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April 1, 2014

A derivative of vitamin A, known as retinoic acid, found abundantly in sweet potato and carrots, helps turn pre-cancer cells back to normal healthy breast cells, according to research published this month in the International Journal of Oncology.

PHILADELPHIA — A derivative of vitamin A, known as retinoic acid, found abundantly in sweet potato and carrots, helps turn pre-cancer cells back to normal healthy breast cells, according to research published this month in the International Journal of Oncology. The research could help explain why some clinical studies have been unable to see a benefit of vitamin A on cancer: the vitamin doesn’t appear to change the course of full-blown cancer, only pre-cancerous cells, and only works at a very narrow dose.

April 1, 2014

New research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center suggests that physicians are ordering vitamin D deficiency screening tests for preventive care purposes rather than after patients develop conditions caused by decreased bone density.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — New research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center suggests that physicians are ordering vitamin D deficiency screening tests for preventive care purposes rather than after patients develop conditions caused by decreased bone density.

April 1, 2014

Smartphones and tablets may hold the key to getting more clinicians to screen patients for tobacco use and advise smokers on how to quit.

NEW YORK — Smartphones and tablets may hold the key to getting more clinicians to screen patients for tobacco use and advise smokers on how to quit. Using mobile phones loaded with tobacco screening guidelines prompted nurses to ask patients about their smoking habits in 84% of clinic visits and to offer cessation counseling to 99% of smokers who expressed a willingness to kick the habit, according to a study from Columbia University School of Nursing published in Oncology Nursing Forum.

April 1, 2014

ThinSlim Foods, a specialty baker, is unveiling a new category of healthy baked goods, snacks and desserts. Consumers will be able to enjoy the products, which range from brownies to cheese pizza, with a guilt-free mentality, the company said.

RINGOES, N.J. — ThinSlim Foods, a specialty baker, is unveiling a new category of healthy baked goods, snacks and desserts. Consumers will be able to enjoy the products, which range from brownies to cheese pizza, with a guilt-free mentality, the company said.

April 1, 2014

Procter & Gamble is introducing new Tide Oxi Multi-Purpose Stain Remover. The cleaner will hit shelves just in time for spring cleaning and will give consumers the ability to clean both in and out of the laundry room, the company said.

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble is introducing new Tide Oxi Multi-Purpose Stain Remover. The cleaner will hit shelves just in time for the annual spring cleaning tradition and will give consumers the ability to clean both in and out of the laundry room, the company said.

Tide Oxi can be used to clean everything from carpet and upholstery to bathtubs and patio furniture. Consumers also can use it as an additive to laundry detergent as an added stain fighter.   

March 31, 2014

All laundry detergent, a brand from Sun Products Corp., announced the extension of the All mighty pacs line with the introduction of new All mighty pacs OXI.

WILTON, Conn. — All laundry detergent, a brand from Sun Products, announced the extension of All mighty pacs with the introduction of All mighty pacs OXI. The pre-measured doses aim to simplify laundry by treating tough dirt stains in a single-dose pac, the company said.

March 31, 2014

C-Line Products, a developer and manufacturer of storage, protection and organization products for office products and education markets, announced two new resources for the classroom.

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. — C-Line Products, a developer and manufacturer of storage, protection and organization products for office products and education markets, announced two new resources for the classroom.

March 31, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved over-the-counter Nexium 24HR (esomeprazole 20mg), Pfizer announced.

NEW YORK — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved over-the-counter Nexium 24HR (esomeprazole 20mg), Pfizer announced. 

“Switching medicines, whenever appropriate, from prescription to non-prescription status improves access, empowers consumers to care for their own health and is an important strategy for Pfizer,” stated Paul Sturman, president, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. “The FDA approval of Nexium 24HR is a significant milestone in executing against our plan.”

March 31, 2014

The polar vortex may be responsible for an exceptionally strong, though delayed, spring allergy season, according to a report published Friday on CNN.com.

