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January 2004

A gel-type adhesive composite bandage for treating fungus-infected or discoloured toenails, or for general wound treatment, has been developed by Southwest Technologies (US Patent 6 592 889).

Kimberly-Clark has developed an absorbent article that features a breathable outer cover with reduced perceived dampness on the outer surface.

A system for making microfibres from otherwise difficult-to-process polymers was revealed at ITMA 2003 in Birmingham, UK.

French laboratories and manufacturers have teamed up to develop a T-shirt claimed to be an advance in the field of telemedicine.

Polymer Group (PGI), the world's fifth largest nonwovens producer, has announced new mission and vision statements as well as a strategic plan to guide the company's future operations.

Sales of wound care products used to treat traumatic injury and surgical wounds were expected to reach US$4.3 billion in 2003, according to a study released by Kalorama Information.

Italian yarn maker Sinterama has introduced a synthetic sewing thread that, it says, glows in the dark.

A US company has developed an improved technique for ultrasonically joining layers or plies of a fibre-reinforced thermosetting matrix.

Friction Free Technologies Inc has disclosed a process for creating special low-friction fibres.

A US federal judge has dismissed a patent-infringement claim made by Playtex Products against Procter & Gamble (P&G) over a tampon applicator.

UK researchers have developed a prototype prosthetic aortic heart valve utilizing materials already used in other textile prostheses and standard textile production processes.

A sock-type compressive orthosis for treating circulatory diseases of the lower limbs is disclosed in US Patent 6 572 574 by Innothera Topic International.

Ossur has developed an elasticized sleeve suitable for orthotic or prosthetic applications.

Bonar Technical Fabrics of Zele, Belgium, has invented a type of screening with an adjustable effectiveness.

DuPont has patented a system for forming a fabric (US Patent 6 579 815).

A compression bandage that can be adequately tightened over a bleeding wound is described in US Patent 6 593 508 by Robert Harder of Bena, Virginia, USA.

Playtex Products has launched Beyond tampons to the US retail trade and will begin shipping the product in the first quarter of 2004.

An International Patent (WO 01/06054) assigned to Avant-Garb LLC (now Nano-Tex) of Emeryville, California, USA, describes a system that is based on using nanoparticles to apply permanent finishes t

An absorbent article for use in sanitary protection, hygiene and bandage applications has been developed by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products.

A wearable article that incorporates a spacer to maintain a void space is disclosed by Procter & Gamble.

The US National Science Foundation (NSF) says it has discovered an incredibly simple way of reducing the threat of cholera.

An Austrian company, Borealis GmbH of Schwechat-Mannsworth, has found a way of making strong polyolefin fibres without post-stretching.

A US bankruptcy judge has ruled in favour of the bankruptcy estate of Paragon Trade Brands in its indemnity action against Weyerhaeuser.

Procter & Gamble Co has developed a multi-purpose absorbent and cut-resistant sheet.