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Cross-over hygiene products -- absorbent articles that sit at the crossroads between lifestyle/convenience and traditional product features -- are the new battlegrounds for major hygiene product co

Two hygiene products are among six finalists competing for the 2005 Visionary Award presented by the US-based Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA).

Surfactant systems for personal care products are disclosed in US Patent 6 727 196 by Kimberly-Clark.

A knitted therapeutic medical compression stocking for the prevention of venous disease and/or embolism is disclosed in US Patent 6 725 691 by BSN-Jobst, a subsidiary of BSN Medical.

A padded cushioning device designed to be worn with a leg brace is outlined in US Patent 6 726 646 by Neil Bacheldor of Sebago, Maine, USA.

A radially expanding, cylindrical tampon claimed to have improved ability to prevent early leakage has been developed by McNeil-PPC, part of Johnson & Johnson.

US companies White Knight Engineered Products and CNS have jointly developed Breathe Right luxury allergen barrier bedding encasements for mattresses and pillows, which are being sold exclusively i

A workshop on Personalised Health: The Integration of Innovative Sensing, Textiles, Information & Communication Technologies will be held in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, on 13-15 December 200

Disposable absorbent pants with fluid-handling characteristics useful for encouraging toilet training have been developed by Kimberly-Clark.

An "oxygen bandaging system" is described in US Patent 6 767 342.

An improved bandaging system for use in the treatment of venous leg ulcers has been developed by Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Biopharmaceutical research and development company Alltracel of Dublin, Ireland, has announced an agreement with Pharm-a-care Laboratories for the launch of five first-aid products in Australia und

A moisture vapour-permeable composite structure is disclosed in US Patent 6 749 923 by Procter & Gamble.

A prosthesis for the repair of thoracic or abdominal aortic aneurysms is described by Ethicon in US Patent 6 767 359.

A new report, The Adult Incontinence Market Opportunity -- North American and Western European Outlook 2003 to 2008, has been published by Engqvist Consulting of Switzerland and John R.

The Japanese carbon fibre maker Toho Tenax Group has bought the US-based Fortafil carbon fibre business of Acordis, The Netherlands.

Smart textiles with integrated microelectronics are promising new diagnostic and therapeutic possibilities for healthcare.

BBA Group's materials division Fiberweb is to acquire the Tenotex Group, a privately owned Italian nonwovens materials business, for a debt and cash-free consideration of Euro62 million.

Foss Manufacturing Co Inc has patented a process for making an antimicrobial/antifungal multicomponent fibre and claims that repeated washing in boiling water or dry cleaning does not diminish the

US-based PPG Industries has introduced a binder-free, continuous strand glass fibre mat that it says can be used to make pultruded parts that are strong in tension.