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Research: BPA common in fetal liver tissue

BY Michael Johnsen

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Even though many baby care products are manufactured "BPA-free," researchers from the University of Michigan School of Public Health found that bisphenol A, a chemical used in many consumer products, including plastic bottles and metal food and beverage cans, is common in fetal liver tissue, demonstrating that there is considerable exposure to the chemical during pregnancy. About 95% of those who have been tested in a nationally representative health survey study show some level of BPA, but the research to date had yet to firmly establish the presence of the chemical in tissues.

Researchers also found a proportionately higher concentration of free BPA — as opposed to the conjugated forms modified by the body for elimination — further showing that in fetuses the ability to eliminate the chemical from the body is not the same as in adults.

"The general message from our research is that people have to be cognizant of the fact that the adult body may be able to deal with a particular exposure but a developing fetus may not," stated Muna Nahar, doctoral student in the School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental Health Sciences and first author on the paper.

Previous animal studies have associated BPA with breast and prostate cancer, and reproductive and behavioral abnormalities. Some research on effects to human health has tied BPA to cardiovascular disease, miscarriage, decreased semen quality and childhood behavioral issues. The chemical also may impact metabolism, diabetes and obesity, although more studies are required to determine its effects.

The study appears online in the Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology.

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Nordic Naturals launches Vitamin D3 Vegan liquid supplement

BY Michael Johnsen

WATSONVILLE, Calif. — Nordic Naturals on Tuesday added Vitamin D3 Vegan to its professional product line. The liquid formulation is naturally sourced from lichen and was developed to provide healthcare practitioners with an alternative for their clients who are vegans, strict vegetarians or who prefer a non-lanolin form of vitamin D3. 

"Nordic Naturals now offers two non fish oil products to help address [vitamin D] deficiency: Vitamin D3 soft gels and Vitamin D3 Vegan liquid," stated Keri Marshall, Nordic Naturals chief medical officer. "We are pleased to announce that this lichen-based source of Vitamin D3 is one of the first completely vegan sources of natural vitamin D3 on the market.”

The plant-based formula is in the natural form of vitamin D, or cholecalciferol, which is better absorbed and utilized by the body. The product is registered by the Vegan Society and carries the organization’s logo on the packaging.

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Chicago Mayor takes opportunity to promote flu shots at Walgreens flagship grand opening

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday joined representatives from Walgreens to celebrate the grand opening of a new Walgreens flagship store in the Bucktown-Wicker Park neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon, taking the opportunity to remind Chicagoans about the importance of getting a flu shot this season.

“This new flagship Walgreens not only provides dozens of new jobs for Chicagoans, it serves as an anchor for these neighborhoods, and is opening just in time to add to the city’s flu prevention efforts this season,” Emanuel said. “It’s important for people across the city to take steps that keep them healthy. The city has launched an interactive online tool to help Chicagoans find flu shot locations, and has crafted partnerships to provide additional opportunities for people to get flu shots right in their own neighborhoods."

This week, the Chicago Department of Public Health is teaming with Walgreens and community partners across Chicago to remind Chicagoans that "It’s Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot," and is launching the first Vaccinate Chicago Week, which runs through Dec. 8. 

“We’re proud to welcome Mayor Emanuel to this great new location to reinforce the need for prevention and protection from influenza,” commented Kermit Crawford, Walgreens president of pharmacy, health and wellness. “We continue to work together to develop new programs that bring our pharmacists and Take Care Clinic nurse practitioners into Chicago communities, providing greater access to flu shots and other immunizations. Initiatives like Vaccinate Chicago Week can go a long way toward keeping Chicago healthy throughout the cold and flu season.”

 

 

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