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iHealth Labs launches latest round of Apple-compatible diagnostic devices

BY Michael Johnsen

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — iHealth Labs on Tuesday announced that its latest suite of products will be available for purchase at major retailers and online later this month. The iHealth wireless blood pressure wrist monitor, wireless blood pressure monitor and wireless body analysis scale are already available at Best Buy and iHealthlabs.com, the company added. 

"Lifestyle changes, such as utilizing an iHealth blood pressure monitor or body analysis scale, can help equip users to make informed health decisions to significantly reduce their risk [for heart disease]," stated Adam Lin, general manager of iHealth Labs. "By employing these simple-to-use products, which connect with iOS devices to easily show progress, people can vastly improve their health and quality of life."

Supporting both new and existing iHealth products, the newest free app, iHealth MyVitals, brings together all of a user’s iHealth health data into one hub. The app further helps users manage their health through a personal dashboard and share their results with their doctors, on social media networks or with their family and personal trainers. 

Suggested retail for the three products ranges between $79.95 and $109.95.

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Nutramax fends off faulty class action suit

BY Michael Johnsen

EDGEWOOD, Md. — Nutramax Laboratories recently announced the defeat of a class action lawsuit brought against the company in a California court. In April, Nutramax was named in a class action regarding its CosaminDS Joint Health Supplement. Plaintiffs claimed the glucosamine/chondroitin supplement did not work in relieving joint pain as advertised. 

The federal court, however, agreed with Nutramax Laboratories’ arguments that class certification was not appropriate. Apart from the wealth of scientifically sound, clinical studies that established CosaminDS has beneficial effects, the court agreed that the plaintiff’s allegations did not pass muster. 

“We are very pleased to have defeated this lawsuit, but our success in this frivolous action is unfortunately not the norm," stated Robert Henderson, chairman of Nutramax. "The legal system is being inundated by these types of lawsuits brought by lawyers who appear to be driven by the possibility of big settlement payouts" he said. "Going forward, Nutramax Laboratories will reconsider its position to sell our new … products in states such as California, which support these types of anti-business/anti-consumer laws.”

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Rayovac hearing aid batteries earn two distinctions from 2012 In Business Sustainability Awards program

BY Michael Johnsen

MADISON, Wis. — Spectrum Brands Holdings on Tuesday announced that the hearing aid battery unit of its Rayovac global battery division has received top honors in two categories of the 2012 In Business Sustainability Awards program.

“We have made significant investments in time and capital to advance the state of the art in mercury-free hearing-aid batteries,” stated Randy Raymond, VP global sales and marketing at Rayovac Hearing Aid Batteries. “Our efforts have been recognized in the market through the growth and expansion of our global distribution base, requiring further investment in our manufacturing capacity to meet the rapid growth in demand. This is an ongoing process at Rayovac, and we continuously work with hearing-aid manufacturers, hearing-aid professionals and hearing-aid users so that we can power not only today’s highly advanced hearing aids, but also those of the future.”

Rayovac earned both the Eco-Product of the Year award for its mercury-free hearing-aid batteries and the Eco-Efficiency Initiative of the Year award for projects carried out at its Portage, Wis., hearing-aid battery plant. Rayovac has developed and manufactured hearing-aid batteries for nearly 50 years at its Portage facility, which, together with its 30-year-old companion facility in Washington, U.K., serves growing world markets with batteries recognized for their industry leadership in technology, performance, reliability and sustainability.

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