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First PFAS “Forever Chemicals” Consumer-Initiated Blood Test with Physician Consult Launches on questhealth.com

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Directed at individuals who may be at risk of elevated PFAS exposure, the new test detects and measures PFAS identified by National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and MedicineOrganizations interested in workforce, community, and research population testing may also access the test

SECAUCUS, N.J., Feb. 12, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX), the world’s leader in diagnostic information services, today announced the availability of the first consumer-initiated, physician-ordered blood-draw test for PFAS chemicals with the option to confer over the phone with a physician about the results.

Available at questhealth.com, the new test, PFAS (Forever Chemicals) Test Panel, is performed by Quest Diagnostics to identify the level of potentially harmful chemicals called per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) – also known as “forever chemicals” because they can accumulate and linger in the environment and body.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, health effects potentially associated with PFAS exposure include increases in cholesterol levels, decreases in birth weight, lower antibody response to vaccines, kidney and testicular cancer, pregnancy-induced hypertension, preeclampsia, and changes in liver enzymes.

“Scientists and the general public are increasingly aware that PFAS may be dangerous to human health, but access to quality, convenient testing to assess exposure is limited,” said Jack Kain, PharmD, director and medical science liaison of Drug Monitoring and Toxicology, Quest Diagnostics. “Our PFAS blood test is based on the latest science and aligns with several facets of new CDC guidance as well as recommendations from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Not everyone needs a PFAS test, but people at high risk of elevated exposure may benefit from greater access to the insights provided by this novel test.”

Testing may be right for people who likely have had elevated exposure to PFAS. These may include people who have been exposed to PFAS while on the job, such as firefighters, or who used a water supply near a commercial or industrial location, as well as those living near a facility that manufactures fluorochemicals or areas of documented PFAS environmental contamination.

The new test from Quest features several unique innovations. It is the first PFAS blood test available as a consumer-initiated test with physician consult to report a sum of PFAS chemicals based on level of health risks identified by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM). The physician consultation, available to any individual who purchases the test, involves a telephone discussion between the individual and a third-party licensed physician about the results. In addition to providing personalized results, each easy-to-read test report includes information on ways to reduce exposure risk and can be shared with a personal physician.

The test is also widely available; individuals can visit most of Quest’s approximately 2,100 patient service centers in the U.S. for a blood draw*.

In addition to offering the test to consumers, Quest is making the test available via B2B channels for organizations seeking workforce, community, or research-based testing for at-risk populations due to concerns about elevated PFAS exposures. The company plans to introduce a version of the test specifically for physicians to aid patient care later this year.

PFAS Testing Based on the Latest Science
In recent years, a growing body of science has revealed potential health risks of exposure to PFAS. In July 2022, NASEM recommended offering PFAS testing to patients who are likely to have a history of elevated exposure.

The Quest test aligns with several recommendations from NASEM on PFAS testing, including:

Use of serum or plasma blood specimens (blood taken from an arm) instead of capillary blood specimens (from a fingerstick).Quantifying levels of several specific PFAS chemicals identified for potential health risks.Reporting the sum of those levels by three general risk categories.

According to NASEM, individuals whose results are in the third, or highest, category (levels of 20 ng/mL or above) may benefit from additional medical care, such as thyroid function testing and assessment of signs of kidney and testicular cancer. While most individuals have some level of PFAS exposure, an estimated 9% of Americans have PFAS levels of 20 ng/mL or higher, typically due to environmental or occupational exposure.

In January 2024, the CDC’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry unveiled updated guidance to help providers and patients consider PFAS blood testing, based largely on the NASEM recommendations.

About PFAS
PFAS are synthetic chemicals widely used in thousands of industrial and consumer products and which may enter the body through contaminated food and water. While there is no current medical treatment available to reduce PFAS levels, individuals can take steps to limit or reduce their exposure.

PFAS chemicals are associated with $22 billion in healthcare costs, according to a study published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society[1]. Some individuals are at increased risk of prolonged exposure due to certain environmental and occupational factors. This includes firefighters, people living near industrial locations such as manufacturing plants, military bases, and airports, and those living in communities with known PFAS environmental contamination. According to the Environmental Working Group, more than 4,600 communities across the U.S. are at risk, as of August 2023.

Human health effects from exposure to low environmental levels of PFAS are uncertain. More research is needed to assess the human health effects of exposure to PFAS. Finding PFAS in an individual’s blood does not mean that the levels of PFAS harmed the individual’s health. For more information about PFAS chemicals see:

CDC: Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) and Your Health.EPA: Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS).

