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Northampton Carers Receive Funding

29.07.2009 | Posted in: Allanda, Carers, Incontinence | Author: Samantha Hall

Northamptonshire will receive £800,000 over the next two years to support carers.

The county is one of 25 places in the country to receive funding as part of a new initiative by the Department of Health to find the best ways to support carers.

The money is being given to NHS Northamptonshire to help the county’s 59,000 carers.

NHS Northamptonshire director of safeguarding said: “Carers perform a vital role in looking after their loved ones, but we know this can take a toll on their own health and quality of life.

This project looks to help carers by providing additional support such as respite breaks and health and wellbeing checks.”

It aims to provide better access to good information and a range of different types of support for carers.

NHS Northamptonshire will also introduce a new role, the carers’ health lead, which will involve raising the profile of carer issues.

Speaking at the Carers UK conference, Care Services Minister, Phil Hope said: “To say carers are unsung heroes and heroines is an understatement.

He adds: “We must help them maintain their own health and well-being and find better ways for the NHS to support them.”

Here at Allanda, we aim to provide the products and advice required to aid carers of someone with incontinence, in the hope that it will make their work lives easier.

For more information on our products and delivery services, please visit the Allanda website.

Study Compares Quality of Life in Different Types of Incontinence

27.07.2009 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Samantha Hall

The Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Urogynecology at the University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Hospital conducted a study to evaluate whether women with urge urinary incontinence have lower quality of life than women with other forms of urinary incontinence.

Patients completed three validated questionnaires when presenting for evaluation at an urogynecology practice and were divided into four groups based on their responses: those with symptoms of stress urinary incontinence (SUI), urge urinary incontinence, both SUI and UUI (mixed UI), and neither SUI nor UUI (controls).

A total of 465 women were included, of which 53 women had urge urinary incontinence, 101 stress urinary incontinence, 200 mixed urinary incontinence and 111 controls.

Based on the scores of the QOL (quality of life) questionnaire doctors concluded that women with urge urinary incontinence and mixed urinary incontinence have lower quality of life than women with stress urinary incontinence.


24.07.2009 | Posted in: Allanda, Products, Tena | Author: Colin

Everybody is different, and what people want from an incontinence product can differ significantly as well. So when using the right product, whether for urinary incontinence (stress incontinence or urge incontinence) or fecal problems, having a large selection to choose from is important. A large incontinencechoice enables you to find the right mix of size, absorbency, re-usability, fixation etc.

That’s why we are constantly adding new products to our range and in the last few weeks we added Tena Pants Discreet Extra (Medium and Large), the cost effective Lille Supreme Pull-up Incontinence Pants, and great value Lille Classic Form Incontinence Pads, a wide range of Tena Hygiene Accessories, plus larger value pack counts of Tena Comfort Extra, Tena Comfort Plus, Tena for Men Level 1 and Tena for Men Level 2. Not to mention smaller packs counts of Tena Fix.

When it comes to Incontinence Choice, Allanda aim to give you the best selection around, backed up by our reknowned great value and fast delivery.

Urinary Incontinence Solution is Tested

22.07.2009 | Posted in: Allanda, Incontinence, Stress Incontinence, Urinary Incontinence | Author: Samantha Hall

A new solution to women’s stress urinary incontinence TVT-Secur tension-free tape has been tested.

A total of 32 hammock-shaped tape interventions were performed on patients who had stress urinary incontinence. Each patient underwent urogynecological assessment with urodynamic evaluation and performed a quality of life questionnaire.

None of the 32 women had any surgical complication, postoperative pain or blood loss greater than 100 cc following the treatment. A few minor complications were recorded and the sling eroded in 1 case.

Urinary continence was achieved in all patients after surgery and at assessments 12 to 18 months later. All the patients confirmed immediate satisfaction with continence and pain on the questionnaire.

TVT-Secur is a minimally invasive surgical technique for stress urinary incontinence in females.

Although procedure has proven to be effective, there are other ways of managing your incontinence that do not involve any surgery.

For further advice and information on stress urinary incontinence, as well as a variety of product, please visit the Allanda website.

Overflow Incontinence – Signs, Causes and Diagnosis

20.07.2009 | Posted in: Advice, Incontinence, Male Incontinence | Author: Samantha Hall

Incontinence is more common in women than in men, but there is a type of incontinence that is prevalent in older men and very rare in women. With this condition patients never feel the urge to urinate, the bladder never empties and small amounts of urine leak continuously, this condition is called Overflow incontinence.

The reason it is more common is men as it is often related to enlarged prostate, which is situated just underneath the bladder. The urine outflow tube passes through the middle of the prostate, and any enlargement of this gland presses on the urethra (urine tube). This makes it difficult for the bladder to empty and fill up completely, and a pool of urine constantly remains in the bladder.

In this article we look into symptoms, causes and diagnosis of overflow incontinence in a simple and easy way to give you a better understanding of this type incontinence.

Symptoms or Signs:

Bladder never feels empty
Frequent night time urinate
Inability to void, even when the urge is felt
Urine dribbles, even after voiding


Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH; enlarged prostate)
Neurogenic bladder (underactive)
Urinary stones


Diagnosis involves identifying the type and severity of the disorder. Based on the information obtained, doctors may prescribe one or more diagnostic procedures.

For more information and advice on overflow incontinence contact Allanda or if you wish to ask a personal question in private then ask our Nurse Shona, who specialises in incontinence care.

Prostate Cancer and Male Incontinence

17.07.2009 | Posted in: Advice, Allanda, Incontinence, Urinary Incontinence | Author: Samantha Hall

The most common cancer in men, other than skin cancers, is Prostate cancer; about one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. The good news is, men who are affected by the disease have a wider selection of effective treatment and very high survival rates if detected early.

