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The Pros of Probiotics

Posted by Mens Liberty on Sep 16, 2014 1:00:00 PM

Hello friends and readers! Just the other day we received the new issue of PN magazine and as I was looking through it, I stumbled upon an article about the pros of taking probiotics. I’m sure some of you already take probiotics on a regular basis, but what you may not know is how beneficial they can be in helping to prevent Urinary Tract Infections (UTI).

Following spinal-cord injury (SCI) a person may often experience a neurogenic Man_in_wheelchairbladder, which requires catheterization or other urinary devices to help drain the bladder. This can introduce unwanted bacteria into the bladder that can lead to a urinary tract infection.

For those of you who live with SCI, UTI’s are a constant and lifelong threat. In fact a staggering 80% of individuals with SCI will develop bladder infections over their lifetime. As a result of these infections, a person is often put on antibiotics and in some cases they can be on these antibiotics for a long time.

However, there is a downside to this; prolonged and repeated use of antibiotics can actually increase the risk of UTIs by:

  • Developing bacteria that are resistant to drugs, causing repeated infections.
  • Destroying good bacteria in your gut, comprising your immune system.
  • Destroying the protective shield of good bacteria that line your urethra. When antibiotics are used for long periods of time, this protective shield is stripped away or replaced by less effective organisms.

So how exactly could probiotics help prevent UTIs? For starters, “good” and “bad” bacteria live in our gastrointestinal, urinary, and respiratory tracts. Although it may seem odd, both kinds of bacteria are necessary to maintain optimal health.bacteria_cartoon Probiotics contain “good” bacteria, Lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium bifidum, just to name a few. The probitoics help to restore and maintain the natural bacterial environment to make it hard for “bad” bacteria to cause infection.

Now just to make things clear, regularly taking probiotics will not completely prevent the reoccurrence of UTIs, but studies do show that it did seem to reduce the potential for reoccurrence. Since UTIs are the second most common infection in the body, prompt millions of hospital visits per year and cause billions of dollars in unnecessary healthcare costs annually; taking probiotics as a preventative measure sure wouldn’t hurt.

But they’re quite a few probiotics on the market, all claiming to be the latest and greatest. So here is what to look for when picking a probiotic:

  • A minimum of eight billion active bacteria cultures.
  • Should contain lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium bifidus.
  • If you have a bladder infection or want to prevent one it should contain lactobacillus rhamnosus and lactobacillus fermentum.
  • Consider buying freeze-dried probiotics as they keep the flora dormant until it enters your body.
  • Keep it stored in the fridge.

So did you find this post helpful, informative, or interesting? Let us know in the comment section below.

As always have a great week and we will see you next time!

Sources:

Chan, A. (2011, April 15). Probiotics Could Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections. Retrieved September 10, 2014, from http://www.livescience.com/13747-good-bacteria-prevent-urinary-tract-infection.html

James, K., & Smith, J. (2014, September 1). The Pros of Probiotics. PN Mag, 22-23.

Topics: urinary tract infections

Changes in Urological Mortality Rates Demonstrate Need for Further Changes in Healthcare Delivery

Posted by Mens Liberty on Sep 8, 2014 3:30:00 PM

Hello and welcome back!

This morning as we were looking around the internet for interesting articles when we came upon a interesting review on changes in mortality rates associated with common urological procedures. It’s a mix of good and not so good news. Overall mortality is stable or declining, especially among common procedures. Despite that good news, the study, published in BJU International, found that deaths attributable to "failure to rescue" (FTR) had an absolute increase of 18% during the 12 year study period. This increase coincided with a shift to more procedures being conducted in community based surgical centers without many of the same resources as hospitals. Failure to rescue is defined as death after a complication that was potentially recognisable/preventable.

The researchers also found that older, sicker patients had higher FTR rates, as did minorities, publicly insured patients, and patients who received care at urban hospitals. Complications that lead to mortality included sepsis, pneumonia, deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism, shock or cardiac arrest, and upper gastrointestinal bleeding during admission for surgery.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. The study did uncover some good news. The mortality rate decreased for several of the most common urologic surgical procedures, including: radical prostatectomy, ureteric stenting, transurethral resection of bladder tumor (TURBT), percutaneous nephrostomy (PCN) placement, transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), retrograde pyelogram, bladder biopsy, and percutaneous cystostomy.

