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Health Canada approves GSK’s Tafinlar, Mekinist

BY Alaric DeArment

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — Canadian regulators have approved two drugs made by GlaxoSmithKline for treating skin cancer, GSK said Wednesday.

The drug maker announced Health Canada’s approval of Tafinlar (dabrafenib mesylate) and Mekinist (trametinib) in patients with melanoma that can’t be removed by surgery or has spread to other parts of the body.

"Health Canada’s approvals of Tafinlar and Mekinist represent an important step in GSK’s ongoing effort to bring new treatment options to cancer patients as quickly and efficiently as possible," GSK Canada VP research and development operations, and business development Rav Kumar said. "With Tafinlar and Mekinist, we hope to make a meaningful difference in the lives of patients living with metastatic melanoma, a devastating disease with very low survival rates and limited treatment options."


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VidaySalud.com editor-in-chief launches new Spanish-language health-and-wellness website, newsletter

BY Alaric DeArment

LOS ANGELES — The editor-in-chief of a website directed at the Latino community has launched a newsletter and website focused on health and wellness.

Aliza Lifshitz, editor of VidaySalud.com and often known by the nickname La Doctora Aliza, announced the launch of Latina Health Letter. The new site will cover various aspects of health in English from a Latina perspective, with sections dedicated to women’s health, diet, nutrition, exercise, sexual health, diabetes and others.

"Our mission is to engage Hispanics in their own health care and to enhance their relationships with their healthcare providers by giving them the information, tools and skills they need to communicate better with their doctors, to ensure better compliance with physician instructions and to achieve better and more cost-effective health outcomes," Lifshitz said. "Latina Health Letter expands our mission beyond the Spanish-speaking consumers we already serve to include those who prefer to receive information in English."

VidaySalud.com is a large source of health and wellness information in Spanish, accessed more than 2 million times per month. It includes content from the Harvard Medical School, the Mayo Clinic and the Natural Standard research collaboration, as well as healthy recipes from EatingWell magazine.


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Natura Pet Products announces new line of pet stews with farm-grown ingredients

BY Jason Owen

FREMONT, Neb. — Natura Pet Products and its flagship brand Innova have announced a new line of Farmhouse Stews for pet parents who want to enhance their dogs’ meals with an alternative to dry food.

Each of the four Farmhouse recipes features two animal proteins, plus farm-grown fruits and vegetables in natural gravy. The products come in re-sealable, recyclable, BPA-free tubs for freshness and convenience. The Farmhouse products are packaged with a transparent window so consumers can view the chunks of real meat, fruit and vegetables prior to purchase, the company noted.

Farmhouse Stews offer more meal-time variety, allowing pet owners to feed as a topper, a treat or a 100% complete and balanced meal for adult dogs. The Stews contain no gluten, corn, soy, wheat or fillers. Farmhouse Stews contain no white potatoes, and two of its four formulas are grain free.

The high-quality protein in Farmhouse Stews helps to build lean muscle mass and their real fruit and vegetables provide sources of natural vitamins and antioxidants. They are complete and balanced, meeting the AAFCO requirements with all of the nutrients adult dogs need for maintenance.

Farmhouse Stews are available in the following recipes:

  • Turkey & Duck recipe with lentils, apples and mango (grain free);
  • Chicken & Salmon recipe with sweet potatoes, peas and carrots (grain free);
  • Chicken & Venison recipe with brown rice, peas and papaya;
  • Beef & Bison recipe with barley and bell peppers. 

Farmhouse Stews begin hitting shelves in July 2013.


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