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New wearable, in-home hair growth device gets OTC clearance

BY Antoinette Alexander

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Apira Science’s iGrow Hair Growth System is the first wearable, hands-free, in-home hair growth device to receive OTC clearance from the Food and Drug Administration for hair growth in men, the company has announced.

According to Apira Sicence, the iGrow Hair Growth System can increase hair counts by 35% in 16 weeks of therapy. The device promises to offer a convenient, cost-effective and clinically proven solution for androgenetic alopecia — patterned baldness — an ailment affecting more than 70% of American men. According to the company, iGrow's LLLT technology has no side effects.

The system’s red-light technology, which consists of a combination of red laser and LED diodes, re-energizes cells at the follicle level to regrow hair. In the clinical study, which was awarded the Best Overall Experimental and Translational Research Award by The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery Inc., the iGrow re-grew hair 10 weeks faster than hand-held laser combs and brushes, according to the company.

The iGrow Hair Growth System is now available for purchase at www.igrowlaser.com; retail sites NeimanMarcus.com, Nordstrom.com, Bedbathandbeyond.com, Hammacher.com, Drugstore.com and Frys.com; and also at select Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bed Bath & Beyond and Fry’s retail locations.

The device, which comes with a six-month, money-back guarantee, retails for $695.

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Roche launches blood-glucose meter with built-in insulin dose calculator

BY Michael Johnsen

 
 
INDIANAPOLIS — Roche on Tuesday announced that the Accu-Chek Aviva Expert system is now available by prescription. The device represents a significant advancement in blood-glucose meter technology for people with diabetes who take multiple daily insulin injections, Roche stated. The meter's integrated bolus calculator provides easy-to-use and reliable dose recommendations based on automated calculations, eliminating the need for manual dosing calculations and estimations. A survey of Accu-Chek Aviva Expert users found that 79% reported increased confidence with insulin dose calculation, and 52% reported a reduced fear of hypoglycemia.
 
"The Accu-Chek Aviva Expert system is the first and only system of its kind that provides meal and correction insulin bolus recommendations, which can help patients on insulin therapy have the confidence they need to better manage their diabetes," said Marc Gibeley, head of Roche Diabetes Care North America.
 
"The availability of the Accu-Chek Aviva Expert system marks an important, game-changing milestone in diabetes self-management by making the process of calculating insulin dosage easier and less susceptible to error," said Bruce Bode, a clinical associate professor in the department of medicine at Emory University and a diabetes specialist with Atlanta Diabetes Associates. "One of the biggest barriers to optimal self-management is the ability to calculate bolus doses. My hope is that the device will become the standard of care for patients on multiple daily insulin injection therapy due to the simplicity of the built-in bolus calculator."
 
In the United States, approximately 6 million people take insulin to help manage their diabetes. Many people also take multiple daily injections of insulin to help manage their disease, which requires them to calculate proper insulin dosage amounts based on their food intake and blood-glucose readings. These calculations are complex, and constant precision is critical to determine the proper insulin dose. A multicenter study found that 63% of manually calculated insulin doses were incorrect. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that there were nearly 100,000 emergency room visits each year between 2007 and 2011 that were attributed to insulin-related hypoglycemia and other errors, and that these visits accounted for roughly 9% of all ER visits due to drug reactions during this timeframe.
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New GoMo Health delivers personalized remote patient-engagement system

BY Antoinette Alexander

CLARK, N.J. — Gold Mobile, a provider of a cloud-based commerce and engagement platform, has announced the launch of its new healthcare division, GoMo Health.

This new division provides Medicaid, Medicare and commercial health plans, as well as healthcare providers, with a personalized remote patient engagement and care coordination communication system. GoMo Health will represent members and patients from dozens of existing healthcare clients, including many Medicaid plans, such as Riverside Health, Driscoll Health Plan, El Paso First Health Plan and Monroe Plan for Medical Care.

GoMo Health offers its proprietary Concierge Care, which integrates behavioral lifestyle engagement with evidence-based responses. GoMo Health specializes in providing personalized “voice of care” communications and offers packaged programs for high-cost and high-risk managed long-term care initiatives, including prenatal care, a baby’s first 15 weeks, childhood asthma, adult diabetes and behavioral health.

Using these Concierge Care programs, GoMo Health helps clients improve outpatient care results by encouraging lower utilization of emergency departments, promoting greater self-care and rewarding patient interaction. The platform also works to decrease engagement and staff costs by enabling nurse caseworkers and other staff to handle more members and patients, as well as achieve better overall outcomes as a result of increased member compliance and adherence with care plans.

To ensure effective communications, GoMo Health has crafted a repository of condition-specific and multilingual information, which has been broken down into bite-sized snippets for easier consumption and understanding. Included within this library is content from Harvard Health Publications and the expertise of more than 11,000 faculty physicians from 17 affiliated hospitals, the company stated.

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