Between 1998 and 2010, admission for urological surgery procedures decreased about 6% from 605,629 to 569,784. Overall inpatient mortality rate was 0.71% (54,949 deaths). However, the proportion of inpatient mortality attributable to FTR increased from 41.1% in 1998 to 59.5% in 2010. So more people survive surgery but more people are experiencing post-operative complications and aren’t being treated, that means that a patient who could have been saved, wasn’t.

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So what does this all mean for the urological community? Well for starters it indicates that urologists have the opportunity to implement process improvements to increase patient safety. The study is also a reminder that process improvement requires looking at the “entire process”. This includes taking a closer look at the older patients during the pre-operative phase and what factors in the operating room are contributing to mortality.

Additionally, identifying the risk factors for FTR will also allow individual practices to take steps to optimize care for higher-risk patients. The Urological community has made great strides in improving the quality and safety of many common procedures but better vetting for high risk patients is necessary if we want to continue this trend.


That’s all we have for today. I know there was a lot of technical information in this blog. So if you have any questions, leave a comment below and we will get back to you ASAP. As always thanks for reading and have a great day!

Sources:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bju.12833/abstract

http://www.medpagetoday.com/HospitalBasedMedicine/GeneralHospitalPractice/47307

 

Topics: Interesting Articles

New Penile Clamp From BioDerm and Men's Liberty

Posted by Mens Liberty on Aug 29, 2014 1:20:00 PM

Good day everyone and welcome back to another video blog! Many of you have already heard about the new BioDerm Penile Clamp and some of you may already be using one. This week Wendy wanted to take some time to do a quick video, explaining how the clamp works and how it's innovative design differs from other penile clamps. What are you waiting for...check out the video below and dont forget to leave any comments or questions you may have. See you next week!

For more information on the BioDerm Penile Clamp click here.

 

Topics: announcements

Can Stem Cells Ease Urinary Incontinence (Video)

Posted by Mens Liberty on Aug 19, 2014 12:30:00 PM


Good day everyone! In this week's video blog Wendy is back to discuss some of the newest methods being used to treat urinary incontinence. Most of these new methods are still in the "testing" phase, but it is still exciting to hear that researchers are searching for an answer to urinary incontinence.

Check out the video below...




That is all we have for today. What do you think about the new stem cell treatments? Let us know in the comments section below.

Thanks for watching...see you next week!

 

Topics: Video Blogs

Forget the Aisle Chair

Posted by Sarah Woodward on Aug 12, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Today, we've been sitting on the tarmac at Atlanta Airport for nearly two hours now. What was supposed to be a 45 minute layover has dragged on without explanation.

We're on the way to the National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Philly - and to my surprise, at least a quarter of the plane are competitors and wheelchair users. As an able bodied individual, this admittedly made boarding a longer process but in that time, I've actually learned a great deal.

For example, did you know there is such a thing as an "aisle chair"? Aisle_ChairI didn't. It has never occurred to me but the aisles on airplanes are so narrow that no normal wheelchair could fit - so airlines have a specialty one designed for use on the plane.

Most users seem fairly adept at transitioning and manipulating themselves to let other people squeeze past them. And they're all lively and chatting, telling travel horror stories - it seems traveling is no easy feat when you're paralyzed.

So why are we sitting on the tarmac 90 minutes after our flight was supposed to take off - well, it seems that airlines don't quite know how to handle having multiple wheelchair users on one flight. The delay is apparently due to lack of storage space for multiple wheelchairs. And they actually wanted to leave one behind and send it on the next flight - thankfully someone pointed out the difficulties with that approach.

Another thing I've learned - airlines have special rules in terms of how they need to handle batteries - including power wheelchair batteries - all the different types seem to seriously confuse them.

So now there are at least 5 different people up talking to the pilot when something else depressing happens. The gentleman in front of me, I'll call him Fred, needs to use the bathroom. He's been ringing the buzzer for the stewardess for a few minutes now with no response. He and his buddies are trying to get her attention, shouting and waving their arms in the air. Still no response.

A few minutes later a stewardess sighs and comes over. He explains that he needs the aisle chair to get to the bathroom. By the time she returns the whole expedition has taken nearly 30 minutes. And we're still not ready to leave.

I'm frustrated and I can only imagine how my fellow passengers are feeling. They're talking amongst themselves in frustration. It's a simple fix - make sure that airlines ask the wheelchair and battery questions upon check in. Simple idea but that would require a level of proactive customer service that we're unlikely to see in today's airline industry.

200175152-002We're taking off now. I can only imagine how complex disembarking is going to be.

I don't have a lesson or a morale for this story. I just wanted to share because the National Veterans Wheelchair Games are an amazing and inspiring experience. And it seems, so is traveling to them.

