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Reckitt Benckiser partners with Save the Children to lower global death rate from diarrhea

BY Rebecca Haughey

PARSIPANNY, N.J. — Reckitt Benckiser, whose portfolio includes such brands as Clearasil, Mucinex and Lysol, is partnering with Save the Children to help drastically lower the global death rate of children younger than 5 years from diarrhea, a preventable illness, by 2020.

The "Healthier kids, Happier homes" global partnership, with an initial funding of $35.5 million, will combine RB’s expertise in hygiene and health, innovative technology and consumer communication capabilities with Save the Children’s expertise in delivering life-saving treatment.

Globally, diarrhea remains the second leading cause of death from a preventable disease among children younger than 5 years, behind pneumoniai. Nearly 1-in-10 child deaths — approximately 800,000 each year — is due to diarrhea caused by poor home environments, inadequate personal hygiene and lack of access to essential services, such as healthcare, sanitation, clean water and basic nutrition.

By developing new, innovative products, for example a low cost "de-germer," RB aims to support mass reach hand-hygiene campaigns and create safer home environments for babies and children, helping families to live healthier and happier lives. In addition to providing expertise, RB is committing to a multimillion dollar investment to achieve its vision by 2020, and involving its 36,000 employees around the world in the initiative.

"At an unacceptable rate, children in the developing world are dying from completely preventable diseases, like diarrhea. We have already made dramatic progress in reducing the number of children dying, but there is still much more that needs to be done. Through this exciting partnership with RB, we can combine our skills and transform the lives of thousands of the world’s most vulnerable children," said Justin Forsyth, chief executive of Save the Children.

The "Healthier kids, Happier homes" global partnership will launch with two pilot projects in Nigeria and Pakistan, looking at embedding best behaviors and attitudes to health and hygiene, and to educate. This new phase of the global partnership continues to build on the ground-breaking projects already underway around the world. Since the partnership began in 2003, RB has helped Save the Children reach more than 1 million children.

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Bio Follicle introduces new lavender shampoo, conditioner

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Bio Follicle has announced the launch of its 100% vegan plant-derived sulfate- and cruelty-free aromatherapy lavender shampoo and conditioner.

This hair care duo promises to provide hair and scalp with the benefits of natural botanicals and a pH-balanced formula. The shampoo is a gentle, plant-derived formula that thoroughly cleanses hair while restoring its natural balance, body and shine, the company stated. The conditioner contains an antioxidant-rich herbal blend of therapeutic lavender oil and rich plant-based moisturizers.

The shampoo is priced at $22. The conditioner is priced at $25.
 

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Forest Hills, N.Y., pharmacy launches July 4th health program for adults

BY Jason Owen

FOREST HILLS, N.Y. — Nina Shamayeva, owner of Austin Pharmacy in Forest Hills, N.Y., is launching a health initiative aimed at adults to "Help America be Pain-Free."

Austin Pharmacy is a compounding pharmacy that provides the service to create different mixtures and proportions of ingredients that make up a prescription. Generic medications do not necessarily work well with all body conditions, and thus a compounding pharmacy could tailor-make the medication such that it works specifically for an individual.

As part of celebrating July 4th, Shamayeva will compound natural pain-relieving glucosamine — a natural vitamin that can relieve joint pain and stiffness without any side effects, unlike conventional arthritis prescriptions — and she will give a two-months’ free supply to local residents.

According to Shamayeva, patients who suffer from pains in the body joints all too often turn to high dose of steroidal anti-inflammatory agents that could only provide temporary pain-relief with no cure of the problematic areas.

“We all know that when we are energetic and healthy, our creativity is better. We handle work stress better. And since working is very much a big part our lives, it is important to be pain-free while we are producing and keeping up with our activities," Shamayeva said.

In addition to this being a no-strings-attached giveaway, anyone who receives the glucosamine also could receive a pain-relieving cream that can neutralize pain and inflammation called "Penetran Plus."

“I would like Americans to know that there are natural ways to relieve pain. And they could do something about their health and improve it. After all, being healthy means more money, love and confidence to reach for one’s goals,” Shamayeva said.

Austin Pharmacy will carry out this program from now throughout July. The program will end on July 26.

Details of the "Help Americans to be Pain-Free" program and other community events can be found online at: AustinPharmacyNY.com/category/community/.


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