RELIZEN: NONHORMONAL TX FOR HOT FLASHES
RELIZEN® is a patented, nonhormonal therapy for the relief of hot flashes associated with menopause from JDS Therapeutics.New to the United States, Relizen has been used by women and physicians in Europe for more than 15 years, according to the manufacturer, and has clinical efficacy data established in a placebo-controlled trial published in Climacteric. The active ingredient is a non-estrogenic, purified Swedish pollen extract that has pollen allergens removed. The daily dose is 2 pills/day.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT www.relizen.com
RISK ASSESSMENT FOR SPORADIC BREAST CA
BREVAGenplus, from Phenogen Sciences, Inc, assesses clinical risk factors (Gail score) and genetic markers (SNP profile) to determine 5-year and lifetime risks of developing sporadic (nonhereditary) breast cancer. The test is for Caucasian, Hispanic, and African-American women, aged 35 years and older, who have not had breast cancer but have one or more risk factors for developing breast cancer.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT http://phenogensciences.com
3 NEW DEVICE LENGTHS FOR DISSECTION
Covidien has added 13-cm, 26-cm, and 48-cm lengths to its Sonicisiontm Cordless Ultrasonic Dissection Device portfolio. Covidien reports that Sonicision offers surgeons faster dissection with increased mobility without having to manage electrical cords. Single-use and reusable components available.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT www.covidien.com
Simbionix has launched RobotiX Mentor, a comprehensive educational tool for surgeons of all levels to practice the skills required to perform robotic surgery. By using basic task modules and cross-specialty clinical procedure simulations, surgeons can experience partial or entire robotic procedures.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT www.simbionix.com
NATURAL PRODUCTS FOR PREGNANCY
Fairhaven Health’s PregnancyPlus Line includes Prenatal Vitamins, Omega-3, and Cal-Mag (calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D3) natural supplements. Fairhaven Health claims that the Belly Rest Pregnancy Pillow provides back-pain relief during sleep. All products are BPA-free, with no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT www.fairhavenhealth.com
OPTIMIZE OFFICE WORKFLOW
Comtron offers Medgen EHR, a customized electronic health record (EHR) system. Comtron claims the Medgen EHR system is easily adaptable and is cost-effective by offering increased efficiency, decreased overhead, and improved patient care.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT www.medgenehr.com
VISUALIZATION ENHANCEMENT TOOLS
Karl Storz launched the Image1® SPIEStm visualization enhancement modular system for endoscopic surgery. SPIES, an acronym for Storz Professional Image Enhancement System, has three components: video software, a modular camera control unit, and a graphic user interface. Karl Storz reports that the modular design allows customization to individual needs. The combined camera heads and visualization tools offer homogenous illumination and contrast enhancement.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT www.karlstorz.com
NONINVASIVE PRENATAL GENETIC BLOOD TEST
Synapse Diagnostics offers Materni T21 PLUS, a test for specific chromosomal conditions in a fetus that are associated with birth defects. Conducted on blood drawn from the mother as early as 10 weeks’ gestation, the test uses genomic sequencing. Synapse Diagnostics claims that this is the only test that not only detects abnormalities like Down syndrome but also reveals defects called “microdeletions” caused by a missing gene that are otherwise difficult to discover early in pregnancy.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT www.synapsediagnostics.com
NEW ULTRASOUND SYSTEM
Samsung Electronics America, Inc. has introduced the UGEO WS80A ultrasound system for ObGyn applications. Key features: 21.5"-wide LED monitor with touch panel, 5D technologies, FRVtm (Feto Realistic View) with 3D visualization, and piezoelectric crystal design for high resolution. Samsung reports that the UGEO WS80A has improved gray scale and color with a more precise signal, speckle reduction, and edge and contrast enhancement.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT www.samsung.com/healthcare
SEAL & CUT TECHNOLOGY
Aesculap has expanded its line of Caiman 5 Seal and Cut Technology to include 24-cm and 44-cm lengths of vessel sealing devices in addition to its original 36-cm device. Aesculap claims that the extended jaw design provides uniform pressure distribution across a variety of tissue thicknesses. These bipolar electrosurgical RF energy instruments are intended for open and laparoscopic surgery.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT www.caimansurgery.com
DETECTING RUPTURED MEMBRANES
ROM Plus®is a rapid qualitative test for in vitro detection of amniotic proteins in vaginal secretions of pregnant women for possible diagnosis of premature rupture of membranes (PROM). ROM Plus uses a monoclonal/polyclonal antibody approach to detect two amniotic proteins, AFP and PP12. Accurate and prompt diagnosis of PROM helps decrease or avoid serious complications for mother and fetus.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT www.clinicalinnovations.com