If you're in Philadelphia this week - come check it out! The Games are open to the public and free of charge. With 17 different sports on offer, there's something for everyone

Thanks & See You All Next Week

P.S: After our arrival, we discovered that we weren't alone in this issue. It seems every major airline coming into Philadelphia today was equally befuddled by so many wheelchair users.

Topics: National Veterans Wheelchair Games

Wendy LaTorre Talks Incontinence with Evan & Deb on WHNZ Tampa Bay!

Posted by Sarah Woodward on Jul 31, 2014 11:59:00 AM

On Monday, July 28th - Chief Strategy Officer Wendy LaTorre was interviewed about Men's Liberty on the Evan & Deb Show - WHNZ 1250AM Tampa Bay - the radio show for active, mature adults.

Listen here!

 

Topics: incontinence, men's liberty, announcements

Wee Answer Wednesday - PVA Games in Philly (Video)

Posted by Mens Liberty on Jul 30, 2014 2:00:00 PM

Welcome to another Wee Answer Wednesday - PVA edition! This year's Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games are being held in Philadelphia, August 12 - 17th. Men's Liberty will be there. In honor of this awesome event, Wendy LaTorre addresses some of the commonly asked questions about the PVA games. To discover more and volunteer, click here and join us!

As always, thanks for watching. See you in Philly!

Topics: Video Blogs, Wee Answer Wednesdays

Compassion is the Cornerstone of the Men's Liberty Brand (Video)

Posted by Mens Liberty on Jul 28, 2014 2:00:00 PM

Welcome back! In this week's video blog Wendy talks about one of the cornerstones of our business, Compassion. We know many of you suffer from medical conditions that are not only very personal and private but can also be difficult to understand. We are here to help. Our client support team will answer any questions you may have and help you every step of the way in finding a solution to help manage your urinary incontinence.

Thanks for watching, see you next week!

Topics: Video Blogs

Dealing with Incontinence? You're Not Alone (Video)

Posted by Mens Liberty on Jul 23, 2014 2:00:00 PM

Good day everyone. Wendy is back in this week's video blog to ask for YOUR help in spreading the word about urinary incontinence. Many of our patients have been great advocates and are now taking the time to talk to nurses, doctors, friends and family about incontinence and how Men's Liberty has helped them or their loved one. Sadly the work isn't done just yet, together we need to demand major changes to outdated treatment plans.

As always, see you next week and thanks for watching!

Topics: Video Blogs

Introducing the BioDerm Penile Clamp!

Posted by Mens Liberty on Jul 21, 2014 3:00:00 PM

Hello and welcome back. Today I would like to introduce the newest product in the BioDerm catalog, the BioDerm Penile Clamp. Some of you may have already seen or heard of the product from our customer service reps, however, since many people are still unaware of it I figured we would take some time to discuss this new product.

Now I know the name clamp can sound a little intimidating but unlike many other penile clamps, the BioDerm Penile Clamp is designed to be used temporarily in order stop the flow of urine through the BioDerm Penile Clampurethra when applying the Men's Liberty. Many of our patients have told us that they have had trouble applying the Men's Liberty because they can't stop their dribbling or leaking long enough in order to securely apply the Liberty.

This is where the penile clamp comes in handy. It will stop the leaking long enough to ensure you able to securely attach Men's Liberty. Then you take it off and go about your day! So if you are running into the issue of constant dribbling or leaking, the penile clamp may be your answer.

Additionally, the BioDerm Penile Clamp is covered by most major insurances (just like Men's Liberty)! Medicare will cover 1 penile clamp every 90 days. This means little or no out of pocket cost to you.

There are many different penile clamps out there on the market; however, there are a few key features that set the BioDerm Penile Clamp apart from the rest.

1. The clamp is made from durable engineered plastic and ultra soft foam for added comfort.

2. The clamp contains no wires or metal. This ensures that the clamp is skin BioDerm Penile Clamp Openfriendly and can be washed without the potential of rust or corrosion. Other clamps are often made of metal or less skin friendly materials.

3. The BioDerm Clamp can be closed and released with one hand. Other penile clamps can often be cumbersome and difficult to apply without the use of both hands. In our design we take into account our patients who may not have full dexterity.

4. We also added a curved upper arm for improved comfort. Many other penile clamps use a flat upper arm, this can cause discomfort during application.

Well thats all I have for today. For more information on the BioDerm Penile Clamp check it out on our corporate site BioDerm Inc. or give one of our customer care reps a call at 800-814-3174. If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them in the section below as always. Have a great day!

Topics: announcements

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