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Nicotine gum helps pregnant women decrease amount of smoking, research says

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON Although nicotine gum does not necessarily increase quit rates among pregnant women, the non-prescription smoking cessation product does help reduce the amount of smoking to the point that use of nicotine gum increased birth weight and gestational age, two key parameters in predicting neonatal wellbeing, new research published last week in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology has found.

The study tracked pregnant women who smoked daily and received individualized behavioral counseling and random assignment to a 6-week treatment with 2-mg nicotine gum or placebo followed by a 6-week taper period. Women who did not quit smoking were instructed to reduce the number of cigarettes smoked by substituting with gum.

Using a completer analysis, nicotine gum significantly reduced the number of cigarettes smoked per day and cotinine concentration. Birth weights were significantly greater with nicotine gum compared with placebo. Gestational age was also greater with nicotine-replacement therapy than with placebo, the research found.

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SnoreStop launches updated line of natural anti-snoring remedies

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMARILLO, Calif. SnoreStop is introducing a new look for its line of natural anti-snoring medicine that feature three delivery systems—a throat spray, chewable tablets and a nasal spray.

The contemporary see-through packaging is environmentally friendly, the company reported.

Television spots featuring the new packaging will be placed against several nationally televised programs this winter, including CNN, Divorce Court, Inside Edition, Jeopardy and Live with Regis and Kelly.

Suggested retail price for each of the three SKUs is $12.99.

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Fonterra creates PowerProtein supplements for snack bar category

BY Jenna Duncan

AUCKLAND, New Zealand Fonterra Ingredients created a new line of highly dairy proteins for use in protein sports bars, meal replacement or weight-management options and healthy snacking alternatives for adults and children. The PowerProtein range includes PowerWPC, PowerMPCs and Powercrisps.

Fonterra’s global category manager physical nutrition, Nigel Little, explained that PowerWPC is a special protein supplement designed specifically for the snack bar category. PowerMPC replaces ingredients such as calcium caseinate and milk protein. And Powercrisps offer whey protein in “rice-bubble” form adding weight and crunchiness to snack bars. 

“Fonterra’s new generation protein ingredients will significantly increase its market share in the bar and snack categories, as a key part of our expanding portfolio of specialty ingredients,” Fonterra’s global category manager physical nutrition, Nigel Little, said in a statement released to media. 

Fonterra Co-operative Group is the world’s largest exporter of dairy. Fonterra operates its North American in Chicago, Ill.

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