Wed 29, May 2019

There are so many exciting developments in the area of bladder and bowel health here and internationally, and the next edition of Bridge touches on some of the latest. 

For example, we look at a recent Melbourne trial where physiotherapy interventions have resulted in dramatic reductions in waiting lists and fewer invasive therapies for women at public urogynaecological clinics.

We also hear from Brisbane clinicians who use fun and novel biofeedback-based computer games to teach children with bladder and bowel dysfunction how to  control their pelvic floor muscles.

The development of an extraordinary drug, derived from bottom-of-the-ocean dwelling bacteria, that destroys nearby cancer cells when activated with light, is yet another inspiring story of how far research has taken us .

But most inspiring of all is Diane's story, a delightful 80-year-old Melbourne woman, who has reclaimed her continence and her active, stimulating life, thanks to her ever-inquiring mind and positive, can-do attitude.

Our Q & A sections looks at some of the more common defaecation problems continence physiotherapist Angela Khera treats at the Alfred, and we share some of the more unusual but true facts around bladders and bowels.

Keep an eye out for this next edition of Bridge, which should arrive in the first week of March.