NeuroMetrix launches chronic pain relief device at CES
WALTHAM, Mass.— NeuroMetrix is making a splash at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show with its launch of Quell, an OTC chronic pain relieving device.
Quell utilizes NeuroMetrix's proprietary non-invasive neurostimulation technology to provide relief from chronic pain, such as due to diabetes, sciatica, fibromyalgia and degenerative knee conditions. The advanced wearable device is lightweight and can be worn during the day while active, and at night while sleeping. It has been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration for treatment of chronic pain without a prescription. Users of the device also will have the option of using their smartphone to automatically track and personalize their pain therapy.
The company expects to begin taking pre-orders for Quell in March and to ship during the second quarter. Quell will initially be available exclusively through doctor’s offices and online.
Nearly half of Americans feel they’re not getting the nutrients they need
MADISON, N.J. — A new survey from Prevention and Centrum released Thursday found that although more than 75% of Americans believe it is fairly easy to get recommended daily values of vitamins and minerals by eating a healthy, balanced diet, nearly half of those polled are concerned they may not be getting enough of one or more key nutrients.
“These findings show that though most Americans think it’s easy to get the recommended amount of vitamins and nutrients, few are confident in their own diets,” said Holly Phillips, contributing editor, Prevention and health and medical contributor, CBS News. “Eating a healthy, balanced diet is essential, but these findings also suggest Americans do not fully understand the vital role of key vitamins and minerals and how they need to be part of our daily routine.”
Nearly all Americans (88%) say that eating a balanced diet and achieving a healthy weight are important in their lives, but when it comes to how they look and feel, what they eat and drink (71%) is just as important as their hairstyle (71%), and less important than their wardrobe (77%) or how much they weigh (85%). While most Americans say nutritional content factors into the groceries they buy (80%) and meals and snacks prepared at home (75%), the findings reveal different behaviors:
- Just 24% of Americans actually spend a lot of time looking at the nutritional content of the foods they eat and buy versus 74% who rarely ever look at or just glance at nutritional content; and
- Among those who do look at nutritional content (spend a lot of time or just glance), more are concerned about calories (72%) and fat content (61%) than vitamin and minerals types (33%) or amounts (30%).
More than three-fourths (76%) of Americans say they are confident they know which vitamins and nutrients they need, yet most (63%) also agree it is impossible to keep up with so much conflicting nutrition news. The survey also gauged respondents’ knowledge about the benefits of specific vitamins and minerals:
- Nearly half (48%) are concerned they may be lacking enough of one or more key nutrients;
- Both vitamin D and calcium are at the top of the list of nutrients that most concern these Americans. However, half or more of respondents were unsure about the foods that can provide essential nutrients such as magnesium, vitamin A and vitamin E; and
- Few could correctly indicate the health benefits of essential nutrients such as magnesium and vitamin A.
Among those concerned that they may not be getting enough of one or more key nutrients, 60% have not changed their diet in the past year to increase the amount of vitamins and minerals they are consuming. One-in-five respondents (22%) have actually been told by a doctor that they have a nutrient deficiency, yet more than half (56%) of overall Americans report that they don’t take a multivitamin that can help fill dietary gaps.
“The scientific evidence from numerous nutritional studies demonstrates that many Americans don’t get enough nutrients from food alone,” said nationally recognized nutrition expert, Elisa Zied, author of "Younger Next Week." “There is a strong and persuasive body of evidence to demonstrate the benefits of a complete daily multivitamin, such as Centrum, which includes the six essential nutrients many people don’t get enough of from food alone."
GfK conducted the survey from Oct. 23 to Nov. 1, 2014, on behalf of Prevention and Centrum. GfK surveyed a total of 1,006 U.S. adults ages 18 years and older using the GfK online KnowledgePanel.
Bayer blood glucose meters ranked highest in J.D. Power study
WHIPPANY, N.J. — Data from a recent patient satisfaction study conducted by J.D. Power has found that Bayer blood glucose meters ranked highest in overall satisfaction among patients with diabetes. In the study of 2,024 people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes who use blood glucose meters, Bayer ranked highest in satisfaction among competitors meter manufacturers. Bayer was also the only manufacturer to receive 5-out-of-5 on the JDPower.com Power Circle Ratings for consumers, the manufacturer reported Thursday.
"Blood glucose meters are an important tool for people with diabetes to help better manage their condition, and patient satisfaction is a key element in the effectiveness of the meters. J.D. Power is the gold standard of measuring consumer satisfaction and these results demonstrate that Bayer has outperformed competitors based on multiple measures of patient satisfaction," stated Russell Newsome, country division head of U.S. and Canada, Bayer HealthCare Diabetes Care. "Bayer is thrilled by these results, as they show our longstanding commitment to providing people with diabetes with the highest quality products to help them manage their condition," he said. "In addition to patient satisfaction, accurate blood glucose readings are critical to helping people with diabetes manage their condition effectively and could be clinically important for them. Bayer HealthCare believes that the combination of highly satisfied patients and highly accurate meters can aid in better patient care."
The J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Blood Glucose Meter Satisfaction Study is a patient satisfaction benchmarking study. It was fielded in September 2014 and reported overall satisfaction scores for four meter manufacturers — Abbott Laboratories, Bayer, LifeScan and Roche Diagnostics. The J.D. Power index methodology uses an online patient survey to gather data about six separate factors of patient experience: performance; ease of use; design; features; cost of test strips; and training. These responses are used to calculate an overall patient satisfaction score.
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