Did that post heading make you react? It wouldn't be surprising.
Dealing with bladders and bowels that refuse to behave the way they used to is something all of us have to deal with sooner or later.
The scientific community and government funding has been poor in terms of putting serious effort into helping with this problem. The only thing that will change this is when governments finally count the cost of dealing with the effects of incontinence, especially with ageing populations.
So it might be surprising to discover which area of the scientific / research community is actually thinking about this - mechanical engineers.
I was an engineer originally and have an engineering mindset, so I was pleased to see this report from the UK's Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Here's part of the intro:
Continuing embarrassment and lack of public discussion about incontinence, a condition which affects one in three people at some point in their life, are stifling the development of new products, according to a new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
The report, Incontinence: engineering innovation to enhance quality of life, adds that Government has largely overlooked this issue, even though incontinence burdens the NHS with annual healthcare costs of over £2 billion per year and is a major cause of admissions to care homes, adding pressure on already stretched public services.
Here is a link to the report:
Read the full report: imeche.org/reports
Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings to all.