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Stewartville Plant Creates New Solution to an Old Problem

Automated machines quietly raise and lower trays of liquid silicone, water and a paraffin-like material in a Stewartville facility to create a new solution to an age-old medical condition that afflicts an estimated 2 percent of the world’s population. Multiple, carefully monitored dips create trays of 400 silicone inserts with a small bubble of liquid in four minutes. The inserts then move on to packaging to eventually be shipped to Minnesota Medical Technologies’ waiting customers in a growing number of countries. Designed by and created by a local team led by brothers Jim and Philip Conway, the patented myMiracle device is a small, lubricated anal insert to be used as a simple and discreet way to treat fecal incontinence.  Read more.

Source: Post-Bulletin, Rochester, Minn., August 7, 2021

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Bladder-on-a-Chip and Bladder Organoids Reveal Dynamics of UTIs

Researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland developed two complementary benchtop bladder models that could help in understanding the mechanisms behind recurring urinary tract infections (UTIs). The first involves bladder organoids, which allow the researchers to study bacterial-bladder cell interactions under realistic conditions, which include the 3D multi-layered architecture of the bladder wall. The second is a bladder-on-a-chip, which includes additional features that mimic the bladder environment, including the mechanical effects of bladder filling and voiding and bladder vasculature. Read more.

Source: Medgadget, August 3, 2021

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Tibial Nerve Stimulator Is Safe, Effective, and Durable, 12-month Data Indicate

A nickel-sized tibial nerve stimulator offers overactive bladder (OAB) patients with urgency urinary incontinence long-term outcomes comparable to other treatment options, including percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation.  Findings of a study published in Urology1 imply OAB treatment with the investigational eCoin (Valencia Technologies Corp) device is safe and achieves a durable response, says the study’s lead author, urologist Peter Gilling, MD, of Tauranga Urology Research Ltd, Tauranga, New Zealand. Read more.

Source: Urology Times, July 15, 2021

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New App Supports Nurses to Provide Bladder and Bowel Continence Care

A free app that could boost nurses’ success in managing patients with bladder or bowel incontinence was launched on Monday, marking the beginning of World Continence Week. Those behind the new app said it was a result of a “genuine desire to help people with bladder and bowel symptoms access information and advice that can help”. The CONfidence app offers information, self-care tips and links to local health and support services for the estimated 14 million people in the UK with bladder control problems, and the 6.5 million who have bowel control problems. Read more.

Source: Nursing Times, June 22, 2021

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Santex SPA Announces Acquisition of U.S. E-commerce Retailer Parentgiving, Inc.

Santex SPA, a global leader in premier incontinence products and surgical dressing and orthopedic products, announced the acquisition of Parentgiving, Inc., the country’s premier retailer of caregiving products for the aging. The agreement was finalized in June 2020, and the companies have spent the past year integrating operations and developing an expanded portfolio of Parentgiving’s signature Dry Direct incontinence products for expansion in the United States. Read more.

Source: PR Newswire, June 22, 2021

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FDA Authorizes Study Exploring Novel Device for Bladder Incontinence

The FDA has approved the launch of an investigational device exemption trial exploring a novel implantable tibial neuromodulation (TNM) device designed to relieve symptoms of bladder incontinence.  The trial, known as the TITAN 1 Feasibility Study, is a multicenter, prospective trial aiming to enroll 20 patients at 8 clinical sites in the United States. The patients will have the device implanted in the posterior tibial nerve near the ankle. They will be followed for 12 months to assess the feasibility of the product. Enrollment for the trial is expected to commence in May. Medtronic currently offers several products for bladder control, including the InterStim sacral neuromodulation systems and the NURO percutaneous tibial neuromodulation (PTNM). Read more.

Source: Urology Times, April 27, 2021

Urovant Sciences Announces U.S. Commercial Launch of GEMTESA® (vibegron) 75 mg Tablets for Patients with Overactive Bladder

Urovant Sciences, a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative therapies for urologic conditions, today announced the commercial launch of GEMTESA® (vibegron) 75 mg tablets, a beta-3 (β3) adrenergic receptor agonist, for the treatment of overactive bladder (OAB) with symptoms of urge urinary incontinence (UUI), urgency, and urinary frequency in adults. Read more.

Source: Business Wire, April 12, 2021