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Mobile application Medzio connects consumers to health information, resources

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK A.D.A.M., a provider of health information and benefits technology solutions, has introduced a new free mobile health application for the iPhone that is designed to connect consumers, health information and medical resources.

The mobile health application, known as Medzio, is available as a free download at the iPhone App Store.

“We see Medzio as a next generation extension of the resources that people will access in order to better manage their health,” stated Kevin Noland, president and CEO of A.D.A.M. “As the iPhone has changed the way people use mobile devices, Medzio will change the way people will connect to healthcare services. By integrating world-class consumer health information, resources and the power to connect and collaborate with others, Medzio becomes the vital hub that allows mobile consumers to regularly engage in their personal health management and connect and collaborate with others.”

The Medzio Mobile Health Network inaugural partners include Livestrong.com, Healthcare Blue Book, HelloHealth, Health 2.0, OrganizedWisdom, Norton Healthcare, HealthiNation and DrGreene.com. These companies have teamed up with A.D.A.M. to provide information, tools, resources and services.

Medzio features include:

  • First aid information
  • Interactive health information for users curious about illnesses, symptoms and medical conditions.
  • Local care access, which enables users to search for local medical facilities and healthcare provides, including retail clinics and pharmacies.
  • Mobile Health Network, which provides users access to healthcare pricing information, specialized medical information and advice, online health communities and local healthcare providers.

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Chill International launches cooling towel for hot flashes, night sweats

BY Michael Johnsen

KEY WEST, Fla. Chill International on Thursday announced the launch of a new menopausal cooling towel, called Chill Cooling Towels, which provides relief for hot flashes and night sweats.

The Chill Towels were first introduced in many Walgreens in Florida this spring, the company reported.

“Initial consumer response has been overwhelming,” stated Allan Wimer, Chill CEO. “Consumers love the fact that the towels do not need to be chilled and are genuinely amazed at how long the towel’s cooling sensation lasts,” he said. “In fact, consumer tests indicate the cooling sensation lasts up to 2-3 hours depending on climate conditions.”

The towels are available in three sizes.

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Dietary supplement recalled after FDA discovers Rx-only ingredient

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK Universal ABC Beauty Supply International on Monday recalled its dietary supplement diet aid products after the Food and Drug Administration determined the supplements contained sibutramine, a prescription-only ingredient used as an appetite suppressant for weight loss.

FDA advises that these products pose a threat to consumers because sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias or stroke.

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