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FemTech – Making strides for women

While EU Member States discuss the Health Technology Assessment proposal, an EU-wide research tool to support decision-making on health technologies and innovation in the “FemTech” sector (encompassing fertility, pregnancy and nursing care, women’s sexual wellness and e-health technologies) promises to revolutionise the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunctions for women across Europe and beyond.  Over 50 percent of women worldwide suffer from at least one of the following three pelvic floor dysfunctions: Stress urinary incontinence, faecal incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse (POP).  Read more.

Source: The Parliament, July 23, 2019

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Technology for Incontinence Hasn’t Developed That Much Since Ancient Egyptian Times

Today’s healthcare is full of technology that would seem like science fiction to our grandparents. But this is far from true in every area: some remain woefully neglected by innovation. Hop in a time machine back to ancient Egypt and you would find recognisable examples of the absorbent pads and catheters which are still a mainstay in the management of incontinence today.  The earliest known reference to an absorbent pad dates from 4th-century Egypt: the female scientist Hypatia is recorded as having thrown her menstrual rag at a student to ward off his infatuation with her. The pad remained a homemade “product” for many centuries until the 19th century, when manufactured versions of reuseable “antiseptic cotton for absorbing discharges” could be purchased from pharmacies. Disposable pads, first produced by Kotex in 1920, were in widespread use by the late 1930s. Since then, the only major innovation in their design has been the introduction of super absorbent polymers in the 1980s, which have dramatically improved absorbency. Read more.

Source: The Conversation, July 30, 2018

The Simon Foundation for Continence Announces Its International Conference Innovating for Continence 2015

On April 15-17, 2015, The Simon Foundation for Continence will hosts its 5th international conference, Innovating for Continence: The Engineering Challenge. The biennial conference is held in Chicago, attracts speakers from a wide range of disciplines, and is designed to heighten innovation and increase development of creative and efficacious products for the management of incontinence.

Chicago, Illinois (PRWEB) February 14, 2015

Innovating for ContinenceThe Simon Foundation for Continence will hosts its 5th international conference, Innovating for Continence: The Engineering Challenge on April 15-17, 2015. The biennial conference is held in Chicago and attracts speakers from a wide range of disciplines. The conference is designed to heighten innovation and increase development of creative and efficacious products for the management of incontinence by bringing together a unique group of stakeholders.Continue reading