/Research

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 |2018-11-03T19:26:39+00:00October 26th, 2018|Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Research, Treatments|Comments Off on A Popular Allergy Medicine May Help IC Symptoms

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 |2018-10-16T17:51:31+00:00September 1st, 2018|Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Research|Comments Off on Long-Term Pentosan (Elmiron) Use May Be Linked to Eye Disease

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+00:00August 18th, 2018|Awareness, Interstitial Cystitis Network 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+00:00August 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+00:00August 17th, 2018|Interstitial Cystitis Network 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+00:00July 3rd, 2018|Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Latest Research, 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+00:00May 29th, 2018|Latest Research, Research|Comments Off on Hunner’s Lesion Triamcinolone Treatment Shows Effectiveness and Long Term Durability

New IC/BPS Treatments Can’t Be Developed Without Patient Help – You Can Make A Difference in 2018!

Do you know that no new treatments can be approved unless they pass real life testing with IC patients? When studies and clinical trials seek patient participants, they are conducting critical research to determine if a new treatment can help. I, for example, participated in the first study on PTNS, now known as Urgent PC. [...]

By |2018-08-15T21:35:45+00:00May 8th, 2018|Clinical Trials, Research|Comments Off on New IC/BPS Treatments Can’t Be Developed Without Patient Help – You Can Make A Difference in 2018!

Beaumont Study Seeks Women With IC/BPS (Royal Oak, MI)

Have you been diagnosed with IC/BPS? If you are a female between the ages of 18 and 85, with urinary frequency, urgency and pelvic discomfort or pain for at least six months, you may be eligible to participate in a clinical research study. IC/BPS affects 15 to 24 percent of adult women and has a [...]

By |2018-05-07T21:03:52+00:00April 25th, 2018|Clinical Trials, Research|Comments Off on Beaumont Study Seeks Women With IC/BPS (Royal Oak, MI)

Key IC & Pelvic Pain Studies From The MAPP Research Network in 2017 – Time to get your nerd on!

A decade into the Multidisciplinary Approach to the Study of Chronic Pelvic Pain (MAPP) Research Network and the research is still going strong. In 2017, the MAPP Network published 12 articles of its findings in various medical journals. Researchers from throughout the United States and Canada continue to work together and join resources to make [...]

By |2018-04-25T14:06:41+00:00April 12th, 2018|Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Research|Comments Off on Key IC & Pelvic Pain Studies From The MAPP Research Network in 2017 – Time to get your nerd on!