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January 17, 2014

Google is testing a smart contact lens that’s built to measure glucose levels in tears using a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor that are embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material, according to a blog outlining the project posted Thursday.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google is testing a smart contact lens that’s built to measure glucose levels in tears using a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor that are embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material, according to a blog outlining the project posted Thursday. 

January 16, 2014

Merck on Wednesday commended the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee’s recommendation for approval of vorapaxar.

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. — Merck on Wednesday commended the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee’s recommendation for approval of vorapaxar. Vorapaxar is the company’s investigational antiplatelet medicine for the reduction of atherothrombotic events, when added to standard of care, in patients with a history of heart attack and no history of stroke or transient ischemic attack.

January 16, 2014

Giving an infant a probiotic during the first three months of life appears to reduce the onset of gastrointestinal disorders and result in lower associated costs, according to a study by Flavia Indrio of the Aldo Moro University of Bari, Italy, that was released earlier this week.

CHICAGO — Giving an infant a probiotic during the first three months of life appears to reduce the onset of gastrointestinal disorders and result in lower associated costs, according to a study by Flavia Indrio of the Aldo Moro University of Bari, Italy, that was released earlier this week. 

January 15, 2014

Unilever’s Axe brand has unveiled Axe Peace, both a new line of products and a campaign designed to bring young people together to affect change with a single act: a kiss.

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Unilever’s Axe brand has unveiled Axe Peace, both a new line of products and a campaign designed to bring young people together to affect change with a single act: a kiss.

January 15, 2014

Why do dark horse companies win — and how do they win? That is the key focus of a new book by sales strategist and Elevation Forum founder Dan Mack, “Dark Horse: How Challenger Companies Rise to Prominence.”

NEW YORK — Why do dark horse companies win — and how do they win?

January 14, 2014

A physician in Mississippi is warning that one-third of the state's population could have diabetes in less than two decades, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — A physician in Mississippi is warning that one-third of the state's population could have diabetes in less than two decades, according to published reports.

The Guardian interviewed Richard deShazo of the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, quoting him as saying that about a third of the population would have diabetes by 2030.

January 13, 2014

After years of successfully helping tobacco users quit with the Quit For Life Program, Alere Wellbeing has launched a new book designed to bring that expertise to the everyday consumer.

SEATTLE — After years of successfully helping tobacco users quit with the Quit For Life Program, Alere Wellbeing has launched a new book designed to bring that expertise to the everyday consumer. Anyone wanting to quit tobacco can now purchase a copy of Quit Smoking for Life, written by health writer Suzanne Schlosberg with the help of Quit Coaches from the program.

January 13, 2014

New research conducted by CVS Caremark and Brigham and Women's Hospital confirms that optimal adherence to medications prescribed after a heart attack reduces hospital readmissions.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — New research conducted by CVS Caremark and Brigham and Women's Hospital confirms that optimal adherence to medications prescribed after a heart attack reduces hospital readmissions.

The research was published in the January 2014 issue of the American Heart Journal.

January 13, 2014

Merck on Monday reported on its intent to explore strategic options for its animal health and consumer care businesses.

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. — Merck on Monday reported on its intent to explore strategic options for its animal health and consumer care businesses. The company expects to complete the process and take action, if any, in 2014. 

Exploring strategic options for its animal health and consumer care businesses to determine the most value-creating option for each and could reach different decisions about the two businesses, Merck stated. 

January 10, 2014

The Food and Drug Administraiton has approved a liquid formulation of an HIV drug made by Merck, the company said.

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administraiton has approved a liquid formulation of an HIV drug made by Merck, the company said.

Merck announced the approval of Isentress (raltegravir) for oral suspension, aimed at small children with HIV. The drug may be used by patients as young as four weeks, and the full line of formulations of Isentress now includes the orlal suspension, as well as chewable tablets and film--coated tablets. The company plans to launch the oral suspension in the third quarter of this year.

January 8, 2014

It's a new year, one filled with high hopes and endless possibilities. And Dr Pepper hopes consumers choose to celebrate what makes them one of a kind in 2014 through the "One of One" (“/1”) campaign.

PLANO, TX — It's a new year, one filled with high hopes and endless possibilities. And Dr Pepper hopes consumers choose to celebrate what makes them one of a kind in 2014 through the "One of One"  (“/1”) campaign.

The brand will introduce a series of ads showcasing people who truly break the mold, including Grammy-nominated stars Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, YouTube phenomenon Michelle Phan and Grammy-nominee and "the king of bachata," Romeo Santos.

January 7, 2014

Giving young children the influenza and pneumococcal vaccines together appears to increase their risk of fever, according to a study led by researchers from Columbia University Medical Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

NEW YORK — Giving young children the influenza and pneumococcal vaccines together appears to increase their risk of fever, according to a study led by researchers from Columbia University Medical Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Monday afternoon. However, the fever was brief, and medical care was sought for few children, supporting the routine immunization schedule for these vaccines, including the recommendation to administer them simultaneously. 

January 6, 2014

The ability of most accountable care organizations to promote optimal use of medications has not yet been developed, according to a new study.

WASHINGTON — The ability of accountable care organizations to promote optimal use of medications has not yet been fully developed, according to a new study.

January 3, 2014

The Consumer Electronics Association on Thursday forecast that the evolution of U.S. healthcare will result in a more than 142% increase over the next five years in personal health-and-wellness product sales and software and service revenues.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Consumer Electronics Association on Thursday forecast that the evolution of U.S. healthcare will result in a more than 142% increase over the next five years in personal health-and-wellness product sales and software and service revenues.

