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Allergy season to last longer this year

BY Michael Johnsen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The 2011 allergy season is expected to be 27 days longer in the northernmost parts of North America, adding almost a month of suffering to the typical pollen allergy season of February through October, a study published Tuesday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences determined.

The longer allergy season could be particularly rough on eye allergy sufferers, suggested Johnson & Johnson Vision Care. "Eye allergies affect 1-in-every-5 individuals, and it is estimated that 50% of individuals with seasonal and indoor allergies also experience some degree of ocular allergy," stated Paul Karpecki, clinical director for the Koffler Vision Group.

Karpecki suggested consumers figure out the cause of their allergies and then try to avoid the trigger. “[For example,] if pollen is what bothers you, try to stay indoors and minimize the amount of time you are in the wind, which blows allergens around,” he suggested.

Allergy season is particularly challenging for some contact lens wearers because allergens and other irritants can build up on contacts over time, leading to discomfort and such symptoms as itching, tearing and redness. "Putting a clean, fresh lens into the eye each day minimizes the potential for the buildup of irritants that occur with repeated use of the same pair of lenses,” Karpecki said.

Karpecki also suggested allergy sufferers take more frequent showers to wash away allergens and turn off ceiling fans at night, as allergens and dust are easily picked up by a fan.

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Pharmavite appoints EVP sales

BY Michael Johnsen

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — Pharmavite on Monday named Bill Tullis as its new EVP sales.

Tullis comes to Pharmavite with more than 25 years of experience within the consumer packaged goods industry, most recently as area VP for alternate channels at Del Monte Foods. Prior to his work at Del Monte Foods, Tullis held sales and marketing positions at Nabisco and Nestle USA.

“We are honored to have Bill join Pharmavite, as his wealth of experience, passion to win and high degree of integrity makes him a strong fit for the company’s business goals,” stated Mark Walsh, Pharmavite’s COO. “Bill will play a strategic role in building upon our leadership as the No. 1 broad line brand within the vitamins, minerals and supplements category, as well as focus on growing our SoyJoy business.”

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‘Gulliver’s Travels’ sails to Blu-ray, DVD

BY Allison Cerra

LOS ANGELES — "Gulliver’s Travels" is arriving on Blu-ray and DVD formats this month.

The film is available as a three-disc Blu-ray with digital copy, two-disc DVD and four-disc Blu-ray 3-D from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment on April 19.

"Gulliver’s Travels" stars Jack Black, Amanda Peet, Jason Segel and Emily Blunt.

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