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Cold-EEZE helps support City Harvest ‘Daily News’ Readers ‘Care to Feed the Hungry’ food drive

BY Jason Owen

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. — Makers of Cold-EEZE, Prophase Labs, a leader in OTC natural cold remedies, has announced its support for the Daily News Readers’ "Care to Feed the Hungry Canned Food Drive," a 30-year tradition of collecting nonperishable food donations throughout New York City.

As part of this food drive event, Cold-EEZE will bring America’s favorite reality sweethearts, Kevin and Danielle Jonas from E!’s hit TV show "Married to Jonas," to New York City’s Engine 8, Ladder 2, Battalion 8 Firehouse located at 165 East 51st Street (between 3rd Avenue and Lexington Avenue) on Friday, December 14 from noon to 2 p.m.

"We’re pleased to join forces with the Daily News, City Harvest and Kevin and Danielle Jonas to offer New Yorkers some much-needed relief during this difficult time," said Ted Karkus, chairman and CEO of ProPhase Labs. "As a New Yorker myself, I know the importance of this initiative and am humbled to be a part of it both personally and professionally."

This year, City Harvest will collect more than 42 million pounds of excess food from all segments of the food industry and deliver it free of charge to some 600 community food programs throughout New York City. The food it collects throughout the year will then be delivered to the more than 1 million New Yorkers facing hunger, including those people who have been impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
 

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Pfizer Consumer introduces Robitussin CoughCast, an online tracking tool capturing area cough activity

BY Michael Johnsen

MADISON, N.J. — Pfizer Consumer Healthcare on Wednesday introduced Robitussin CoughCast, a new interactive tool that allows people to track cough activity in their local area. 

According to the company, already this year nearly 18.2 million U.S. adults have experienced cold and flu symptoms, and more than 18 million have reported suffering from cough, making it one of the most highly reported symptoms.

On average, there are more than 1 billion cases of the common cold each year in the United States, and it is estimated that between 5% and 20% of the population will get the flu. Most adults are likely to have a common cold two to four times a year, and up to 50% of people suffering from a cold will have a cough.

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CDC, CHPA remind holiday travelers that medicines should be ‘Up and Away and Out of Sight’

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association Educational Foundation, in partnership with the PROTECT Initiative, on Tuesday issued a reminder for Americans this holiday season about the importance of safe medicine storage at home and on-the-go, as part of the Up and Away and Out of Sight educational programs.

Annually, more than 60,000 young children age 5 or younger are treated in emergency departments for accidental ingestion of household medicines, according to Dan Budnitz, director of CDC’s Medication Safety Program. “Parents may not be aware of the danger posed by leaving medications where young children can reach or see them.”

As much as parents need to be careful during the busy holiday season, it is also important for grandparents to be particularly cautious about safe medicine storage. In a recent national survey by University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, nearly one out of every four grandparents said they store prescription medicines in easy-access places, including daily-dose boxes that children can easily open; 18% said they store over-the-counter medicines in easily accessible spots.

“Grandparents love when their grandchildren come to visit, but they may not realize their next dose of medicine left out on the counter could be a source of harm for their curious, young grandchild,” Budnitz said. “Whether traveling for the holidays, or hosting family members in the home, a few simple steps – followed every time – can keep children safe from harm.”

To learn more about safely storing medicines and vitamins at home and on-the-go, visit UpandAway.org or in Spanish at UpandAway.org/es.

 


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