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Bayer Diabetes Care introduces new Contour color meters

BY Michael Johnsen

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. Bayer Diabetes Care on Tuesday announced the introduction of two new colors to its line of Contour color blood glucose meters — midnight blue and orange burst.

Bayer’s Contour meters offer patients the flexibility to choose either “Basic” or “Advanced” levels of testing, to keep the management of their diabetes as simple or specific as they would like. The “Basic” setting provides a reading of blood glucose levels within five seconds, while the “Advanced” setting does the same, but also offers features that easily can be personalized, such as a high and low test result summary that can be set for personal target ranges; pre- and post-meal markers; selectable post-meal reminders; and 7-, 14- and 30-day averages.

The existing lineup of Countour color meters include pacific blue, royal purple and green apple.

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Dietary supplement coalition speaks out against bogus swine flu claims

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON A coalition of associations representing the dietary supplement industry on Friday urged marketers and retailers of dietary supplements to refuse to stock or sell any supplements that are presented as treating or curing swine flu.

Simply put, there is currently no scientific data supporting the use of any product to treat the H1N1 virus, save early indications from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that prescription antivirals Tamiflu and Relenza have had some success in treating the virus. And as it pertains to dietary supplements more specifically, “federal law does not allow dietary supplements to claim to treat any diseases, including swine flu,” the coalition stated.

The organizations supporting this advisory represent the majority of dietary supplement manufacturers, and include the American Herbal Products Association, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, the Council for Responsible Nutrition, the Natural Products Association and the United Natural Products Alliance.

“Each of the associations and its member companies remain committed to providing the American public with high quality products for supporting personal health and permitting ‘self-care’ choices,” the coalition stated in a joint statement. “Each of the associations is also committed to recognizing that there are some health conditions for which the choice of self-care should be actively discouraged. The current global outbreak of swine flu is such a condition.”

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Swine flu tally continues to climb

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Monday morning updated its tally of confirmed H1N1 flu cases, formerly known as the swine flu.

To date, there are 286 confirmed cases across 36 states in the United States, with one death in Texas.

The CDC also announced it had been scheduled to complete deployment of 25% of the supplies in the Strategic National Stockpile to all states in the continental United States.

“These supplies and medicines will help states and U.S. territories respond to the outbreak,” the CDC stated. “In addition, the federal government and manufacturers have begun the process of developing a vaccine against the novel H1N1 flu virus.”

The list of states with confirmed cases (with number of cases in parentheses) are: Alabama (4), Arizona (17), California (30), Colorado (7), Connecticut (2), Delaware (20), Florida (5), Idaho (1), Illinois (8), Indiana (3), Iowa (1), Kansas (2), Kentucky (1, though the patient is hospitalized in Georgia), Louisiana (14), Maryland (4), Massachusetts (6), Michigan (2), Minnesota (1), Missouri (1), Nebraska (1), Nevada (1), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (7), New Mexico (1), New York (73), North Carolina (1), Ohio (3), Oregon (3), Pennsylvania (1), Rhode Island (1), South Carolina (15), Tennessee (1), Texas (41, with one confirmed death), Utah (1), Virginia (3) and Wisconsin (3).

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