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Homeolab approaches children’s cough-cold market with addition of Kids 0-9

BY Michael Johnsen

BUFFALO, N.Y. Homeopathic manufactuer Homeolab USA is taking a direct shot at all the consternation surrounding kids cough-cold this season with the launch of a new line of cough and cold products branded Kids 0-9, that, as its brand name suggests, is recommended for use in children under one year through age nine.

“The Consumer Healthcare Products Association’s announcement last month that allopathic medicines should not be used for children under the age of four has left parents scrambling for other options to treat their children during this years cough and cold season,” the company stated in a press release issued Friday. “Homeolab USA offers a safe alternative with their Kids 0-9 cough and cold syrup, an all-natural homeopathic formula that helps eliminate symptoms associated with a cold by getting to the source of the problem.”

In addition to Cough & Cold, the product line includes formulas for colic, earache, teething and calm.

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Google tracks flu trends through requests via search engine

BY Alaric DeArment

SAN FRANCISCO Google has found a way to track the spread of the flu by taking note of users who type phrases related to the flu into its search engine and reporting them through a new service called Google Flu Trends.

This may enable local outbreaks to be detected before health officials detect them, tests of the site have shown.

According to The New York Times, searches for flu-related information on Google increased in mid-Atlantic U.S. states increased two weeks before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported an increase in the incidence of flu in those states.

 

 

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J&J recalls lots of Infants’ Mylicon Gas Relief Dye Free

BY Michael Johnsen

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. Johnson & Johnson-Merck Consumer Pharmaceuticals Company Monday evening voluntarily recalled approximately 12,000 units of Infants’ Mylicon Gas Relief Dye Free (simethicone-antigas) non-staining sold in 1-ounce plastic bottles that were distributed after Oct. 5 because some of the bottles could include metal fragments that were generated during the manufacturing process.

Although the potential for serious medical events is low, the company is implementing this recall to the consumer level as a precaution. If any medical events were to occur, most are expected to be temporary and resolve without medical treatment. Parents who have given the product to their infant and are concerned should contact their health care provider immediately.

The company is taking this action in consultation with the Food and Drug Administration, J&J reported.

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