However, after men finish their treatment they are often faced with an additional treatment side effects, such as urinary incontinence.

Scott Williams, vice president of the Men’s Health Network, says…

“Dealing with the post-treatment side effects of prostate cancer is tough, men can regain a sense of control during their recovery period by learning more about conditions like urinary incontinence — one of the most common treatment side effects — so they know what to expect and how they can manage it.”

There are a number of helpful online resources available for men, such as Allanda; we provide men, including those suffering or recovering from prostate cancer, with straight-talking educational information on urinary incontinence as well as offering advice on incontinence products, should you wish to ask a personal question in private then ask our Nurse Shona, who specialises in incontinence care.

For men who are recovering from Prostate Cancer and urinary incontinence, Shona recommends the following:

* Talk to your doctor, as understanding the side effects of Prostate cancer treatment will help you come to terms with the condition and manage incontinence more effectively.

* Join a local prostate cancer support group to exchange valuable tips, advice and experience on dealing with the side effects of prostate cancer treatment.

* Be patient and give yourself time, some side effects of prostate cancer treatment like urinary incontinence are often temporary.

For more information and advice on male urinary incontinence contact Allanda.

Harry Potter – Helena Bonham Carter Suffered Incontinence

14.07.2009 | Posted in: Incontinence, Light Adult Incontinence, News | Author: Colin

A while back, Ulrika Jonsson revealed she experienced LAI or light adult incontinence after three of her four pregnancies, now another actress revealed she suffered from incontinence shortly after giving birth to her second child.

Helena Bonham Carter, better known as Bellatrix Lestrange from the Harry Potter movies, admitted that she struggled during filming. The 43 year old star said that in every scene she had to scream, she had to put on incontinence pants to prevent leakage.

These were her exact words:

“I was ill-equipped as I’d just had a baby. I wasn’t very fit. You have pelvic floor problems after having a baby and bladder control is minimal. Every time I screamed I wore nappies.”

Helena admits she should have taken more time off after giving birth, but only three months after having the baby she was hauled off to the set to film the latest screen instalment of the JK Rowlings’ novels.

Both cases are perfect examples of incontinence being quite usual and not just an age issue, the most important thing is anyone experiencing any kind of incontinence episodes should seek help and where better to come – Allanda, the site offering incontinence help and advice, F A Q’s and information on incontinence products.

Charities Fund New Research for Incontinence

08.07.2009 | Posted in: Allanda, Incontinence | Author: Samantha Hall

The Age Concern and Help the Aged medical research teams are joining forces with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to fund new research into incontinence.

The collaboration has already seen four research projects receive funding into a wide range of studies including projects addressing the basic biology of the bladder and bowel.

According to the Department of Health, incontinence is one of the main reasons why older people enter residential care. Many people can become house bound which can lead to isolation and depression. But due to the nature of the condition and ‘taboo’ surrounding it, it receives hardly any awareness and subsequently little funding for research into possible preventions and cures.

So this unique collaboration between the older people’s charity and the Government research council aims to both raise awareness about incontinence, as well as providing funding for key medical research.

The medical research arm of Age Concern and Help the Aged, said:

“The collaboration between Research into Ageing and the BBSRC is an important step in the right direction as it will fund some really exciting research projects, but perhaps more importantly also raise awareness about incontinence, which can so severely affect a person’s quality of life.”

This is an exciting move forward for incontinence. Here at Allanda we concentrate on providing the best incontinence products and advice to you, because we know how important quality of living is!

For more details on what we retail, please visit the Allanda website.

A New Stem Cell Treatment for Stress Urinary Incontinence

06.07.2009 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Samantha Hall

A damaged sphincter is in most cases the main cause of stress urinary incontinence, the sphincter is the muscle that tightens to controls urinary flow. A revolutionary new surgery could help this muscle regain its normal activity.

This promising new Incontinence treatment is been tested by Canadian doctors and is described as muscle cell injection therapy, doctors first take a biopsy of the leg muscle to isolate muscle stem cells and get them to multiply and then inject those cells into the sphincter muscle while the patient is under local aesthetic.

Of the 29 women who participated in a study by Dr. Carr and associates, 68 per cent said their quality of life was improved and 61 per cent said their urinary leakage was reduced and symptoms improved three months after the first injection.

Even though this procedure is a few years away from becoming a routine procedure Dr. Carr stated that safety is not a concern and said:

“This is just a muscle cell. The safety of these types of cells is much greater than other types of stem cells,”

And added:

“I think this kind of restorative medicine and using stem cells is the future.”

This new procedure could be a solution to one in every three women with stress urinary incontinence.

Incontinence is a Big Deal in India

01.07.2009 | Posted in: Allanda, Incontinence, Urinary Incontinence | Author: Samantha Hall

With India having one of the largest cases of incontinence in the world, The International Continence Society organised a conference as part of the first World Continence Week observed by the society.

The organisation is planning to hold several seminars and camps across the state to generate public awareness on the issue.

Event organiser Kamal Gaira said: “We are also in talks with various girls’ colleges such as Maharani’s to conduct sessions on patient education and help them understand the symptoms of the disorder.”

Incontinence affects 200 million people worldwide. In India, 12% women are affected by it, while 14.5% suffer from this disorder across Asia.

A presentation was given by Dr Sapna Basandani she said that it was not just women, but men too experience incontinence.

She said: “Forty percent incontinence cases can be cured, but very few report it to their family and doctors due to embarrassment. By the time it is diagnosed, the cases turn acute.”

Incontinence is a condition experienced by many people worldwide, that is why Allanda understands the importance of good incontinence care.

We provide help & advice, as well as all the various incontinence products you need to live a happy and normal life.

For more on our range of products please click here.