Consumer-Initiated Testing with a Physician Consult
The PFAS (Forever Chemicals) Test Panel is available for individuals to purchase directly on questhealth.com. Unlike traditional direct-to-consumer tests, each test involves physician oversight and consultation on request with a licensed physician. Specifically, when an individual purchases a PFAS test online, a physician from PWNHealth, an independent, third-party physician network, will review the request and place an order. Once the order is submitted, an individual can schedule an appointment for a blood draw at a Quest Diagnostics patient service center. When testing is completed, results are provided in an easy-to-read report on a secure patient portal. An individual may then request a separate telephone consult with a PWNHealth physician to review the results. In addition, a PWNHealth care coordinator will actively contact any individual whose test results suggest elevated PFAS exposure (20ng/mL or higher) to recommend a physician consultation.

A Solution for Population Testing Public Health Departments, Employers, Military Sites, Municipalities, and other Organizations
Quest is also offering the PFAS test panel on a limited basis to organizations seeking to provide PFAS testing for workforce, community, research, and other population-based testing. For additional information about B2B testing program, interested parties may contact Quest Diagnostics at PFAStesting@questdiagnostics.com.

*PFAS blood testing does not identify the sources of a person’s exposure or predict future health outcomes. This test assesses PFAS levels at the time of the blood sample collection. This PFAS test is not intended for use in the diagnosis of any disease or other conditions, or for use in the cure, mitigation, or treatment of any disease or condition. Only a physician can diagnose a health condition or outcome. This test is not appropriate for forensic use. Not available for purchase in AK, AZ, HI, or NY.

** In January 2024, the CDC provided new information on its website that recognizes the value of PFAS blood testing by a CLIA-certified laboratory. As knowledge and guidelines about PFAS (“forever chemicals”) and PFAS testing continue to evolve, questhealth.com may update its test offering accordingly.

About Quest 
Quest, through questhealth.com, empowers consumers by making affordable, high-quality, trusted healthcare easy. With innovative tools, we give consumers more control over their own healthcare journeys and meet them where they are, supporting both consumers and their care teams. Our consumer-initiated test service allows people access to the same quality lab tests used by doctors and hospitals, providing the information and insights they need about their health. With more than 75+ lab tests available at questhealth.com, from general health profiles to tests for conditions ranging from heart health to sexually transmitted diseases, consumers can shop, schedule test appointments, and access results securely from a phone or computer.

About Quest Diagnostics
Quest Diagnostics empowers people to take action to improve health outcomes. Derived from the world’s largest database of clinical lab results, our diagnostic insights reveal new avenues to identify and treat disease, inspire healthy behaviors and improve healthcare management. Quest annually serves one in three adult Americans and half the physicians and hospitals in the United States, and our nearly 50,000 employees understand that, in the right hands and with the right context, our diagnostic insights can inspire actions that transform lives. www.QuestDiagnostics.com 

Quest® is the brand name used for services offered by Quest Diagnostics Incorporated and its affiliated companies. Quest Diagnostics Incorporated and certain affiliates are CLIA-certified laboratories that provide HIPAA-covered services. Other affiliates operated under the Quest® brand, such as Quest Consumer Inc., do not provide HIPAA-covered services. 

1 Leonardo Trasande, Roopa Krithivasan, Kevin Park, Vladislav Obsekov, Michael Belliveau, Chemicals Used in Plastic Materials: An Estimate of the Attributable Disease Burden and Costs in the United States, Journal of the Endocrine Society, Volume 8, Issue 2, February 2024, bvad163, https://doi.org/10.1210/jendso/bvad163

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Linxup Welcomes Steve Diogo as Vice President of Marketing

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Linxup, a leading provider of GPS tracking, dashcam, and asset-tracking solutions, is pleased to announce the appointment of Steven J. Diogo as the company’s new Vice President of Marketing.

ST. LOUIS, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Diogo joins Linxup with more than 10 years’ experience leading marketing for SaaS technology companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500 leaders, including stints with several companies serving the fleet, automotive, and trucking industries. His growth-focused strategy and customer-centric approach are expected to play a pivotal role in accelerating the company’s growth trajectory and expanding its position as a market leader in fleet technology.

“I’m thrilled to be part of a company that’s so highly regarded by its customers and intensely focused on simplifying complexity for businesses that depend on running safe, efficient fleets to get their work done.” Steve Diogo, Vice President of Marketing

“Linxup is thrilled to welcome Steve Diogo to our leadership team as Vice President of Marketing,” said Linxup CRO Brad Bedoe. “Steve’s impressive background and strategic mindset align perfectly with our goals for continued growth and market expansion. We believe his leadership will be instrumental in elevating Linxup’s brand presence and driving our marketing initiatives to new heights.”

