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Report: ACIP recommends FluMist over traditional flu shot for healthy children ages 2 years to 8 years

BY Michael Johnsen

LEAWOOD, Kan. — According to a report from the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted unanimously to recommend that healthy children between the ages of 2 years and 8 gears be inoculated with a live attenuated influenza vaccine like FluMist, as opposed to the traditional flu shot. 
 
According to the AAFP News report, "[t]he influenza workgroup examined research that showed healthy young children were less likely to get the flu when given the nasal spray versus an injection."
 
The ACIP also discussed which pneumococcal vaccine should be recommended for adults and which HPV vaccine should be recommended and on what schedule. However, no votes were taken on those issues. 
 

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Tyson Foods set to acquire Hillshire Brands

BY Ryan Chavis

SPRINGDALE, Ark. & CHICAGO — Tyson Foods and Hillshire Brands last week announced an agreement under which Tyson Foods will acquire all outstanding shares of Hillshire Brands. The all-cash transaction is valued at $8.6 billion, which includes Hillshire Brands' oustanding net debt. Additionally, Tyson Foods will make a payment of $163 million to cover the termination fee that resulted in Hillshire Brands' terminated merger agreement with Pinnacle Foods.

“By investing in Hillshire Brands and its collection of leading brands, we have a unique opportunity to transform an important segment of our business, and position Tyson Foods to meet American consumers’ growing demand for protein at breakfast and throughout the day,” said Donnie Smith, president and CEO of Tyson Foods. “We operate in a competitive and complex marketplace that demands bold steps to remain an industry leader. I am confident that together Tyson Foods and Hillshire Brands have the right products and the right people to create years of enhanced shareholder value and ensure more choices for our customers and consumers.”

The combination of the two companies is promising, as it will help reposition Tyson as a leader in the prepeared foods category, the companies said. Hillshire Brands' robust roster of products in the breakfast category also will allow Tyson to capture numerous opportunities.

“We are confident that the two companies can learn a great deal from each other, and we recognize that Hillshire Brands’ value comes from its people, brands and processes. As we begin planning how to bring these companies together, we intend to proceed in a thoughtful manner that honors the strengths embedded in both cultures that have made each of them successful," Smith said.
 

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Psi Bands forms charitable partnership with National Breast Cancer Foundation

BY Michael Johnsen

PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. — In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Psi Bands on Monday formed a charitable partnership with the National Breast Cancer Foundation, which provides help to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services. For every set of Psi Bands’ Color Play design — the pink striped band — purchased during the month of October, a donation will be made to NBCF.
 
“My grandmother, mother-in-law, great aunt and several dear friends are breast cancer survivors," said Romy Taormina, Psi Bands co-founder. "We consider it an honor to join forces with NBCF and support its mission of help and hope for those with breast cancer.”
 
Psi Bands are stylish acupressure wrist bands that are FDA-cleared for the relief of nausea due to chemotherapy, as well as anesthesia, morning sickness and motion sickness/travel. Psi Bands provide a drug-free option for nausea relief that does not interfere with other medications, and as such, may be used as an adjunct to pharmacological antiemetics for control of chemotherapy-related nausea, the company said. 
 

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