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Canola oil helpful for blood-glucose control in Type 2 diabetics

BY Ryan Chavis

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — New research presented at the June 2014 American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions suggests that canola oil helps control blood glucose in people with Type 2 diabetes when it’s incorporated into a low-glycemic index diet.

As part of the randomized trial, 141 participants with Type 2 diabetes who were taking drugs to control their blood glucose were given either a test or a control diet for a three month period. The test diet was low-GI and higher in fat, including bread made with canola oil (31 g of oil per person a day.) The control diet was healthy, low-fat and high in fiber. The results showed that those who consumed the canola oil diet improved blood glucose control.

“This study shows the advantage of using canola oil in Type 2 diabetes to improve both blood cholesterol and blood glucose control by reducing the glycemic load (GI multiplied by the amount of carbohydrate in the diet), especially in those at highest risk of diabetes complications,” said lead researcher David J.A. Jenkins, M.D., Ph.D., DSc., professor and Canada research chair in nutrition and metabolism in the department of nutritional sciences at University of Toronto, as well as director of St. Michael’s Hospital’s Risk Factor Modification Center. “These findings are timely since diabetes is expected to double in the next 20 years, and means of preventing it and its complications are major concerns of governments and the general public.”

The results, which also appeared in the peer-reviewed journal Diabetes Care, are signficant because this is the first study to examine the combination of healthy fat consumption and a low-GI diet.

“The ability of canola oil to help control blood glucose in people with Type 2 diabetes adds to existing evidence of several health benefits, including CVD risk reduction,” said Shaunda Durance-Tod, M.Sc., R.D., CanolaInfo manager, Canola Council of Canada. “Further studies are now warranted on the effect of canola oil in a Mediterranean-type diet on glycemic control, blood fats and weight loss in Type 2 diabetes.”

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Winners of the Crest + Oral-B Pros in the Profession award to head to Germany

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI — Crest + Oral-B for Dental Professionals is celebrating its four registered dental hygienists Pros in the Profession award winners by sharing an exclusive grand prize trip to the Oral-B Innovation Center at Kronberg, Germany.

The Pros in the Profession award program acknowledges dental hygienists for the pivotal role they play in their patients’ lives and their personal commitment to promoting good oral health. Since September 2013, four RDHs have been awarded; a $1,000 monetary prize, a recognition plaque, features in dental trade publications and the company web site, and most recently, an all-expense paid trip to the Oral-B Innovation Center at Kronberg, Germany.

“Throughout the third year of the Pros in the Profession award program, Crest + Oral-B received some of the most outstanding nominations from dental hygienists across the country,” stated Kathleen Judkins, brand manager, P&G professional oral health. “The four winners of this program: Michelle Vacha, Heather Steich, Mallory Edmondson and Amy Kinnamon, dedicate their lives to go above and beyond the call of duty for their patients and their community, everyday. We are excited to share the latest innovations from Crest + Oral-B to further their knowledge and patient care through their tour of our R&D facilities.”

During the trip to Kronberg, the winners will experience sessions with the Innovation Center’s historians, tours of the facilities – including P&G’s Digital Plaque Image Analysis machine, a sensory experience and the robotics center. This allows the winners to experience, first-hand, Crest + Oral-B’s patient-based solutions, which help dental professionals provide the best care for their patients’ oral health. As a final stop on the tour, the American hygienists will meet with German hygienists at the center’s dental office to share their respective professional experiences.
 

 

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Kline & Co. creates new Shop Scout service

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Looking to deliver “an honest view” of the retail environment, Kline & Co. has created a new research tool dubbed Shop Scout: A Mobile View of U.S. Beauty Shopper Behavior, which will be published monthly beginning fourth quarter 2014.

The research service is designed to deliver unrivaled access to shopper opinions and insights captured while they are in the retail environment. Using GPS technology, shoppers will offer an honest view of the retail environment as they experience it while in Kline’s tailor-made geo-fences, as well as feedback on what is going through their minds during the decision-making process to make — or not to make — a beauty purchase. The results will be delivered via an interactive business dashboard.

Kline will team up with a mobile sample and solutions provider to create custom digitized geo-fences based on the addresses of specific retailers in three purchase channels: department stores, mass outlets and specialty stores. Kline will capture and collect data from a large sample of consumers who have opted into its partner’s panel as they enter and exit designated geo-fences (i.e., passive monitoring).

The service will help subscribers to:

  • Experience a fresh, innovative way of understanding shopper behavior while consumers are in stores;
  • Monitor the frequency and duration of store visits by geo-fence and demographics (e.g., age, gender, race);
  • Compare and contrast shopping by geo-fence (i.e., purchase channel) across a milieu of benchmarks;
  • Leverage Kline’s sample and geo-fences to create custom surveys specific to their business needs;
  • Gauge how consumers rate their shopping experience and satisfaction by geo-fence;
  • Quantify how satisfaction levels change each quarter; and
  • Visualize the shopping experience with photos from real shoppers.

 

 

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