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This most basic of needs – Dr Martin McShane

Dr Martin McShane's Blog:I was at a roundtable on how health and care services need to change to meet the needs of people with multiple conditions. We heard from a patient who described the problems he was facing managing his diabetes,…

Chief Medical Officer calls for action on women’s health

Report by Professor Dame Sally Davies targets obesity and ovarian cancer and encourages women to talk about 'taboos' such as incontinence. In her latest annual report, ‘Health of the 51%: women’, the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Professor…

Tomato-rich diet lowers prostate cancer risks

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men around the world, but a new study suggests that eating 10 or more portions of tomatoes a week significantly lowers the risk of developing this disease. The study, a first of its kind…

Smoking causes earlier menopause in some white women

Scientists have given us many reasons not to smoke, but now, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania provide evidence that, in white women with specific genetic variations, smoking causes early signs of menopause - up to 9 years…

Continence Advisor or Physiotherapist?

Continence Advisor or Continence Physiotherapist - Do you know who does what? You've probably heard your GP mention Continence Advisors and Continence Physiotherapists before, but do you really know who does what? Although nowadays both…

Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercise Video to Help With SUI

If you would like to view a helpful video about how pelvic floor muscle exercises can help with SUI, especially after childbirth please click here to view it. Video shown with the permission of Women’s Physiotherapy Services, Cambridge…

Prostate cancer: Astellas announces new enzalutamide data

Astellas Pharma Europe Ltd. has announced new data from the Phase 2 TERRAIN trial of enzalutamide compared to bicalutamide in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC), as well as an updated overall survival analysis from the…

For A Good Gut Feeling

Trillions of microorganisms colonize our gut and together form the intestinal flora that coats the inside of the intestine. The duties of these gut microorganisms are manifold: they digest food, produce nutrients, eliminate pollutants and…

Love Your Gusset

'Love Your Gusset!' campaign urges women and teenage girls to get to grips with their pelvic health Two national charities are launching a social media campaign, 'Love your Gusset!', to empower women and teenage girls to look after their…

Incontinence Pads – What you should know

Incontinence is treatable.  It is therefore essential that assessment of incontinence is sought before you consider using pads as a permanent way to manage your bladder problem. You may wish to view the following articles…

Good News for Chili Lovers

Researchers found that capsaicin - the ingredient that gives chili peppers their heat - activated a pain receptor in mice that reduced tumour  development in their gut. In their study, the team fed capsaicin to mice that were genetically…

Carbs turned into colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer has been linked to carbohydrate-rich western diets, but the underlying mechanisms have been unclear. A study published by Cell Press in the journal Cell shows that gut microbes metabolize carbohydrates in the diet, causing…

CQC Publishes Fourth State of Care Report

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published expert analysis on the way people experience health and adult social care in England. Findings from more than 35,000 inspections underpin its fourth annual State of Care report, which…

We Need to Talk About Incontinence

Dr Martin McShane, NHS England's Director for Patients with Long Term Conditions, explains why we must ask patients the right questions and not let them suffer in silence. Domain 2 of the NHS outcomes framework is about 'enhancing the…

History of The Bladder & Bowel Community

On January 11th, 1989, a small gathering of like-minded individuals met at St Pancras Hospital, London. This group comprised of eight healthcare professionals, six people with continence problems, two informal carers and one representative…

What We Do

The Bladder and Bowel Community is the UK wide service for people with bladder and bowel control conditions.  We provide information and support services, including a managed online support group, for anyone affected by these conditions as…