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April 18, 2014

Evidence-based interventions at the local and national levels provide promising strategies for reducing racial and ethnic health disparities related to HIV infection rates, immunization coverage, motor vehicle injuries and deaths, and smoking, according to a new report by the CDC's Office of Minority Health and Health Equity released Thursday.

ATLANTA — Evidence-based interventions at the local and national levels provide promising strategies for reducing racial and ethnic health disparities related to HIV infection rates, immunization coverage, motor vehicle injuries and deaths, and smoking, according to a new report by the CDC's Office of Minority Health and Health Equity released Thursday.

April 18, 2014

Chobani, a Greek yogurt brand, announced the addition of six new products to its portfolio, which includes such products as Chobani Greek Yogurt Oats, Chobani Indulgent and Chobani Kids.

NEW BERLIN, N.Y. — Chobani, a Greek yogurt brand, announced the addition of six new products to its portfolio, which includes such products as Chobani Greek Yogurt Oats, Chobani Indulgent and Chobani Kids.

The six new products will join the Chobani lineup starting June 2014:

April 18, 2014

Merck on Thursday announced that the Food and Drug Administration has approved Ragwitek (short ragweed pollen allergen extract) tablet for sublingual use (12 Amb a 1-U).

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. — Merck on Thursday announced that the Food and Drug Administration has approved Ragwitek (short ragweed pollen allergen extract) tablet for sublingual use (12 Amb a 1-U). Ragwitek is an allergen extract indicated as immunotherapy for the treatment of short ragweed pollen-induced allergic rhinitis with or without conjunctivitis. Ragwitek is approved for use in adults ages 18 years through 65 years. 

April 18, 2014

PAM Cooking Spray, a ConAgra Foods brand, earlier this week announced the introduction of PAM Coconut Oil Spray to it's lineup.

OMAHA, Neb. — PAM Cooking Spray, a ConAgra Foods brand, earlier this week announced the introduction of PAM Coconut Oil Spray to it's lineup.

The spray is made with 100% coconut oil and is ideal for gluten-free cooking, the company said. PAM also cited an Omnibus survey that indicated high consumer interest in the coconut oil spray.

April 18, 2014

A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine analyzing weekly patterns in health-related Google searches reveals a recurring pattern that could be leveraged to improve public health strategies.

SAN DIEGO — A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine analyzing weekly patterns in health-related Google searches reveals a recurring pattern that could be leveraged to improve public health strategies.

April 18, 2014

A new study released by mobile engagement provider Mobiquity has found that while 70% of people use mobile apps on a daily basis to track calorie intake and monitor physical activities, only 40% share data and insights with their doctors.

BOSTON — A new study released Thursday by mobile engagement provider Mobiquity has found that while 70% of people use mobile apps on a daily basis to track calorie intake and monitor physical activities, only 40% share data and insights with their doctors. And as many as 55% of today's mobile health app users also plan to introduce wearable devices like pedometers, wristbands and smartwatches to their health monitoring in coming years.

April 17, 2014

Reckitt Benckiser is seeking new creative behind its Mucinex brand, according to a report published in Ad Age Thursday.

NEW YORK — Reckitt Benckiser is seeking new creative behind its Mucinex brand, according to a report published in Ad Age Thursday. 

April 17, 2014

Akorn on Thursday announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Hi-Tech Pharmacal for $640 million in cash.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Akorn on Thursday announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Hi-Tech Pharmacal for $640 million in cash. The combination of Akorn and Hi-Tech will transform the company into a larger, more diversified generic player, the company stated. This combination also brings critical mass and scale to Akorn’s business and strengthens the company’s position with retail and institutional customers.

April 17, 2014

Rates of five major diabetes-related complications have declined substantially in the last 20 years among U.S. adults with diabetes, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, published in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

ATLANTA — Rates of five major diabetes-related complications have declined substantially in the last 20 years among U.S. adults with diabetes, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, published in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

April 17, 2014

Psi Health Solutions on Thursday announced its drug-free Psi Bands for the relief of nausea will launch at select Target stores this week.

PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. — Psi Health Solutions on Thursday announced its drug-free Psi Bands for the relief of nausea will launch at select Target stores this week. Psi Bands will make its debut in a new “Women’s Health” section developed by the retail chain. 

Psi Bands are FDA-cleared acupressure wrist bands for the relief of nausea due to pregnancy, travel, chemotherapy or anesthesia.

April 17, 2014

Welch's on Thursday announced the introduction of Farmer's Pick, a line of juices that brings a fresh-picked fruit taste to juice aisles, according to the company.

CONCORD, Mass. — Welch's on Thursday announced the introduction of Farmer's Pick, a line of juices that brings a fresh-picked fruit taste to juice aisles, according to the company. The product contains unfiltered juice and no artificial ingredients, and brings body, aroma and flavor with every glass, the company said.

April 16, 2014

Kimberly Clark on Wednesday announced the launch of the thin and absorbent Poise Microliners, featuring SAM (Super Absorbent Material).

DALLAS — Kimberly Clark on Wednesday announced the launch of the thin and absorbent Poise Microliners, featuring SAM (Super Absorbent Material).

April 16, 2014

Klondike, a Unilever brand, has announced Klondike Kandy Bars, which combine the traditional Klondike ice cream with a candy bar shell.

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Klondike, a Unilever brand, has announced Klondike Kandy Bars, which combine the traditional Klondike ice cream with a candy bar shell.

The new bars are offered in three varieties:

April 16, 2014

Polaner All Fruit, a brand from B&G Foods, announced that it is now Non-GMO Project Verified.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Polaner All Fruit, a brand from B&G Foods, announced that it is now Non-GMO Project Verified. To recognize its new verification, the company is reviving the "Don't Dare Call it Jelly!" campaign, complete with an interactive digital initiative which encourages consumers to vote for their favorite commercial.

