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SinuCleanse introduces updated neti pot

BY Michael Johnsen

MADISON, Wis. SinuCleanse recently introduced a clear, lightly-tinted blue version of its neti pot, designed to enhance ease of use by enabling visual inspection of the saline solution in the neti pot to ensure it is completely mixed and pure.

The clear design also allows better monitoring of the flow and volume of saline solution during nasal washing, the company stated.

“For a practice that dates back literally thousands of years, there have been few innovations in neti pots,” stated Diane Heatley, developer of the SinuCleanse nasal wash system. “The new SinuCleanse neti pot is a true advancement and gives consumers a clear choice in that the ability to monitor the solution and the impression of ‘purity’ that the design provides enhances ease of use and motivates compliance.”

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Continua Health Alliance develops first end-to-end connected health solution

BY Michael Johnsen

BEAVERTON, Ore. Wireless management of such health devices as blood glucose meters and blood pressure monitors took one step closer to becoming reality Monday with the Continua Health Alliance announcement of the first end-to-end connected health solution based on the Continua architecture.

IBM, Nonin Medical, and Vignet will demonstrate the end-to-end solution this week at the Consumer Electronics Show, and illustrate how data from consumer health devices can be transmitted to a variety of destinations, including hospitals, medical offices and patient information systems.

In the demonstration, data from a Continua Certified Bluetooth-enabled wireless pulse oximeter from Nonin Medical will be sent to a P.C. manager running the Vignet Connected Health Services platform using the Continua device interface standard. The manager will upload the data to an IBM server using the Continua WAN interface standard. From there, the IBM server can send the data, using the Continua interface, to various service providers such as healthcare facilities, disease management services or personal health record services.

“IBM is committed to enabling connected home health solutions such as remote patient monitoring, which have great potential to improve patient outcomes and deliver more affordable health care,” stated Katherine Holland, GM for IBM Global Life Sciences. “Demonstrating an end-to-end implementation of the Continua architecture is an important milestone, and IBM is pleased to partner with Continua members to build an ecosystem of interoperable, personal connected health solutions.”

The publication of the Continua Health Alliance Version One Design Guidelines last year paved the way for Continua members to develop compliant connected health products and services. The Continua interoperability guidelines specify how to use existing standards to build interoperable personal healthcare solutions. The group’s next design guidelines, expected in the first half of 2010, will include two wireless technology standards for low power radios and will enable new devices, additional use cases and extend the capabilities of devices in the Continua Health Alliance ecosystem.

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Union Spring introduces MyClyns germ-protection spray

BY Allison Cerra

ERLANGER, Ky. A new spray by Union Spring Pharmaceuticals promises to protect its users from germs.

MyClyns, a pen-sized, non-alcohol personal protection spray can be sprayed directly into the eyes, ears, nose, mouth and open wounds, Union Spring said.

MyClyns retails for $9.99 in a 6-mL container and can be sprayed up to 60 times. More information can be found at www.mygermspray.com.

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