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    Treatment of OAB may reduce fall risk in older patients

    Philadelphia—Overactive bladder (OAB) and falls often carry a substantial burden for patients and society as a whole, and new research suggests that treatment of OAB may lower fall risk.

    In a study of Medicare claims data from 2006-2009, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia identified 32,587 patients with an OAB diagnosis (average age, 77.7 years). Patients’ medical histories were examined 1 year prior to and 2 years following diagnosis to determine the association between OAB and falls, and the protective effects of treatment of OAB on risk of falls.

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    “Often, overactive bladder has been associated with multiple chronic illnesses; falls are in the top five,” lead author Ravishankar Jayadevappa, PhD, associate professor in the department of medicine and division of urology at the University of Pennsylvania, told Urology Times.

    “In comprehensive care, especially among elderly people, screening for falls in patients with OAB—and vice versa—is an important and integral part of a collaborative approach incorporating the geriatrician and primary care provider,” said Dr. Jayadevappa, who presented the study findings at the 2015 AUA annual meeting in New Orleans.

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