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NPA names winners of annual awards

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON — The Natural Products Association has named the winners of its 18th annual NPA Awards, which will be presented this June during the association’s annual trade show and convention.

The 2011 NPA Awards recipients are:

  • President’s Award: David Seckman, former executive director and CEO for NPA;

  • Burton Kallman Scientific Award: Anthony Almada, who co-founded such companies as Experimental and Applied Sciences, ImagiNutrition and Fein Innovations;

  • Rachel Carson Environmental Award: Paul Anastas, an assistant administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development;

  • Industry Champion Awards: Frank Lampe, co-founder of Natural Business Communications; Howard Schiffer, founder of Vitamin Angels; Debra Short, co-owner of House of Health, a small natural products retail chain; and Marc Ullman, chair of the Legal Advisory Counsel of the Natural Products Foundation;

  • Clinician Awards: James LaValle, educator, clinician and founder of the LaValle Metabolic Institute; and Michael Lyon, medical and research director of the Canadian Center for Functional Medicine; and

  • Socially Responsible Retailer Award: Community Foods Co-op, which has been in operation since 1970.

"The NPA Awards celebrate people and companies who inspire us with their accomplishments and innovation, as well as their support of the natural products industry in America," said John Gay, NPA executive director and CEO. "NPA is proud to honor these award winners, and we hope they serve as an inspiration to others."

The NPA Awards will be presented during Natural Products Association MarketPlace in Las Vegas.

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Detour turns to beverages

BY Allison Cerra

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Forward Foods, a nutrition bar company, is making a foray into the beverage market.

The company is boosting its Detour brand by the Detour lean muscle high-protein shake to its existing line of Detour protein bars. The shake, the company said, is fortified with 26 vitamins and minerals, provides 1,000 mg of omega-3 and will be available in milk chocolate and vanilla bean flavors.

The Detour lean muscle high-protein shakes will be available next month in health and fitness retailers and GNC stores nationwide.

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Study: GERD sufferers don’t discuss symptoms with doctors

BY Allison Cerra

BETHESDA, Md. — Most patients that suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease or persistent heartburn symptoms rarely speak with a healthcare provider about their condition, according to a new study conducted on behalf of the American Gastroenterological Association, in partnership with drug maker Takeda.

The "Defining and Identifying Gaps in Communication between GERD and/or Heartburn Sufferers and Physicians" study surveyed 1,004 U.S. adults who identified themselves as having GERD and/or frequent and persistent heartburn. Among the respondents, 39% and 19%, respectively, disclosed they “occasionally” or “never” discuss their symptoms with a healthcare provider.

Other findings included:

  • One-third (34%) of sufferers reported waiting 12 months or more after first experiencing symptoms to visit their healthcare provider;

  • Forty percent of respondents have not discussed symptoms with their HCP in the past 12 months; and

  • Approximately 1-in-5 sufferers does not discuss his or her symptoms until the end of the appointment when the doctor is leaving or only if the doctor asks.

In response to this, the American Gastroenterological Association and Takeda have teamed up to develop a new tool to help facilitate patient-healthcare provider communication about GERD symptoms. This new tool, and other information about GERD, is available at Gastro.org/GERDtracker.

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