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University of Iowa News Release


Jan. 7, 2009

UI study seeks women with urinary frequency, bladder problems

Women age 18 and older with urinary frequency, urinary urgency and bladder or pelvic pain are invited to participate in a University of Iowa research study on interstitial cystitis and painful bladder syndrome.

The study will compare the safety and effectiveness of manual physical therapy to global therapeutic massage in reducing symptoms. Interstitial cystitis is a chronic, painful inflammatory condition of the bladder wall. An estimated 10 million people in the United States are affected by interstitial cystitis and painful bladder syndrome.

Women with increased daytime and nighttime urinary frequency, and lower abdominal or pelvic pain associated with a full bladder who have had symptoms for three years or less are eligible to participate. Individuals with tenderness or pain upon manual pelvic exam also are eligible to participate.

Women who are pregnant or who are of childbearing potential and refuse to use a medically approved or reliable form of birth control are not eligible to participate.

The study will involve approximately 13 visits to UI Hospitals and Clinics over 12 to 16 weeks. Participants will randomly be assigned to manual physical therapy or to global therapeutic massage. All participants' treatments will be with a trained physical therapist.

The study visits, exams and therapy will be provided at no cost. Compensation for parking also is available.

The University of Iowa is one of 11 centers taking part in the study, which is funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health.

The lead investigator is Karl Kreder, M.D., professor of urology at the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

For more information, call toll-free 866-309-0834 or 319-384-9265. You may also email

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Care Media Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: [The following contact information is for reporters only; please use the contact information provided in the last paragraph of the news release to reach the study coordinators.] Becky Soglin, 319-335-6660,