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Release: Oct. 20, 1999

Women invited to participate in UI study on incontinence

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Women experiencing loss of bladder control, or urge incontinence, are invited to participate in a four-month research study testing an investigational medication. The University of Iowa departments of obstetrics and gynecology and urology are conducting the study.

Volunteers will be asked to make nine clinic visits to the UI Hospitals and Clinics. Participants will receive either the investigational medication or a placebo (inactive pill). Compensation is available.

There are different kinds of urinary incontinence. Stress incontinence is caused by activities such as coughing or laughing that increase intra-abdominal pressure. Urge incontinence is an involuntary loss of urine along with strong, frequent urges to go to the bathroom. Women over age 50 have a 33 percent chance of experiencing at least one of these types of incontinence.

To qualify for this study women must:
-- Be age 40 or older
-- Be menopausal, with no menstrual period for at least one year
-- Have more episodes of urge incontinence than stress incontinence

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, urinary incontinence affects approximately 13 million people in both community and institutional settings nationwide and has an associated cost of roughly $15 billion.

For more information, please call (319) 335-6628 or toll-free (800) 348-4692.

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