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June 5, 2012

An interactive health-and-wellness screening kiosk for consumers has received regulatory approval from the Food and Drug Administration.

ATLANTA — An interactive health-and-wellness screening kiosk for consumers has received regulatory approval from the Food and Drug Administration.

May 17, 2012

People with higher levels of education and higher income have lower rates of many chronic diseases compared with those with less education and lower income levels, according to "Health, United States, 2011" — the government’s annual comprehensive report on Americans’ health released Wednesday.

ATLANTA — People with higher levels of education and higher income have lower rates of many chronic diseases compared with those with less education and lower income levels, according to "Health, United States, 2011" — the government’s annual comprehensive report on Americans’ health released Wednesday.

May 16, 2012

Asthma is having a growing effect on the country's health, according to a new study.

ATLANTA — Asthma is having a growing effect on the country's health, according to a new study.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its "Asthma's Impact on the Nation" report Wednesday, based on data gathered using the "Asthma Call-back Survey" of people with the disease. An estimated 29.1 million American adults, or 12.7% of the total, have been diagnosed with asthma in their lifetimes, while 18.7 million, or 8.2%, still had asthma in 2010.

May 16, 2012

Coca-Cola’s Honest Tea brand began the rollout of its Not Too Sweet Tea, a traditional sweet tea with 40% less sugar and calories than the leading sweet teas.

ATLANTA — Coca-Cola’s Honest Tea brand began the rollout of its Not Too Sweet Tea, a traditional sweet tea with 40% less sugar and calories than the leading sweet teas. The new addition to Honest Tea’s lineup is brewed with organic black tea leaves and is sweetened with “just a tad” (25 g) of organic cane sugar and organic stevia. Each 16.9-fl.-oz. bottle contains 100 calories, compared with leading brands of sweet tea, which contain an average of 43 g of sugar and 174 calories per 16.9-fl.-oz. bottle.

May 2, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic drug for epilepsy made by Acella Pharmaceuticals, the company said Wednesday.

ATLANTA — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic drug for epilepsy made by Acella Pharmaceuticals, the company said Wednesday.

Acella announced the approval of gabapentin oral solution in the 250-mg-per-5-mL strength. The drug is a generic version of Parke Davis' Neurontin.

April 30, 2012

AK GlobalTech last month was recognized with a Best Product of the Show Award for its AlcoMate SafeGuard (AL2500) at the ECRM Home Health Care EPPS here.

ATLANTA — AK GlobalTech last month was recognized with a Best Product of the Show Award for its AlcoMate SafeGuard (AL2500) at the ECRM Home Health Care EPPS here.

The AlcoMate SafeGuard is a portable, personal breathalyzer designed for home use. Selling for $49.99 on Walgreens.com, the device has been certified for use by law enforcement by the Department of Transportation and carries a U.S. Coast Guard Approved certification. The three-digit LED results display is backlit for nighttime use, and no mouthpieces are necessary.

April 20, 2012

Forgiven Bottling Group is bringing its alcohol metabolizer to Duane Reade stores.

ATLANTA — Forgiven Bottling Group is bringing its alcohol metabolizer to Duane Reade stores.

The company and its distributor, RH Labs, said Forgiven, which is designed to increase the rate at which the body processes alcohol, will be available chainwide. Additionally, the product also will be promoted on a Times Square billboard, effective June 18.

April 18, 2012

The Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council on Monday published the final installment of its five-part report on social media, which suggested that grocery marketers significantly can leverage any social media participation by simply responding to tweets on Twitter and exploring the potential of professional networking site LinkedIn, where activity has been supercharged by the recession.

ATLANTA — The Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council on Monday published the final installment of its five-part report on social media, which suggested that grocery marketers significantly can leverage any social media participation by simply responding to tweets on Twitter and exploring the potential of professional networking site LinkedIn, where activity has been supercharged by the recession.

April 16, 2012

Children under the age of 10 years old may be especially susceptible to a new strain of influenza, according to an article published Friday in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report."