NEW YORK — The polar vortex may be responsible for an exceptionally strong, though delayed, spring allergy season, according to a report published Friday on CNN.com. 

Citing allergy experts, the snowfall and below-freezing temperatures that defined this year's winter means a late flowering for trees, and that means pollinating trees will "be busy catching up" once temperatures do warm up. 

March 31, 2014

Lebhar-Friedman Publishing, in collaboration with Walgreens, on Friday announced the launch of Discover Beauty Within, the first exclusive, beauty publication for the mass retailer.

NEW YORK — Lebhar-Friedman Publishing, in collaboration with Walgreens, on Friday announced the launch of Discover Beauty Within, the first exclusive, beauty publication for the mass retailer. The quarterly publication will make its nationwide debut at the end of March at all Walgreens (except in Puerto Rico) and Duane Reade drug stores.

March 31, 2014

In an effort to curb abuse of over-the-counter cold and cough medications by minors, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday signed legislation — House Bill 2163 — that places an age restriction on the purchase of dextromethorphan.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — In an effort to curb abuse of over-the-counter cold and cough medications by minors, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday signed legislation — House Bill 2163 — that places an age restriction on the purchase of dextromethorphan.

March 28, 2014

Fred's Super Dollar will be exiting a number of front-end categories — including footwear, televisions/home theater and select home furnishings — in an effort to expand seasonal, health, beauty, pharmacy and OTC, in line with reconfiguration plan strategies, Fred's CFO Jerry Shore told analysts Thursday.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred's Super Dollar will be exiting a number of front-end categories — including footwear, televisions/home theater and select home furnishings — in an effort to expand seasonal, health, beauty, pharmacy and OTC, in line with reconfiguration plan strategies, Fred's CFO Jerry Shore told analysts Thursday. 

March 28, 2014

Performance Health recently sponsored the March 2014 Run It Forward tour, the company announced Wednesday.

AKRON, Ohio — Performance Health recently sponsored the March 2014 Run It Forward tour, the company announced Wednesday. A donation of Biofreeze, TheraBand, Cramer and Perform products supported the elite runners’ training, performance and recovery needs during the 15-day event. Run It Forward helps educate America’s underserved youth on the benefits of staying physically and mentally healthy, and the resulting impact it can have on their education.

March 28, 2014

Rexam, a global beverage can maker, announced that its recovery drink, Formula O2, has hit the market.

CHICAGO — Rexam, a global beverage can maker, announced that its recovery drink, Formula O2, has hit the market. The beverage, available in Orange Mango and Grapefruit Ginger flavors, is infused with 10 times more oxygen than tap water, 2.5 times more electrolytes than sports drinks and also includes 140 mg of natural caffeine.

Formula O2 was founded by three friends who grew tired of energy and sports drinks that claimed to help people, but were actually filled with unsavory ingredients. 

March 28, 2014

More smokers would quit if state Medicaid programs covered more cessation treatments and removed barriers to coverage, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study published in Thursday's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

ATLANTA — More smokers would quit if state Medicaid programs covered more cessation treatments and removed barriers to coverage, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study published in Thursday's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.  

“There’s evidence suggesting that smokers enrolled in Medicaid, like other smokers, want to quit and will take advantage of covered cessation treatments to help them quit for good,” commented Stephen Babb, co-author of the article. 

March 27, 2014

Sun Products Corp. announced the introduction of new all free clear Fabric Softener and Dryer Sheets, which will complement the company's all free clear detergent.

WILTON, Conn. — Sun Products Corp. announced the introduction of new all free clear fabric softener and dryer sheets, which will complement the company's all free clear detergent. 

March 27, 2014

Bitsy's Brainfood, a snack brand for kids, launched a line of organic fruit and vegetable cereals in three flavor combinations: Fruit & Veggie 1,2,3; Carrot Raisin Crunch; and Banana Squash Squares.

