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LifeScan syncs diabetes management app to Apple Health

BY Michael Johnsen

CHESTERBROOK, Pa. — The Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Solutions Companies announced Thursday that people with diabetes using LifeScan's OneTouch Reveal mobile management app can now view their blood sugar readings directly in the Health app on their iPhone and choose to privately and securely share that data with their healthcare team.  
 
OneTouch Verio Sync meter users can wirelessly sync their data to the OneTouch Reveal mobile app for access across multiple devices. Now, this information can be synced with the Apple Health app and shared with healthcare providers.
 
“For the nearly 400 million people worldwide living with diabetes, management needs to be approached holistically — looking not only at blood glucose levels, but also insights gleaned from how factors like diet and exercise, as well as insulin and other medications impact individual treatment regimens,” stated Brian Levy, LifeScan chief medical officer. “The only way this can be done successfully is by allowing patients to gather, combine and share their data in ways that are easier and more intuitive for them.”
 
The company also announced that in honor of World Diabetes Day on Nov. 14, it will donate 1.3 Million blood glucose monitoring test strips in support of the Life for a Child program — the International Diabetes Federation's ongoing effort to provide needed diabetes supplies to children worldwide. 
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Zicam launches zinc-free nasal swabs

BY Michael Johnsen

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — Matrixx Initiatives on Thursday announced the release of the reformulated Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Swabs. Due to consumer demand, Zicam has brought back the swab applicator to deliver the new plant-based formula, the company reported.
 
“At Zicam, we're dedicated to finding ways to help people feel better faster,” said M'lou Walker, CEO of Matrixx Initiatives. “Our new, clinically proven Cold Remedy Nasal Swabs were developed to help shorten colds so that users can step up and seize the day.”
 
According to Matrixx, the new swabs have been clinically proven to shorten the duration of a cold when taken at the first sign. They also lessen the severity of common cold symptoms such as nasal congestion, watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing and dry, scratchy throat, the company said. 
 
The new formula is homeopathic, zinc-free and provides cooling menthol and eucalyptus to help soothe the nasal passages upon application.
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MedHelp launches diabetes management platform for Apple Watch

BY Michael Johnsen

READING, Mass. — MedHelp,the consumer division of Physicians Interactive, on Thursday announced that the company's diabetes management platform now allows individuals to track blood glucose levels on the Apple Watch. 
 
“Half of all American adults have diabetes or prediabetes, according to the most recent data, and one in every five healthcare dollars is now spent on diabetes care,” Physicians Interactive’s consumer division president John de Souza said. “Deploying new tools that improve how we manage diabetes is a logical and important step – and MedHelp is dedicated to creating effective solutions for our partners on the front lines of battling the diabetes epidemic.”
 
With the release of MedHelp's Sugar Sense app for Apple Watch, users can display their glucose readings from their wrists, helping them better understand their condition and stay within their blood glucose targets. 
 
MedHelp's diabetes management platform includes a Sugar Sense blood glucose tracking app that is integrated with Apple HealthKit, enabling access to data shared by third parties and collected through the Apple Health app, data streaming from continuous glucose monitors and integration with glucometers, smart scales, popular consumer wearables and other fitness and weight management devices. 
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