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    Smart-e-Pants could take pressure off patients confined to beds, wheelchairs

    Don't know if anyone has seen this, but it looks interesting.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/...ds:%20RSS/Atom

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    Doh!

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    Thanks for posting. I've often wondered if rolling around with EMS electrodes stuck to your butt would be effective in preserving your butt muscles.

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    This started out as underwear .. it was a multi-million dollar investment .. from the taxpayers of Canada! It was discussed here.

    Actually I thought the quote was $7 or 8 mill at the time .. and was funded via Rick Hansen Foundation .. but not according to that article. Hmmmph.
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    Smart-e-Pants could take pressure off patients confined to beds, wheelchairs

    Smart-e-Pants could take pressure off patients confined to beds, wheelchairs
    Feb. 01, 2012


    Provided by: The Canadian Press
    Written by: Chris Purdy, The Canadian Press


    EDMONTON - Gem Hebert is not shy about bearing her backside for medical science.

    The 61-year-old woman is one of about two dozen Alberta patients confined to a bed or wheelchair who are helping test a new technology called Smart-e-Pants.

    The custom electric underwear stimulate gluteus muscles to help prevent pressure ulcers or bed sores.

    "I've got the most photographed bum in Edmonton," a smiling Hebert said Wednesday following a news conference unveiling the underwear at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital.

    A tumour in her back left Hebert unable to walk and forced her into a wheelchair last year. She then allowed medical staff to put her into an early, bulky version of the underwear for several weeks.

    An electrical current lasting 10 seconds zapped her buttocks every 10 minutes.

    Hebert said the zaps didn't hurt and the underwear was comfortable, although she has some design suggestions on how the garment could better allow women to go to the bathroom.

    The latest Smart-e-Pants prototypes, displayed for reporters on mannequins, resemble trendy boxer briefs with zippers in the front and eight electrodes hidden inside pockets in the back. A Walkman-sized pack attached to the waist programs the jolts and records data.


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    http://www.medbroadcast.com/channel_..._id=2126&rot=3


    http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/...s.html?cmp=rss

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    Sounds interesting, are they doing open trials?

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    That really sounds like a great step toward preventing pressure sores.

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