NEW YORK — Bitsy's Brainfood, a snack brand for kids, launched a line of organic fruit and vegetable cereals in three flavor combinations: Fruit & Veggie 1,2,3; Carrot Raisin Crunch; and Banana Squash Squares. The new line aims to offer families a "smarter" cereal option. It's also packaged in a way that's educational and fun, the company noted.

March 27, 2014

Roscoe Medical and Carex Health Brands on Thursday announced the merger of the two companies.

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio — Roscoe Medical and Carex Health Brands on Thursday announced the merger of the two companies. Terms of the merger are not being disclosed.

March 27, 2014

Getting a flu vaccine reduces a child’s risk of flu-related intensive care hospitalization by 74%, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study published Thursday in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

ATLANTA — Getting a flu vaccine reduces a child’s risk of flu-related intensive care hospitalization by 74%, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study published Thursday in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

March 27, 2014

Mars Retail Group announced that it has signed Mad Engine as a new licensee to produce a range of apparel that will express the vividness of M&M's and Skittles brands.

MOUNT ARLINGTON, N.J. — Mars Retail Group announced that it has signed Mad Engine as a new licensee to produce a range of apparel that will express the vividness of M&M's and Skittles brands. The apparel will be available at a variety of price points and include long- and short-sleeve T-shirts, knit tops, outerwear, fleece and hoodies.

The new line could serve as a colorful focal point for retailers as they plan Back-to-College endcaps or holiday displays. Retailers may place orders in spring 2014 for distribution across the United States.

March 27, 2014

A study from Wahl Therapeutic Massagers released Thursday found that physical aches and soreness are a real threat to travelers of all ages — 92% of adults 18 years of age and older experience physical pain while traveling.

STERLING, Ill. — A study from Wahl Therapeutic Massagers released Thursday found that physical aches and soreness are a real threat to travelers of all ages — 92% of adults 18 years of age and older experience physical pain while traveling.

March 26, 2014

Drive Medical on Tuesday introduced the Bariatric Rollator walker.

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — Drive Medical on Tuesday introduced the Bariatric Rollator walker.

The Bariatric Rollator features a 400-pound weight capacity and is extra-wide between the handles for more comfortable use. The 8-inch wheels are designed for both indoor and outdoor use. And the Bariatric Rollator includes a basket for carrying items. 

Other features include a soft padded oversized seat and a tool-free removable padded backrest for comfort.

March 26, 2014

Fitbit on Wednesday announced that its activity and sleep trackers now sync directly with 44 Android and iOS devices, up from 26 in early January.

SAN FRANCISCO — Fitbit on Wednesday announced that its activity and sleep trackers now sync directly with 44 Android and iOS devices, up from 26 in early January. In addition, to bring health and fitness tracking to even more users, Fitbit also announced Wednesday that the free Fitbit app will be pre-loaded on the new HTC One (M8), allowing users to track their activity with just their smartphone.

March 26, 2014

GlaxoSmithKline began alerting consumers that some bottles of its Alli over-the-counter weight-loss medication have been tampered with.

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — GlaxoSmithKline on Wednesday began alerting consumers that some bottles of its Alli over-the-counter weight-loss medication have been tampered with. "Consumer safety is GSK's primary concern," the company stated. "We have initiated an investigation and are working with the Food and Drug Administration."

The outer carton of any tampered product may look authentic, but there are several tell-tale signs that the product has been tampered with, GSK cautioned, including:  

March 26, 2014

Lay's Kettle Cooked, a brand from PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division, introduced new Lay's Kettle Cooked Lattice Cut potato chips. The new snack is currently available nationwide in two varieties: Aged Cheddar and Black Pepper; and Roasted Garlic and Sea Salt.

PLANO, Texas — Lay's Kettle Cooked, a brand from PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division, introduced new Lay's Kettle Cooked Lattice Cut potato chips. The new snack is currently available nationwide in two varieties: aged cheddar and black pepper, and roasted garlic and sea salt.