Articles: Volume 2 Issue 5 Sep/Oct 2011

Charity news – The Bladder and Bowel Foundation

The Bladder and Bowel Foundation is the UK’s largest, non-profit-making, advocacy charity providing information and support for people living with bladder and bowel control problems. The charity is focused on raising awareness of bladder and bowel control problems and the treatments that are available, while …

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Obituary: Professor John P. Blandy, 1927–2011

It is with great regret that we note the passing of one of the UK’s finest urologists, Professor John P. Blandy. After schooling in India and Clifton, John won a scholarship to Oxford in 1946 to read medicine. From Oxford he proceeded to the London …

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Schistosomiasis

With increasing numbers of people travelling to exotic places, exposure to diseases that are rare in the developed world is rising. Christopher Brightman looks at schistosomiasis, a parasitic infection caught by swimming in contaminated fresh water. Schistosomiasis is a disease of great antiquity. Its prevention …

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Management of nocturia

The main causes of nocturia, or voiding at night, are reduced bladder capacity and nocturnal polyuria. The authors discuss lifestyle changes that may help address this bothersome symptom, and outline the available treatment choices. Nocturia is defined as ‘the complaint that the individual has to …

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Wrong-side/site surgery

With the recent increased focus on patient safety, various measures have been put in place to make it very difficult to perform wrong-site or wrong-side surgery. Operating on the wrong patient, side or organ is one of those events that give urological and other surgeons …

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Colorectal cancer screening

 Colorectal cancer is theoretically a preventable disease and is ideally suited to a population screening programme, as there is a long premalignant phase, during which there is ample opportunity to intervene with a variety of different screening modalities. In this article, the authors review the …

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Communicating with patients in the 21st century

Recent improvements in technology have had a major impact on how we communicate with patients and deliver health information and care. The authors outline the ways in which telemedicine can lead to healthcare cost savings while improving patient care. How do patients want us to …

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Robotic reconstructive urology: possibilities for the urological surgeon beyond the prostate

The rapid dissemination of robotic assisted laparoscopic surgery into surgical practice over the past five years has been startling. Urology has been quick to develop robotic-assisted techniques, particularly in the treatment of localised prostate cancer, where large series with excellent outcomes have been reported.
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The state of men’s health in Europe: how do we compare in the UK?

In this article, Alan White provides an overview of some of the main findings from the State of men’s health in Europe report and relates them to the health of men in the UK. In August, the European Commission’s State of men’s health in Europe …

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Male infertility: causes and investigations

In the first of a two-part series, the authors discuss the causes of male infertility and outline the investigations required. Part 2 will cover medical and surgical treatments for male infertility. Infertility affects up to 15 per cent of couples. A male factor is solely …

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