As part of a new report, titled "The Connected Health and Wellness Market," CEA quantified the growth in sales of connected health and wellness devices. 

December 30, 2013

Drug maker Merck is starting a new business designed to provide weight-management intervention services to employers, patients and healthcare professionals, the company said.

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. — Drug maker Merck is starting a new business designed to provide weight-management intervention services to employers, patients and healthcare professionals, the company said.

December 30, 2013

According to a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, 120 million Americans will make New Year’s resolutions, with such health-related goals as quitting smoking topping the list.

SAN DIEGO — According to a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, 120 million Americans will make New Year’s resolutions, with such health-related goals as quitting smoking topping the list. 

Unfortunately, most of those quitters will be puffing away by Groundhog Day.

December 27, 2013

Skimpy Mixers, a new low-calorie drink mixer, will be available Dec. 26 to Jan. 2 at select Walmart locations across the nation as part of a limited-time only promotional launch.

DALLAS — Skimpy Mixers, a new drink mixer, will be available Dec. 26 to Jan. 2 at select Walmart locations across the nation as part of a limited-time only promotional launch. The mixers are made with real fruit juices and are low in sugar content and calories. The product will officially launch in February.

The company’s founders first came up with the idea while attending a friend’s Bachelorette pool party. They loved the drinks that were being served and were surprised that they couldn't taste the alcohol content. 

December 26, 2013

Amazon is on a course trajectory that will see the online juggernaut command 30% of all online sales by 2016, according to a RetailNet Group projection shared by Keith Anderson, VP digital strategy, during a recent webcast on GMDC Connect, powered by Telepresence.

WALTHAM, Mass. — Amazon is on a course trajectory that will see the online juggernaut command 30% of all online sales by 2016, according to a RetailNet Group projection shared by Keith Anderson, VP digital strategy, during a recent webcast on GMDC Connect, powered by Telepresence.

As part of a session titled “Amazon in Focus,” Anderson provided a comprehensive understanding of Amazon’s complex business model in one hour.

December 18, 2013

Winning with ability and agility in the age of healthcare retail-ization. That’s what it is all about for CVS Caremark, and that was a central theme of Wednesday’s timely Analyst Day meeting in New York City.

NEW YORK — Winning with ability and agility in the age of healthcare retail-ization. That’s what it is all about for CVS Caremark, and that was a central theme of Wednesday’s timely Analyst Day meeting in New York City, held just weeks before the New Year when health reform will begin to significantly alter the healthcare landscape.

December 18, 2013

Respiratory Syncytial Virus appears to cause milder illness than influenza in adults age 50 or older, researchers at Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation announced,

MARSHFIELD, Wis. — Respiratory Syncytial Virus appears to cause milder illness than influenza in adults age 50 or older, researchers at Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation announced Wednesday.

The study, published online in Clinical Infectious Diseases, also shows RSV is a common cause of respiratory illness in older adults and that the chance of infection increases with age.

December 17, 2013

During Friday's episode of ABC's "Shark Tank," Noot! Nutrition announced a $4 million distribution deal with Walgreens that will see its RuckPack eneregy shot distributed across the chain's more than 8,600-store base.

LOS ANGELES — During Friday's episode of ABC's "Shark Tank," Noot! Nutrition announced a $4 million distribution deal with Walgreens that will see its RuckPack eneregy shot distributed across the chain's more than 8,600-store base. According to company founder Rob Dyer, this will make RuckPack "an actual contender in the energy drink category." 

December 17, 2013

In response to the study "Long-Term Multivitamin Supplementation and Cognitive Function in Men: The Physicians' Health Study II," and the editorial "Enough is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements," published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the Council for Responsible Nutrition on Tuesday released two video statements.

WASHINGTON — In response to the study "Long-Term Multivitamin Supplementation and Cognitive Function in Men: The Physicians' Health Study II" and the editorial "Enough is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements," published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the Council for Responsible Nutrition on Tuesday released two video statements.

December 11, 2013

While the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will undoubtedly reshape the U.S. healthcare industry for years to come, it is only one of many factors that will emerge next year, according to a new report.

NEW YORK — While the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will undoubtedly reshape the U.S. healthcare industry for years to come, it is only one of many factors that will emerge next year, according to a new report released Wednesday.

The report, Top Health Industry Issues for 2014, by PwC's Health Research Institute, was based on a survey of 1,000 consumers and interviews with health industry leaders.

December 11, 2013

N.Y.C. New York Color, a Coty brand, has developed an array of new products for eyes and lips that will be hitting retail shelves in March.

NEW YORK  — N.Y.C. New York Color, a Coty brand, has developed an array of new products for eyes and lips that will be hitting retail shelves in March.

December 11, 2013

Ulta Beauty posted strong double-digit gains during its third quarter thanks in part to strength in sales of prestige cosmetics and skin care and strong online sales.

BOLINGBROOK, Ill. — Ulta Beauty posted strong double-digit gains during its third quarter thanks in part to strength in sales of prestige cosmetics and skin care and strong online sales.

Sales for the quarter ended Oct. 27 rose 22.4% to $618.8 million. Same-store sales rose 6.8%, including the impact of e-commerce sales.

Net income increased 19.1% to $45.4 million compared with $38.2 million. Income per diluted share rose 18.6% to 70 cents per share, including 2 cents per diluted share related to a severance charge.