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New CDC study shows herpes remains prevalent in United States

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA Approximately 1-in-6 Americans (16.2%) between the ages of 14 and 49 years is infected with herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), according to a national health survey released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HSV-2 is a lifelong and incurable infection that can cause recurrent and painful genital sores.

The findings, presented at the 2010 National STD Prevention Conference, indicated that herpes remains one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the United States.

The findings suggested relatively stable HSV-2 prevalence since CDC’s last national estimate (17% for 1999-2004), because the slight decline in prevalence between the two time periods is not statistically significant.

The study found that women and blacks were most likely to be infected. HSV-2 prevalence was nearly twice as high among women (20.9%) than men (11.5%), and was more than three times higher among blacks (39.2%) than whites (12.3%). The most affected group was black women, with a prevalence rate of 48%.

“This study serves as a stark reminder that herpes remains a common and serious health threat in the United States,” stated Kevin Fenton, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. “We are particularly concerned about persistent high rates of herpes among African-Americans, which is likely contributing to disproportionate rates of HIV in the black community.”

Research shows that people with herpes are two to three times more likely to acquire HIV, and that herpes can also make HIV-infected individuals more likely to transmit HIV to others. CDC estimates that more than 80% of those with HSV-2 are unaware of their infection. Symptoms may be absent, mild, or mistaken for another condition. And people with HSV-2 can transmit the virus even when they have no visible sores or other symptoms.

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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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NAD recommends Metabolic Research discontinues ad claims for Stemulite

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK The National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus on Wednesday recommended that Metabolic Research discontinue certain claims made for the company’s Stemulite dietary supplement.

Following its review, NAD recognized Metabolic Research for voluntarily discontinuing several claims — notably that Stemulite contributed to weight loss and increased strength.

NAD further found that there was insufficient evidence in the record to support remaining claims and testimonials regarding improvements or increases in sleep, muscle, endurance and wellness and energy, and recommended that they be discontinued.

The company, in its advertiser’s statement, said that it believes “the remaining claims, on a component by component basis, are supported by existing data.” However, the company noted, “We have retained counsel to further review our materials on an ongoing basis and have every intention on being compliant in all respects.”

NAD had initially instituted a review of Metabolic Research claims in 2009 and had forwarded claims to both the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission for review after Metabolic Rescearch declined to provide substantiation. NAD re-opened the review at the request of Metabolic Research, NAD reported.

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