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TempTraq creates wireless, wearable, intelligent Bluetooth thermometer

BY Michael Johnsen

CLEVELAND — TempTraq, powered by Blue Spark Technologies, recently created a wireless, wearable, intelligent Bluetooth thermometer in the form of a soft comfortable patch. It continuously monitors body temperature for 24 hours and sends alerts to mobile devices through a specially designed, free downloadable app.
 
Ideal for today’s busy parents, TempTraq provides much needed peace of mind by delivering on-the-spot temperature readings in just seconds. The wearable thermometer alleviates many concerns of those caring for an ill or recovering child, including eliminating the need to continually disturb or wake a sick child to take his or her temperature. Pending FDA-premarket review, TempTraq will include a free downloadable Apple or Android compatible app.
 
“TempTraq allows parents to keep a close watch on their child’s temperature without having to continually disturb them, while also gathering crucial data every 10 seconds for up to 24 hours,” stated John Gannon, president and CEO of Blue Spark Technologies. “According to our trusted physician advisors, temperature is the most important vital sign. The more data healthcare professionals have, the better their ability to see trends in the temperature readings and help a child get better.”
 
The TempTraq thermometer measures temperatures between 86 and 108.3 F. The TempTraq app displays both real time and historical temperature data transmitted from the patch in graphical or tabular view, making it possible for caregivers to see fluctuations and quickly adapt treatment.
 
TempTraq further simplifies the temperature reading process by providing easy-to-follow colors that indicate temperature levels: green, less than 100.4 F; orange, equal to or greater than 100.4 F; red, equal to or above the user-set temperature level. Caregivers can even receive alerts when a child’s temperature enters this designated red zone.
 
For parents who want to share temperature data with their doctors or family members, TempTraq allows users to submit recorded information via email. Through the app, parents can also keep track of when their child eats, drinks or takes medicine. For those caring for multiple children, the TempTraq app conveniently allows them to monitor multiple thermometers simultaneously.
 

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Walgreens Flu Index: Flu predominant across South Central United States

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — The heaviest concentration of flu activity for the week beginning Feb. 2 is in the South Central United States, according to the latest Walgreens Flu Index report. Oklahoma and Arkansas also experienced the most gain in flu activity between Jan. 26 and Feb. 2. Flu activity is also picking up across the Northeast, including New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. 
 
The top 10 designated market areas with flu activity for the week beginning Feb. 2:
 
  1. Oklahoma City;
  2. El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, NM);
  3. Tulsa, Okla.;
  4. San Antonio;
  5. Little Rock – Pine Bluff, Ark.;
  6. Ft. Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Ark.;
  7. Austin, Texas;
  8. Jackson, Miss.;
  9. Harlingen–Weslaco–Brownsville–McAllen, Texas; and
  10. Knoxville, Tenn.
The top 10 DMAs by flu activity gains from the week beginning Jan. 26 through Feb. 2:
 
  1. Ft. Smith–Fayetteville–Springdale–Rogers, Ark.;
  2. El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, NM);
  3. Jackson, Miss.;
  4. Oklahoma City;
  5. Huntsville–Decatur (Florence), Ala.;
  6. Tulsa, Okla.;
  7. Little Rock–Pine Bluff, Ark.;
  8. Providence, R.I. – New Bedford, Mass.;
  9. Wichita-Hutchinson, Kan.; and
  10. Boston, Mass. (Manchester, N.H.).
The Walgreens Flu Index is a weekly report developed to provide state- and market-specific information regarding flu activity, and ranking of those experiencing the highest incidences of influenza across the country. With the ability to generate hyper-local data that is as specific as a single zip code, the Index aims to drive consumer awareness and prevention within communities, while also serving as a valuable resource for health departments, media and others at the local level.
 

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Iovate Health Sciences launches StrongGirl supplements exclusive to GNC, Lucky Vitamins

BY Michael Johnsen

OAKVILLE, Ontario — Iovate Health Sciences International on Monday introduced StrongGirl, a new line of supplements available exclusively at GNC and Lucky Vitamin Stores. StrongGirl supplements are designed to help the active woman achieve her goals and be the best version of herself, with premium nutrition and effective formulas to help her be beautiful and strong, both inside and out.
 
"StrongGirl is a premium active nutrition brand created exclusively for women by women, and is designed to meet their unique nutritional needs," stated Vito Sanzone, CMO at Iovate Health Sciences International. "Once again we are proud to be chosen by GNC to offer these great products to their customers."
 
This new line of women's supplements will hit GNC and Lucky Vitamin shelves in February, and will be backed by a huge social media presence on Facebook and Instagram and a number of female brand ambassadors, including professional race car driver Danica Patrick, who endorses the StrongGirl Isolate.
 
The StrongGirl brand includes:
 
  • Isolate (chocolate and vanilla ice cream flavors): a complete lean nutritional protein shake formulated with 100% protein isolate, plus biotin, collagen, B vitamins, folic acid, probiotics, digestive enzymes and a fruit and veggie blend;
  • Pre-Workout (strawberry mojito and cosmo fruit punch flavors): a pre-workout that delivers energy, strength and focus; and
  • Smart Weight Loss Pills: a thermogenic that boosts energy and supports metabolism for effective weight loss. 
 

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