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Omron launches wireless TENS device

BY Michael Johnsen

Omron Healthcare earlier this week announced the arrival of Avail, an innovative over-the-counter medical device for drug-free pain relief. Avail is Omron’s first TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) unit with wireless and dual channel capability that provides relief from chronic and acute pain. The device can treat multiple pain sites simultaneously and is controlled by Omron’s new mobile app, Omron TENS, enabling users to operate Avail remotely.

“Pain sufferers are already inconvenienced by their condition. Omron created Avail with wireless capability to restore their freedom of movement while they get pain relief,” stated Carol Lucarelli, director marketing and product development for Omron Healthcare. “And with two separately programmable TENS devices, the Omron Avail allows for customizable, multi-site treatment for individual aches and pains.”

[quote-from-article] The Omron Avail comes with two soft, contoured pads that fit comfortably and securely to treat a variety of areas of pain simultaneously. Avail’s five pre-programmed Body Pain Modes soothe lower back, shoulder, knee, elbow and leg pain with recommended therapies. Avail users can also design their own therapies using five additional pulsation modes – including steady, acupuncture-like, knead, tap and microcurrent – and 20 different intensity levels.

Bluetooth connectivity on Avail provides wireless control of settings via the Omron TENS app, for on-the-go personal control of pain relief. Omron TENS for smartphones is available for free download on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

The Omron Avail is designed to provide symptomatic relief and management of chronic and acute pain, relief from pain associated with arthritis or with sore or aching muscles of the lower back, arms, legs, shoulders or feet due to strain from exercise or normal household work activities.

The device, which has received FDA clearance, is available for purchase at Omronhealthcare.com for $199.99.

Amid rising awareness and concern about opioid addiction, a problem for an estimated two million Americans, pain sufferers are seeking drug-free alternatives for relief. The Gallup-Palmer College of Chiropractic Annual Study of Americans (conducted in February and March 2017) revealed that 78% of Americans now prefer to try other ways to address their physical pain before taking prescription medications.

“Millions of Americans experience pain on a daily basis, and Omron is investing in TENS device innovation to bring them more options for safe, effective pain management,” said Lucarelli.  “Avail is our new offering to bring accessible, convenient, portable drug-free pain relief to those who need it.”

A therapy regularly administered by physical therapists and chiropractors, TENS sends stimulating pulses across the surface of the skin and along the nerve strands. The pulses help prevent pain signals from reaching the brain. Electrical stimulation can also trigger the body to release endorphins, which act as natural painkillers, and improve blood circulation. Omron was the first company to market with an over-the-counter FDA-cleared TENS medical device for use at home.

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From this angle: Are stores the new immigration frontline?

BY Seth Mendelson

Is this where we are headed? Will other retailers soon join 7/11, the nation’s largest convenience store chain, and become worried about federal immigration agents showing up, unannounced, and carting away undocumented workers and demanding paperwork from store managers to prove otherwise?

The answer very much appears yes. The Trump Administration has made it clear that it plans to kick illegal immigrants out of the country and retailers are at the forefront of the move. In fact, the acting head of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said that Wednesday’s raids were designed to send a clear message to businesses not to hire unauthorized workers.

But what if no one else wants to do these jobs? Working at a convenience store on the overnight shift has never been a popular spot for any worker. Will 7/11 or any other retailer soon face a worker shortage that can only add more costs to their overhead? Will people be afraid to come to work? Will people be afraid to walk into stores?

Perhaps it is time that cooler heads prevail and the Trump Administration take a closer look at the consequences of what they are doing. There are ramifications here that some in power may not be looking at.

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Sam’s Club’s Turner-Mitchael to retire

BY David Salazar

Sam’s Club senior vice president and GMM of consumable and health and wellness will be retiring at the end of the fiscal year, a Sam’s Club spokesperson confirmed Wednesday. Turner-Mitchael is a 26-year veteran of the company, having joined Walmart in 1992 as a pharmacist in Lubbock, Texas.

During her time at the company, Turner-Mitchael has led various teams at Walmart and Sam’s Club, including Walmart’s pharmacy operations team and Sam’s Club’s merchandising, operations and health and wellness divisions. She has received the Sam M. Walton Blue Coat Award of Excellence.

“Jill leaves a lasting legacy, both as a merchant and as a disruptor in the health care industry,” the company said. “Her passion in raising awareness of health and wellness issues and in testing exciting new concepts in clubs such as free screenings, health kiosks and caregiver support programs has helped the company to become a leader in affordable health care. Jill has also made a strong impact on associates throughout the company with her mentorship and focus on championing women’s advancement in the workplace.”

The company said it has not yet named Turner-Mitchael’s successor and will do so once it has been announced internally.

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