphincter muscles. Individuals who have experienced damage to the pudendal nerves may find it difficult to know when they are leaking or when they need to defecate. Damage to these nerves can also cause confusion in distinguishing between gas and stool.

Can you Re-Gain Continence after your Anal Sphincter Muscles are Damaged?

If you are suffering from faecal incontinence as a result of anal sphincter muscle damage, do not lose hope that you can regain continence. Your muscles may be weakened; however, this can often be treated through numerous exercises and behavioural techniques. Even in individuals who have structural damage, it is possible for them to regain continence through behavioural treatment. Dr Michael Kamm explains, “there is often an element of reversibility and evidence that a complex combination of factors contributes to continence”. Certain exercises help to strengthen the sphincter muscles. An easy way to locate your sphincter muscles is to pretend you are trying to prevent a bowel movement. When doing this, you should feel the muscles around your anus start to tighten. You should squeeze the muscles for as long as you can, whilst relaxing in between each squeeze. Try to hold for up to 10 seconds and practice this up to 10 times. You can choose between a variety of positions when doing these exercises, for example, sitting, standing and lying down.

Surgeon and patient faecal incontinence

Evidence suggests that biofeedback is a successful, minimally invasive method of treating faecal incontinence. This method is painless and safe. In 1974, Engel, Nikoomanesh and Schuster first found biofeedback to be successful in treating faecal incontinence. In this method, patients improve voluntary contraction of the external anal sphincter and puborectalis muscles. The method also aims to improve coordination of the internal and external anal sphincters in response to rectal distention. Biofeedback can be practised with a EMG machine, an anal plug or a recording sponge. Individuals are shown a tracing of the strength and duration of sphincter contraction. Other techniques of biofeedback include manometric techniques or sensory training, which involves placement of an intra-anal balloon. A study in 1997 aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of biofeedback.  A case series of patients with faecal incontinence were provided with biofeedback, and 92% of the patients experienced significant improvement with biofeedback. Additionally, advice on resisting urgency alongside the use of medications has been proven to be an effective method.

If you do not see any results from conservative treatment, you should ask your Doctor for surgery recommendations. If your incontinence is severe, an artificial sphincter may be implanted. This method involves placing an inflatable sphincter around the anus. A pump placed inside the body is used to deflate the device, allowing faecal matter to pass through at the appropriate time. For major disruption of the sphincter due to obstetric causes, overlap repair of the sphincter is effective.

Physician and patient faecal incontinence

Are you struggling to manage your faecal incontinence? Read our blog on living with a hyperactive colon.

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Studies suggest that in the UK, constipation and bowel incontinence affects between 3% and 15% of the population. Anal sphincter muscle damage is the most common cause of faecal incontinence.

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Urological disease experts assert that between 35-50% of males experience symptoms of Prostatitis at a particular time.

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Continence is something that is learnt and retained during childhood. However, staying continent is harder than simply a rehearsed skill in people with Dementia.

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Sadly, half of all people admitted to hospital with a stroke will have lost control over their bladder. Incontinence in stroke patients can severely affect their quality of life and be a life-changing condition.

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Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia is a non-cancerous increase in the size of the prostate. Despite being rarely discussed, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia is currently the most prevalent urological disease in men.

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As we age, we might find that we need help with tasks that we have always done by ourselves. Using a toilet is something many of us take for granted, however many elderly or disabled people struggle with this.

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Robotic Prostatectomy is becoming the most prominent choice for the surgical removal of prostate cancer. The popularity of the procedure has increased rapidly since its introduction in 2000.

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In extreme cases, surgery methods are necessary in treating incontinence. It can be easy to jump straight to long-term treatment methods without thinking.

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It is estimated that 63 percent of women with stress incontinence say their symptoms began during or after pregnancy.

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