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NHS Waste Half a BILLION Pounds a Year Due to Substandard Incontinence Care

The NHS is ‘leaking’ more than half a BILLION pounds a year – through substandard incontinence care, according to a report. There are currently 164,833 people in residential care and nursing homes who experience difficulty with bladder or bowel control. But an eight-week value-based procurement pilot carried out at two care homes in Lincolnshire has exposed both the cost, and indignity, of cheap, ill-fitting pads and protection. The study, carried out by hygiene and health company Essity in partnership with the NHS, investigated the impact of providing more clinically appropriate products in lieu of those chosen on unit cost alone. Read more.

Source: Yahoo! News UK, October 11, 2023

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NIH Designates People With Disabilities As a Population With Health Disparities

Today, Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, M.D., director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), designated people with disabilities as a population with health disparities for research supported by the National Institutes of Health. The decision was made in consultation with Robert Otto Valdez, Ph.D., the director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, after careful consideration of a report delivered by an NIMHD advisory council, input from the disability community and a review of the science and evidence. A report issued in December 2022 by the Advisory Committee to the (NIH) Director (ACD), informed by the work of the Subgroup on Individuals with Disabilities, explored similar issues faced by people with disabilities. The designation is one of several steps NIH is taking to address health disparities faced by people with disabilities and ensure their representation in NIH research. Read more.

Source: National Institutes of Health, September 26, 2023

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Pennsylvania House Lawmakers Raise Awareness About Diaper Needs

Pennsylvania House lawmakers are calling attention to diaper and incontinence product needs in the state. Sept. 25-29 is Diaper Need Awareness Week in Pennsylvania.  According to the House Democratic Caucus:

  • Half of American families struggle to provide diapers for their children, impacting more than 15 million children younger than 3.
  • Incontinence products can cost as much as $1,000 a year, which is unaffordable to many seniors on fixed incomes.
  • A lack of clean, disposable undergarments poses a serious health risk, potentially leading to infection and even death.

House Bill 229 – proposed by Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York County – would establish a grant program to improve and expand access to clean diapers for infants, children and incontinent adults. Read more.

Source: WGAL.com, September 26, 2023

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Recurring UTIs: The Infection We Keep Secretly Getting

Want to pee all the time, or been told to drink cranberry juice because it burns when you pee? If so, you might have experience with urinary tract infections or UTIs. UTIs happen when certain types of bacteria get into part of your urinary tract, like your bladder, and create an infection. Researchers estimate that 60% of women and 10% of men will get a UTI in their lifetime.  Typically, people are told to avoid UTIs by bettering their personal hygiene—peeing before and after sex, wiping properly, ceasing douching—and drinking more water. Because of this, many people may feel ashamed or embarrassed when they get a UTI, thinking it was their fault. But about one in four women experience recurring UTIs, which is defined as having at least two infections in six months or three in a year. Even when these patients do everything right, they still get infections. Read more.

Source: NPR, September 6, 2023

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Caldera Medical Acquires Atlantic Therapeutics to Expand Portfolio in Women’s Health

Caldera Medical, a women’s health medical device company that develops and markets best-in-class products for the treatment of Stress Urinary Incontinence, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Polyps and Fibroids, announced today that it has completed its acquisition of Atlantic Therapeutics, an Ireland based provider of non-invasive pelvic floor strengthening and nerve stimulating solutions for women. The acquisition bolsters Caldera Medical’s expanding portfolio, furthering its mission to improve the quality of life for women! Read more.

Source: Business Wire, September 6, 2023

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BlueWind Medical’s Revi™ System Secures U.S. FDA De Novo Classification Grant for the Treatment of Urgency Incontinence

BlueWind Medical, Ltd. today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted a De Novo marketing request for the Revi System, a transformative tibial neuromodulation therapy for the treatment of the symptoms of urgency incontinence alone or in combination with urinary urgency. Physicians should follow clinical guidelines as applicable and should use their discretion to determine if Revi can be used before patients fail or not tolerate more conservative therapy. The De Novo grant is for men and women with urge urinary incontinence (UUI) and was based on results from the OASIS pivotal trial, in which Revi demonstrated statistically significant improvement in the reduction of symptoms of UUI compared to baseline and a favorable safety profile. Read more.

Source: PRNewswire, August 17, 2023