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Innovia introduces first home-use ear infection monitor

BY Michael Johnsen

LENEXA, Kan. Innovia Medical on Tuesday launched EarCheck Middle Ear Monitor, the first clinically proven, physician-recommended, home-use device that accurately detects the presence of middle ear fluid, a key sign of a middle ear infection.

While EarCheck is for home use, it is based on the same patented and proven technology, acoustic reflectometry (or sound waves), used in doctor’s offices since 1997 and included in the American Academy of Pediatrics’ and American Academy of Family Physicians’ Clinical Practice Guideline for the Diagnosis and Management of Acute Otitis Media (middle ear infection), the company stated.

EarCheck works by sending a pleasant chirping sound into the ear canal. Some of this sound bounces off the eardrum and travels back to the instrument’s built-in processor. EarCheck then analyzes the reflected sound to determine if there is fluid in the middle ear.

The presence of fluid is represented by a 1-5 scale on an easy-to-read color display, where level 1 (Green) indicates Fluid/Ear Infection Unlikely and where levels 3-5 (Red) indicates a high Likelihood of Fluid/Ear Infection and suggests you consult with your child’s healthcare professional.

The device was developed because more than 80 percent of children under the age of three have had one or more ear infections, and nearly 50 percent have had three or more. While an infection can develop anytime, the majority occur during the cough/cold season, from October through March, when fluid lingering in the ear after a cold or flu becomes infected with either bacteria or virus.

The EarCheck Middle Ear Monitor is currently available at Wal-Mart and Babies “R” US or through one of the many online retailers that can be located from EarCheck’s website, www.earcheck.com. EarCheck’s suggested retail price is as high as $59.

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Birchwood introduces sanitary skin cleanser

BY Michael Johnsen

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Birchwood Laboratories last week introduced two new products for the health professional or family caregiver that provide a sanitary solution for incontinence cleansing and management.

B-SURE Perineal Wash Is a gentle no-rinse formula that’s a more effective alternative to soap and water for cleansing the perineal area of fecal matter and urine due to incontinence. Enriched with aloe and glycerin, B-SURE Perineal Wash soothes sensitive skin while it cleanses and can be used as an all-over skin cleanser.

Fast acting B-SURE Odor Eliminator is a unique formulation that works on contact to destroy odors at their source. Not a masking agent, B-SURE Odor Eliminator neutralizes airborne odors. It eliminates biological odors associated with incontinence and other sickroom odors including feces, urine, emesis and necrotic tissue.

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P&G introduces Vicks NyQuil D

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble on Monday announced the introduction of NyQuil D, as part of the Vicks brand of cough, cold and flu products.

“NyQuil relieves cold and flu symptoms to help you sleep better,” stated Tara Stealy, brand manager of Vicks.

NyQuil D has been reformulated with decongestant phenylephrine, replacing the original ingredient pseuodephedrine.

NyQuil D has a suggested retail price of $6.32 for 10 oz. Other NyQuil Liquids, NyQuil LiquiCaps and NyQuil Sinus LiquiCaps will continue to be available over-the-counter in the cold and flu aisle.P&G Announces Availability of NyQuil D

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