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GNC appoints new member to board

BY Michael Johnsen

PITTSBURGH General Nutrition Centers on Friday named Michael Hines, a senior retailing industry executive, to its board of directors. Hines will also sit on the audit committee, serving as chairperson.

Hines was EVP and CFO of Dick’s Sporting Goods from 1995 to March 2007. From 1990 to 1995, he held management positions with Staples, most recently as VP finance.

As of Sept. 30, GNC has more than 6,700 locations, of which more than 5,300 retail locations were in the United States (including 919 franchise and 1,814 Rite Aid franchise store-within-a-store locations) and franchise operations in 47 international markets.

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PDS Health launches diabetes, heart disease monitoring and management service

BY Michael Johnsen

JUPITER, Fa. PDS Health on Monday announced the launch of wireless hardware diagnostics that work seamlessly with MDMonitor.com online software to monitor diabetes and heart disease.

“The name of the new wireless device is Celemonitor and it can submit the readings from patients’ glucose meters, blood pressure monitors and scales from anywhere,” the company stated.

The readings and data pertaining to the patient’s health is collected to MDMonitor.com and a designated caregiver can access the data.

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Bayer Consumer Care introduces Citracal with heart-health formula

BY Michael Johnsen

MORRISTOWN, N.J. Bayer Consumer Care on Wednesday announced the introduction of Citracal calcium plus heart health as one of the first calcium supplements that helps support both bone and heart health.

The new formulation contains 1,260-mg of calcium per daily dose, more than any other leading brand, and has advanced levels of vitamin D to support calcium absorption. It also contains phytosterols, a natural plant ingredient that may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol, the company stated.

“Calcium and vitamin D are critical for bone health, yet most women aren’t always getting enough of these important nutrients,” stated Julie Upton, Bayer spokeswoman. “I’m excited that women now have a new option that helps ensure they get enough calcium and vitamin D, as well as natural plant sterols, which may help to reduce their risk of heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women.”

“We strive to continue to develop new and innovative products to meet our consumers’ changing concerns,” stated Angela Vann, senior brand manager – Citracal. “Women need to attend to bone and heart health daily, and this product conveniently allows them to address both of these important health issues at the same time.”

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