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Nutrition 21 completes sale of direct response, retail businesses to Nature’s Products

BY Michael Johnsen

PURCHASE, N.Y. Nutrition 21 on Tuesday announced that it has sold substantially all of the assets of its direct response and retail businesses to Nature’s Products, based in Sunrise, Fla. The purchase price was approximately $3.2 million, plus the assumption of designated liabilities.

“We entered into this transaction to focus our limited financial resources on our profitable ingredients business,” stated Michael Zeher, Nutrition 21 president and CEO.

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Inflammatory mediator regulates diarrhea in IBD

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK New research indicates that the activation of an inflammatory mediator in the human body may cause diarrhea in people suffering from inflammatory bowel disease.

Researchers led by Terrence A. Barrett of Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago have discovered that activation of NF-?B results in diarrhea in IBD. IBD, which affects approximately 1-in-500 people in the United States, describes a group of diseases, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, with inflammation in the intestinal tract. Patients with IBD experience diverse symptoms, including abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, bloody stools, and weight loss.

Until now, the response of NF-?B, a protein complex, has never been completely understood. The researchers discovered, however, following immune activation, blocking NF-?B expression in the cells lining the intestinal tract inhibited diarrhea and prevented protein changes in these cells, resulting in decreased leakiness between the cells. These findings suggested that immune cell-mediated activation of  in IBD promotes the movement of fluid into the bowel lumen, resulting in diarrhea.

The results were presented in the Jan. 2010 issue of the American Journal of Pathology.

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‘Life…supplemented’ rolls out America’s Wellness Challenge

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK The Council for Responsible Nutrition has been fighting the good fight for supplements on three fronts: legislative, regulatory and, perhaps most important, consumer. And this is only the latest example.

And it’s a pretty key example. Because while Baby Boomers are tech-savvy, not all of them are tweeting or have an account on Facebook. But their someday caregivers do. And raising awareness around a total approach to wellness — healthy diet, supplements and exercise — will only bode well for the future as those someday caregivers begin tweeting about reducing risk of heart disease, or promoting a healthy immune system, for themselves.

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