Diogo, who spent his early career as a journalist, says his passion for story, community, and connection will drive a focus on empowering Linxup’s customers to accelerate success in their own businesses.

“My enthusiasm for Linxup began with its guiding principle of simplifying complexity for business owners and operators,” Diogo said. “So many companies talk about customer obsession. Linxup delivers by providing exactly what its customers need. The impact of that focus shows in the company’s class-leading NPS scores.

“I’m thrilled to be part of a company that’s so highly regarded by its customers and intensely focused on simplifying complexity for businesses that depend on running safe, efficient fleets to get their work done,” Diogo said. “I look forward to our team being a force for growth and success for Linxup, its team, and its customers.”

Prior to joining Linxup, Diogo was President of Bobit Business Media’s Fleet & Trucking Media Group.

About Linxup:

Linxup is a leading provider of fleet technology including GPS tracking, dash cams, and asset tracking solutions that empower businesses to efficiently and safely manage their fleets, improve productivity, and enhance overall operational visibility. With a commitment to innovation and customer satisfaction, Linxup continues to evolve its telematics solutions to meet the dynamic needs of businesses across various industries.

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Genifer Redington, Linxup, 1 314.532.5604, gredington@linxup.com, www.linxup.com

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PayPal launches its most advanced solution for small businesses in Canada

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PayPal Complete Payments is an all-in-one global payments solution that allows small businesses to accept PayPal, Apple Pay®, Google Pay™️, credit and debit cards, and alternative payment methods with a single integration to help drive conversion and repeat buyers.From world-class seller, fraud, and chargeback protection, small businesses can take advantage of this new solution to grow their business.

TORONTO, March 5, 2024 /CNW/ – PayPal Complete Payments launches today for small and-mid-sized enterprises in Canada, UK, and over 20 European markets. The solution enables small businesses in Canada to accept a range of payments including PayPal, Apple Pay®1, Google Pay™️2, credit and debit cards, and more than 20 alternative payment methods from around the world.

Small businesses face a myriad of challenges from finding new customers to driving sales. Giving shoppers more choice in how they can pay can help turn prospects into customers and grow sales. According to a Payments Canada report, more than half (53 per cent) of Canadians have left a store or abandoned an online purchase if the checkout was not convenient3.

“We’ve been a PayPal customer for many years now,” shared Roxanne Pettipas, Founder and CEO of Buddy Belts. “Last November, we launched our online store, and we use PayPal Complete Payments to sell in Canada and internationally. The ability to accept multiple payment methods has led to increased revenue. We can now accept a broad range of payments with one single integration which has saved us time and money, and reduced complexity. We’re huge fans of the reporting as we can easily access transaction data and analytics, which helps us understand our business a bit better and saves precious time when it comes to tax filing time.”

“At PayPal, we are on a mission to revolutionize commerce, globally. Helping small businesses take advantage of global e-commerce is a key pillar,” said Nitin Prabhu, Vice President, Small Business and Financial Services, PayPal. “Experience and data have proven that a seamless checkout, more choice in payment types, and adding package tracking information boosts sales. Responding to demand from our customers, we are delighted to unveil our latest cutting-edge solution tailored for small and mid-sized enterprises. Packed with features that help drive simplicity and growth, our offering is set to empower small businesses across Canada.”

The US is a major market for many Canadian small businesses. To promote cross-border trade more easily through this solution, eligible Canadian small businesses can now hold and withdraw money into their bank accounts in US dollar and more than 20 other currencies.

Businesses can sync order and tracking information with a new feature — Package Tracking4. For businesses, sharing tracking data with PayPal means fewer customer disputes, and a streamlined resolution process that eliminates manual responses, which can reduce costs. Transactions with tracking details often see 80 per cent lower “item not received”5 dispute claims.

PayPal has integrations with several ecommerce platforms – including Adobe Commerce, BigCommerce, and WooCommerce – which make it easier for their customers to quickly take advantage of this new solution6.

This new solution also enables eligible small businesses to allow their customers to securely store their payment methods in the PayPal vault for future purchases. This facilitates a seamless checkout experience for shoppers. It helps small businesses drive conversions, reduce card declines, and encourages repeat buyers. 

To protect small businesses, PayPal Complete Payments offers industry-leading Fraud ProtectionChargeback Protection, Dispute Management and Seller Protection on eligible transactions.

