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GlaxoSmithKline has issued a consumer advisory warning about a potential health risk associated with long-term, excessive use of its zinc-containing denture adhesives Super Poligrip Original, Ultra Fresh and Extra Care. Recent reports suggested that excessive intake of zinc-containing denture adhesives over several years may result in neurological symptoms, including numbness, tingling or weakness in the arms and legs, difficulty with walking and balance, and such blood problems as anemia. These reports are very rare, GSK stated. Super Poligrip Original, Ultra Fresh and Extra Care are safe to use as directed, according to GSK. Most consumers follow the directions, but some apply more adhesive than directed and use it more than once a day. As a precaution, GSK has decided to stop making, distributing and advertising the products.

Available in stores as of February is Dr. Miracle’s new Thermalceutical Intensive New Growth No-Lye relaxer kit. This single touch-up application focuses the brand’s Thermalceutical ‘Feel It’ Formula on the newly grown virgin hair, promoting the development of strong, healthy strands during the straightening process. Priced at $4.99, it is positioned as an economical alternative to the brand’s No-Lye relaxer system.

Vogue International, the maker of the Organix hair care brand, has teamed up with Walt Disney Pictures for both the theatrical release and Blu-Ray/DVD release of Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.” In conjunction with the March 5 film release, Organix is running full-page ads in the March issues of Cosmopolitan, InStyle, ELLE, Shape and Life & Style magazines. The partnership also includes a sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for two to London, being promoted in ads and on Alice-themed hang tags on Organix bottles. For the Blu-Ray/DVD release later this year, Organix will offer a $5 rebate by mail for every purchase of two Organix products and an “Alice in Wonderland” Blu-Ray/DVD.

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Survey finds shoppers with a plan spend most money

BY Allison Cerra

CHICAGO Coupon clippers and shoppers that plan their excursions to the supermarket are more likely to spend more money, according to a Henkel survey.

Henkel, a manufacturer of such brands as Dial soap, said that those who go to supermarkets with the intent to shop and save yield more profit than carefree shoppers. On average, coupon clippers spent more than $7,100 last year. What’s more, Henkel added, these shoppers accounted for 31% of spending on packaged goods in 2009, even though they only make up 26% of U.S. households.

Another interesting fact, the CPG maker noted, is that shoppers with a plan also are less likely to shop at new stores.

The survey was baed on tracking of about 40,000 households performed by ACNielsen and Information Resources Inc.

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Bayer aspirin quick release crystals

BY Michael Johnsen

CVS had this citrus-flavored Bayer aspirin quick release crystals clip-stripped within adult dentures. And while this product isn’t the 81 mg of aspirin recommended for daily consumption to prevent a second heart attack (it contains 850 mg in each powder pouch), there is still a very strong need for this kind of easily stored/quickly administered aspirin product for seniors.

Sufferers of any heart attack are recommended to chew and swallow aspirin just after they’ve dialed 911 and called for help. As the first aid for heart attacks, aspirin makes platelets less sticky and can minimize blood clot formation and prevent further blockage of the artery.

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