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Andrew Shao named Herbalife’s VP global product science and safety

BY Michael Johnsen

LOS ANGELES — Direct-to-consumer distributor Herbalife on Wednesday named longtime Council for Responsible Nutrition executive Andrew Shao to the post of VP global product science and safety, effective March 7.

Shao will be responsible for assuring that all products sold by Herbalife are safe and meet regulatory safety requirements, and that all product claims are scientifically supportable, ensuring Herbalife’s leadership position in the industry. Shao will report to Bill Frankos, former FDA director, division of dietary supplements programs, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, who joined the company last April.

Before serving at CRN, Shao was a senior scientist at General Nutrition Corp. He is the author or co-author of more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and abstracts, and is a member of the American Society for Nutrition, the American Society for Quality, the Institute of Food Technologists and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is the 2010 recipient of the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy Alumni Association Award in the Leadership Category for his work within the field of nutrition.

Shao holds a PhD in nutritional biochemistry and a master’s degree in human nutrition science from Tufts University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in biology from Brandeis University.

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New aspirin formulation may be easier on stomach, GI tract

BY Michael Johnsen

HOUSTON — A recent clinical trial involving a new drug formulation incorporating aspirin with soy-derived phosphatidylcholine found that the drug combination significantly can reduce irritation to the stomach and upper gastrointestinal tract.

Healthy volunteers with an age-associated risk of ulceration who took the combination had 70% fewer gastrointestinal ulcers than those receiving regular aspirin. PL2200 previously has demonstrated equivalent antiplatelet activity, which suggested the product is the bioequivalent to regular aspirin in promoting heart health, study authors noted.

“One of the major issues with aspirin is that it causes ulceration to the stomach,” stated Byron Cryer, the study’s lead author and holder of the John C. Vanatta, III Professorship at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. “Despite all the potential approaches that have been looked at over the past decade, aspirin-induced ulceration remains an issue. Mechanistically, this formulation could give us a solution.”

Participants were between 50 and 74 years of age. Findings appear in a recent online publication of the American Journal of Gastroenterology.

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Clif Bar’s Luna line takes a dip in chocolate

BY Michael Johnsen

BERKELEY, Calif. — Clif Bar on Wednesday introduced several new chocolate flavors across its Luna line of nutritional bars for women in time for Valentine’s Day. Luna Bar offers chocolate-dipped coconut and chocolate chunk varieties, while Luna Protein introduces mint chocolate chip and chocolate flavors.

“Women can feel good about indulging in chocolate this Valentine’s Day with Luna’s nutrient-dense snacks,” stated Tara DelloIacono-Thies, in-house nutritionist for Luna. “The variety of new chocolate flavors provide women [with] more options to get the nutrients they need, like vitamin D, calcium, folic acid and iron, while [satisfying] chocolate cravings in less than 200 calories.”

The new flavors are available at grocery and natural food retailers nationwide at a suggested retail price of $1.39, the company stated.

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