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MediPendant to be sold at Albertsons

BY Michael Johnsen

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. Medical Alarm Concepts has gained distribution of its MediPendant through Albertsons, the company announced Tuesday.

The MediPendant is a fully-monitored medical alarm system that allows users to speak and listen directly through the pendant.

“We are very pleased to be able to announce that Albertsons will now be offering our next generation personal emergency response system throughout their stores,” stated Medical Alarm Concepts CEO Howard Teicher. “Albertsons currently has over 250 pharmacy based stores and we believe our presence there will add tremendous value to our operations,” he said. “We expect this partnership will open up for additional distribution agreements with leading retail chains. Our technology of being able to have two-way call through the pendant with a range of 600 feet, versus being dependent on the competition’s base-unit inside, is receiving a lot of interest.”

Under the terms of the distribution agreement signed in March of this year, the company’s MediPendant alarm device will be offered by Albertsons in various locations throughout its grocery chain stores, including, but not limited to, the pharmacy section.  The particular offering will also include one free month of monitoring services, and an associated “lock box” device that enables the EMT-certified operator to provide the access code to the ambulance personnel prior to arriving at the home. A lock box enables the ambulance personnel to avoid having to break into the home or waste time finding a source of entry.

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Slo-Niacin.com educates visitors about heart disease, cholesterol management

BY Michael Johnsen

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. Upsher-Smith on Monday announced the launch of Slo-Niacin.com, an information portal for cholesterol management.

The site educates visitors about heart disease and includes "Cholesterol Basics," a guide to interpreting cholesterol levels and facts about common heart disease risk factors. The website also reviews recommendations on how to optimize cholesterol management, along with tips to leading a healthy lifestyle, including fitness, nutrition and how the integration of a supplement containing nicotinic acid, like the company’s Slo-Niacin brand, can support overall heart health.

 

"We know how important it is to be informed when it comes to managing overall heart health," stated Tina Fehr, product manager for Slo-Niacin. "The new website gives visitors easy access to credible information about cholesterol management, along with an improved store locator for the ultimate convenience on where to buy Slo-Niacin and how to obtain … coupons."

 

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Cigarette use among high school students on slow decline

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA As many as 1-in-5 high school students are still smoking, according to a report published last week in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Current cigarette use among high school students nationwide began to decline in the late 1990s, but the rate of decline slowed from 2003 to 2009. Since 2003, the rate of decline in current cigarette use slowed or leveled off for all of the racial/ethnic — white, Hispanic, and black — and gender subgroups, except black female students for whom rates of current cigarette use showed no slowing or leveling off after 1999.

Because of this slower rate of decline, the United States has not met its national 2010 health objective of reducing cigarette use among high school students to 16% or less. “Although 4-of-5 don’t smoke, it’s discouraging to see that current smoking did not continue to decline more rapidly among youth,” stated CDC director Thomas Frieden. “Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in this country, and 9-out-of-10 adults started smoking in their teens or earlier. The slow progress since 2003 tells us that much more needs to be done to reduce youth smoking.”

The report found that the percentage of students who reported current cigarette use increased from 27.5% in 1991 to 36.4% in 1997, declined sharply to 21.9% in 2003, and declined more gradually to 19.5% in 2009.

Effective strategies to address cigarette smoking by young people include expanded counter-advertising mass media campaigns; reduction to tobacco advertising, promotions and availability of tobacco products; tobacco-free environments; programs that promote changes in school norms and higher tobacco prices through state excise tax increases, the CDC suggested.

For an online version of the MMWR report, visit CDC.gov/mmwr.

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