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Research suggests that whey may help curb obesity and diabetes

BY Michael Johnsen

PHILADELPHIA New research presented Tuesday at the American Dietetic Association Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo suggests that dairy proteins, especially whey, excel in building muscle and reducing fat, which may help control body weight and curb obesity, hypertension and diabetes.

Whey is a high-quality protein isolated during cheese making, and is already a popular ingredient in foods like yogurt, energy bars and ready-to-drink beverages.

In his presentation, Stuart Phillips, associate professor of kinesiology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, elaborated on recently published findings regarding protein consumption and body composition. “Our research demonstrated that milk proteins are more effective than soy in building muscle and reducing fat, when consumed after regular resistance exercise,” Phillips said. “In additional research, whey-protein consumption appears to have a similar effect even in the absence of exercise or diet.”

“Whey protein has tremendous potential as a functional-food component for maintaining a healthy weight,” stated Harvey Anderson, professor of nutrition sciences, physiology and medical sciences at the University of Toronto. “Research shows that whey helps the body feel full and satisfied; therefore, it may assist in body weight management, obesity and related conditions, including high blood pressure, diabetes and more.”

While the mechanisms of action are not fully understood, whey protein has a positive effect on insulin and cholesterol levels in the blood, as well as a positive and prolonged effect on satiation and satiety. In the presentation, Anderson called for additional research to whey’s potential benefit as a functional-food component, assisting in the management of obesity and related conditions.

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Birchwood introduces sanitary skin cleanser

BY Michael Johnsen

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Birchwood Laboratories last week introduced two new products for the health professional or family caregiver that provide a sanitary solution for incontinence cleansing and management.

B-SURE Perineal Wash Is a gentle no-rinse formula that’s a more effective alternative to soap and water for cleansing the perineal area of fecal matter and urine due to incontinence. Enriched with aloe and glycerin, B-SURE Perineal Wash soothes sensitive skin while it cleanses and can be used as an all-over skin cleanser.

Fast acting B-SURE Odor Eliminator is a unique formulation that works on contact to destroy odors at their source. Not a masking agent, B-SURE Odor Eliminator neutralizes airborne odors. It eliminates biological odors associated with incontinence and other sickroom odors including feces, urine, emesis and necrotic tissue.

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P&G introduces Vicks NyQuil D

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble on Monday announced the introduction of NyQuil D, as part of the Vicks brand of cough, cold and flu products.

“NyQuil relieves cold and flu symptoms to help you sleep better,” stated Tara Stealy, brand manager of Vicks.

NyQuil D has been reformulated with decongestant phenylephrine, replacing the original ingredient pseuodephedrine.

NyQuil D has a suggested retail price of $6.32 for 10 oz. Other NyQuil Liquids, NyQuil LiquiCaps and NyQuil Sinus LiquiCaps will continue to be available over-the-counter in the cold and flu aisle.P&G Announces Availability of NyQuil D

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