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Beaumont First To Study Stem Cells To Treat Incontinence

Beaumont Hospital urologists are first in the United States to research stress urinary incontinence treatment using a person's own stem cells. The cells are used to strengthen weak muscles that control urination. Stress urinary incontinence--the cause of wetness with coughing or physical activity, affects about 13 million Americans, most of them women, but also men who have had surgery for prostate cancer. The stem cells from 48 female research participants age 18 or older will be collected at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, and duplicated. The cells will then be injected into the muscles that control urination to strengthen them and prevent leakage. "If successful, muscle-derived stem cell therapy could offer new hope to people looking to live a life free of urinary leakage," says Urology department Chairman Kenneth Peters, M.D., who is leading the research at Beaumont.

Beaumont Hospital urologists are first in the United States to research stress urinary incontinence treatment using a person's own stem cells. The cells are used to strengthen weak muscles that control urination. Stress urinary incontinence--the cause of wetness with coughing or physical activity, affects about 13 million Americans, most of them women, but also men who have had surgery for prostate cancer. The stem cells from 48 female research participants age 18 or older will be collected at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, and duplicated. The cells will then be injected into the muscles that control urination to strengthen them and prevent leakage. "If successful, muscle-derived stem cell therapy could offer new hope to people looking to live a life free of urinary leakage," says Urology department Chairman Kenneth Peters, M.D., who is leading the research at Beaumont.

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