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Shae set to introduce new health platform to help shape behavior this fall

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN DIEGO – This fall, health expert and mobile health entrepreneur Matt Riemann will introduce his latest product, Shae, a health platform designed to both analyze and interpret incoming data from FitBit, Apple Watch and other wearables to make personalized, real-time health recommendations for the user.

Shae, an interactive virtual health assistant dubbed "Siri for your health," is the evolution of health platform ph360 which claims to be able to turn a user's wearable data into practical recommendations regarding diet, exercise and lifestyle activities that directly influence an individual's well-being. "Shae tells you what to eat, when to hydrate and how to exercise for optimal health and energy," Riemann, Shae CEO, said. "The real-time recommendations are even specific enough to tell you exactly how your dinner meal has been influencing your sleeping patterns, and to recommend foods to eat for breakfast if you want to stay alert or productive all day."

Health is becoming easier to quantify as science converges on vital markers of health, and technology creates a way for them to be measured. Public opinion, however, is that although beneficial, these advancements aren't enough. Consumers want more from their wearables and are looking for new ways to utilize the information they provide.

"We are at a pivotal point in the evolution of human health," Riemann said. "Digital medicine and sophisticated technologies are changing global health in an unprecedented way.  Gone are the days of people driving to a doctor for advice on health issues known to be caused by poor diet and lifestyle. Finally we are seeing a growing body of evidence that supports this trend, and a real change on the horizon as recent breakthroughs in wearable interpretation are allowing us to apply truly personalized health information remotely and effectively for the first time."

Health technology is showing no sign of slowing down. As technologies emerge that are able to utilize data from wearables to enhance consumers' quality of life, wearable use is set to accelerate and it may not be long before their use becomes as pervasive as Pokémon Go, Riemann suggested.

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Congressional Task Force to explore VMS regulations in Puerto Rico, NPA reports

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON – A new Congressional Task Force will investigate the impact of Puerto Rico’s regulations on the dietary supplement and natural products industry, the Natural Products Association reported Wednesday. This comes as part of the federal government’s efforts under the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act.

"Due to the efforts of the NPA and its allies in Congress, the Task Force will examine the economic impact of Administrative Order 346, which created extensive new fees and regulations for retailers and distributors of natural products in Puerto Rico," the association stated.

“This rule is arbitrary, unnecessary and potentially damaging to consumers and economic growth in Puerto Rico,” added Daniel Fabricant, CEO and executive director of NPA. “This policy increases prices on the island for vitamins and natural products, which hurts consumers and low income people the hardest. NPA looks forward to working with the task force," he said. "NPA is optimistic that the report will encourage the federal government to remove economic impediments that keep Puerto Ricans from enjoying the extensive health benefits of dietary supplements and other natural products.”

NPA worked closely with members of the House Natural Resources Committee, including Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., to  attach language to PROMESA requiring the Task Force to examine Puerto Rico’s AO 346 as part of its analysis of Puerto Rico’s economic woes.

Last week, House and Senate leaders announced appointments of eight members to the bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico.. The Task Force will issue a report on Puerto Rico’s economic status and recommendations going forward by the end of the year.

Members of the newly formed bipartisan Task Force include:

  • Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah;
  • Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.;
  • Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.;
  • Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.;
  • Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis.;
  • Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J.;
  • Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y.; and
  • Rep. Pedro Pierluisi, D-Puerto Rico.

 

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Ansell trades condoms for performance apparel with SkynFeel intro

BY Michael Johnsen

 

ISELIN, N.J. – Ansell is parlaying its brand recognition as one of the leading condom manufacturers with Skyn Condoms into a new out-of-the-box venture – performance apparel. The new SkynFeel is a one-of-a-kind conceptual long jump suit for elite athletes that's made of the same condom material that lets a person "feel" everything.

"The Skyn brand has innovation woven into its DNA," stated Jeyan Heper, president and general manager, Sexual Wellness Global Business Unit at Ansell. "In the world of competitive sports, athletes look for every advantage, and we knew our SkynFeel condom material was revolutionary in our own industry, therefore we turned to the world of performance athletics and decided to conduct an experiment in apparel. We wanted to allow ourselves to think differently, outside of our own condom box."

To create the one-of-a-kind concept garment, Skyn Condoms partnered with fashion designer Pauline Van Dongen, whose wearable technology creations have won wide acclaim. "Experiments like this can point the way to the future," Van Dongen said. "For me, SkynFeel Apparel is about challenging the status quo, trying something totally new, daring to innovate, imagine and inspire."

The resulting SkynFeel Apparel garment features dragonfly wing-inspired flaps located on the edge of the body, constructed from a thin layer of SkynFeel and reinforced by a geometric laser cut grid. Designed with the long jumper's technique in mind, the flaps stay flat during the run, to open up with the jump – just as the athlete twists their arms and straightens their legs. The aerodynamic design creates an upward lift that could help long jumpers stay in the air just a little bit longer.
 

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