Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Loyola study to determine whether yoga can help women with urinary incontinence

Researchers now enrolling women for yoga study

MAYWOOD, Ill. (April 9, 2014) – Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (MNSON) researchers are recruiting women for a study to determine whether practicing yoga will help reduce symptoms of urinary incontinence.

This trial also will evaluate associations among stress, inflammation and incontinence. Inflammation has been linked to urge urinary incontinence. Yoga has reduced inflammation associated with other health conditions, but it has yet to be tested in women with urge urinary incontinence.

“This study will help us determine whether yoga is a helpful way for women to self-manage their urinary incontinence symptoms and reduce the psychological burden of living with this condition,” said Sandi Tenfelde, PhD, RN, APN, lead investigator, certified yoga instructor and assistant professor and director of the Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) Program, MNSON.

Researchers will recruit women between the ages of 20 and 70 with a history of urge urinary incontinence or a sudden need to urinate followed by leaking urine. These women must not be pregnant, have a history of autoimmune diseases or be taking immune-altering medications.

Women involved with the study will be randomized to either participate in twice-weekly yoga classes for eight weeks or one educational session. They also will complete written questionnaires and give a urine and blood sample two times during the study. Participants will receive up to $50 for their time and travel.

Urinary incontinence (UI) is the most common pelvic-floor disorder, affecting nearly half of all women in the United States. Although millions of women struggle with urinary incontinence, only 25 percent seek care. Traditional medications used to treat urge urinary incontinence have multiple side effects and may lose effectiveness over time.

“There is a critical need to evaluate alternative therapies to manage urge urinary incontinence symptoms,” Dr. Tenfelde said. “Yoga may offer substantial promise as a cost-effective, complementary approach to alleviate urinary incontinence symptoms and associated distress."

For more information, please contact Sandi Tenfelde, PhD, RN, APN, at (708) 216-9213.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 92 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities - that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.