Study: Cranberry concentrate supplements reduce bladder infections
OUD-BEIJERLAND, The Netherlands — New research published in the American Journal of Geriatrics on Monday found that more than 25% of bladder infections (cystitis) can be reduced with the regular use of cranberry concentrate supplements in vulnerable older people in nursing homes at high risk of urinary tract infections.
More than 20% of these high-risk elderly did not develop any UTI’s at all when taking the cranberry capsule.
The Public Health and Primary Care department of the Leiden University Medical Center LUMC conducted the one-year study in 21 Dutch nursing homes and was financed by ZonMW, a government organization that funds health research to help improve health and health care in the Netherlands, and by the supplier of cranberry concentrate Springfield Nutraceuticals.
Currently, nearly 1-in-10 nursing home residents in the United States have a urinary tract infection. An estimated 17% to 69% of all catheter-associated urinary tract infections may be preventable.
In the one-year study, 928 people with an average age of 85 years participated. During the study, cranberry capsules with a specific composition were used and compared with a placebo. In this study the cranberry supplement used contains the whole cranberry: skin, seeds, pulp, juice and fiber that previous research has shown is preferable to those that do not contain the whole fruit.
Industry responds to Senator’s call for safer OTC children’s liquid medicines
WASHINGTON — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Monday responded to Sen. Charles Schumer’s, D-N.Y., recent call for the Food and Drug Administration and the Consumer Product Safety Commission to require flow restrictors on all bottles of children’s liquid medicines.
“Manufacturers have voluntarily added flow restrictors to infants’ and children’s liquid acetaminophen products," the association stated. "Flow restrictors are one tool for parents that industry employs to reduce the amount of medicine a child who defeats the child-resistant packaging might ingest. Because medicines are meant to be accessible, flow restrictors aren’t sufficient to prevent accidental, unsupervised medicine ingestions, but safe and appropriate storage is."
CHPA members are involved in a number of long-term efforts targeted at preventing accidental, unsupervised ingestion of medicines by young children, the association added. "The most impactful solution is locking the child-resistant closure and storing all medicines up and away and out of children’s reach. This is why we educate parents and caregivers to store medicines up and away and out of sight through a campaign led by CHPA’s Educational Foundation and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s Protect Initiative."
Drive Medical launches maneuverable knee walker
PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — Drive Medical recently launched its new Steerable Knee Walker, a durable and stable mobility option for individuals recovering from foot surgery, breaks, sprains, amputation and ulcers of the foot. It can be steered for enhanced maneuverability and features a deluxe dual-braking system for added safety.
The Steerable Knee Walker features tool-free height adjustment of the tiller which can also be folded down for storage or transport.
The knee pad is separated into two sections and can be height adjusted for comfort. The large, 8-inch caster wheels make the Steerable Knee Walker ideal for both indoor and outdoor use, the company stated.