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CRN to host annual meeting in Utah

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Wednesday announced it is taking its annual executive conference to Utah for the first time in its 40-year history. 

Both The Workshop: CRN’s Day of Science and The Conference: CRN’s Annual Symposium for the Dietary Supplement Industry, will be held in tandem Sept. 18-21 at the Montage Deer Valley resort in Park City, Utah. Tyler Whitehead, general counsel at Utah-based Nu Skin Enterprises, and a long-serving director on CRN’s Board, will serve as 2013 conference chair.

“Utah is synonymous with the dietary supplement industry, and I’m honored to serve as the 2013 CRN Annual Conference Chair in my home state,” Whitehead said. “Both CRN events give member and potential member companies the opportunity to build business relationships, delve into issues facing the industry, and get a taste of what makes CRN the dietary supplement industry’s leading trade association.”


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Dr Cocoa, the new pediatric cold remedy and dry cough named ‘Best Product’ at recent ECRM conference

BY Michael Johnsen

DESTIN, Fla. — Pernix Therapeutics was recently honored with a "Best Product" designation by retail buyers attending ECRM's Cough/Cold, Analgesics & Allergy EPPS here for its line of Dr. Cocoa pediatric dry cough-cold products. 

"We are proud of this award as it demonstrates that retailers recognize that our new line of real chocolate cough products for children is a true innovation for the category," stated May Petracco, Pernix VP OTC development. "We also believe that consumers will find that Dr. Cocoa's is a great-tasting way to relieve their children's cough and cold symptoms."

The Dr. Cocoa brand will be introduced in the 2013-2014 cough-cold season with four SKUs, including a cough formulation, both Daytime and Nighttime Cold and Cough formulations and a cold and fever formulation.  

Dr. Cocoa represents the first OTC launch for Pernix, an integrated specialty pharmaceutical company based in The Woodlands, Texas. 

Retail buyers who attend the conference are polled by ECRM regarding the best product they've seen at that show. The award is sponsored by DSN Group.

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B.McRae says:
Feb-03-2014 01:03 pm

They already have a chocolate cough syrup called CocoaCough. Dr. Cocoa looks like it contains dextromethorphan, a drug not recommended for kids. CocoaCough contains all natural ingredients like buckwheat honey and chocolate which has been proven more effective than dextromethorphan. I think it stick to a natural product.

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NIH: Weight gain does not outweigh smoking cessation in risk of CVD

BY Michael Johnsen

BETHESDA, Md. — The improvement in cardiovascular health that results from quitting smoking far outweighs the limited risks to cardiovascular health from the modest amount of weight gained after quitting, according to a National Institutes of Health-funded community study released Wednesday. 

“Our findings suggest that a modest weight gain, around 5-10 pounds, has a negligible effect on the net benefit of quitting smoking,” stated study co-author Caroline Fox, senior investigator in the Laboratory for Metabolic and Population Health at the NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. “Being able to quantify to some degree the relationship between the benefits and side effects of smoking cessation can help in counseling those who have quit or are thinking about quitting.”

The study found that former smokers without diabetes had about half as much risk of developing cardiovascular disease as current smokers, and this risk level did not change when post-cessation weight gain was accounted for in the analysis. Fox cautioned that the analysis could not definitively conclude the role of modest weight gain in former smokers with diabetes, though the numbers suggested a similar trend.

This study is the first epidemiological effort to directly address the health impact of the weight gain that many people experience following smoking cessation. The findings will be published in the March 13 Journal of the American Medical Association.


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