People who experience urinary incontinence often rely on disposable briefs or washable underwear for protection. However, Jean Rintoul, CEO of startup Lir Scientific, is offering another method: Brightly, a wearable device that senses bladder expansion and alerts when it’s time to use the bathroom.
Equipped with non-invasive biosensors, Brightly resembles a belt and is worn around the user’s abdomen. When the bladder fills up, the device uses Bluetooth to send a reminder – a choice of sound or vibration – to the wearer’s smartphone to use the bathroom. The device has a swappable battery for long-time use.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced last week that they have approved the marketing of the Eclipse System, a tool used to treat fecal incontinence (FI) in adult women aged 18 to 75 years old.
Manufactured by Pelvalon, Inc., the Eclipse System is designed to treat women who have had four or more FI episodes, or accidents, in two weeks. The device is a balloon that is inflated within the vagina (same area where a tampon is inserted) and exerts pressure on the rectum to keep stool from involuntarily escaping. The vaginal insert is first inserted by a trained clinician and can then be controlled and removed by the user.
Domtar Corporation, which owns the Attends incontinence brand, is making plans to convert a pulp and paper plant in Ashdown, Ark. in hopes to expand their business. The $160 million investment will be used to increase production of the fluff material that’s used in their absorbent products, such as adult diapers and feminine hygiene products.
The paper machine should be completed in late 2016 and will have a production capacity of approximately 516,000 tons of fluff pulp annually. Currently, Domtar’s mill in Plymouth, NC has a production capacity of 448,000 tons. The addition to the Ashdown mill will make Domtar the world’s fourth-largest fluff pulp producer.
There are 35 million adults in the United States who suffer from bladder problems, according to the National Association for Continence (NAFC). Bladder issues may include urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse (POP) disorders, chronic bladder infections, among many others.
If you experience bladder problems, November is your month and this is your week. During National Bladder Health Awareness Month and National Bladder Health Week (Nov. 10-14), the people at NAFC aim to bring awareness to bladder health issues and encourage people to take control of their own bladder health.
Researchers from the UK are currently developing a “smart diaper” that will alert caregivers when an elderly patient has soiled their adult diaper. The Sensidry System features a moisture-sensitive strip that attaches to a transmitter inside the patient’s diaper. When the diaper becomes wet, an electronic signal is sent to a receiver, which then sends a text message to the caretaker.
According to creator Avtar Chagger, the goal of Sensidry is to help patients maintain their dignity.