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Family Dollar expands product selections in anticipation of being the one-stop value shop for the holidays

BY Michael Johnsen

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Family Dollar on Thursday announced it is expanding its holiday selection to include hundreds of toys and gifts retailing for $10 or less. 

"We know our customers look to Family Dollar to help them celebrate the holidays," stated Michael Bloom, Family Dollar president and COO. "This year, we are proud to offer an expanded selection of items to make this holiday season even more memorable and budget-friendly."

The toy lineup will include Hot Wheels, Fisher-Price and Disney, along with trendy toy favorites like Kenya, Monster High, Angry Birds, The Avengers and Brave. Family Dollar will be offering a 10% discount for every $100 spent on toys, the dollar store retailer announced. 

In addition to an increased seasonal assortment, Family Dollar has expanded its health and wellness, food and household departments to better serve customers’ everyday needs. 

"Our goal is to make holiday shopping convenient and affordable for all of our customers," Bloom said. "With Family Dollar’s small format stores and newly re-designed layout, customers will find everything they need quickly and easily, in a fun and festive shopping environment."

 

 

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Blistex launches two new lip balms as cold front advances through Northeast

BY Michael Johnsen

OAK BROOK, Ill. — Blistex on Thursday announced the launch of Moisture Melt and Simple and Sensitive lip balms. Moisture Melt features suspended soft beads of aloe and shea butter, while Blistex Simple and Sensitive contains six essential ingredients to provide moisturization without irritation from added dyes or fragrances. 

"Moisturization is key to achieving healthy lips year-round, and especially throughout the winter months," stated Charles Zugerman, associate professor of clinical dermatology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. "Moisture Melt and Simple and Sensitive will keep lips hydrated while delivering conditioning benefits to smooth and soften lips."

Blistex Moisture Melt’s shea butter and aloe-enriched soft beads are suspended in the formula and melt into lips for an added moisturizing boost and long-lasting resistance to dryness. The beneficial conditioning effects of natural shea butter and aloe are well-established, Blistex stated. Blistex Moisture Melt is offered in a tube form to deliver the formula at an expected retail price between $1.59 and $2.49.

 

 

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Novartis Consumer launches My Migraine Triggers app

BY Michael Johnsen

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Novartis Consumer Health on Wednesday announced the development of a convenient migraine trigger tracking tool, My Migraine Triggers App, with a neurologist. The company also partnered with Jordin Sparks, singer, actress and Broadway performer, and Keri Peterson, an internist at Lenox Hill Hospital, on the launch of "Managing Migraines: Know Your Triggers. Know Your Treatment," an educational campaign to raise awareness around the importance of knowing individual migraine triggers. 

The campaign is designed to raise awareness of the importance of tracking migraine triggers so sufferers can better manage their migraines. While certain triggers may increase the risk of a migraine, triggers vary from person to person. According to women surveyed by Novartis, 83% said they would like better tools to help them track the triggers that lead to their migraines so that they can better manage attacks.   

"I was shocked to learn that less than half (45%) of female migraine sufferers surveyed regularly share migraine trigger information with their physician," Peterson stated. "The new My Migraine Triggers app has a great feature [that] enables my patients to send me data about their migraines before they even walk into my office, allowing me to create a better treatment plan." 

Available for free on iTunes, the app allows migraine sufferers to track the causes of their migraines and share them with their physician. Migraine sufferers can chart out a daily log of information into customizable reports to better understand which activities, foods and beverages are associated with the onset of their headaches. 

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