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Sabona of London introduces sleek, functional medical ID bracelets

BY Allison Cerra

SIKESTON, Mo. — A new line of medical identification bracelets has hit the market.

Sabona of London said that its medical ID bracelets combine style with functionality. The bracelets, which include men’s, women’s, and unisex versions, prominently display the Caduceus symbol on one of the bracelet links with a medical alert message of choice permanently engraved under that link. All three designs have a 1200 gauss magnet in every link and are available in small/medium (7-in.) and large/extra large (8 in.) sizes. Additionally, a free wallet card is included with each bracelet.

For more information, visit Sabona.com.

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Kmart launches Latina scholarship fund

BY Alaric DeArment

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Kmart is launching a scholarship fund as part of its recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

The mass merchandise retailer announced Thursday the launch of the Latina Smart Fund, promoted through its Latina Smart Facebook page, which will award $25,000 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors and students currently enrolled in college, technical or trade schools.

"Kmart recognizes education is a passion point within the Latino culture," multicultural marketing director Nydia Sahagun of parent company Sears Holdings Corp. said. "Through the Latina Smart Fund, we aim to further engage and empower the Hispanic community that represents some of Kmart’s most loyal customers."

Between Sept. 15 and Oct. 31, eligible candidates can apply for the Latina Smart Fund scholarship by going to the Facebook page and submitting an essay of 750 to 1,000 words or by uploading a two-minute video of themselves answering a topical question. The most "Liked" entries will be rated by the Latina Smart Ambassadors based on originality, style and enthusiasm. The top 20 selections will advance to the final round, where a panel of experts will select one $10,000 award recipient and three $5,000 award recipients.

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LifeScan introduces talking glucose meter in India

BY Michael Johnsen

MUMBAI, India — LifeScan on Thursday kicked off the global launch of its new blood-glucose monitoring device specifically designed to make self-monitoring simple.

Called OneTouch SelectSimple, the blood-glucose monitor is the first meter to be launched with audio alerts, according to the company. There are two alerts corresponding to high and low glucose levels. These alerts automatically go off whenever the readings cross the cut-off limits. The product also has visual alerts via the use of arrows on screen, as well as a high-low alarm reference card where the patients can put down their readings and maintain a record.

“One of the key barriers to self-monitoring that still remain is the lack of confidence in self-care technology," stated Annaswamy Vaidheesh, managing director for Johnson & Johnson Medical India. "The SelectSimple system helps satisfy the previously unmet needs of a large group of people with diabetes who can now test their blood-glucose levels with ease and confidence with high levels of accuracy and precision.”



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