Dr. Scholl’s Custom Fit Orthotic Centers now available nationwide
WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. Merck Consumer Care on Tuesday announced the nationwide availability of its Dr. Scholl’s Custom Fit Orthotic Centers.
“We’ve combined state-of-the-art foot measurement technology with consumer-friendly software to make it quick and easy for people to find the Dr. Scholl’s Custom Fit Orthotic Inserts that are best for their feet,” stated Charles Lundy, associate director of Footcare Research and Development at Merck Consumer Care.
The foot-mapping technology found in Dr. Scholl’s Custom Fit Orthotic Centers was evaluated in five clinical studies. It uses more than 2,000 pressure sensors to measure areas of the foot where the most pressure is applied, arch type and foot length.
“[As many as] 50% of adults suffer from tired, achy feet, especially if they have jobs that keep them on their feet all day,” commented Leslie Campbell, medical consultant to the makers of Dr. Scholl’s. “A customized solution can make a real difference in foot comfort, and these revolutionary Dr. Scholl’s Custom Fit Orthotic inserts are a great, affordable way for people to relieve their tired, achy feet.”
The kiosks were initially introduced last year through Meijer, Kroger, CVS, Walmart and Walgreens in select markets. The Dr. Scholl’s Custom Fit Orthotics system uses the patented science of Tekscan’s pressure sensing technology along with sophisticated algorithms to recommend a perfect fit.
Bedbugs bite, plague certain major cities
LANGHORNE, Pa. Insight Pharmaceuticals on Tuesday released its first annual list of the top bedbug-infested cities in North America.
Cities on this year’s list include: Chicago; Columbus, Ohio; Denver; Durham, N.C.; New York; Manchester, N.H.; Toronto; San Francisco; and Vancouver, British Columbia.
Even though many of these cities have put programs in place to combat bedbug infestations, the problem continues to plague communities across the nation, Insight stated. This summer, travelers need to be aware of these risks so they can avoid bringing bedbugs back to their home.
In addition to driving awareness around bedbugs Insight Pharmaceuticals is offering a $3-off coupon at KillBedbugsPronto.com.
New moms have concerns about feeding their babies, Playtex finds
SHELTON, Conn. A recent national survey commissioned by Playtex revealed that 85% of first-time moms have experienced at least one feeding-related problem when caring for their new babies.
“Moms spend more time feeding their babies than any other interaction during the first year,” stated William Sears, pediatrician and Playtex spokesman. “Feeding a baby is more than simply a means of providing nutrition, it’s an important bonding moment. This bonding time can be interrupted by stress and anxiety when new parents encounter feeding complications.”
Challenges, problems and questions of new moms revealed by the survey included:
- While first-time moms feel that feeding their baby is an important and enjoyable activity, nearly half of those surveyed (43%) confessed that feeding was a challenge they faced in caring for their new baby;
- Nearly half of first-time moms (49%) cited gas as their top feeding problem, followed by difficulty breast-feeding (37%), fussiness or difficulty feeding (33%) and problems latching or sucking (32%). The majority of moms surveyed (70%) share a common problem in determining whether or not their baby is eating enough during feedings;
- As many as 86% of survey respondents agreed time spent feeding their baby is an important bonding moment. In addition, nearly one in four moms (24%) said feeding was their favorite bonding moment during their daily routine; and
- According to the survey, more than half of first-time moms (56%) ask feeding-related questions during their regular pediatrician appointments; with more than 1-in-4 (26%) doing so at every visit.
To help educate moms around breast feeding, and to offer helpful tips, Playtex has created an online resource at www.playtexbaby.com. “To help educate new moms and encourage further awareness of feeding challenges, Playtex, with our pediatric partners, has developed tips that will provide the solutions parents need to enjoy feeding moments with their baby,” noted Jon Jager, senior brand manager, Playex Infant Care.