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New IC Study in Wisconsin Seeks Participants

Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin would like to recruit women who have been diagnosed with IC/BPS and/or MPP to participate in this study looking at the role of the Autonomic Nervous System in Chronic Pelvic Pain. We would like to understand whether the brain circuits that control your body might also be able [...]

By |2019-07-17T15:59:21-07:00July 17th, 2019|Clinical Trials, Research|Comments Off on New IC Study in Wisconsin Seeks Participants

Long-Term Pentosan (Elmiron) Use May Be Linked to Eye Disease

As a health publishing company dedicated to interstitial cystitis, it is our duty to share news which can impact you, the IC patient. Unfortunately, we must share some distressing news. If you have or are currently taking pentosan polysulfate PPS (brand name: Elmiron®) and are experiencing eye issues, researchers at the Emory Eye Center (Emory [...]

By |2019-05-01T12:40:23-07:00April 30th, 2019|Our Blog, Research|Comments Off on Long-Term Pentosan (Elmiron) Use May Be Linked to Eye Disease

LiRIS device for Interstitial Cystitis & Hunner’s Lesions DEPRIORITIZED by Allergan

It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Allergan has apparently abandoned work with LiRIS, the first treatment in history to heal the worst form of IC, Hunner's lesions, in some patients. Dr. Daniel Radecki, Executive Director of Clinical Development at Allergan, shared the news that "The LiRIS program has been deprioritized" in [...]

By |2019-02-21T13:02:38-07:00February 21st, 2019|Our Blog, Research|Comments Off on LiRIS device for Interstitial Cystitis & Hunner’s Lesions DEPRIORITIZED by Allergan

Do Childhood Bladder Symptoms Predict IC as an Adult?

While many studies have been done around IC and its often companion condition, IBS, very few studies have been done looking at how childhood bladder symptoms predict or affect patients in adulthood. But, that is slowly changing. In August 2017, researchers from the Department of Urology at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and the [...]

By |2019-04-06T13:34:54-07:00February 12th, 2019|Our Blog, Research|Comments Off on Do Childhood Bladder Symptoms Predict IC as an Adult?

A Popular Allergy Medicine May Help IC Symptoms

Do you struggle with increased IC flares and bladder symptoms during allergy season? Antihistamines are listed as Step Two treatment options in the AUA guidelines for IC/BPS. Why?  Because the bladder wall contains the same kind of mast cells that also generate typical allergy symptoms.  Hydroxyzine HCL (Atarax) and hydroxyzine pamoate (Vistaril) have helped many [...]

By |2019-01-30T21:24:03-07:00October 26th, 2018|Our Blog, Research, Treatments|Comments Off on A Popular Allergy Medicine May Help IC Symptoms

The History of IC Subtypes (Phenotypes)

Earlier this summer, there were some patients on Facebook who suggested that IC subtypes were not real. Here is the history of the four subtyping systems proposed for IC/BPS to date. This is a REAL thing that is now helping patients find their unique presentation of IC/BPS so that they can focus on the correct [...]

By |2018-08-20T13:53:01-07:00August 18th, 2018|Awareness, Our Blog, Research|Comments Off on The History of IC Subtypes (Phenotypes)

New Urine Test Shows High Confidence in Correctly Diagnosing IC

Researchers around the world have pursued the holy grail of diagnostic testing for IC/BPS - a simple, non-invasive urine test. Researchers at Beaumont Hospital, the nations leading IC research center, have developed a urine test which corrects classified all Hunner's lesion patients. Simply astonishing! In the IP4IC study, researchers measured urinary cytokine levels in 146 [...]

By |2018-08-27T15:23:52-07:00August 17th, 2018|Research|Comments Off on New Urine Test Shows High Confidence in Correctly Diagnosing IC

Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment Shows Great Promise For IC Treatment

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a concentrate of platelet-rich plasma protein derived from whole blood. It is extremely rich in growth factors and cytokines, which regulate tissue reconstruction. PRP has been used to encourage healing of various soft tissues in the human body as well as to assist in surgical wound healing. Researchers in Taiwan conducted [...]

By |2018-08-17T16:28:11-07:00August 17th, 2018|Our Blog, Research|Comments Off on Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment Shows Great Promise For IC Treatment

Aquinox Halts All Rosiptor IC/BPS Research But Continues Chronic Prostatitis Study

We were heartbroken to learn that Rosiptor (AQX-1125), once believed to be a promising new therapy for interstitial cystitis and bladder pain syndrome, has failed to demonstrate success in their latest clinical trial, the Phase 3 LEADERSHIP 301 study. In a press conference, David Main, CEO of Aquinox Pharmaceuticals, said “This is a disappointing result for [...]

By |2018-08-02T20:20:27-07:00July 3rd, 2018|Latest Research, Our Blog, Research|Comments Off on Aquinox Halts All Rosiptor IC/BPS Research But Continues Chronic Prostatitis Study

Hunner’s Lesion Triamcinolone Treatment Shows Effectiveness and Long Term Durability

If you struggle with Hunner's lesions (aka Hunne's ulcers), the odds are that you've tried a variety of bladder treatments with little effect. Why is Elmiron and/or DMSO ineffective for Hunner's lesions? Because they don't treat the lesion directly. The American Urology Association recommends lesion directed therapy: fulguration, laser therapy and/or triamcinolone injection into the [...]

By |2018-05-29T21:49:04-07:00May 29th, 2018|Latest Research, Research|Comments Off on Hunner’s Lesion Triamcinolone Treatment Shows Effectiveness and Long Term Durability