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Antimicrobial hand purifier Qore-2 launches in Walgreens

BY Michael Johnsen

TEMPE, Ariz. — Qore-24, an antimicrobial hand purifier, will be sold in 3,700 Walgreens stores nationwide beginning in July, the company announced Tuesday.
 
Qore-24 contains Amosil-Q, which, according to the company, creates a protective antimicrobial barrier on the skin that lasts 24 hours. 
 
"Qore-24 promotes a healthy lifestyle and active living. This product belongs at the corner of happy and healthy," said Vince Adam, Qore-24 COO. "The partnership with Walgreens will spread the health nationwide – placing 24 hour germ protection in hands across the country."

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CDC outlines 2 important factors in access to preventative medicine

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA — Having health insurance or a higher income was associated with higher rates of receiving preventative services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted in a July 17 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, suggesting that securing health insurance coverage might be an important way to increase receipt of clinical preventive services. 
 
According to the study, those with health insurance were 82.9% more likely to get a blood pressure screening, 70% more likely to get a cholesterol screening, 23.6% more likely to get a colon cancer screening, 26.9% more likely to receive diet counseling, 45.3% more likely to take a fasting blood glucose test (diabetes screening), 12.7% more likely to get a hepatitis A vaccination and 38.8% more likely to get a hepatitis B vaccination, 61.6% more likely to have a mammogram (breast cancer screening) performed and 59.4% more likely to get a Papanicolaou (Pap) test (cervical cancer screening).
 
“Persons with family incomes greater than 200% of the [federal poverty level] received clinical preventive services at a statistically significant higher prevalence compared with those with incomes below that threshold for eight of nine services (all but hepatitis A vaccination),” noted Jared Fox, author of the report. "Among those eight services, the service receipt prevalence ratio for those with family incomes greater than 200% of the FPL compared with those with incomes less than or equal to 200% of the FPL ranged from 1.06 for hepatitis B vaccination to 1.43 for breast cancer screening.
 
Persons with private health insurance received preventive services at a statistically significant higher prevalence for two of nine services, and at a lower prevalence for four of nine services, compared with those with only public insurance, the analysis found.
 
CDC analyzed responses from persons older than 18 years in the National Health Interview Survey for the years 2011 and 2012 combined. NHIS is an in-person interview administered annually to a nationally representative sample of the noninstitutionalized, U.S. civilian population. 
 
Preventive services are available for nine of the 10 leading causes of death in the United States. 

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National Sleep Foundation forms Sleep Technology Council to foster innovation

BY Michael Johnsen

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Sleep Foundation on Monday established the new Sleep Technology Council, a group whose mission will be to support and enable innovations in consumer sleep technology. The council will include participants from Beddit, Emfit, Jawbone, MetroNaps, MisFit Wearables, Responsive Surface Technology and Valencell.
 
“The recent explosion in wearable technology and smart sensors for the home is changing the game for sleep,” said David Cloud, CEO of the National Sleep Foundation. “The newest technologies promise not only to help consumers better understand their own sleep and how it impacts their health, but to actually provide insights that further our understanding of sleep health and pave the way for new digital health solutions for consumers.”
 
In its first year, the Sleep Technology Council will focus on enabling growth for this emerging sector of digital health through its inaugural event, the Sleep Technology Summit & Expo, set to be held Oct. 6-7 in Santa Clara, Calif., co-located with the 9th Annual Health 2.0 Conference. The event will bring together technology innovators, sleep experts, industry analysts, the venture capital community and media to discover and share technologies that are breaking new ground in sleep and explore the dynamic global investment landscape for this new technology segment.
 
The Sleep Technology Council will operate as an advisory council within the National Sleep Foundation. 

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