2016-03-19 – United Spinal Association recruiting people with spinal cord injury and disease for a study to control and prevent urinary symptoms.

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United Spinal Association is working with MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital and Children’s National Medical Center to learn more about the experiences of people who use intermittent catheterization and who experience urinary symptoms frequently.

“Researchers hope study results will lead to the development of treatments that will reduce urinary symptoms in people living with SCI/D, while improving their health and quality of life.”

The research team at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, located in Washington, DC (*participants can be located anywhere in the USA), noticed during a past study that people with bladder dysfunction due to spinal cord injury or disease (SCI/D) had much less Lactobacillus (a ‘healthy’ bacteria) in their urine, compared with those who didn’t have SCI/D.

“In response to this finding, we have decided to investigate whether Lactobacillus, when put back into the bladder, might have a role in controlling the growth of bacteria that cause urinary tract infection, which may limit urinary symptoms and possibly reduce the need for antibiotics,” said Suzanne Groah, MD, MSPH SCI researcher at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, Spinal Cord Injury Research Center.



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Lactobacillus is a probiotic which has traditionally been used to aid with digestion and is naturally found in your body.

“In our study, the benefits provided by Lactobacillus will be targeted at bladder health rather than digestive health,” added Groah.

Study participants will be needed for a…

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