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Lake Consumer Products develops over-the-counter bacterial vaginosis treatment

BY Michael Johnsen

JACKSON, Wis. Lake Consumer Products last week launched vH essentials BV treatment, a homeopathic vaginal tablet that provides relief from the odor, discharge and discomfort often associated with bacterial vaginosis.

According to the company, vH essentials BV treatment is the first over-the-counter BV symptom treatment product to be widely distributed through retail.

“We’re very excited about our new BV treatment because … we’re leading the charge in offering women easy and affordable access to treatment and prevention of the symptoms of this highly prevalent, but often lesser-known condition,” stated Mike Kermendy, VP marketing for Lake Consumer Products. “While women’s  awareness of yeast infections is often greater due to the vast assortment of over-the-counter treatments available to them, BV is actually estimated to be twice as common.”

The easiest way for a woman to differentiate BV from yeast infection is the presence or lack of vaginal odor, Kermendy noted. BV infections typically produce an unpleasant, potentially embarrassing odor while yeast  infections are usually odor free. Yeast infections are also more likely to be accompanied by painful itch and burning, while BV usually presents itself with very little or no burning or itch.

“Once a physician has made an initial diagnosis of BV, it’s usually pretty easy for women to make a self assessment if the symptoms reoccur,” Kermendy said.

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Duane Reade carries Dapple products

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK Dapple, a line of baby-safe, baby-specific household cleaning products, announced that its Dapple dish liquid and Dapple toy cleaner products now are available at Duane Reade.

“We are delighted to add Dapple baby-safe products to our exciting array of merchandise that we actively tailor to meet the needs of New Yorkers.  We know that New York Moms are increasingly interested in baby-safe and environmentally sound products, so we found Dapple to a be great fit for our offering,” said Joe Magnacca, chief merchandising officer, Duane Reade.

To find a Duane Reade store near you that carries the Dapple products, please visit www.dapplebaby.com/storelocator or www.duanereade.com.

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CRN joins American Society for Nutrition

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Wednesday joined the American Society for Nutrition, a nonprofit organization representing nutrition researchers, clinical nutritionists and the nutrition industry, as a sustaining member.

“ASN is proud to welcome CRN as a sustaining member, and greatly looks forward to a long and productive partnership,” stated John Courtney, ASN executive officer. “CRN has continued to demonstrate outstanding leadership in the dietary supplement industry, and we are eager to find new ways to collaborate in advancing nutrition research and practice.”

CRN has been an active partner of ASN since 2008 as sponsor of the Mary Swartz Rose Awards, recognizing research on the safety and efficacy of bioactive compounds for human health. Joining ASN as a sustaining member will deepen ties between the two organizations as they identify new ways to work together in advancing their respective missions, CRN stated.

“CRN is extremely supportive of ASN’s work,” statd Andrew Shao, SVP scientific & regulatory affairs for CRN. “With so much emphasis these days on the role of proper nutrition in healthy living, it is extremely valuable to be able to participate in a community of well-respected nutrition researchers whose objectives to shape nutrition science and policy are consistent with ours.”

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