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Tuesday 21:00-21:30
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Dr Mark Porter gives listeners the low-down on what the medical profession does and doesn't know. Each week an expert in the studio tackles a particular topic and there are reports from around the UK on the health of the nation - and the NHS.
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Tuesday 21 December 2004
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Urinary Incontinence

It's thought that as many as one in five women over the age of 40 suffer from urinary incontinence in some form.

This number may be even greater, however, as it's a problem that many people don't want to talk about, even with their doctor.

They may think that nothing can be done to improve the situation, but as Dr Mark Porter reports in Case Notes this week, successful treatments are available.
 
An issue for women and men


Women are prone to develop urinary incontinence after childbirth.

In men it is the growth of the prostate gland that causes the problem: as the prostate gets larger with age it presses on the bladder.

Mark talks to doctors about the range of treatments available for both men and women, from self help activities such as pelvic floor exercises to surgery and drugs.

Bedwetting

Bedwetting is often believed to be a problem that children grow out of, but that's not true for everyone.

Mark finds out about the latest approaches to help teenagers, including a website and online advice service.

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