Science Alert: Men’s Health – Urethral Stricture Disease

Posted by Maria Åberg Håkansson, February 28 2017

Urethral stricture is a medical condition that mainly affects men. It can restrict urinary flow due to a narrowing of the urethra, and the causes can include trauma or inflammation.

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Topics: Science Alert, Men's Health, Urethral Stricture Disease

Science Alert: Spinal Cord Injury – beyond the injury

Posted by Sofi Sigvardsson, February 21 2017

Health problems are common after a spinal cord injury and they have been found to have a great impact on day to day life. A recent publication describes the extent of this impact and also lists the most frequent problems, such as bladder and bowel regulation.

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Topics: Science Alert, Spinal cord injury, sci

Science Alert: Intermittent Catheterization – An Old Technique With a New Twist

Posted by Maria Åberg Håkansson, February 16 2017

Did you know that intermittent catheterization has been practiced since around 300 BC? The therapy certainly has deep roots involving a lot of innovative solutions, such as river reeds and onion stems for the catheter, and animal fat as lubrication.

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Topics: Science Alert, IC, Intermittent Catheterization

Science Alert: Prevention of CAUTI - Restricted indwelling catheter use

Posted by Maria Åberg Håkansson, February 7 2017

Catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) is a hassle and a great contributor to the wide spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria. Recent research shows that inappropriate use of urethral indwelling catheters in hospitals is one main reason behind CAUTIs.

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Topics: Science Alert, CAUTI

Science Alert: Management of the neurogenic bladder – now and then

Posted by Maria Åberg Håkansson, February 1 2017

Lower urinary tract symptoms are common after nerve damage and a new review summarizes the treatment forms and reasons behind it in patients with Parkinson disease. One of the treatment options available is intermittent catheterization.

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Topics: Science Alert, Neurogenic bladder

Pain part 2: Pain management

Posted by Kent Revedal, January 30 2017

I saw a Facebook post a few weeks ago, a picture of a woman in some kind of yoga position and the text announced ”Your attitude is your best pain management tool”.

My first reaction was that someone obviously knew nothing about pain. But the more I thought about it, the more it grew on me. As simple as it sounds, it holds a lot of truth... 

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Topics: Spinal cord injury, MS, Spina Bifida

Science Alert: Living with a Spinal Cord Injury

Posted by Maria Åberg Håkansson, January 26 2017

There is no doubt that physical disability is of central concern for a person with spinal cord injury. Recent research however highlights that less evident problems are more common, such as bowel and bladder issues. 

This might be the reason why many treatment forms and research studies are addressing these problems. 

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Topics: Science Alert, Spinal cord injury

Science Alert: Spina bifida – children and young adults with specific needs

Posted by Sofi Sigvardsson, January 24 2017

Bladder and bowel control has the potential of being a quiet distress throughout life for children and young adults with Spina Bifida. There are a few recent articles reviewing and investigating different aspects of bladder and bowel management therapy in this group.

You will find a summary from these articles in this blog post!

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Topics: Science Alert, Neurogenic bladder, Spina Bifida, Neurogenic bowel

Pain part 1: When the pain doesn't leave

Posted by Kent Revedal, January 19 2017

”Pain is just weakness leaving your body”. Ever heard that statement? It’s a compelling slogan that the US Marine Corps use in their recruitment ads. It may be an effective recruiting tool, but is it true?   

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Topics: Spinal cord injury, MS, Spina Bifida

Science Alert — 2016 in review

Posted by Maria Åberg Håkansson, January 12 2017

Does your job or role demand you to keep track of new research? Are you eager to take part in the latest scientific findings but find yourself to constantly run out of time? The Science Alert may give you some help on the way!

 

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Topics: Science Alert

Kissinger's Story Part 2: a positive outlook after a SCI

Posted by Kissinger Deng, December 23 2016

Facing new challenges and uncertainties after sustaining a spinal chord injury have emboldened Kissinger's outlook; in this post, the paralympian describes how his experiences have shaped his attitude.

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Topics: sci

Kissinger's Story Part One

Posted by Kissinger Deng, December 15 2016

In the first of a two part series, Kissinger Deng, a Paralympian living in Norway, recalls the events that led to his injury, and his difficult journey towards recovery. It's been far from easy, but there have been many  triumphs along the way and Kissinger is happy to share his whole story with you.

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Topics: Spinal cord injury, users, Lifestyle, sports

Travel tips: spread your wings and fly with me!

Posted by Kissinger Deng, December 8 2016

Having suffered a SCI at age 16, Kissinger Deng knows the pitfalls involved in flying as a wheel chair user. A Paralympian, he flies often as the goal keeper for the Oslo Sledge Hockey team. Here he shares his tips for a hassle-free travel experience.

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Topics: travel

Taking charge of your life, Part 2

Posted by Anna Westberg, December 2 2016

There are always positives to be found among the downsides. If the disease or diagnosis, and the various associated matters weigh heavily, it helps to look for all the positive things in life that weigh against this. To achieve that balance, a caregiver needs to be prepared to talk, ask questions and not serve answers like an automaton.

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Topics: Coping strategies, Health

Taking charge of your life, Part 1

Posted by Anna Westberg, December 1 2016

What do you do when faced with the hard facts? How do you go on after a life-changing diagnosis that you will live with 24 hours a day, maybe for the rest of your life? There may be no cure, but there could be relief – and ways to gain new perspectives.

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Topics: Coping strategies, Health

What's the difference between Enlarged Prostate (BPH) and Prostate Cancer?

Posted by Helene Klasson, November 18 2016

Many people think that an enlarged prostate (BPH) and prostate cancer are associated, but the simple answer is: No, they are not.

Professor Ralph Peeker explains the concepts.

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Topics: BPH

Love, intimacy and regaining confidence post illness or injury

Posted by Kent Revedal, November 10 2016

When you have a life changing experience such as an accident, or you get a diagnosis, a lot of things can change in your life. It is during times like these that we realize that no man is an island. We surely need people in our life. Through my work with CercaDeTi Rehab, my colleague and I have identified three key areas to work on to avoid isolation, which I shall share with you in this post.

 

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Topics: Sexuality, intimacy

Sex after injury or illness – part 2

Posted by Anna Westberg, November 3 2016

"Don't make sex so difficult". Dorthe Forsell is a sex therapist at the Neurology Department at Sahlgrenska University Hospital. In the second and final part of the interview, she wishes that more people could take a more relaxed and playful approach to sex.

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Topics: CIC, TAI, MS, sci, Sexuality

Sex after injury or illness – part 1

Posted by Anna Westberg, October 27 2016

After an injury or illness that reduces physical capabilities, your sex life may face new challenges. It takes time to adapt to your changed body. But the sex drive is not lost – it's there, like for all other people.

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Topics: CIC, TAI, MS, sci, Sexuality

Kent Revedal: How I found the solution to my SCI related bowel problems

Posted by Paul Wilkinson, October 20 2016

One consequence of a broken spinal cord is loss of bladder and bowel control. 

Kent Revedal suffered a spinal cord injury in a motorcycle accident and he desperately searched for a bowel regime to avoid public 'accidents'. He found one! This is Kent's own story, in three films, about how that happened. 

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Topics: TAI, sci