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Walgreens tracks the beginnings of flu activity in Texas and the South

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. – While Walgreens Flu Index data suggests a slight increase in flu activity in some markets, overall activity remains relatively low across most of the U.S. 
 
For the week of Dec. 6, the top 10 markets with flu activity are predominantly in Texas. 
 
  1. Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, Texas;
  2. Tyler-Longview (Lufkin & Nacogdoches), Texas;
  3. Dallas – Ft. Worth, Texas;
  4. Miami – Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.;
  5. Chattanooga, Tenn.;
  6. Montgomery – Selma, Ala.;
  7. Knoxville, Tenn.;
  8. Birmingham (Anniston & Tuscaloosa), Ala.;
  9. Columbus – Tupelo – West Point – Houston, Miss.; and
  10. Austin, Texas. 
 
The Walgreens Flu Index is a weekly report developed to provide state- and market-specific information, and ranking of those experiencing the highest incidences of influenza across the country. The Flu Index does not provide data measuring actual levels or severity of flu activity, but rather, illustrates which populations are experiencing the most incidences each week based on Index methodology.
 
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iHealth Lab partners with mySugr on meter, diabetes management app compatibility

BY Michael Johnsen

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – iHealth Lab, a provider of mobile health devices and apps, on Thursday partnered with mySugr, a provider of digital health solutions that make daily life easier for people with diabetes, on fully integrating the mySugr Logbook diabetes app with the iHealth Wireless Gluco Smart-Monitoring System.
 
"Management of diabetes is not about managing data, but about managing patients. That is why it is so exciting for iHealth to work with mySugr on a platform that is designed by diabetics, for diabetics," stated Uwe Diegel, CEO iHealth Europe. "Connected health is not just the future of medicine, it is already a reality, and using connected health as a tool to empower people with diabetes with user centric applications will help us to transform the diabetic patient into an actor of his own health." 
 
The mySugr Logbook is a popular smartphone application that helps people with diabetes improve self-management through elements of gamification, design and immediate feedback through a personalized diabetes monitor. mySugr Logbook is an FDA-registered risk class I medical device and carries an equivalent CE mark in Europe.
 
The FDA-approved iHealth Wireless Gluco Smart-Monitoring System is a portable smart glucometer that syncs with a smartphone or tablet. Diabetics can use the iHealth Wireless Gluco Smart-Monitoring System device and test strips to automatically record glucose readings within the mySugr Logbook app for the most accurate glucose results while eliminating the need for manual records.
 
 
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