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Local American Red Cross to offer free pandemic flu seminar

BY Michael Johnsen

CLEVELAND In response to the Swine Flu Medical Emergency, the American Red Cross of Greater Cleveland will offer a free pandemic flu planning seminar from 8 to 10 a.m. this Thursday, April 30, at its headquarters at 3747 Euclid Ave. in Cleveland for businesses and community-based organizations.

A grant from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is funding the Red Cross in educating businesses and community-based organizations about preparing for a pandemic flu event to help aid business sustainability. This special program is being piloted in 18 cities nationwide.

In the free seminar, participants will learn about free resources available should they choose to participate in the pilot program.

The American Red Cross will also offer for sale two important products that will help people resist the spread of Swine Flu. Germ Guard Personal Protection Packs contains supplies that effectively minimize exposure to airborne particles and germs. The 15-piece pack contains an N95 mask, alcohol cleaning wipes, vinyl gloves, sanitizing gel and a tissue pack. This pack retails for $9.95 plus tax.

A larger kit, which contains twice the supplies, retails for $13.95 plus tax. Both products will be available for sale at the seminar.

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Home Diagnostics’ TRUE2go receives design award

BY Michael Johnsen

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Home Diagnostics on Monday announced that the company’s TRUE2go blood glucose meter was awarded a Medical Design Excellence Award.

“Our team is honored to be recognized for our commitment to innovation and design with a Medical Design Excellence Award for TRUE2go,” stated Joe Capper, president and CEO of Home Diagnostics. “This award is a testament to the dedication of the Home Diagnostics team for creating products that deliver outstanding performance and value while helping people with diabetes manage their disease in a way that fits their individual lifestyles.”

The MDEA competition recognizes the achievements of medical product manufacturers responsible for the innovations that are changing the face of healthcare. Small enough to twist and attach to the top of a vial of test strips, TRUE2go delivers precise results in as fast as four seconds using only 0.5 microliters of blood. In clinical testing, TRUE2go achieved a high degree of accuracy and repeatability, and was considered easy to use. TRUE2go uses the company’s new TRUEtest platform of blood glucose test strips featuring the company’s patent-pending GoldSensor laser accuracy and TRUEfill beveled tip, which ensures highly accurate test results and first test success.

The 2009 Medical Design Excellence Award winners will be honored at a ceremony during the Medical Design & Manufacturing East Conference and Exposition, June 9-11, 2009, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

TRUE2go is available at retailers nationwide for only $9.99 in many retail locations.

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Study shows drinking diet soda may inhibit calcium stones

BY Michael Johnsen

LINTHICUM, Md. Patients with stone disease could benefit from drinking diet soda, according to new research from the University of California, San Francisco.

The research suggests that the citrate and malate content in commonly consumed sodas may be sufficient to inhibit the development of calcium stones.

Increased alkalinity is proven to augment citraturia, a known factor for calcium stones. Malate increases the amount of alkali delivered. Researchers measured the citrate and malate content of 15 popular diet sodas. The researchers found that Diet Sunkist Orange contained the greatest amount of total alkali and Diet 7-Up had the greatest amount of citrate as alkali.

“This study by no means suggests that patients with recurrent kidney stones should trade in their water bottles for soda cans,” stated Anthony Smith, spokesman for the American Urological Association. “However, this study suggests instead that patients with stone disease who do not drink soda may benefit from moderate consumption.”

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