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Take-home allergy test launches in Midwest

BY Michael Johnsen

FOSTER CITY, Calif. — A take-home allergy test called MyAllergyTest will be available beginning Oct. 1 in retail markets in the Midwest through a partnership between supplier ImmuneTech and Meijer, ImmuneTech announced Tuesday.

MyAllergyTest provides customers with the ability to conduct a personal allergy test in the privacy of their own home. Once diagnosed, consumers are better able to self manage their allergies.

The test is conducted with a simple finger stick, which is then sent to an ImmuneTech lab for analysis. It is FDA-cleared and clinically proven to be as accurate as blood tests performed by major laboratories or at a physician’s office, ImmuneTech claimed.

Customers also receive MyAllergyPlan with their results. MyAllergyPlan provides those customers with information on how to proactively manage their allergies and symptoms.

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Diet aid Mirafit launches through Meijer

BY Michael Johnsen

DETROIT — A weight-loss supplement developed by a pair of Wayne State University professors has gained distribution through Meijer stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky, ArtJen Complexus announced Monday.

The new diet aid is Mirafit, an all-natural, stimulant-free weight-loss supplement derived from corn fiber, which does not contain allergens, the company added.

Each Mirafit tablet taken with a meal can safely bind and remove 9 g of dietary fat or 81 fat calories, resulting in a reduction of approximately 3,500 calories per week, or the loss of one to 1.5 lbs of body weight per week, ArtJen claimed.

"Obesity and related medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and strokes have become epidemic," said Catherine Jen, one of the principals of ArtJen. "As a novel research breakthrough with no unwanted side effects, Mirafit has the potential to make a critical difference in body weight and blood lipid management."

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Kroger banners announce campaigns to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure

BY DSN STAFF

LOS ANGELES — Kroger banners Ralphs and Food 4 Less have both announced fundraising campaigns to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure affiliates in California.

Customers and associates at both stores can support their local Susan G. Komen for the Cure affiliate by donating their spare change in collection canisters located at the checkstands in their neighborhood Ralphs or Food 4 Less. The Komen fundraising campaign will run through Nov. 5.

Funds raised will be used to finance breast health care, treatment, research and programs to improve the lives of people battling breast cancer, the companies reported. Ralphs and Food 4 Less also will be major sponsors of several Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure events.

Through their associates and customers, both Ralphs and Food 4 Less said they have given more than $3 million each to Susan G. Komen for the Cure affiliates and other organizations that have been working to find a cure to breast cancer since 2001.

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