FDA grants clearance to Home Diagnostics for pair of glucose meters
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Home Diagnostics on Wednesday received 510(k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration for the world’s smallest blood glucose meter, TRUE2go’, and for TRUEresult’, the company’s latest advanced performance, no-coding meter for at-home testing.
“Over the past three years we made capital investments in excess of $15 million in order to bring the TRUE2go and TRUEresult to market and are pleased to have FDA clearance for the new products,” stated Richard Damron, Jr., president and chief executive officer of Home Diagnostics. “Our new product platform is designed to fit people’s needs whether they are testing at home or on-the-go, making it easier for them to test accurately and quickly.”
TRUE2go is small enough to twist and attach to the top of a vial of test strips, offering patients a higher level of convenience for on-the-go testing.
Both new meters are compatible with the company’s new TRUEtest platform of blood glucose test strips featuring the company’s patent-pending GoldSensor’ laser accuracy and TRUEfill’ beveled tip. These features ensure highly accurate test results and first test success by allowing for greater sampling precision and consistency.
The new TRUE systems feature no-coding technology that simplifies blood glucose testing by eliminating the need for users to code the meter with each new box of test strips. Both TRUE2go and TRUEresult deliver results in as fast as four seconds using 0.5 microliters of blood.
TRUE2go and TRUEresult will be available in the fourth quarter of this year.
Study shows teens at risk of hypertension due to lack of sleep
NEW YORK A new study shows that teenagers who don’t get enough sleep face the risk of elevated blood pressure.
The study examined 238 boys and girls aged 13 to 16 and found that 11 percent of them slept less than 6.5 hours a night, while 26 percent of them woke up frequently, a phenomenon called low sleep efficiency. One out of every seven of the teenagers had high blood pressure, while those with low sleep efficiency increased their risk of high blood pressure threefold.
The study appears in the Aug. 19 issue of the journal Circulation.
Low vitamin D levels increase likelihood of hip breakage in elderly women
NEW YORK Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have found that low vitamin D levels increase the risk of hip fractures in elderly women by 70 percent.
According to HealthDay News, 50 percent of old people who have hip fractures end up in nursing homes, while 20 percent die within the first year due to related complications.
The researchers found that for every 25-nanomole reduction in vitamin D per liter of blood, hip-fracture risk increased by 33 percent. The risk was 71 percent for women with the lowest vitamin D levels.
The report, published in the Aug. 19 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine, was based on data collected from 800 women aged 50 to 79.