Accu-Chek partners with Mylestone Health to enhance iPhone app, Web site
NEW YORK The fact that Roche has enhanced its capabilities across its iPhone app platform really only means one thing: Roche has dialed into a new way to reach its users, and it’s a way that is very rapidly growing in market share.
And what should be really telling about all of this iPhone action — it’s all opt-in, meaning consumers are actively interested in engaging with the manufacturers of their healthcare products in an effort to better manage their health.
Worldwide, mobile phone sales totaled 308.9 million units in the third quarter of 2009, a 0.1% increase compared to the year-ago period, according to research firm Gartner, Inc. Smartphone sales, which would include Apple’s iPhone, surpassed 41 million units in that time frame, up 12.8% compared with the year-ago period.
That suggests just about everybody has a cell phone, and more and more that cell phone is going to be a smartphone. “Smartphones continued to represent the fastest-growing segment of the mobile-devices market and we remain confident about the potential for smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2009 and in 2010,” stated Carolina Milanesi, research director at Gartner, in a press release issued early November.
According to Gartner, here’s how the smartphone market share breaks out: Nokia 39.3%; Research in Motion 20.8%; Apple 17.1%; HTC 6.5%; and Samsung 3.2%.
According to recent poll from ChangeWave, 39% of all Americans polled currently own a smartphone. Of that sample, 77% own either an Apple Palm, or RIM branded device, with more and more leaning toward an Apple iPhone purchase.
Currently, there already are more than 100 health-related applications available for the Apple products, including FDA for iPhone and WebMD Mobile, reaching more than 40 million users.
American Dental Association petitions FDA to classify, regulate tooth-whitening products
CHICAGO The American Dental Association asked the Food and Drug Administration to establish appropriate classifications for tooth-whitening chemicals.
Citing concern about the safety of whitening products that are often administered without the benefit of professional consultation or examination by a dentist, the association said that the application of chemically-based tooth whitening or bleaching agents can harm teeth, gums and other tissues in the mouth.
The ADA pointed out that such concerns have prompted many states to prevent application of tooth whitening products in nondental settings.
“The tremendous expansion of products available directly to consumers and application of products in venues such as shopping malls, cruise ships, and salons is troubling since consumers have little or no assurance regarding the safety of product ingredients, doses or the professional qualifications of individuals employed in these non-dental settings,” said ADA pesident Dr. Ron Tankersley and executive director Dr. Kathleen O’Loughlin, in a letter to the agency.
CRN challenges folic acid/lung cancer link
NEW YORK For all the good that associations like the Council for Responsible Nutrition and the Natural Products Association have done in rooting any discussion around supplements in sound science, there always seems to be these somewhat faulty meta-analyses that serve as an undercurrent to that sound science.
There have been numerous studies supporting the use of folic acid in the prevention of certain birth defects. There also have been numerous studies establishing a link between smoking and lung cancer. So it’s not necessarily reasonable to draw the conclusion that folic acid may increase lung cancer risk without excluding known lung-cancer risks from that analysis. It may even border on irresponsible, in effect scaring mongering consumers away from a supplement that may, in fact, be a benefit.
Make no mistake, the people at CRN and NPA are very much into vetting the supplement industry as a responsible group interested in marketing products that improve America’s health through science. Both groups actively have worked toward implementing supplement-specific Good Manufacturing Practices and including supplements, along with over-the-counter medicines, in the FDA mandate on serious adverse event reports.
So it would be reasonable to conclude, that if there were a possible scientifically proven link between any dietary supplement and an increased health risk, groups like CRN and NPA would support appropriate actions to curb those risks.