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Designer Greetings introduces new card collections

BY Rozanne Gelbinovich

EDISON, N.J. — Greeting card publisher Designer Greetings announced the launch of more than 13 new collections, including:

  • "Exposé," which uses photographs and verse to create funny and/or heartfelt cards. "If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the hilarious and provocative photos on these cards are worth a million," the company stated;
  • “Designer Boutique” is embellished with foil and tip-ons featuring gems, ribbon and glitter for "charming and classy" cards, according to the company;
  • “Faithfully Yours” features scriptures from the King James Bible verse, and this year’s new designs also convert to inspirational bookmarks;
  • "ChitChat" is a "fun and sassy line" designed for "today’s modern woman," according to Designer Greetings;
  • "Milestone Age Birthday" captures key age benchmarks with colorful and lively designs, the company stated;
  • "Celebrating Family" does just that with cards that commemorate family relationships and traditions through watercolors, pop-up verses and tri-folds with recipe keepsakes;
  • "To Life!" cards highlight the coming-of-age ceremonies in the Jewish faith;
  • "4 Kidz" celebrates kids’ achievements, ranging from braces to report cards to birthdays; and
  • "Blank Cards" continue to add new designs, with this season featuring touches of beads, gems, ribbon and glitter, according to the company.

The Designer Greetings Baby, Shower, Wedding & General Anniversary and Relative Anniversary categories also have new 2’ collections this year. And rounding out Designer Collections from Designer Greetings are popular Camp Cards, Teddies, It’s Music To Me, Fairy Wishes, Beads and Bows, Because I Care, DayDreams, Country Greetings, By The Sea, Away From Home, Jacklyn Robin Keene, Biscotti, Magnifique, Initially Yours, My Word!, What IS… and Why God Created.

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Brainy Baby adds Glowberry Bears to toy lineup

BY Allison Cerra

SUWANEE, Ga. — The Brainy Brands Co. is showcasing the newest addition to its Brainy Baby line: Glowberry Bears.

Glowberry Bears are interactive, plush bears who can talk and even interact with each other, via an incorporated “chip” technology. Additionally, each bear model is programmed with its own information and “personality.” What’s more, the bears giggle gently when tickled and also serve as a huggable "night-light," making them a unique bedtime companion.

Glowberry Bears will debut at the Toy Industry Association’s annual Fall Toy Preview in Dallas next month.

For more information on Glowberry Bears, visit BrainyBaby.com.

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Report: Bachmann’s vaccine comments could have lasting repercussions

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Health experts have expressed fear that Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s comments about the human papillomavirus vaccine could set back progress in vaccinations, according to published reports.

The New York Times quoted experts as saying that vaccination rates often drop when public figures raise alarms about vaccines, including one who said it could set back efforts to vaccinate against human papillomavirus — a sexually transmitted infection that causes genital warts and several cancers in men and women — by three years.

Bachmann was widely ridiculed by figures on the left and the right, and was condemned by medical experts, for calling Merck & Co.’s Gardasil vaccine "dangerous," citing the claims of a mother who purportedly told her that it caused her daughter to develop mental retardation, but without providing scientific evidence.

Merck and the American Academy of Pediatrics quickly responded, saying clinical trial data showed the vaccine is safe and effective. Bachmann had been seeking to score political points against fellow Republican candidate Rick Perry, who as governor of Texas signed an executive order in 2007 mandating that girls receive the vaccine in the sixth grade.

Bachmann’s comments came in the wake of a climate of public apprehension over vaccines that had only recently abated after a 1998 study published in The Lancet purporting to show a link between the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and autism proved to be fraudulent.

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