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New kinesiology tape activates the body to heal itself

BY Jason Owen

DORNSTETTEN, Germany — The family-owned Schupp GmbH and Co. KG company has just developed and launched a new type of kinesiology tape, the company announced today.

The new tape is different from conventional tapes in a very significant way: It works by stimulating the body to regenerate itself. Patients who are "Taped by SCHUPP" typically notice a significant improvement in their symptoms, and without the need to take potent drugs, the company stated. Doctors and physiotherapists can use the new kinesiology tape to treat discomfort or joint pain naturally, as well as in alternative medicine therapy.

The new Kinesio Tape by Schupp works by stabilizing the joints while also stimulating the body to heal itself. Specific receptors located in the skin become sensitized by where the tape is applied, which in turn encourages the healing process. Made from 100% cotton, the strips are suitable for sensitive skin, and the acrylic adhesive that is used on the tape is made from a skin-friendly material called polyacrylate.

Another advantage of the new Schupp tape is its ability to be used under water. Even showers are possible with the new Kinesio Tape. While other tapes typically fall off relatively quickly when they get wet, the Schupp company’s new Kinesio Tape holds firmly to the skin. For best results, before applying the Kinesio Tape, the skin should be largely dry and free of lotion or oils.

In order to achieve the best results, the skin should not be irritated by intense sun exposure or shaving before the tape strips are glued. Skin that is quite hairy should also be shaved a bit in advance before applying the tape. For the Kinesio taping to cause the desired cure rate, the tape must be warm or its adhesive should be rubbed. After only half an hour, the patient can shower without the Kinesio Tape coming off.

The Kinesio Tape is available in four colors: red, blue, black and skin-colored. Each of the colored tapes has a different effect on the person wearing it. Blue and black Kinesio tapes help relax the muscles and the red tape helps to tone muscles. The skin-colored tapes are specially designed for use on the face.


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Taro receives FDA approval for Topicort topical spray

BY Jason Owen

HAWTHORNE, N.Y. — Taro Pharmaceutical Industries reported last week that it has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration for its new drug application Topicort (desoximetasone) topical spray, 0.25%.

Topicort topical spray, 0.25% is a corticosteroid indicated for the treatment of plaque psoriasis in patients 18 years of age or older.

According to Taro, the corticosteroid spray market is approximately $100 million in annual sales in the United States.

Taro Pharmaceutical Industries is a multinational, science-based pharmaceutical company. For further information on Taro, visit its website at Taro.com.


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Study finds relationship between higher vitamin D, lower risk of benign uterine tumors

BY Alaric DeArment

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Vitamin D significantly reduces women’s risks of developing uterine fibroids, according to a new study.

The study, conducted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, found that sufficient amounts of vitamin D reduced the risk of uterine fibroids by 32%. Fibroids, also known as uterine leiomyomata, are benign tumors of the uterus that often result in pain and bleeding in premenopausal women and are a leading cause of hysterectomies. Vitamin D can come from food and supplements, but the body also produces it naturally when the skin is exposed to sun.

"It would be wonderful if something as simple and inexpensive as getting some natural sunshine on their skin each day could help women reduce their chance of getting fibroids," NIEHS researcher and lead study author Donna Baird said.

The study included 1,036 women ages 35 years to 49 years living in the Washington metropolitan area between 1996 and 1999. Researchers at the NIEHS, George Washington University and the Medical University of South Carolina screened participants for fibroids using ultrasound and measured vitamin D in their bloodstreams. Those with more than 20 ng of vitamin D per mL of blood were categorized as sufficient, but some experts think greater amounts are needed for good health.

 

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