ATLANTA — Children under the age of 10 years old may be especially susceptible to a new strain of influenza, according to an article published Friday in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report."

April 13, 2012

Sprout Foods is broadening its current pouched baby food portfolio with the launch of a line of organic toddler meals.

ATLANTA — Sprout Foods is broadening its current pouched baby food portfolio with the launch of a line of organic toddler meals.

The company said the toddler entrées offer a variety of nutritious, organic ingredients, including meats, whole grains, beans and fruits and vegetables, but are free from preservatives and additives. The lineup includes eight varieties, including:

  • Pasta, zucchini and tomato sauce with beef;

  • Vegetable and potato stew with beef;

April 12, 2012

For the first time, the Extreme Truckers Show radio program, with host Rich Miller, will broadcast live from the HTAA Healthy Trucking Summit show floor, the Healthy Trucking Association of America announced earlier this week.

ATLANTA — For the first time, the Extreme Truckers Show radio program, with host Rich Miller, will broadcast live from the HTAA Healthy Trucking Summit show floor, the Healthy Trucking Association of America announced earlier this week.

The special broadcast will take place April 25 at 7 p.m. EST and will be rebroadcast the next night during the show’s regular weekly timeslot at 10:30 p.m. EST.
 

April 6, 2012

Sales of smoking-cessation products may realize a March boom following a recent government advertising campaign that encourages Americans to quit smoking.

ATLANTA — Sales of smoking-cessation products may realize a March boom following a recent government advertising campaign that encourages Americans to quit smoking.

One week following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's launch of its Tips from Former Smokers campaign, calls to the 1-800-QUIT-NOW quitline were up 130.4%, the agency reported Monday. Calls were up an additional 3.5% in the subsequent week.

A record 34,413 calls were fielded between March 26 and April 1, the CDC reported.

April 4, 2012

CVS/pharmacy officially announced on Wednesday the April schedule of Project Health (Proyecto Salud in Spanish), a wellness program delivering more than $21 million worth of free health screenings to multicultural communities throughout 2012.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy officially announced on Wednesday the April schedule of Project Health (Proyecto Salud in Spanish), a wellness program delivering more than $21 million worth of free health screenings to multicultural communities throughout 2012.

As part of National Minority Health Month, CVS/pharmacy will offer free health screenings at select stores in African-American and Latino communities in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

April 4, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a patch for treating restless legs syndrome and Parkinson's disease.

ATLANTA — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a patch for treating restless legs syndrome and Parkinson's disease.

UCB announced the FDA approval of Neupro (rotigotine) transdermal system advanced-stage idiopathic Parkinson's and moderate-to-severe restless legs syndrome.

April 3, 2012

Overall, the U.S. population has good levels of vitamin A and folate in the body, but some groups still need to increase their levels of vitamin D and iron, according to the "Second National Report on Biochemical Indicators of Diet and Nutrition," released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

ATLANTA — Overall, the U.S. population has good levels of vitamin A and folate in the body, but some groups still need to increase their levels of vitamin D and iron, according to the "Second National Report on Biochemical Indicators of Diet and Nutrition," released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

March 30, 2012

Mortality rates from all cancers combined continued to drop between 2004 and 2008 among men, women and children, according to the annual "Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975-2008."

ATLANTA — Mortality rates from all cancers combined continued to drop between 2004 and 2008 among men, women and children, according to the annual "Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975-2008."

March 28, 2012

The Healthy Trucking Association of America on Monday announced the launch of the HTAA Driver Vitality Program as one of the first universal, personal health-and-wellness management tools that professional drivers can use to improve and maintain their health.

ATLANTA — The Healthy Trucking Association of America on Monday announced the launch of the HTAA Driver Vitality Program as one of the first universal, personal health-and-wellness management tools that professional drivers can use to improve and maintain their health.

