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Healthy Advice Networks: ‘Better educated consumers … take care of their health’

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI According to a survey conducted by Pulse Health & Wellness Initiatives, manufacturers are not sufficiently communicating the health benefits of their brands to meet the needs of healthcare professionals.

 

As many as 60% stated that companies do not provide enough information about their products for consumers to make healthy purchase decisions, the survey noted. This notion prompted Healthy Advice Networks to interview doctors on the matter. All of the interviewees agreed that healthier lifestyles result in healthier patients and the more information and resources they have from manufacturers, the more value it is to them and their patients.

 

 

“Better educated consumers are more likely to take care of their health and change behaviors,” stated Deborah Schnell, president of sales and strategic planning at Healthy Advice Networks. "When manufacturers with healthcare claims provide physicians with information they can use in their practice treating patients, everyone wins,” she said. “A doctor’s endorsement can go a long way to help ensure these brands become part of a consumer’s overall healthy lifestyle."

 

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Bedbugs bite, plague certain major cities

BY Michael Johnsen

LANGHORNE, Pa. Insight Pharmaceuticals on Tuesday released its first annual list of the top bedbug-infested cities in North America.

 

Cities on this year’s list include: Chicago; Columbus, Ohio; Denver; Durham, N.C.; New York; Manchester, N.H.; Toronto; San Francisco; and Vancouver, British Columbia.

 

 

Even though many of these cities have put programs in place to combat bedbug infestations, the problem continues to plague communities across the nation, Insight stated. This summer, travelers need to be aware of these risks so they can avoid bringing bedbugs back to their home.

 

 

In addition to driving awareness around bedbugs Insight Pharmaceuticals is offering a $3-off coupon at KillBedbugsPronto.com.

 

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New moms have concerns about feeding their babies, Playtex finds

BY Michael Johnsen

SHELTON, Conn. A recent national survey commissioned by Playtex revealed that 85% of first-time moms have experienced at least one feeding-related problem when caring for their new babies.

“Moms spend more time feeding their babies than any other interaction during the first year,” stated William Sears, pediatrician and Playtex spokesman.  “Feeding a baby is more than simply a means of providing nutrition, it’s an important bonding moment. This bonding time can be interrupted by stress and anxiety when new parents encounter feeding complications.”

Challenges, problems and questions of new moms revealed by the survey included:

  • While first-time moms feel that feeding their baby is an important and enjoyable activity, nearly half of those surveyed (43%) confessed that feeding was a challenge they faced in caring for their new baby;
  • Nearly half of first-time moms (49%) cited gas as their top feeding problem, followed by difficulty breast-feeding (37%), fussiness or difficulty feeding (33%) and problems latching or sucking (32%). The majority of moms surveyed (70%) share a common problem in determining whether or not their baby is eating enough during feedings;
  • As many as 86% of survey respondents agreed time spent feeding their baby is an important bonding moment. In addition, nearly one in four moms (24%) said feeding was their favorite bonding moment during their daily routine; and
  • According to the survey, more than half of first-time moms (56%) ask feeding-related questions during their regular pediatrician appointments; with more than 1-in-4 (26%) doing so at every visit.

To help educate moms around breast feeding, and to offer helpful tips, Playtex has created an online resource at www.playtexbaby.com. “To help educate new moms and encourage further awareness of feeding challenges, Playtex, with our pediatric partners, has developed tips that will provide the solutions parents need to enjoy feeding moments with their baby,” noted Jon Jager, senior brand manager, Playex Infant Care.

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