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Clinical research backs EarlySense’s contact-free, at-home sleep monitor

BY Michael Johnsen

RAMAT GAN, Israel — EarlySense last week presented new research indicating that its EarlySense Live home-based sensor accurately detects sleep apnea and sleep disordered breathing in children, when compared to polysomnography, the testing process used in clinics to detect sleeping disorders. The contact-free system showed nearly 90% accuracy compared to the gold standard and calculated the Apnea/hypopnea index with a 0.9 correlation to sleep lab results.

The clinical results were presented at SLEEP 2017, the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies.

"The results of this study suggest that the tested sensor may be used in the future for at-home screening of children for sleep-disordered breathing for several consecutive nights, in their natural home setting," stated Asher Tal, head (emeritus) and founder of the Pediatric Pulmonary Unit and Sleep Center at Soroka Medical Center. "Accurately tracking sleep breathing patterns in children from the comfort of home, without any wires, holds great promise for the future of sleep medicine and eliminates long wait times typically associated with sleep lab appointments," he said. "It also allows parents to confer with pediatricians and determine if further sleep lab diagnosis is required."

Launched in early 2017, EarlySense Live provides users, their families and caregivers with accurate information regarding heart rate, breathing cycles, stress and sleep indicators. The at-home solution leverages EarlySense's core medical monitoring technology which has been successfully implemented globally in hospitals, rehab and skilled nursing facilities.

"Sleep apnea is a significant health risk that affects millions of people worldwide, and can result in reduced productivity and poor school performance," commented Zvika Shinar, chief scientist of EarlySense. "It is also associated with hypertension and cardiovascular disease if left untreated. Despite this, it remains a severely under-diagnosed condition."

 

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Piedmont Pharmaceuticals brings new lice treatment to U.S. marketplace

BY Michael Johnsen

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Piedmont Pharmaceuticals last week announced it has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its patented, pesticide-free Resultz Lice & Egg Elimination Kit, an odorless product that kills and removes head lice in five minutes. The Resultz Kit is ready to enter the U.S. marketplace, the company reported.

"Head lice don't transmit disease; however, they are a global problem, causing itching and scratching and requiring considerable time and effort to eradicate," stated Eric Barnett, EVP business development Piedmont. "Of concern is the potential misuse of pesticide products on children. When traditional products don't work, consumers may apply them in higher doses or more frequently than labeled. That overuse is worrisome because the products have been evaluated for safety in children when used as directed."

The new U.S. kit, which includes an easy-to-apply liquid and a comb, is recommended for adults and children ages 2 and older. Piedmont is exploring various strategic options for the Resultz Kit, including working with a commercial partner, and has retained Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated to serve as its financial adviser.

 

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Hearos adds bling to ear plug offering with DazzlEars launch

BY Michael Johnsen

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — Hearos Ear Plugs last week introduced DazzlEars featuring a patented design with a rhinestone at the end of a soft pink ear plug that offers a certified noise reduction rating of 32 decibels.

“When women see it, they typically say ‘I gotta have it!’  It’s so unique and dynamic," stated Doug Pick, CEO Hearos. "We’re confident it’s going to be a big success.”

According to Pick, DazzlEars is the first of its kind to utilize the flat back end of an ear plug to apply fashion and style, like jewelry, to the ears of its users. While some might conclude the added bling is superficial, the combination of the secured rhinestone to the stem offers users enhanced stability and control when inserting the ear plug.  

The new DazzlEars are currently available on the company’s website, Amazon.com and select retailers nationwide.

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