April 16, 2014

Among severely obese people, vitamin D may make the difference between an active and a more sedentary lifestyle, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON — Among severely obese people, vitamin D may make the difference between an active and a more sedentary lifestyle, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism on Tuesday.

The study found severely obese people who also were vitamin D-deficient walked slower and were less active overall than their counterparts who had healthy vitamin D levels. Poor physical functioning can reduce quality of life and even shorten lifespans.

April 15, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday announced a meeting of the Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee on May 2 to discuss the potential switch of Merck's Singulair Allergy tablets.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday announced a meeting of the Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee on May 2 to discuss the potential switch of Merck's Singulair Allergy tablets. 

The proposed OTC use is "temporarily relieves these symptoms due to hay fever or other upper respiratory allergies: Nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, itching of the nose.” The applicant proposes to label the product for OTC use in adults 18 years and older. 

April 15, 2014

MidWest Gloves & Gear has introduced a new licensed line of birdfeeders for kids, which feature Mickey Mouse and Princess motifs from Disney and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dora themes from Nickelodeon.

ST. LOUIS — MidWest Gloves & Gear has introduced a new licensed line of birdfeeders for kids, which feature Mickey Mouse and Princess motifs from Disney and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dora themes from Nickelodeon.

The MidWest Birdfeeders feature durable, weather-resistant plastic construction; a clear seed chamber; bird perches on all sides; and a 1.5-lb birdseed capacity. Decorative stickers are included for customizing.

April 15, 2014

Prestige Brands on Tuesday announced the signing of a purchase agreement for the acquisition of Hydralyte in Australia and New Zealand from the Hydration Pharmaceuticals Trust of Victoria, Australia.

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — Prestige Brands on Tuesday announced the signing of a purchase agreement for the acquisition of Hydralyte in Australia and New Zealand from the Hydration Pharmaceuticals Trust of Victoria, Australia. The acquisition is expected to close, subject to customary closing conditions, during the company's first quarter of fiscal 2015, which began on April 1, 2014.

April 15, 2014

Quest Products on Friday announced the addition of a gel formulated for emergency burn relief, Alocane Emergency Burn Gel, to its current line of products.

GURNEE, Ill. — Quest Products on Friday announced the addition of a gel formulated for emergency burn relief, Alocane Emergency Burn Gel, to its current line of products. Previously a top-selling product on retail shelves in the 80's and 90's, it was taken off the market due to financial difficulties facing the parent company, First Pharmaceutical.

April 15, 2014

TheraPearl, a creator of therapy products, announced that its line of hot and cold pearl-filled packs will be soon be available in Target stores across the country.

COLUMBIA, Md. — TheraPearl, a creator of therapy products, announced that its line of hot and cold pearl-filled packs will soon be available in Target stores across the country.

The company's Back Wrap and Sports Pack are already available at Target.com and will make their brick-and-mortar debut in the First Aid section on April 19. While TheraPearl's products have been available in Target Canada since last year, this announcement marks the first appearance of its products in Target's U.S. stores.

April 14, 2014

Air Wick's partnership with the National Park Foundation continues with the return of the limited-edition spring collection, which celebrates the nation's parks.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Air Wick's partnership with the National Park Foundation continues with the return of the limited-edition spring collection, which celebrates the nation's parks.

The collection's four limited-edition scents inspired by celebrate parks like the Channel Islands, Yosemite, Biscayne and Gulf Islands. The scents were crafted by fragrance experts who spent time creating notes that were representative of the fruits and plants found in America's national parks.

April 14, 2014

Dietary supplement use by U.S. adults is more prevalent than indicated by published data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, according to a new article in the peer-reviewed Journal of the American College of Nutrition.

WASHINGTON — Dietary supplement use by U.S. adults is more prevalent than indicated by published data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, according to a new article in the peer-reviewed Journal of the American College of Nutrition. The review article is based on five consecutive years of online market research studies, conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition.

April 14, 2014

Living Essentials announced its support of military causes with the introduction of a new, limited edition cherry flavor of 5-hour Energy.

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. — Living Essentials, on Monday announced its support of military causes with the introduction of a new, limited edition cherry flavor of 5-hour Energy. From May 1 through July 31, 2014, Living Essentials will donate five cents from the sale of every specially marked red, white and blue bottle of cherry flavored 5-hour Energy to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports the military's special operations forces and their families through college scholarships, family services and financial stipends.  

April 14, 2014

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare on Monday teamed up with actor and active volunteer Josh Duhamel for the Advil Relief in Action campaign, which features the #ReliefinAction Pledge on Facebook and a Mobile Relief Center tour making approximately 100 stops throughout the country.

MADISON, N.J. — Pfizer Consumer Healthcare on Monday teamed up with actor and active volunteer Josh Duhamel for the Advil Relief in Action campaign, which features the #ReliefinAction Pledge on Facebook and a Mobile Relief Center tour making approximately 100 stops throughout the country.

April 11, 2014

As part of its ongoing commitment to help customers achieve healthier lifestyles, Ahold USA recently hosted two nutrition education days on April 8 and 9 at its Carlisle Support Office.

CARLISLE, Pa. — As part of its ongoing commitment to help customers achieve healthier lifestyles, Ahold USA recently hosted two nutrition education days on April 8 and 9 at its Carlisle Support Office. Topics of discussion included specific products, information and services related to nutrition and health, and how to better engage and educate customers. Participants included all 12 of the company’s retail divisions in-store nutritionists, as well as members of Ahold USA’s health and wellness, marketing and quality assurance teams.