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Pollen.com gives allergy sufferers 28-day forecast

BY Michael Johnsen

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. — Pollen.com and Weather Trends International last month teamed together on a new forecast tool for allergy sufferers: a 28-day weather forecast by zip code to help people with allergies better plan when pollen levels are likely to be high in their area.

“We have worked with Weather Trends for the past eight years and have found their short- and long-term weather forecasts to be the most reliable in the industry,” stated Gerry Kress, founder of SDI Health, the company behind Pollen.com. “Warm and sunny days in spring and late summer are typically bad for tree, grass and weed pollens, while damp days bring out the mold spores.”

USA Today has recognized Pollen.com as the most popular allergy portal on the Internet, and Forbes ranked Weather Trends International as fifth on its list of America’s most promising companies.

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Survey: Surge in use among vitamin D, fish oil supplements

BY Michael Johnsen

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Among people who use dietary supplements, the most popular products in 2010 were fish oil, multivitamins, vitamin D, calcium and Co Q-10, according to a ConsumerLab.com survey.

Women were much more likely than men to have taken vitamin D, calcium or probiotics. Men were more likely than women to have taken Co Q-10, herbs and extracts, glucosamine/chondroitin, vitamin E, resveratrol, amino acids, and nutrition drinks and powders.

Use of vitamin D surged in 2010 to 56.2% of those surveyed, up from 47.9% in 2009 and 36.9% in 2008. Fish oil continued its rise in popularity, used by 75.7% of those surveyed, up from 74% in 2009.

Multivitamin use declined to 70.1% last year from 72.0% in 2009 and 73.8% in 2008. Younger adults, however, were more likely to have used a multivitamin than older adults; 73% of people ages 35 to 44 years used a multivitamin, compared with 67.9% of those ages 75 to 84 years.

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ProPhase gets personal with donation to AHA

BY Michael Johnsen

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. — ProPhase Labs last month created a Facebook personality quiz to benefit the American Heart Association. For each Facebook fan who takes the “What’s Your Cold-Eeze Flavor?” personality quiz, ProPhase will donate $1 to the AHA, up to a total of $2,500.

The quiz launch date coincided with the Hallmark Channel’s broadcasts of “Cold-Eeze Skate for the Heart.” That show, which features several professional figure skaters, as well as “American Idol’s” Ruben Studdard and David Archuleta, is dedicated to raising awareness about heart health and the American Heart Association.

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