Biz Notes

D2 Sales LLC

D2 Sales, Mequon, recently announced that the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has chosen D2’s My Patient Passport Express kiosk for its patient check-in program. The My Patient Passport Express kiosk allows patients to check-in, make future appointments, and update their medical history, using a HIPAA compliant privacy touch screen monitor. Patients can use their credit card to make co-pay payments, and sign documents using the integrated electronic signature pad. The kiosk is branded with a four color process vinyl wrap. The D2 My Patient Passport Express kiosk provides patients with the convenience of easy check-in, records updating, co-pay payment acceptance and way finding and mapping features. 


Alpha Source Inc.

Brown Deer-based Alpha Source/Access Battery’s Class 2 Battery Packs recently became licensed with Health Canada. Licensing from Health Canada authorizes Alpha Source and Access Battery to export Class 2 battery packs used in life support applications such as syringe pumps, ventilators, defibrillators, and infusion pumps for use and sale within the Canadian market. Health Canada is similar to the United State’s Federal Drug Administration (FDA) helps protect the Canadian public by researching, assessing and collaborating in the management of the health risks and safety hazards associated with Canadian consumer products.


Home Care Assistance Corp.

Home Care Assistance Corp. recently expanded its senior home care assistance services to Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Waukesha, Kenosha, Racine, Washington, Jefferson and Dane counties. Home Care Assistance serves as a comprehensive-alternative to a nursing home or assisted living facility for senior adults. The Wisconsin territory will be developed and managed by Wisconsin native Rick Cohen, who has more than 30 years of business and human resource management experience. Cohen will oversee daily operations and market development for the eight county area. Home Care Assistance services include: cooking and light housekeeping laundry and change of bed linens, grocery shopping and errands, companionship and range of motion exercises, bathing, dressing and grooming, transportation to doctor appointments, assistance with walking and transfer from bed to wheelchair, medication reminders and status reporting to family.


Medical College of Wisconsin

Researchers at The Medical College of Wisconsin in Wauwatosa recently linked higher levels of the hormone aldosterone to high blood pressure and blood vessel disease in African Americans. Aldosterone is secreted by the adrenal glands and causes salt retention by the kidneys.

The researchers compared 24-hour blood pressures, heart output, blood vessel stiffness, kidney blood flow, and aldosterone levels in 224 African Americans with high blood pressure, with those of 217 African Americans with normal blood pressure. They found that those with high blood pressure had higher levels of aldosterone. Their heart output was lower, extremity blood vessel stiffness was greater, kidney blood flow was lower, and kidney resistance to blood flow was higher than those with normal blood pressure. The blood pressure levels, blood vessel flexibility, and kidney blood flow in those with high blood pressure were all directly correlated with their aldosterone levels. Dr. Theodore Kotchen, professor of medicine and associate dean for clinical research was the lead researcher on the project. His research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for over a decade.

The Medical College of Wisconsin’s Department of Biophysics recently received a five-year, $2.7 million renewal grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to continue investigating the mechanism of neuron (brain cell) death associated with Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is characterized by a slow and progressive loss of specific neurons in the brain. The mechanisms by which these neurons die in Parkinson’s disease are not totally understood. This study will focus on developing targeted antioxidants and other neuro- protective strategies in an animal model of Parkinson’s disease, with the ultimate goal of translating this research to humans suffering from the disease. The principal investigators on this multiple PI grant are Balaraman Kalyanaraman, Ph.D., chairman and professor of biophysics and director of the Medical College’s Free Radical Research Center; and Anumantha Kanthasamy, Ph.D., distinguished professor and Lloyd Chair of the Iowa Center for Advanced Neurotoxicology at Iowa State University.

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