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iWalkFree introduces hands-free crutch

BY Michael Johnsen

 

 
 
LONG BEACH, Calif. — iWalkFree recently launched the new iWalk2.0, a hands free crutch which some refer to as the “Pirate Leg Crutch.” The iWalk2.0 is used for all lower leg injuries and recruits the uninjured upper leg instead of the hands and arms as with conventional crutches. This allows the user to walk on both legs with only minor gait adaptation.
 
“Over four million people buy crutches in the U.S. alone,” stated Brad Hunter, director of business development for iWalkFree. “Walking and standing is intuitive, efficient and pain free. Most users are iWalking in less than a minute.”
 
The iWalk2.0 made its debut at Medtrade in Orlando, Florida in October 2013 and was awarded the Innovation Award as the best product of the show.  They also won awards for Best Product and Best New Product. iWalk2.0 has also earned Best New Product honors at ECRM earlier this year.
 
“We’re proud to have gained the recognition and acceptance of the industry, but more important, this helps validate that the technology works," Hunter said. "It’s difficult to bring a new concept to market, and achieving the buy-in of the medical device community is our first step in bringing a main stream awareness that the days of suffering on crutches are over.”
 
The iWalk2.0 has a retail price of $149.00 and can be worn by anyone with average strength and balance.   
 
 

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Giant Food of Landover launches adherence-improving Rx Timer Cap

BY Michael Johnsen

LANDOVER, Md. — To encourage appropriate use of prescription medication, Giant Food of Landover on Tuesday introduced Rx Timer Cap, an electronic cap that is an alternative to the traditional prescription medication caps. Rx Timer Cap fits standard prescription containers and is available with either child-resistant closures or as an easy twist-off for seniors. For a limited time, all Giant Food locations are offering one free Rx Timer Cap to its grocery and pharmacy customers via an in-store coupon promotion at all pharmacy locations.
 
Giant Food’s Rx Timer Cap lets customers know exactly how long it has been since their last dose, as compared to directions on prescription labels alone, which just inform patients how often they should take their medication. Containing a built-in LCD timer, Rx Timer Cap works like a stopwatch, keeping track of the hours and minutes since a patient last opened the container and took his/her medication. Every time the cap is opened, the timer resets to zero. When the cap is closed, the timer automatically begins counting up the hours and minutes since the medication was last consumed. There are no alarms to program or buttons to press, and it works with any prescription medication.
 
“The Rx Timer Cap is a fantastic, easy-to-use healthcare tool that is beneficial to all customers who need to take prescription medication, irrespective of age,” stated Gayle Shields, director, pharmacy operations, Giant Food. “The chance of missing a dose, or multi-dosing, is significantly reduced using this cap. We are pleased to offer this cutting-edge technology in all Giant pharmacies as part of our commitment to providing high quality, customer-oriented and convenient products and services that promote our customers’ health and wellbeing.” 
 
Customers may purchase additional caps to meet their prescription medication needs, at the cost of $2.99 per cap. Customers may continue to receive traditional caps on their prescriptions at no extra charge. 
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Apple Watch launch to give new face to wearable fitness trackers

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CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple on Tuesday unveiled its much anticipated Apple Watch featuring revolutionary new technologies and a pioneering user interface that could change the face of wearable health devices with a specially designed and engineered Digital Crown that provides an innovative way to scroll, zoom and navigate. 
 
“Apple introduced the world to several category-defining products, the Mac, iPod, iPhone and iPad,” stated Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “And once again Apple is poised to captivate the world with a revolutionary product that can enrich people’s lives. It’s the most personal product we’ve ever made.”
 
Apple Watch introduces comprehensive health and fitness apps that can help people lead healthier lives, the company stated. Apple Watch includes a groundbreaking Activity app designed to help motivate users to be more active throughout the day, and an all-new Workout app designed to provide the metrics needed during dedicated workout sessions. Apple Watch uses the accelerometer, a built-in heart rate sensor, GPS and Wi-Fi from an iPhone to provide a comprehensive picture of a person's daily activity. The Activity app measures three separate aspects of movement: calories burned, brisk activity and how often users stand up during the day. The Workout app provides goal-setting and pacing during popular session-based workouts, such as running and cycling. The companion Fitness app on iPhone collects activity data so users can see their activity history in greater detail. Apple Watch uses this history to suggest personal, realistic goals, reward fitness milestones and keep users motivated.
 
Apple Watch also will enable users to communicate in new ways by sending and receiving messages, answering calls to the iPhone, and with Digital Touch, sending something as personal as their own heartbeat. 
 
Apple Watch will be available in three distinct collections: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition.
 
 
 
 
 

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