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A surgical cast venting device is disclosed in US Patent 6 616 622 by Alessandro Barberio of North York, Ontario, Canada.

Accantia, the UK-based maker of health and beauty products and feminine hygiene items, has secured the backing of a new investor.

With the massive expansion of airfreight there has come a demand for nets that are used to cover cargo and hold it firmly during flight.

Textile research institute, Textilforschungsinstitut Thuringen-Vogtland (TITV) of Greiz, Germany, has developed a number of products for pressure relief and prevention.

Biomedical company TEI Biosciences of South Boston, Massachusetts, USA, has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market DressSkin in the USA.

Nonwovens producer Polymer Group (PGI) is to install a Reifenhauser spunmelt line at a new facility near Shanghai, China.

A multilayer compression stocking or bandage system has been developed by Carolon.

Genencor International has invented an enzyme that modifies the surface properties of polyester.

UK-based Therma-Float has added to its range of performance materials with the launch of Therm-Alweb.

An improved system for applying a layer of foamed plastic to a fabric carrier is the subject of US Patent 6 495 206.

Absorbent diaper pants for children that include a therapeutic orthopaedic pad have been developed by Zdenek Moravek of Jaromer, Czech Republic.

A method of making foamed and fibrillated products has been invented by USA's 3M Innovative Properties Co.

To address market demand and new textile applications in surgery and medicine, Medical Textiles 2004 will be held at the David L.

A treatment to eliminate body odours has been developed in Canada by Stafford Textiles Ltd.

A fibrous structure designed to retain warmth is the subject of European Patent EP 1 260 355 from Toray Industries Inc of Tokyo, Japan.

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).

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).

Belgium-based Picanol has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Vietnam's 8 March Textile Co regarding an investment programme for 150 weaving machines.

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.