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Hand sanitizer and hand-hygiene education reduces absenteeism rates

BY Michael Johnsen

AKRON, Ohio — Using an alcohol-based sanitizer combined with hand hygiene education will contribute to a significant reduction in absenteeism over the cough/cold season, GoJo announced Tuesday. 

 "The two measures of using Purell hand sanitizer and hand hygiene education led to 20% reduction in absenteeism in a workplace setting and 50% reduction in absenteeism in schools," Jim Arbogast, GoJo scientist stated. "These results point to the attention that must be paid to good hand hygiene throughout the day, at home, at work, at school and especially in public areas where people congregate." 

"Following an annual flu vaccine, effective hand hygiene is the most important step to help reduce the spread of infections that cause illness," Marla Dalton, executive director at the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases said on reducing flu. "This has been well documented by microbiologists and scientists."

GoJo is providing information and education on its GoJo web site to help businesses promote hand hygiene as a wellness initiative. 

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Study: Limited evidence for multivitamins in preventing cancer or CVD

BY Michael Johnsen

PHILADELPHIA — According to an article published in Annals of Internal Medicine Monday, a systematic review of published studies found insufficient evidence that vitamin and mineral supplements are effective for preventing cardiovascular disease, cancer or mortality from those diseases in healthy adults. 

While two studies included in the review found lower overall cancer incidence in men who took a multivitamin for over 10 years, those same studies showed no cancer protection benefit for women. “Cancer is a complex disease, and the fact that there is even some, albeit limited, evidence that a simple multivitamin could prevent cancer demonstrates promise and should give consumers added incentive to keep taking their multivitamins," advised Duffy MacKay, VP scientific and regulatory affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition, in response to the article. 

The authors of the systematic review noted that trials designed to evaluate drug therapy "might not be ideally suited to evaluating nutrients." Researchers also cautioned that these results should not be overgeneralized and that more research is needed before it can be determined whether or not multivitamin supplementation is beneficial. 

"As the researchers have indicated, there is limited evidence for multivitamins in preventing cancer or cardiovascular disease; however, we believe the paucity of clinical trial evidence should not be misinterpreted as a lack of benefit for the multivitamin," cautioned MacKay. "We know for sure that multivitamins can fill nutrient gaps, and as so many people are not even reaching the recommended dietary allowances for many nutrients, that’s reason enough to add an affordable and convenient multivitamin to their diets."

 

 

 

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WSJ: J&J temporarily suspends shipments to Amazon.com over third-party resellers

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Johnson & Johnson had temporarily stopped distribution of its products to Amazon.com over concerns that Amazon hasn’t done enough to prevent third-party resellers from selling damaged or expired J&J products on Amazon’s site, according to a report published Sunday by The Wall Street Journal

Citing people familiar with the matter, the WSJ reported that J&J had stopped shipping products including Tylenol, Band-Aids and Johnson’s baby products. However, J&J has resumed shipping those products to Amazon.com in recent days. 

In its annual report, Amazon.com warns that it may be unable to prevent resellers from selling damaged or expired product. But Amazon.com still guarantees those purchases and will reimburse buyers of damaged or defective items up to $2,500.

 

 

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