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MediSafe Project launches cloud-synced medication-reminder app

BY Alaric DeArment

HAIFA, Israel — MediSafe Project has launched what it called the first cloud-synced mobile app to help prevent emergencies caused by over- or under-dosing medications.

The app, which is available for Android devices and compatible with iPhones and iPads, is designed to remind users when it’s time to take medications and also send alerts to family members, friends and caretakers.

Brothers Rotem and Omri Shor started the MediSafe Project as a way to lower hospitalization and mortality rates, promote sustainable behavior changes that prolong health, decrease healthcare costs and help drug companies understand barriers to medication compliance. The inspiration came from their diabetic father’s accidental double dose of insulin.

"Am American dies every 19 minutes from skipping medication or taking meeds incorrectly — the problem costs U.S. hospitals $100 billion every year," Omri Shor, the MediSafe Project’s CEO, said. "MediSafe Project combats the staggering problem of medication non-compliance using everyday technology and the power of support systems to integrate healthier behaviors into patients’ lives."


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Retail sales down slightly in October, but increase on year-over-year basis

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — Retail sales were down slightly in October on a month-to-month basis while increasing on an annual basis, reflecting Hurricane Sandy and uncertainty in Washington, according to the National Retail Federation.

The retailing trade group said Wednesday that October retail sales — with exception to automobiles, gas stations and restaurants — decreased 0.3% seasonally adjusted from September while increasing nearly 4% unadjusted year over year.

"While Hurricane Sandy certainly impacted consumer spending in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, the larger threat to the overall economy is the impending fiscal cliff, which impacts Americans across the country," NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay said. "The automatic tax increases and spending cuts set to take effect at the end of the year may have more of an impact on business confidence and consumer spending than any other issue."

Sales at health and personal care stores increased 0.3% seasonally adjusted month to month, yet increased 2.1% unadjusted year over year, while general merchandise stores’ seasonally adjusted monthly sales increased 0.2% and unadjusted annual sales decreased 1.1%. At the same time, clothing and clothing accessories stores reported a 0.1% decreased in seasonally adjusted month-to-month sales and a 4.2% increase in unadjusted year-over-year sales.

"The underlying strength of the American consumer is encouraging, but it’s far from definitive," NRF chief economist Jack Kleinhenz said. "Hurricane Sandy will have short-term and long-term reverberations on the economy and will continue to impact consumer spending and retail sales over the coming months in the hardest-hit areas. Even though retail sales declined in October, NRF remains confident in moderate consumer spending nationwide and expects a solid holiday shopping season."

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CVS/pharmacy unveils new in-store mobile printing service

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Shoppers at CVS/pharmacy can now wirelessly upload images from their mobile devices to a Kodak Picture Kiosk, to create such photo products as photobooks, personal greetings and calendars at CVS/pharmacy Photo Center locations nationwide.

"With the addition of the new in-store mobile printing service, available at thousands of CVS/pharmacy Photo Centers, our customers have another convenient option for creating photo gifts and greeting cards," stated Rob Price, chief marketing officer for CVS/pharmacy. "Offering Wi-Fi access at our photo kiosks is part of our ongoing commitment to provide our customers with easy one-stop shopping for personalized gifts this holiday season."

To access the service, customers must download the free Kodak Kiosk Connect App — available in Google Play or the Apple app store — to wirelessly import personal photos from their mobile device to CVS/pharmacy Kodak Picture Kiosks.

In addition to expanding in-store photo services, CVS/pharmacy currently offers shoppers on-the-go printing options with the CVS/pharmacy Mobile app, allowing them to print photos directly from their smartphone or from their CVSphoto.com account for pickup at a local CVS/pharmacy the same day. The CVS/pharmacy Mobile app can also be downloaded through the Apple app store or Google Play.

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