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.

May 6, 2014

Bayer on Tuesday agreed to acquire the consumer care business of U.S. pharmaceutical company Merck for a purchase price of $14.2 billion.

May 6, 2014

In a related transaction to Tuesday morning's acquisition of Merck's OTC portfolio, Bayer also agreed to enter into a strategic pharma collaboration in the area of cardiovascular diseases with a focus on sGC modulation.

May 6, 2014

In a study released Saturday that included data from more than 3 million children and adolescents from diverse geographic regions of the United States, researchers found that the prevalence of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes increased significantly between 2001 and 2009.

May 2, 2014

An average of $3.9 billion per year in avoidable healthcare utilization costs would be realized if all U.S. adults older than 55 years diagnosed with age-related eye disease were to use lutein and zeaxanthin dietary supplements at preventive intake levels, according to a new economic report released Thursday by the Council for Responsible Nutrition.

April 28, 2014

Whole Foods Market made a $46,784 donation to Solid Ground, a Seattle-based organization with a mission to build a community to end poverty.

April 25, 2014

GNC Holdings is launching a new national brand campaign: "Beat Average." The campaign is designed to open a conversation with health-and-wellness consumers about their daily personal wellness goals and how GNC can be their ongoing partner and ally in beating average.

April 24, 2014

Inergetics on Wednesday announced it has entered into a letter of intent to purchase the assets of OmEssentials, a private company dedicated to the development of advanced nutritional formulations and progressive nutrition education supporting the yoga, wellness and health food industries.

April 24, 2014

Good news: you won’t need to remind your kids to take their daily vitamins, they’ll be reminding you! Angry Birds™ Vitamin Chews include 21 vitamins and minerals to support healthy eyes and strong bones along with a healthy immune system. These tasty vitamins are naturally flavored and sweetened and include fruit and vegetable extracts.

April 23, 2014

Nutrition 21 on Tuesday announced that it has entered into a multi-year license agreement with Church & Dwight for the use of chromium picolinate in Church & Dwight’s dietary supplement products.

April 22, 2014

A new health economic study shows potential healthcare savings of $12.7 billion per year if U.S. adults would increase their dietary fiber to about 25 grams, the minimum level recommended by health experts for adults.

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.

April 16, 2014

Cases of diabetes and pre-diabetes in the United States have nearly doubled since 1988, suggests new research released Tuesday from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with obesity apparently to blame for the surge.

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.

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.

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.