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Kemeta completes first test of fat metabolism monitor

BY Michael Johnsen

MESA, Ariz. Kemeta on Tuesday announced the successful completion of its first clinical testing of their Fat Burn Monitor, a monitor that measures a person’s fat metabolism immediately after exercise by measuring acetone on the breath.

“The Kemeta product allows our patients to monitor their daily progress, providing the needed immediate feedback to keep them motivated to continue their weight management regimen,” stated John Hernried, Obesity Treatment Center Medical Group medical director and principal investigator on the project.

The 11-week IRB-approved study showed that individuals can receive an immediate indication of their fat burn rate by simply blowing into the Kemeta device. The study also showed a greater-than-90-percent correlation of the Fat Burn Monitor to the Gas Chromatograph, an industry standard bench-top tool used for breath analysis.

The device functions by measuring the concentration of the chemical acetone in the breath. Acetone is produced as fat is metabolized in the body. The simple non-invasive acetone measurement allows the user to track the success of their weight management program.

“This initial study with the OTCMG indicates the efficacy of our technology,” stated Barb Landini, Kemeta vice president of research and development and clinical testing.

The product is expected to reach front-end retailers sometime in 2009, the company stated.

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GSK celebrates alli anniversary with donation to Dress for Success Worldwide

BY Michael Johnsen

PITTSBURGH GlaxoSmithKline on Tuesday celebrated its one-year anniversary of the launch of the over-the-counter weight loss remedy alli with a $75,000 donation to Dress for Success Worldwide.

Dress for Success Worldwide (www.dressforsuccess.org) is an international, non-profit organization that provides disadvantaged women with professional clothing, career development tools and a network of support.

In addition to the cash donation, female alli users are urged to donate their nearly new, plus-sized (size 14 and above) business attire to Dress for Success and GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare. Also, because the organization needs more than donated clothing, GSK Consumer Healthcare is asking alli users to donate time and resources to their local Dress for Success affiliate.

“Looking good and feeling good go hand-in-hand, and that’s why alli is supporting Dress for Success with a financial donation, clothing donation and volunteers,” stated Karen Scollick, vice president weight control at GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare.

GlaxoSmithKline also released a new book titled “We Lost It,” that’s dedicated to telling real-life stories of people who have lost weight on the alli program, how they did it, what they’ve learned and how it has impacted their life. Several alli users featured in the book were on hand Tuesday in New York for a chance to have a “little black dress” designed for them by Laura Bennett and Mychael Knight, both former Project Runway finalists. And a featured male alli user was styled by event emcee, Jai Rodriguez, formerly of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and currently seen on the Style Network’s Ultimate Style.

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WatchDog’s Diabetes Healthy snack bars available in Ralph’s

BY Michael Johnsen

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. WatchDog Nutrition on Tuesday announced the availability of its new diabetic-friendly snack bars in more than 200 south California Ralph’s grocery stores.

“Ralph’s is an ideal partner for WatchDog Nutrition’s line of functional foods and the first of several retail chains that you’ll be able to buy them in,” stated Rajeev Saggar, WatchDog chief executive officer. “Demand for snack foods properly formulated for whole health is increasing, and the addition of WatchDog bars to Ralph’s adult nutrition products section magnifies their commitment to providing convenient, healthy, great tasting foods.”

WatchDog’s food bars are both low in simple sugars and glycemic index, and are fortified with several vitamins and minerals.

In addition to the Heart Healthy and Diabetes Healthy snack bars, WatchDog Nutrition plans to introduce a Joint Healthy bar this summer and also has plans to introduce a children’s snack bar and a line of healthy beverages.

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