Gait Belt Handle Helps During Transfers
Maddak Inc. has taken the concept of the gait belt one step further with its new Slip-On Gait Belt Handle, an attachment with two vertical hand grips that slides over the gait belt, providing additional grab points for the caregiver assisting people during ambulation and transfers.
The Slip-On Gait Belt Handle costs $7.95 and fits gait belts up to 2” wide. It is made of durable nylon webbing and is machine washable. For more information, visit http://www.maddak.com.
Source.Maddak Inc. (2010, June 17). New slip-on gait belt handle from Maddak Inc. increases safety and control during transfers [Press release]. Pequannock, NJ: Author.
Text Technology Offers Aid in Emergencies
The launch of invisibleBracelet.org (iB), a virtual medical identification, means consumers now have the option to have their vital health information readily available to emergency medical service (EMS) providers.
The new iB web service offers two levels of protection. iB members may enroll for the text-based ICE Public Profile that can instantly share medical conditions, medications, allergy and “in case of emergency” (ICE) contact details with first responders who have access to a member’s iB wallet card, ID sticker, or key fob. First responders receive a 160-character ICE alert text message that is created by the member during the registration process.
The Enhanced Medic Network offers members a private profile only accessible to licensed and trained EMS providers in dozens of markets throughout the United States. With 110 initial licensees, iB will have more than 10,000 medics trained on how to locate iB identifiers and query iB personal identification numbers (PINs) using the iB Medic Network search engine. Medics can query the PIN and get instant access to the patient-provided information about his or her current health conditions. If medical transport is necessary, medics can notify up to 10 ICE contacts with the push of a button by simply confirming the name of the medical facility to which the patient is being taken for treatment.
The ICE Public Profile and Enhanced Medic Network cost $10 each, per member, per year. For more information, visit http://invisiblebracelet.org.
Source.“Invisible Bracelet Launches Nationwide Emergency Medical Notification Text Messaging Service.” (2010, August 31). Retrieved September 29, 2010, from http://www.medpagetoday.com/PRDir/PressRelease.cfm?id=13894&sid=70&cid=26.
Octogenarian Develops Aid for Nighttime Comfort
Eighty-year-old lifetime businessman Frank Fleischer, developer of a new sleep aid called the Nee-Z-eeZ™ ( http://www.neezeez.com), is confident that his product helps relieve both severe and chronic sleep pain to ensure a comfortable night’s sleep without the hassle of a regular pillow falling out from between the legs.
When people sleep on their side, their hips are brought into an oblique position, but the Nee-Z-eeZ helps keep legs straight so the hips and knees are kept in line and pressure is taken off of the sciatic nerve. The Nee-Z-eeZ is an ergonomically designed cushion that comfortably straps around the leg to align the hips to ease the discomfort of causes of sleep pain such as muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, and hip and even nervous leg syndrome.
Throughout his extensive development process, Fleischer tested the Nee-Z-eeZ on himself and his wife, who experiences sleep pain caused by Parkinson’s disease. Once he believed he had perfected the details of his better sleep product, Fleischer began distributing it throughout his community, watching it get picked up independent pharmacies, retirement communities, nursing homes, and orthopedic surgeons.
Source.“Inspirational Inventor and Entrepreneur Unveils Latest Evolution of Sleep Comfort and Support.” (2010, June 3). Retrieved July 29, 2010, from http://www.prnewschannel.com/absolutenm/templates/?z=4&a=2611.
Next-Gen Osteoporosis Drug to Launch in 2011
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Warner Chilcott plc’s next-generation Actonel® (risedronate sodium) product, a bisphosphonate in a delayed-release formulation, for the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis. The product will be marketed as Atelvia™ (risedronate sodium) delayed-release tablets. Warner Chilcott anticipates the commercial launch of Atelvia in early 2011.
Source.“Warner Chilcott Announces FDA Approval of Next Generation Actonel.” (2010, October 11). Retrieved October 21, 2010, from http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/warner-chilcott-announces-fda-approval-of-next-generation-actonel-104696939.html.
