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Ross Laboratories, a division of Abbott Laboratories, introduced a new formula for infants who are sensitive to cow's milk and other proteins, or who have difficulty digesting fat.
The new product, Alimentum® Protein Hydrolysate Formula with Iron, is the result of more than three years of research and development by Ross, the maker of Similac® Infant Formulas, Isomil® Soy Protein Formulas, and a full line of infant nutrition products.
"Most infants with allergies or sensitivities to cow's milk and other proteins are managed quite well on existing soy-based formulas, such as Isomil," said Richard W. Gast, president of Ross.
"However, for the one percent or less of babies who cannot tolerate a standard milk-based formula or a soy formula, we want to have the very best hydrolysate formula on the market at an economical price - Alimentum is that product, and it's available now in a ready-to-feed, liquid form." Gast said. 'As is customary with Ross products, the formula will be promoted only to health care professionals."
Babies allergic to ordinary milk proteins and to soy-based formulas are typically able to tolerate milk protein that has been broken down or predigested into smaller components through hydrolysis. "In general, the more extensively hydrolyzed a protein, the less antigenic (allergycausing) it is," said William C. MacLean, Jr., MD, medical director of pediatric nutrition at Ross.
"In addition to infants with protein sensitivity, Alimentum is appropriate for infants with chronic intractable diarrhea, multiple food allergies, acute and chronic protein-energy malnutrition, carbohydrate malabsorption and galactosemia," said Dr. MacLean.
Abbott Laboratories is a worldwide manufacturer of health care products employing 39,000 people. Ross Laboratories is the leading manufacturer of infant formula in the US.
Incision-Making Instrument for Sampling Heel Blood
Tenderfoot™ is a fully-automated incision-making instrument for neonate and infant heel blood sampling. It produces a standardized surgical incision for free-flowing, quality blood specimens.
Tenderfoot™ is a safer alternative to conventional puncture-type heelstick devices which all too often cause injury and produce limited, impure specimens. It can eliminate or minimize such hazards as heel or bone trauma, poor blood quality and volume, multiple sticks, and pain to the baby
Since a heelstick depth of 2.4 mm is known to be excessive and dangerous, the Tenderfoot™ incision measures 1.0 mm deep by 2.5 mm long. Its shallower depth incises the capillary bed for excellent flow, but does not reach concentrated pain fibers or bone. Nonstandardized, deep cuts are avoided since Tenderfoot™ can be placed flush against the baby's heel without skin compression.
For safety reasons, the Tenderfoot™ blade automatically retracts to prevent injury from a contaminated blade. Tenderfoot™ is also safer because it provides free-flowing blood without squeezing the heel or performing multiple sticks, two frequent causes of infection and blood specimen contamination.
Tenderfoot™ can also save time and expense. Since it provides good blood flow, the time-consuming task of warming the heel is unnecessary. The specimen takes less time to collect and the bleeding stops more quickly because the incision is not too deep.
The Tenderfoot™ heel incision technology evolved from the Surgicutt® bleeding time instrument, widely used for its safety and sensitivity. Like Surgicutt®, Tenderfoot™ is conveniently packaged in boxes of IO or 50 units.
For more information, contact Allison Bausback, International Technidyne Corporation, 23 Nevsky Street, Edison, NJ 08820; telephone (800) 631-5945 or (20 IJ 548-6677.
Tympanometer Models AE-105 and AE-106
Every function and each outstanding feature of the American Electromedics Tympanometer® Model AE-105 or AE-J06 is designed to improve impedance testing at all levels. The operator may choose a variety of performing functions from simple screening to more complex diagnostic testing with an instrument that provides the benefits of operator programmable normals, reflex testing, test memory storage and recall, and print/no print option, the "little car" visual distraction, full range audiometry, and several installation options. The new Tympanometers® offer testing capabilities previously available only in more elaborate, expensive clinical impedance devices.
For more information, contact Mr. Larry DeBarnardo at (603J 880-6300.