HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Promise of 'bladder pacemaker' for people with spinal cord injury

heir bladders through coordinated bladder and urethral sphincter activity. NIH animal care and experimental procedures were followed and approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee of Case Western Reserve University, where the studies took place.

Until now, most bladder control research has focused on treating incontinence, a major cause of health problems such as urinary tract and kidney infections, and of skin degradation. Other research teams have reported that electrical pulses with low frequencies, about 2 to 20 cycles per second, help control incontinence by calming involuntary bladder contractions, while higher-frequency pulses do not help.

The new research demonstrates that the higher-frequency pulses fail to control incontinence because they trigger bladder contractions. The team found that frequencies in the range of 20 to 40 cycles per second work best for bladder emptying.

"It was a surprise that no one had figured this out yet. But now that we understand the whole picture, we can pursue an engineered solution to help people restore bladder control," Boggs said.

"With this new understanding of the function of the pudendal nerve and the beneficial application of both high- and low-frequency pulses in controlling bladder emptying and incontinence, it should be possible for us to create a 'bladder pacemaker' analogous to a heart pacemaker," said Grill, who previously (in 2004) published preliminary human research that supports his optimism in extrapolating from the new studies with cats. Those earlier studies showed that a similar reflex in bladder contraction exists in people with SCI.

In January 2005, the National Institutes of Health awarded Grill a 5-year, $1.8 million grant to develop a system to sense involuntary bladder contractions and trigger a calming low-frequency electrical signal. The project also seeks to enable patients to generate a high-frequency signal on demand so they can emp
'"/>

Contact: Deborah Hill
dahill@duke.edu
919-660-8403
Duke University
1-Feb-2005


Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Promise for helping adults with dyslexia
2. Promise of stem cells amplified
3. Promise of laparoscopic liver resection for liver cancer explored in unique program
4. Anti-Depressant Drug Shows Promise As Weight-Loss Treatment
5. Sniffing Out The Promise Of Anti-Angiogenesis Therapy
6. Treatment-Resistant Depression: Results of Latest Electromagnetic Stimulation Study Show Promise
7. Alga-Based Compound Promises Less Bleeding On The Battlefield
8. Therapy Developed At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Shows Promise In Preventing Rejection Of Transplanted Organs
9. New Type Of Artificial Surfactant Shows Promise In Treating Lung Disease
10. "Plugs" For Drugs Promise Mightier Medicines
11. DNA-Based Cancer Vaccine Shows Promise To Successfully Treat Melanoma In Mice

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Promise bladder pacemaker for people with spinal cord injury

(Date:3/27/2015)... According to a recently published report series by ... market in Europe is in decline due to decreasing ... Price decreases are being seen across the entire orthopedic ... total European trauma device market, continued pricing pressure overall ... after year. , “Such price drops are typical ...
(Date:3/27/2015)... The report “CountryFocus: Healthcare, Regulatory and Reimbursement ... on and analysis of the healthcare, regulatory and reimbursement ... in 2013 amounted to 316.1 million, having grown at ... 2008. The country’s increasingly elderly population and corresponding increase ... boost the growth of the pharmaceutical market, which was ...
(Date:3/27/2015)... 27, 2015 GrassrootsHealth, an international nonprofit ... Children (POC) NOW! vitamin D demonstration project April 7 ... South Carolina (MUSC), and will soon follow with a ... no cost to a minimum of 500 pregnant women ... these two service areas. The project will include patient ...
(Date:3/27/2015)... March 27, 2015 Trail mix is the ... workout, on weekend hikes and during the game! It’s portable, ... Natural is proud to introduce a new line of specialty ... Deliciously rich and flavorful selections packed with nutritious, 100% all ... fruit and grains that add protein and fiber to your ...
(Date:3/27/2015)... Since September 2014, the country singer has been traveling to ... in retirement for a period of 13 years. Many devoted ... touring, and concert events have been booking quickly in all ... for the two shows recently scheduled for May 8 and ... of discounted Garth Brooks tickets for sale. , The comeback ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Titanium Trauma Treatment Devices in Europe Becoming More Affordable, Decreasing Market Value: Group Purchasing Further Eroding Selling Prices 2Health News:Titanium Trauma Treatment Devices in Europe Becoming More Affordable, Decreasing Market Value: Group Purchasing Further Eroding Selling Prices 3Health News:US Pharmaceutical Market worth $548.4 billion by 2020 Says a New Report Available at RnRMarketResearch.com 2Health News:US Pharmaceutical Market worth $548.4 billion by 2020 Says a New Report Available at RnRMarketResearch.com 3Health News:US Pharmaceutical Market worth $548.4 billion by 2020 Says a New Report Available at RnRMarketResearch.com 4Health News:GrassrootsHealth Moves Vitamin D into Practice with Pregnant Women 2Health News:GrassrootsHealth Moves Vitamin D into Practice with Pregnant Women 3Health News:GrassrootsHealth Moves Vitamin D into Practice with Pregnant Women 4Health News:Aurora Product, Inc. Introduces New Line of Specialty Trail Mixes 2Health News:Garth Brooks Tickets for Omaha: BuyCheapTicketsToEvents.com Draws Customers by Discounting Prices on 2015 Tickets for Garth Brooks’ Tour Stops at CenturyLink Center 2
(Date:3/27/2015)... March 27, 2015  The quality function within the ... products meet quality standards at every stage of the ... quality leaders also have the challenge of balancing quality ... Those who don,t effectively balance these priorities risk funding ... marketplace failure and regulatory scrutiny. For the ...
(Date:3/27/2015)... , March 27, 2015 Object recognition technology ... visually impaired and elderly. The VelaSense ® ... to lead more independent, productive and fulfilling lives. VelaSense ... will allow users to identify objects from a one ... as create customized object databases for personal use. ...
(Date:3/27/2015)... - Russell Williams , President of ... 2015-2016 Quebec Budget, noting the fiscal discipline and the ... However, the association is concerned about the decline of ... intent to strive for a balanced budget this year, ... Quebec,s economic development is encouraging," said Mr. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:New Medical Device Quality Study Finds Regulatory Environment is Boosting Quality Spending, Especially for Large Companies 2VelaSense Object Recognition Technology for the Blind was unveiled at Baruch College's CCVIP 8th Annual Conference 2Quebec 2015-2016 Budget: Rx&D welcomes fiscal discipline and biopharma working group, but the decrease in government spending on medicines is questioned 2Quebec 2015-2016 Budget: Rx&D welcomes fiscal discipline and biopharma working group, but the decrease in government spending on medicines is questioned 3
Cached News: