"Canada's best restrooms honoured" - The Powder Room Seal of Approval awarded nationwide

    TORONTO, June 25 /CNW/ - This past March, the Powder Room - a national
program for individuals with overactive bladder - asked Canadians to rate
public restrooms via the Cross-Canada Powder Room Map, found at
www.powderroom.ca, in search of Canada's best "powder rooms".
    Just in time for summer road-trip season, the Powder Room "Seal of
Approval" is being awarded to the following establishments:

    -  Yukon - Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre, Whitehorse
    -  British Columbia - Brentwood Town Centre, Brentwood
    -  Alberta - Aldersyde Petro Canada, Aldersyde
    -  Saskatchewan - Moxie's Classic Grill, Regina
    -  Manitoba - Mountain Equipment Co-op, Winnipeg
    -  Ontario - Yorkdale Shopping Centre, North York
    -  Quebec - Sears (Carrefour Laval), Laval
    -  New Brunswick - Lincoln Irving Big Stop, Oromocto
    -  Prince Edward Island - Boardwalk Medical Centre, Charlottetown
    -  Nova Scotia - Glooscap Heritage Centre, Truro

    In an effort to raise awareness of overactive bladder - a chronic medical
condition causing an individual to have the urge to urinate, even when their
bladder is not full - the Powder Room encouraged Canadians to rate public
restrooms for accessibility, cleanliness and maintenance, facilities,
line-ups, location and overall décor. Provincial award recipients were
selected based on a five-star rating system and assessment of comments
submitted about the rated restrooms.
    "The Cross-Canada Powder Room Map is a fantastic tool for anyone -
including those with overactive bladder," says Fran Stewart, RN, a Nurse
Continence Advisor at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. "As a
bonus, the map may also persuade those less than suitable public restrooms to
clean up their act."
    Canadians planning a road-trip this summer can visit www.powderroom.ca to
view over 260 currently-rated restrooms on the map, as well as to add and rate
new ones they find along the way.


    Having the sudden "urge" to urinate, even when your bladder is not full,
is the primary symptom of overactive bladder (OAB) and not, as some believe,
incontinence (urine leakage).(1,2)
    In a person with OAB, the bladder muscle begins to contract while the
bladder is filling with urine, rather than when the bladder is full. The
individual experiences a sudden need to go to the restroom, which can be
difficult to manage and inconvenient, especially when in a business meeting or
while travelling.
    There are various underlying factors that may contribute to an OAB
condition.(1,2)  Some risk factors are common and may include urinary tract
infections, side effects of medications, pregnancy, obesity and menopause.
Others are more severe and less common, such as nerve damage caused by spinal
cord lesions, neurological disease (i.e. multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's
disease, etc.), stroke and a blocked urethra due to an enlarged prostrate or
prostatic surgery in men.


    The Powder Room is a national and fully bilingual educational program
developed in collaboration with Canadian healthcare professionals. The program
works to improve the quality of life of individuals with overactive bladder by
helping them to understand, manage and treat the condition. More information
on the Powder Room can be found at www.powderroom.ca. The Powder Room has been
made possible thanks to an educational grant from Astellas Pharma Canada,
Inc., a leader in the field of urology.


    1.  Kelleher C, et al. Improved Quality of Life in Patients with
        Overactive Bladder Symptoms treated with Solifenacin.
        BJU International 2005; 95:81-85.

    2.  Wein A, Rackley, R. Overactive Bladder: A Better Understanding of
        Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Management. J Urology 2006;

For further information:

For further information: on the Powder Room or to arrange an interview
with Fran Stewart, please contact: Naz Araghian, Communications MECA/Médicomm,
(416) 425-9143 or 1-866-337-3362, ext. 232, naraghian@meca.ca

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