June 12, 2014

Meals to Heal on Thursday announced that it is working with Walgreens to provide Meals to Heal services to cancer patients and others with chronic conditions in accessing customized nutritional meals and nutrition support services.

June 11, 2014

Skin care brand derma e has teamed up with Vitamin Angels, a nonprofit organization that distributes vitamins and minerals to at-risk children and mothers in need, to donate $5,000 in 2014, supporting Vitamin Angels on its goal of providing lifesaving and life-changing micronutrients to 40 million children worldwide.

June 11, 2014

Helen of Troy on Wednesday announced that it has entered into a definitive purchase agreement to acquire Healthy Directions, a supplier of premium doctor-branded vitamins, minerals and supplements, as well as other health products sold directly to consumers.

June 9, 2014

Dr. Robynne Chutkan is the founder of the Digestive Center for Women, an integrative gastroenterology practice in Chevy Chase, Maryland. She’s on the faculty at Georgetown Hospital, a former board member of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), and the author of “Gutbliss: A 10-Day Plan to Ban Bloat, Flush Toxins, and Dump Your Digestive Baggage.”

June 5, 2014

As part of its purpose to help people get, stay and live well, Walgreens is extending its exclusive relationship with Vitamin Angels to help provide 100 million children and mothers in at-risk populations with essential vitamins and minerals.

June 4, 2014

For seniors older than 65, taking a daily supplement of vitamin D with calcium — but not vitamin D alone — can offer some protection against the risk of common bone fractures, according to an updated review from the Cochrane Library, as released by the Health Behavior News Service Tuesday.

June 2, 2014

Public health officials from Boston, California, New York City and other jurisdictions across the nation will head to Washington for the second National Soda Summit, which begins on Wednesday.

June 2, 2014

Sunny Delight Beverages Co. announced that it would be testing a carbonated juice drink aimed at consumers looking for an alternative to energy drinks.

May 28, 2014

The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Wednesday announced the addition of four new companies to its membership roster — voting members Arizona Nutritional Supplements and Ingredion and associate members­ AccentHealth and UL Consumer Products.

May 27, 2014

The American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday reported that many pregnant and breast-feeding women in the United States may be lacking iodine in their diets, which is an essential element for their babies’ brain development, according to a new policy statement, “Iodine Deficiency, Pollutant Chemicals, and the Thyroid: New Information on an Old Problem,” published in the June 2014 issue of Pediatrics.

May 27, 2014

According to a Gallup poll released last week, the adult obesity rate is 27.7% thus far in 2014.

May 27, 2014

The May/June 2014 Skin & Itch Relief Ingredient Guide breaks down the indication, ingredients, purpose and dosage of AmLactin Cerapeutic Restoring, Cetaphil RestoraDerm Skin Restoring, Olay Advanced Healing Intensive, Curél Intesive Healing, Nivea Extended Moisture, Aveeno 1% Hydrocortisone Anti-itch, Extra Strength Benadryl Itch Stopping and Corizone 10 Anti-itch Ultra Moisturing Creme Plus.

May 23, 2014

Omnis Health recently announced the launch of EmbraceEVO, a new blood-glucose meter.

May 19, 2014

New research published in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, found that brief bursts of intense exercise before meals — termed exercise "snacking" by the study authors — helps control blood sugar in people with insulin resistance more effectively than one daily 30-minute session of moderate exercise.

May 19, 2014

Taking olive oil supplements may counteract some of the adverse cardiovascular effects of exposure to air pollution, according to a new study presented at the 2014 American Thoracic Society International Conference on Monday.

May 19, 2014

Supplemental vitamin C taken by pregnant smokers improved measures of lung function for newborns and decreased the incidence of wheezing for infants through 1 year, according to a study published by JAMA that was released Sunday.

May 15, 2014

The VMS and diet aid/sports nutrition markets together command $11.9 billion in total retail sales, excluding specialty channels, and is growing at a steady clip.

May 15, 2014

South Beach Diet recently unveiled a new addition to its family of nutritious and convenient snacks — the South Beach Diet 100 Calorie Smoothie in chocolate truffle flavor.

May 15, 2014

The results of two recent studies support the financial healthcare savings of using supplements.

May 12, 2014

Bayer HealthCare on Monday announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved the company's new indication for Bayer's Kogenate FS antihemophilic factor VIII (recombinant) for routine prophylaxis to prevent or reduce the frequency of bleeding episodes in adults with hemophilia A.

May 12, 2014

Vitamin D deficiency could be a predictor for aggressive prostate cancer, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Defense.

May 9, 2014

Bayer agreed to acquire the consumer care business of U.S. pharmaceutical company Merck for a purchase price of $14.2 billion. The OTC acquisition will give Bayer the global No. 2 position in nonprescription products following recently announced consolidations in this growing healthcare industry segment, and will significantly enhance Bayer’s business across multiple therapeutic categories and geographies. Merck's consumer care business includes such leading brands as Claritin, Coppertone and Dr. Scholl’s. Pro forma sales of the combined businesses in 2013 amounted to $7.4 billion with Merck’s business contributing approximately $2.2 billion.

Upon completion of the acquisition, Bayer is expected to achieve global leadership positions in dermatology and gastrointestinals and advance to the No. 2 position in the cold, allergy, sinus and flu category. Bayer will remain No. 2 in nutritionals and No. 3 in analgesics. Overall, the proposed GlaxoSmithKline-Novartis combination represents the largest consumer health business with about 5.7% share, according to reports. The Bayer/Merck combination comes in second with around 4.5% share. McNeil Consumer rounds out the top three globally with a share just above 4%.

May 9, 2014

PreMama last week announced the launch of a Target-exclusive: PreMama Complete, a prenatal vitamin formulated for women who are pregnant, breast feeding or trying to conceive.

May 8, 2014

Although some guidelines recommend lipid screening for children and adolescents of certain ages, data indicate that only about 3% are having their cholesterol tested during health visits, according to a study in the May 7 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on child health.