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DrDonnica.Com Launches National Help Center
For Women With Stress Urinary Incontinence

(Branchburg NJ 8/20/02):  DrDonnica.com, a website devoted to the medical needs of women, has launched the Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) Center to help the nearly 30 million American women who are affected by this condition.   SUI  is an embarrassing problem of bladder leakage that can occur -- usually without warning --during exercise, coughing, sneezing, laughing or any other movement that puts pressure on the bladder.  Until recently, most women with this condition had few treatment options.  Embarrassment has also kept many SUI sufferers from discussing their symptoms with their physicians.  As the condition worsens, it can significantly affect self-esteem, leading women to avoid intimacy and social interactions. In many cases, helplessness has lead to depression.

"The SUI Center offers women with stress urinary incontinence a place to turn to for accurate information, helpful tips and hope," noted Dr. Donnica Moore, the founder and host of DrDonnica.com.   Although SUI increases with age, one-third of women who have it are younger than 35. Besides age, other risk factors include pregnancy, childbirth, depletion of estrogen with menopause, smoking, obesity, high-impact physical activities, and a history of pelvic surgery.

In addition to several articles on SUI, the SUI Center will also feature five prominent Guest Expert physicians who will discuss such topics as:

  • Common causes of stress urinary incontinence
  • Relationship between childbirth and stress urinary incontinence
  • Effective tips for reducing bladder leakage problems
  • Treatment options and behavior modification

The Guest Experts are all renowned physicians in the field of women's health who conduct research in various clinical trials.  The Guest Experts include:

  • G. WILLY DAVILA, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Gynecology and Head of the section of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston FL. He is also the Director of the Fellowship training program in urogynecology at the institution. Dr. Davila is on the Editorial Board of the International Urogynecology Journal. His research interest has focused on conservative therapy of urinary incontinence. He has participated in multiple panels and multi-center studies evaluating physiotherapeutic approaches to urinary incontinence as well as multiple device trials. His work has resulted in many publications on the topic of conservative therapy for stress urinary incontinence.

  • NEIL GLADSTONE, M.D., Director of Clinical Research at Women's Health Research, a large single specialty medical group in Riverdale, Georgia. He received his medical degree from the University of Missouri and is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Surgeons. He is also a member of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopy and the International Society for Gynecologic Endoscopy. Dr. Gladstone's research interests include hormone management of gynecologic problems, menopause, and sexual dysfunction.

  • SHYAM HATANGADI, M.D.,  Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He is also Associate Director of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences Section of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at St. Peter's University Hospital. He received his medical degree from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India. Dr. Hatangadi completed his fellowship in urogynecology and pelvic reconstructive surgery at New York University Medical Center and is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. He is a Junior Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and is also a member of the American Urogynecologic Society. He is a frequent presenter at regional and national meetings.

  • MARGIE KAHN, M.D., Director of Pelvic Floor Medicine and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston Texas.  She received her medical degree from Tulane University, in New Orleans, La., and is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. While completing her three-year Urogynecology Fellowship at St. George's Hospital in London, Dr. Kahn received a two-year grant to study methods of rectocele repair. She is a member of the International Continence Society, the International Urogynecologic Association, and the American Urogynecologic Society. Her papers have been published in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks and she has reviewed papers on an ad-hoc basis for four professional journals. Currently, she is the principal investigator at UTMB in a Phase two clinical trial for stress incontinence.

  • CECILE STORRIE, M.D., RPh; Research Across America - Dallas, Texas
    Dr. Cecile Storrie received her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio Medical School. She completed her urology residency at Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City in 1990 and is board-certified in urology. She is also a registered pharmacist. Dr. Storrie has been in private practice in the suburban-Dallas area since 1990 and is a member of the American Urological Association. She has been active in clinical drug research since 1997, and participates in various urology studies.

To reach the SUI Center, click here.

Created: 8/20/2002  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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