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Research shows aspirin supplement more effective at night

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW ORLEANS People who take 81 mg of aspirin everyday to help keep their blood pressure in check would do better to take that aspirin in the evening, according to research that was presented here before the American Society of Hypertension’s 23rd Annual Scientific Meeting and Exposition, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

The hormones and other chemicals that aspirin acts on are most active at night, the researchers reported.

As part of the study, researchers followed more than 240 patients diagnosed with pre-hypertension over 90 days. One group took aspirin in the morning, one during the evening and a control group did not take aspirin during the study. The researchers also tracked physical activity.

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New Winn Dixie software credits eligible purchases to FSA, HSA

BY Michael Johnsen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Winn-Dixie May 16 announced the grocery chain would employ upgraded software will make it easier for customers to credit appropriate over-the-counter and prescription medicines to their flexible-spending or health-savings accounts by identifying eligible products, charging them directly to the person’s FSA or HSA account, and then automatically subtracting that amount from the total owed for all other purchases

Formerly, customers using HSA/FSA cards to purchase these items had to pay for them at the pharmacy and then go to the regular checkout lanes to pay for the remainder of their items.

“This is all about making the shopping experience better for our customers,” stated Robin Miller, Winn-Dixie’s director of communications. “This service enhancement also provides a separate listing and total cost of qualifying purchases on the register receipt, which is helpful for many customers. We are very pleased to be able to offer this added convenience, especially in these challenging economic times.”

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Unilever touts efficacy of new appetite-suppressing milkshake

BY Alaric DeArment

GENEVA Unilever has developed a new appetite suppressant that traps the gas from food to create the feeling of satiety, the company announced Wednesday.

Research showed the suppressant, which comes in the form of a milkshake-like drink, is more effective than Unilever’s Slim-Fast drinks.

Researchers tested the drink on 24 subjects at breakfast, giving one group the new drink and the other group the regular Slim-Fast drink. Subjects given the new drink responded that they felt fuller at different intervals over the four-hour test.

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