FDA Warns Chelation Product Companies
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned eight companies that their over-the-counter (OTC) chelation products are unapproved drugs and devices and that it is a violation of federal law to make unproven claims about these products. There are no FDA-approved OTC chelation products.
The companies that received the warning letters claim their products treat a range of diseases by removing toxic metals from the body. Some also claim to treat autism spectrum disorder, cardiovascular diseases, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, and other serious conditions. Some companies that received the warning letters also claim their products will detect the presence of heavy metals in urine to justify the need for chelation therapy.
Serious safety issues are associated with chelation products, which can alter the levels of certain substances in the blood. Even when used under medical supervision, these products can cause serious harm, including dehydration, kidney failure, and death.
The agency advises consumers to avoid nonprescription products offered for chelation or detoxification. The only FDA-approved chelating agents are available by prescription only and are approved for use in specific indications such as lead poisoning and iron overload.
The companies that received the FDA warning include:
- World Health Products, LLC: Detoxamin Oral, Detoxamin Suppositories, and the Metal Detector test kit.
- Hormonal Health, LLC and World Health Products, LLC: Kelatox Suppositories and the Metaldector Instant Toxic Metals Test.
- Evenbetternow, LLC: Kids Chelat Heavy Metal Chelator, Bio-Chelat Heavy Metal Chelator, Behavior Balance DMG Liquid, AlkaLife Alkaline Drops, NutriBiotic Grapefruit Seed Extract, Natur-Leaf, Kids Clear Detoxifying Clay Baths, EBN Detoxifying Bentonite Clay, and the Heavy Metal Screen Test.
- Maxam Nutraceutics/Maxam Laboratories: PCA-Rx, PC3x, AFX, AD-Rx, AN-Rx, Anavone, AV-Rx, BioGuard, BSAID, CF-Rx, CreOcell, Dermatotropin, Endotropin, GTF-Rx, IM-Rx, Keto-Plex, Natural Passion, NG-Rx, NX-Rx, OR-Rx, Oxy-Charge, PN-Rx, Ultra-AV, Ultra Pure Yohimbe, and the Heavy Metal Screening Test.
- Cardio Renew, Inc: CardioRenew and CardioRestore.
- Artery Health Institute, LLC: Advanced Formula EDTA Oral Chelation.
- Longevity Plus: Beyond Chelation Improved, EndoKinase, Viral Defense, Wobenzym-N
- Dr. Rhonda Henry: Cardio Chelate (H-870).
Health care professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program: http://www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm.
Source.“FDA Issues Warnings to Marketers of Unapproved ‘Chelation’ Products.” (2010, October 14). Retrieved October 21, 2010, from http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm229320.htm.
Soft Sides, Safe Hips
ComfiHips®, an innovative hip protector product distributed by Worldwide Ortho, LLC, is an undergarment that includes inside pockets located over the greater trochanter and specialized pads that are placed inside the undergarment. Each package of ComfiHips contains two undergarments and two separate pads, which can absorb up to 87.2% of impact during lateral falls.
The new product, designed in conjunction with the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology at the University of Florida, was created to help decrease the amount of hip fractures in the older adult population, although it is also used by new amputees, people with neurological disorders, or anyone at a high risk of falling.
Previous studies have indicated that a lateral fall onto the hips is between 5,000 and 26,000 Newtons of force and that it takes 4,113 (SD = 1,527) Newtons to fracture the hip. During the company’s clinical impact studies, the ComfiHips pads were subjected to up to 20,000 Newtons (4,496 pound-force), and they absorbed up to 87.2% of that force on impact.
Each pad is very lightweight, and the undergarment is comfortable enough to wear during sleep. ComfiHips are available in sizes S-XXXL ( http://www.comfihips.com).
Source.Worldwide Ortho, LLC. (2010). ComfiHips [Press release]. Tampa, FL: Author.