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10 Apr, 2014, Chatelaine Chooses the BioHug Vest

We've just learned that the BioHug Vest was chosen by Chatelaine magazine as one of its twenty weird, wacky and wonderful health innovations. We are proud to take our place along with advances in stem cells, surgery, cancer diagnosis and battery-operated brains!

You can see the whole list at http://www.chatelaine.com/health/wellness/20-health-innovations/


 

2 Apr, 2014, BioHug Vest Tops 10 Israeli Innovations for Autism

In honor of World Autism Awareness Month, Israel 21c looked at ten ways Israel excels in autism research and in innovative products and services for families of children with autism. The BioHug Vest tops the list!

The complete article can be seen at http://israel21c.org/health/top-10-israeli-advances-in-autism/


 

17 Feb, 2014, It's official! Medical Device Certification Received for the BioHug Vest from the Israel Ministry of Health

The BioHug Vest has been certified as a medical device which "calms by applying hug-like deep pressure for effective, mobile and non-restraining treatment. Intended for people with anxiety, autism (various function levels) and Hyperactivity."

This certification follows the EU's award of the CE mark to the BioHug Vest.



4 Feb, 2014, New PTSD study of BioHug Vest for veterans

Dr. Eric Hanson is an ex-army general who advises a DOD-supported organization that takes care of war veterans. He will be running a clinical trial of the BioHug Vest as part of his interest in assistive technology for PTSD war veterans.

One current BioHug Vest user with PTSD has written us that the vest has changed her life. We're looking forward to getting scientific confirmation of what BioHug users have been telling us all along. 


 

29 Jan, 2014, Seattle BYO Wearable Devices Meetup discusses BioHug Vest and non-contact heart monitor

Our CTO, Raffi Rembrand, attended the Seattle BYO Meetup which discusses cutting-edge wearable computing devices. The BioHug Vest falls into this category, because it not only measures and reports biometric data, it also has a direct impact on the wearer's nervous system.

Here's Raffi's report of the Meetup:

"This Meetup group in Seattle is about wearable devices, a popular issue that includes any computational device that can be worn or placed near your body from wrist bands to Google glasses.

"This group almost made me speechless! When I introduced myself, they all started talking about the BioHug vest, which they'd heard / read about BEFORE the meeting and why it is a cool product. I guess word gets around!

"I presented the group with a challenge: Ideas for a worn, non-contact Heart Rate monitor. The meeting was great not because solutions popped-up right away but because the people attending grasped the issue right away and were very creative about possible solutions."



25 Jan, 2014, Phoebe Caldwell, an expert practitioner in Intensive Interaction and Sensory Issues with a life-time of experience working mainly with children & adults on the Autistic Spectrum, is being featured in an “autism oxford” Consultancy training event” “The Autism Spectrum, Challenging Behavior, Communication & Sensory Issues”. The BioHug Vest is among the topics she will present.



21 Jan, 2014, Case study of Deep Pressure for co-morbid anxiety in bipolar disorder

Previous studies have shown that individuals with autism spectrum disorders and attention- deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) experience sensory over-responsivity (SOR) in which a heightened response is evoked by stimuli in the environment. These individuals also display symptoms of anxiety such as irritability, avoidance, and sweating. Deep touch pressure, a technique in which firm touch is applied to the body either by the self or by a machine, has been shown to improve functioning and reduce symptoms of anxiety in these populations. A patient presenting with bipolar I disorder and comorbid anxiety, ADHD, and dyslexia was taught deep touch pressure strategies to alleviate severe symptoms of sensory over-responsivity and anxiety. The patient reported that the techniques were helpful as they allowed her to cope with potentially overwhelming situations in her environment. Clinician-rated functioning also improved over the course of treatment. This case study suggests that deep touch pressure may be useful in patients with bipolar disorder who have SOR and anxiety as comorbid conditions. (Journal of Psychiatric Practice 2014; 20:71-77). 



21 Jan, 2014, Case study of Deep Pressure for co-morbid anxiety in bipolar disorder

Previous studies have shown that individuals with autism spectrum disorders and attention- deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) experience sensory over-responsivity (SOR) in which a heightened response is evoked by stimuli in the environment. These individuals also display symptoms of anxiety such as irritability, avoidance, and sweating. Deep touch pressure, a technique in which firm touch is applied to the body either by the self or by a machine, has been shown to improve functioning and reduce symptoms of anxiety in these populations. A patient presenting with bipolar I disorder and comorbid anxiety, ADHD, and dyslexia was taught deep touch pressure strategies to alleviate severe symptoms of sensory over-responsivity and anxiety. The patient reported that the techniques were helpful as they allowed her to cope with potentially overwhelming situations in her environment. Clinician-rated functioning also improved over the course of treatment. This case study suggests that deep touch pressure may be useful in patients with bipolar disorder who have SOR and anxiety as comorbid conditions. (Journal of Psychiatric Practice 2014; 20:71-77).



June 2013, Website shipping of vests has started - We are shipping!  We have started accepting orders for vests through our website.


 

9 May, 2013, Israel21C: BioHug offers hug therapy in an automatic vest

Israel 21C, an online news magazine offering the single most diverse and reliable source of news and information about 21st century Israel, did a spotlight report on the BioHug Vest on its website today. They wrote:

"For people affected by autism, post-traumatic stress and anxiety or attention disorders, research has shown that hugging is an especially effective soother.


 

6 May, 2013, BioHug at IMFAR 2013, BioHug Exhibits at International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR)
There was a lot of enthusiasm about the BioHug Vest at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) in San-Sebastian, Spain.  Many participants dropped by to try out the Vest. 

This was the third time that BioHug participated in an IMFAR event as part of our on-going effort to get the best quality feedback for our development.

See: http://www.autism-insar.org/imfar-annual-meeting/imfar-2013
 

 



3 Aug, 2012, Haaretz, Israel's leading English language newspaper, spotlighted the BioHug Vest.

In coverage of the ICare4autism conference this week, Haaretz, Israel's leading large circulation English language newspaper, took special note of BioHug Technologies' contributions in autism research and in particular, the BioHug Vest.



30 July 2012, People and Computers reports on BioHug's participation in the international iCare4autism conference in Jerusalem.



8 June, 2012, The BioHug Vest is featured in an interview with Arutz Sheva, an Israeli national news provider.

The BioHug Vest was spotlighted in an on-camera interview on Arutz Sheva's TV coverage of the ICare4Autism Conference. Click here to watch the interview in Hebrew.



The BioHug vest for back pain – The article in the Daily Mirror, "BioHug vest for back pain," suggests that the BioHug vest could be used to “hug away your back pains”.  We were not surprised. We are about to start clinical testing for this idea in Ichilov hospital, Tel Aviv. Ichilov hospital is Tel Aviv's major research and teaching hospital.



The BioHug vest is featured in Korea – The good news about the BioHug vest is spreading, this time Korea.  



Versions of the latest BioHug article are starting to appear in various languages and countries, here are some examples:
 - Ukraine  - Health in Ukraine
 - Iran -How to say BioHug vest in Farsi?
 - Indonesia - BioHug is featured in Indonesia



The OneFamily experience – The OneFamily organization believed that the BioHug vest could hug away some Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms. See our testimonials section in this website for more information.

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