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HARTMANN Group to Acquire P&G Incontinence Brand in Spain/Portugal

The HARTMANN GROUP, a leading international supplier of medical and hygiene products, announced today it plans to acquire Procter & Gamble’s Lindor — one of the most well-known adult incontinence brands in the Spain and Portugal professional channel. The transaction seeks to take place by end of second quarter of fiscal year 2017 and is subject to approval by local antitrust authorities.  As part of the agreement, HARTMANN is slated to obtain all P&G assets associated with the Lindor product portfolio (Lindor, Salvacamas, Lindor Care, Lindor Pants), Intellectual Property, contracts with employees, as well as a 25,000-square metre manufacturing facility in Montornés, Spain. Read more.

Source: Yahoo Finance, March 2, 2017

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Third Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) of the Vesair™ Bladder Control System For the Treatment of Stress Urinary Incontinence Delivers Promising Results

Solace Therapeutics, Inc., today announced that data from a multicenter 221 patient randomized controlled trial has met study endpoints with statistical significance. Dr. Eric Rovner will be presenting a poster of the results from the SUCCESS Clinical Trial at the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogenital Reconstruction (SUFU) meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona on Thursday, March, 2nd.  This is the Company’s third randomized controlled trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the Vesair Bladder Control System; a novel, office-based, reversible treatment designed to reduce or eliminate urine leakage in female patients with Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI).  Read more.

Source: Business Wire, March 1, 2017

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NMC Urged to Tackle ‘Glaring Hole’ in Bowel and Bladder Education

A “glaring hole” in training that is failing to ensure nurses are taught bowel and bladder care is putting patients at risk, a group of MPs has warned. In a letter to the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Continence Care urged the regulator to consider including such training in pre-registration education, as part of its current review of university standards.  The group of MPs said it was a concern that it was not a core competency for nurses, considering that fact that more than 14 million adults in the UK had bladder control problems and 6.5 million have bowel control issues, and 900,000 children and young people have bladder and bowel dysfunction. Read more.

Source: Nursing Times, March 1, 2017

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Pelvic Floor Symptoms May Lead To Exercise Avoidance in Menopausal Women

Physical activity improves health and may delay the onset of chronic diseases. For women in particular, the rate of some chronic diseases accelerates at middle age around the time of menopause; therefore it is important to identify the determinants of health-enhancing physical activity during midlife in this population. The main aim of this study was to characterize the level of physical activity and to examine the association between different female reproductive factors and objectively-measured physical activity in middle-aged women. The reproductive factors included cumulative reproductive history index, and perceived menopausal and pelvic floor dysfunction symptoms. Read more.

Source: MedicalResearch.com, Feburary 28, 2017

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Hatch Medical to Broker Innovative Male Urinary Incontinence Device

Hatch Medical, L.L.C., a medical device incubator and technology brokerage firm, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with MUCOM, L.L.C. to broker the sale or license of its patented male urinary incontinence device MUI Comfort™. MUI Comfort™ is an integrated external collection system that meets the needs of a growing demographic that is coping with the consequences of stress, urge, and overflow incontinence. This innovative technology is differentiated from competing products by providing a complete solution that addresses both functional and psychological aspects associated with male urinary incontinence.  Read more.

Source: Yahoo Finance! February 16, 2017

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USC Viterbi Researcher’s Work Seeks to Help Those Who Really Have to Go

Tissue regeneration gets the attention of Eun Ji Chung, a USC researcher who also studies a common and distressing problem: bladder control.  Chung, an assistant professor at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, examines how tissue regeneration could help patients with urinary incontinence caused by the loss or weakened control of the muscle controlling the release of urine from the bladder. The problem affects millions, especially women and females who have given birth. She hopes to provide a solution by restoring urethral tissue form and function. The goal: to develop biocompatible and bioactive hydrogels that can release growth factors and stimulate muscle repair using adipocytes, or fat stem cells, for the urethra, she said. Read more.

Source: USC News, February 13, 2017

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What You Need to Know to Put the Brakes on USI

Urinary stress incontinence (USI) affects 25 per cent of women over 40 with the incidence increasing with age. It’s defined as a loss of urine often with cough, sneeze, laughing, running or lifting. Yet despite the prevalence of this condition, many women do not seek help until symptoms become severe and have been ongoing for at least two years.  Factors contributing to USI are childbirth, pregnancy, menopause, low back pain, weight gain and smoking. USI responds well to conservative non-surgical treatment with the first line of treatment often being pelvic floor strengthening exercises under the supervision of a physiotherapist. Physiotherapists often use biofeedback and electrical stimulation to help reeducate these muscles. Read more.

Source: The Chronicle Herald, February 8, 2017