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      High-tech gets                                           SEIU president Stern:
      brief exposure                                                                                                                                         PUblIcatIon oF tHE YEar

      By Brett Bakshis
      It’s no “accident.” Electronic under-
                                                               I’m clocking out soon                                                                       McKnight’s Long-Term Care News

                                                                                                                                                           bESt onlInE nEwS SEctIoN
      wear that monitors incontinence                                                                                                                                  2008, 2009
      is being introduced across New
      South Wales, Australia.
          The pads, which look like reg-                                                                                                                   At Deadline
      ular incontinence pads but come
      with sensor strips, send text mes-                                                                                                                   » Baxter International’s
      sages and pages when they sense                                                                                                                      Gammagard helped people
      dampness. The Smart Incontinence                                                                                                                     with Alzheimer’s retain better
      Management system (SIMsystem)                                                                                                                        cognitive function than others
      has undergone successful trials                                                                                                                      who received a placebo, a
      in Victoria, according to a news                                                                                                                     recent study found. A more
      report. The invention will sig-                                                                                                                      intense investigation is
      nificantly reduce the time spent                                                                                                                     underway to see if the results
      on incontinence management at                                                                                                                        can be replicated over a larger
      nursing homes, said Simavita, the                                                                                                                    study group.

                                                                                                                                             Photo: SEIU
      company that owns the product.
          It first appeared on ABC’s New                                                                                                                   » People playing brain
      Inventors program in 2008. n                             Stern grew the SEIU by reaching out to nursing home workers, janitors and                   games do not necessarily im-
                                                               other employees that few other unions seemed interested in representing.
                                                                                                                                                           prove their cognitive abilities
                                                               By John O’Connor                        belong to the 2.1 million-member                    more than people surfing the
                                                               Andy Stern is retiring after 14 years   organization.                                       Internet, according to a study
                                                               as the boss of the Service Employ-         He grew the SEIU while overall                   paid for by the British Broad-
                                                               ees International Union. Thanks         labor membership was declining.                     casting Corporation. Full
                                                               to Stern’s unmatched ability to         SEIU had 625,000 members in                         findings were published online
                                          Photo: iStockphoto

                                                               unionize employees in the long-         1981. The number was just over 1                    April 20 by the journal Nature.
                                                               term field, he leaves a mixed legacy.   million when he became president                    (See page 36 for more.)
                                                               Among workers, he is almost uni-        in 1996.
      Dancing: Healthier than thought.                         versally revered. Among operators,         Stern, who could be both char-                   » The Food and Drug
                                                               he is similarly reviled.                ismatic and polarizing, is one of                   Administration is launching a
      Dancing helps                                               His deputy, Anna Burger, is his
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