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New iPhone/iPod Touch app helps those with celiac, coliac food allergies to eat out safely

BY Anna Mcgrath

CHICAGO AllergyFree Passport and GlutenFree Passport, internationally acclaimed health education firms, launched their iEatOut Gluten & Allergen Free application for iPhone and iPod touch users.

Thanks to the new application, users can experience instant access to safe eating out by offering users the opportunity to select from one or a combination of allergens, including corn, dairy, eggs, fish, gluten, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts and wheat.

After selecting the specific cuisine in question, users are able to browse detailed menu items from an array of restaurants with color-coded columns to indicate whether or not the dish “contains” or “may contain” allergens.

“Our global market research indicates that over 70% of individuals managing gluten and allergen-free lifestyles are most concerned about eating in restaurants and at social gatherings,” states Kim Koeller, president and CEO of AllergyFree Passport. “iEatOut transforms these into safe and positive eating experiences for everyone involved.”

The iEatOut application is now available through Apple’s iTunes Apps Store.

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Diagnostic Devices in contract with two states for Medicaid-covered blood glucose monitoring systems

BY Michael Johnsen

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Diagnostic Devices on Wednesday announced contracts with the states of Illinois and Missouri around Medicaid coverage of its Prodigy line of blood glucose monitoring systems and test strips.

“We will continue working with other states for coverage under their Medicaid programs, and to demonstrate to them the savings Illinois and Missouri taxpayers will realize with the Prodigy family of products,” stated Rick Admani Abulhaj, Diagnostic COO.

A recent study by University of Florida PharmD candidates found the “talking” feature of the Prodigy AutoCode meter made a “significant improvement” in overall diabetes control and compliance among patients who took part, the company noted.

The Prodigy Voice meter for blind or low-vision diabetes patients has been honored with awards from both the National Federation of the Blind and the American Foundation for the Blind, the company added.

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Fairhaven Health presents clinical study results for FertilAid for Men

BY Michael Johnsen

BELLINGHAM, Wash. Fairhaven Health, which manufactures a male fertility supplement, recently presented a clinical study at the American Society of Andrology’s annual meeting, the company announced Tuesday.

Results from a recent clinical study indicate that FertilAid for Men provides significant improvements in sperm quality for men with abnormal sperm parameters. In particular, results of the 90-day, double blind, placebo-controlled study suggest that FertilAid for Men supports significant increases in the total number of normal motile sperm. Previous clinical studies have suggested a strong relationship between the “total normal-motile sperm count” and the fertility of the man.

“Most of the men that had increased sperm counts while taking FertilAid for Men also showed improvements of 20% or more in the number of healthy sperm,” stated lead researcher J. Ellington.

FertilAid for Men is a male fertility supplement that integrates vitamins, antioxidants, a proprietary blend of herbal ingredients and the amino acid, l-carnitine. Scientific literature suggests that antioxidants can improve male fertility by reducing oxidative stress and damage to spermatozoa, while supporting fundamental protective functions of the seminal plasma which insulate and nourish sperm. In independent studies, antioxidants reduce “free-radical” damage, in particular to the sperm’s DNA or genetic material, resulting in better pregnancy outcomes.

Research on the amino acid, l-carnitine, yields similar pro-fertility findings: L-carnitine supports “sperm metabolism”, or the ability for sperm to break down complex molecules to produce energy. L-carnitine has been shown in a number of clinical studies to enhance several fundamental sperm parameters, including sperm concentration, motility and normal morphology.

Fairhaven Health’s distribution partners include drugstore.com, BabyCenter and CVS.com, as well as a number of clinics and private practices nationwide.

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