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An inconvenient truth: reflections on the NHS

“What gets us into trouble is not what we don’t know. It’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so.” The above is a quote attributed to Mark Twain from the 2006 documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, which follows Al...

Read all about it Jul/Aug 2017

It can be awkward when a patient asks you about a report in their favourite tabloid detailing an amazing research breakthrough or a ‘cutting-edge’ new treatment / test and you don’t know what they are talking about! So this section...

Radiological appearances of non-vascular renal anatomical variants

Anatomical variants of the renal tract are common and, although often asymptomatic, may present with complications. It is essential to identify anatomical variants, as this may have an impact upon surgical planning and management. This article aims to demonstrate radiological...

Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand (USANZ) 2019

By Munad Khan, Urology Registrar, Redcliffe Hospital, Brisbane, Australia. This year's USANZ ASM was held in sunny Brisbane, Queensland. This annual meeting showcased important academic developments from a range of Australasian urologists and aspiring trainees, supported by an impressive international...

Hypospadias – can urologists achieve the unachievable?

US News & World Report (USNWR) provide rankings on a wide range of topics (education, health, money, travel, cars and law firms). In terms of healthcare, they suggest that their rankings (based on metrics) are a tool that can help...

TUF Warriors – joining the fundraising fight

What is the TUF Warrior programme? The Urology Foundation (TUF) Warrior programme is designed to support core trainees, clinical fellows and foundation doctors interested in urology. It creates opportunities to develop extracurricular interests, connect with patients, boost applications for specialty...

CROWN initiative – what is it about?

The editors of around 50 journals related to women’s health have joined forces to support the CROWN initiative (core outcomes in women’s health). The aim is to standardise the collection of outcomes for all trials in a specific dataset in...

Urology MDTs: what members think

This study aimed to examine the functionality of urology cancer multidisciplinary team meetings (MDTs). Evidence has suggested that urology MDTs are not as well structured as other surgical disciplines. MDT members were asked their views on if there were any...

(Not very) clean intermittent self catheterisation

In a small room near the operating theatre of the London Hospital sometime in the 1880’s, a surgeon slips off his outdoor frock coat. From his pocket he pulls a silver curved catheter, spits on it and nonchalantly passes it...

COVID-19 Message from the editor

I suspect, years from now, we are going to look back at this time and understand how we lived through a moment in history that threatened the very fabric of our lives. Looking at images of empty streets across the...

LoFric Elle Wins ‘Look Good, Feel Good’ Award

Wellspect’s revolutionary new female catheter has added another award to its list of accolades. The 'Look Good, Feel Good' award, which is a joint initiative of Bladder and Bowel UK and the...

What are the long-term outcomes of TOT and TVT procedures?

This is a systematic review between 2000 and 2016 evaluating the efficacy and safety of midurethral sling (MUS) procedures in women. Studies were included if the follow-up data was five years or more. Objective cure rates showed no significant difference...