This solution is available at market-leading rates for accepting credit cards and other payment methods online. Small businesses can now choose between flat-rate and flexible pricing which helps them get paid the full amount up-front and gives them a transparent view into processing costs.

You can learn more about PayPal Complete Payments here.  

About PayPal 

PayPal has been revolutionizing commerce globally for more than 25 years. Creating innovative experiences that make moving money, selling, and shopping simple, personalized, and secure, PayPal empowers consumers and businesses in approximately 200 markets to join and thrive in the global economy. For more information, visit www.paypal.com, about.pypl.com/ and investor.pypl.com/.

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1 Apple and Apple Pay are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.

2 Google Pay™️ is a registered trademark of Google LLC.

In addition, PayPal Online Card Payment Services Agreement and additional Apple Pay and Google Pay terms and conditions apply to use these new features. 

3 Payments Pulse Survey: Consumer Edition, Payments Canada study 2018.

4 Package Tracking is only available across selected payment options only. Eligibility criteria here.

5 Source: PayPal internal data from January 1 – May 5, 2023, for ‘Item Not Received’ dispute criteria in North America (US).

6 Not all ecommerce partners listed have integrated all new features at this time.

 

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Havis Expands Portfolio with Strategic Acquisition of Vanner, Powering the Future of Mobility

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Havis, a leader in rugged environment solutions, proudly announces its acquisition of Vanner, renowned for power management across sectors. This marks a milestone in Havis’s growth, enhancing market leadership and tailored solutions. With Vanner’s expertise, Havis aims to advance in electrifying commercial vehicles, offering clients an expanded range of reliable technologies.

WARMINSTER, Pa., March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Havis, a leader in providing innovative solutions for rugged environments, proudly announces the acquisition of Vanner, a renowned expert in power management across multiple sectors. This merger marks a significant milestone of Havis’s commitment to excellence and reinforces its position as an industry leader poised for continued growth and innovation. With over four decades of expertise in power management, Vanner joining forces with Havis represents a union of complementary strengths. The two companies will leverage their combined knowledge and resources to deliver differentiated solutions to their customers.

Market Leadership Reinforcement & Enhanced Solutions
The acquisition of Vanner bolsters Havis’s market position by integrating Vanner’s established leadership in critical sectors such as Ambulance, Work and Heavy Truck, Transit Bus, Coach AC Power, and Military applications. This strategic alignment enhances Havis’s ability to serve a broader spectrum of industries while maintaining its reputation for delivering top-tier solutions tailored to rugged environments. The partnership between Havis and Vanner ensures that our current customers will benefit from a more comprehensive n even wider array of tailored solutions precisely crafted to meet their evolving needs with precision and reliability. This collaboration empowers us to not only continue serving our valued clients with excellence but also extend our expertise to new customers, offering them a diverse range of reliable and efficient power management solutions. The expanded portfolio means our customers can now access a broader selection of cutting-edge technologies, enhancing their operations and driving efficiency across their diverse industries.

“We are excited about the possibilities this partnership brings,” said Keith Steidle, Havis Executive Director of Business Development. “With the combined strengths of Havis and Vanner, we look forward to developing more products that are directly relevant to our customers’ needs, further solidifying our commitment to delivering tailored solutions that drive success in their operations.”

Electrifying Commercial Vehicles
One of the key advantages of this acquisition is Havis’s leap forward in the electrification of commercial vehicles. Vanner’s expertise in forging partnerships to electrify commercial vehicles aligns seamlessly with Havis’s forward-looking vision, positioning the company at the forefront of the rapidly evolving electric vehicle market.

“We are thrilled to welcome Vanner to the Havis family,” says Max Rogers, Havis CEO. “This acquisition represents a significant step forward in our commitment to delivering cutting-edge solutions and reinforces our position as a leader in the industry. Together, we look forward to driving innovation, serving our customers better, and shaping the future of power management in rugged environments.”

About Havis
Havis, Inc. is a privately held, ISO 9001-certified company that is the leader in providing robust and reliable end-to-end technology mounting and mobility solutions in demanding environments. The Havis legacy dates back over 80 years as a trusted designer and manufacturer of critical equipment that ensures critical technology is accessible, secure, and reliable.

Havis’s engineering and manufacturing teams are committed to consistently researching and developing unique products and solutions for a range of industries worldwide. With headquarters in Warminster, PA, and additional locations in Plymouth, MI, Burnsville, MN, and in the UK, Havis currently employs more than 400 team members. For more information on Havis, please call 1.800.524.9900 or visit http://www.havis.com.

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Sara Meyer, Havis, 2159570720, smeyer@havis.com, Havis

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