March 20, 2012

Walgreens on Tuesday partnered with the online platform Sharecare on the launch of a new "Answers" application, which provides access to a comprehensive and searchable drug, supplement and wellness database on Facebook.

ATLANTA — Walgreens on Tuesday partnered with the online platform Sharecare on the launch of a new "Answers" application, which provides access to a comprehensive and searchable drug, supplement and wellness database on Facebook.

The application, which is integrated into Walgreens' Facebook page, gives Walgreens nearly 2 million followers convenient access to an interactive portal containing health information and resources.

March 2, 2012

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday issued its latest update on the influenza season to date, or rather the lack thereof. For the week ended Feb. 25, visits for influenza-like illnesses have yet to crack the national baseline of 2.4% this season.

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday issued its latest update on the influenza season to date, or rather the lack thereof. For the week ended Feb. 25, visits for influenza-like illnesses have yet to crack the national baseline of 2.4% this season.

Over the past two seasons, 2009/2010 and 2010/2011, reports of ILI activity reached levels approaching 8% and 5%, respectively, after crossing over that 2.4% threshold — an indicator that the flu season is well under way.

February 23, 2012

Aldata, developer of retail and distribution improvement software, on Thursday announced that Crossmark will employ Aldata’s Shelf Planning and Space Automation solutions to tailor product assortments for its leading retail and manufacturing clients.

ATLANTA — Aldata, developer of retail and distribution improvement software, on Thursday announced that Crossmark will employ Aldata’s Shelf Planning and Space Automation solutions to tailor product assortments for its leading retail and manufacturing clients.

February 17, 2012

Outside of TV land and around the country, going local isn’t just a punch line for an evening comedy show or even a peculiarity of the weekend farmers market. It’s an increasingly popular merchandising strategy for retail chains.


In IFC’s hit comedy series “Portlandia,” there’s a sketch in which the two main characters order chicken in a restaurant. But they don’t just order: They ask which farm the chicken came from to make sure it’s sufficiently local and whether the chicken was raised according to their exacting standards. The waiter quickly responds with a portfolio featuring the chicken’s pre-mortem photograph, biography and name (“Collin”).


February 17, 2012

DRS Health introduced a line of supplements with their doctors on the box, testament to the fact that almost 80% of all doctors recommend the use of supplements.

ATLANTA — DRS Health introduced a line of supplements with their doctors on the box, testament to the fact that almost 80% of all doctors recommend the use of supplements. One of the standout SKUs is the unique H3 Rapid Recovery, a beverage mix formulated to help the body rebuild after surgery, injury or trauma. It’s a supplement with unique tie-in potential at the pharmacy counter with post-surgical medicines and in-line with the braces assortment. Sales of all supplements were up 5.8% for the 52 weeks ended Dec. 24 across food, drug and mass, according to Nielsen.


February 16, 2012

Barq's is paying homage to its Gulf Coast heritage by introducing a new design on all of its products' packaging.

ATLANTA — Barq's is paying homage to its Gulf Coast heritage by introducing a new design on all of its products' packaging.

The root beer brand said that while the cans will maintain their distinctive silver color, the new look features a diamond pattern reminiscent of the drink's original 1898 12-oz. glass bottle packaging. Additionally, the label helps celebrate the brand's 114-year history by keeping the simple slogan "It's Good. Since 1898."

February 15, 2012

Goody has announced the creation of its new ThickFix line of hair accessories for women with full, voluminous hair.

ATLANTA — Goody has announced the creation of its new ThickFix line of hair accessories for women with full, voluminous hair.

This line features a variety of clips in different colors and sizes to allow women with heavier hair to style and experiment easily with different hair trends. According to Goody, studies showed that 67% of women with thick hair use hair accessories daily and 80% of women wear claw clips at least two to three times per week.

February 13, 2012

The flu season is in full swing as California reported widespread influenza activity, according to data reported by state and territorial epidemiologists and published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

ATLANTA — The flu season is in full swing as California reported widespread influenza activity, according to data reported by state and territorial epidemiologists and published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.