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CDC’s latest weekly flu report: Still no season to speak of to date

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday issued its latest update on the influenza season to date, or rather the lack thereof. For the week ended Feb. 25, visits for influenza-like illnesses have yet to crack the national baseline of 2.4% this season.

Over the past two seasons, 2009/2010 and 2010/2011, reports of ILI activity reached levels approaching 8% and 5%, respectively, after crossing over that 2.4% threshold — an indicator that the flu season is well under way.

According to the CDC, 1.9% of patient visits reported through the U.S. Outpatient Influenza-like Illness Surveillance Network were due to influenza-like illness. ILI is defined as fever (temperature of 100°F or greater) and cough and/or sore throat.

Alabama, Missouri and Oklahoma experienced high ILI activity, and both Illinois and Kansas reported moderate activity. A total of 39 states reported minimal activity, however.

For the CDC’s full weekly report, click here.

 


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Newtritious to unveil new foods at Natural Products Expo West

BY Alaric DeArment

LOS ANGELES — A California company plans to debut a series of health foods that it said would raise the bar on efficacy.

Newtritious will debut samples of its products at the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, Calif., between March 9 and 11.

The products include HHice Cream Probiotic Defense, a fortified soft-serve ice cream based on the kinds given to hospital patients who have difficulty swallowing; Kherb Appeal, a snack that suppresses appetite and provides vitamins, minerals and fiber; Instant NEWtrition, soup that provide one-third of a person’s nutritional needs; Alpha Omega, an unflavored mix that adds one-third of a person’s nutritional needs to any food or beverage; and Haute Tomato, a vitamin supplement that tastes like a virgin bloody mary, the company said.

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Dec-27-2012 10:22 pm

To find more information about Michael Arlen, or to purchase, or distribute NEWtritious™ products, like Kherb Appeal™, Instant NEWtrition™, HHice Cream™, Alpha Omega or Haute Tomato™, you can contact Michael Arlen through: http://www.MichaelArlen.com

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Halo oral antiseptic spray named ‘Best Product’ at ECRM cough-cold event

BY Michael Johnsen

LAS VEGAS — Oasis Consumer Healthcare’s Halo oral antiseptic on Wednesday evening received Best Product honors from ECRM for the 2012 Cough & Cold and Allergy EPPS conference.

Shipping in July, Halo contains cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) in a patented formula that helps coat the back of the throat for up to six hours and helps to protect against airborne germs. According to company research, the recycled air in 67% of airplanes contain enough germs to get a person sick after a short flight.

Suggested retail price for Halo is $12.99 and will be merchandised alongside immunity system boosters in the cough-cold aisle. The company is launching two adult SKUs — a berry flavor and citrus flavor — alongside one grape-flavored spray indicated for children older than age 2.

ECRM’s Best Product, sponsored by DSN, is voted on by retailer attendees who identify the most interesting product they’ve seen in the first three days of the four-day event.


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