Will Tracker-Like Aesthetics Lead to Anti-Nausea Device Bonanza?

A Canadian-Chinese medical device manufacturer is poised to enter a niche market for nausea-fighting neurostimulation with a sleek wrist-worn transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS) device, providing an alternative to a long-established manufacturer that has just released a redesign of its technology.   Peter Ji, co-founder of Vancouver, BC, and Ningbo, China-based WAT Medical Technology, said there is plenty of room in the nascent therapeutic wearables market for both his firm and Horsham, PA-based Reliefband Technologies to thrive in combating motion sickness, morning sickness, post-operative nausea, and a fairly new malady—nausea caused by exposure to virtual reality technology.   "We don't really see Reliefband as a competitor," Ji said. "They've been in the market a lot longer than us. The anti-nausea market is a large one with a lot of potential."   The market may indeed be sizable. However, device-based therapies for it have not proliferated or enjoyed ownership longevity—for instance, Reliefband's technology was invented in the 1990s by a San Diego firm called Woodside Biomedical, which was acquired by Abbott in 2003. The brand was acquired by Chicago-based Neurowave Technologies in 2006; in 2015, with a $5 million investment from PathoCapital, a specialty healthcare fund headed by former Baxter Healthcare and Ovation Pharmaceuticals CEO Wilbur Gantz (now R...
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Authors: Mala KN, Thomas J, Syam DS, Maliakel B, Krishnakumar IM Abstract Despite the availability of various synthetic drugs for the treatment of functional dyspepsia (FD), the side effects and their cost have always created a great interest in the search for novel natural alternatives for the management of gut disorders. The present contribution reports the safety and efficacy of the kitchen spice asafoetida (Ferula asafoetida) in FD for the first time. In the double-blinded, placebo-controlled study, 43 subjects diagnosed to have moderate to severe discomforts of nonulcer FD were randomized to receive hard-shell...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
INTRODUCTION: The advent of autonomous automobiles raises new challenges for maintaining passenger safety and comfort. The challenge addressed here is how to predict and mitigate motion sickness when passengers read in a moving vehicle. METHODS: We...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news
BACKGROUND: Sopite syndrome is a poorly understood symptom complex characterized by drowsiness and lethargy relating to motion sickness. Though often occurring in conjunction with the classic symptomatology of motion sickness, the literature suggests that ...
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HH Abstract Full-field visual rotation around the vertical axis induces a sense of self-motion (vection), optokinetic nystagmus (OKN), and, eventually, also motion sickness (MS). If the lights are then suddenly switched off, optokinetic afternystagmus (OKAN) occurs. This is due to the discharge of the velocity storage mechanism (VSM), a central integrative network that has been suggested to be involved in motion sickness. We previously showed that visually induced motion sickness (VIMS) following optokinetic stimulation is dependent on vection intensity. To shed light on this relationship, the current study inves...
Source: Experimental Brain Research - Category: Neuroscience Authors: Tags: Exp Brain Res Source Type: research
It is possible to measure precisely the kinematics of postural activity, and to use these data to generate visual displays that provide real-time feedback about postural activity. Several studies have examined the effect of visual displays on the kinematics of standing posture, with mixed results. In some studies, real time visual displays have led to reduction in the spatial magnitude of body sway [1 –3]. In other studies, similar displays have had no effect on sway, or have been associated with increases in the spatial magnitude of sway [1,4–9].
Source: Gait and Posture - Category: Orthopaedics Authors: Tags: Full length article Source Type: research
To assess the safety of VR Headset (virtual reality binocular near-eye display) use in young children. Product safety warnings that accompany VR Headsets generally ban their use in children under age 13 years. No studies to date have addressed VR Headset effects specifically in pediatric populations.
Source: Journal of AAPOS - Category: Opthalmology Authors: Tags: Paper Source Type: research
This study was to identify factors affecting postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) and to investigate the incidence of PONV for the first 24 hours after operation. DESIGN: The prospective research was performed in an 1,100-bed university hospital, from April to December, 2011. The sample consisted of 609 patients with elective surgery. METHODS: Factors affecting PONV were identified by multiple logistic regression. FINDINGS: Incidence of PONV was 27.1% for the first postoperative 24 hours. Insertion of nasogastric tube (OR, 4.54, P = .002), history of PONV (OR, 3.24, P
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Citroën, the french car manufacturer, is releasing special glasses that help to prevent motion sickness. Though motion sickness was always a problem for some, since the introduction of smartphones and tablets the condition has been affecting mor...
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Publication date: Available online 2 March 2018Source: International Journal of PsychophysiologyAuthor(s): Patricia S. Cowings, William B. Toscano, Millard F. Reschke, Addis TsehayAbstractThe National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has identified a potential risk of spatial disorientation, motion sickness, and degraded performance to astronauts during re-entry and landing of the proposed Orion crew vehicle. The purpose of this study was to determine if a physiological training procedure, Autogenic-Feedback Training Exercise (AFTE), can mitigate these adverse effects. Fourteen men and six women were assigned to...
Source: International Journal of Psychophysiology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research
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