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Researchers seek to find link between Chinese wolfberries, vision improvement in Type 2 diabetics

BY Allison Cerra

KANSAS CITY, Kan. A Kansas State University researcher is exploring the use of a fruit and its effect on vision deficiencies that are common for Type 2 diabetics.

Dingbo “Daniel” Lin, research assistant professor of human nutrition, is studying wolfberries and their potential to improve damage to the retina. Lin said the fruit may lower the oxidative stress — “known as cell impairment of the production of reactive oxygen” — that the eye undergoes as a result of Type 2 diabetes. The fruit, he added, is known to help rebalance homeostasis, boost the immune system, nourish the liver and kidneys and improve vision.

“I would not say that wolfberries are a medicine, but they can be used as a dietary supplement to traditional treatments to improve vision,” Lin said. “Wolfberries have high antioxidant activity and are very beneficial to protect against oxidative stress caused by environmental stimuli and genetic mutations.

The research has been presented at the 2009 Experimental Biology conference and 2009 American Society of Cell Biology Conference. The project is funded by a grant from K-State’s Center of Biomedical Research Excellence.

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Supervalu sues Hershey, Mars, Nestle

BY Allison Cerra

MINNEAPOLIS A grocery chain has filed an antitrust lawsuit against three confectioners and their affiliates, accusing the companies of fixing prices from 2002 until 2008.

Supervalu filed a complaint against Hershey, Mars and Nestle USA, claiming the companies “entered into a conspiracy not to compete in the sale of chocolate candy products.”

The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court of Pennsylvania. Click here to read the full complaint.

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Gain kicks off new campaign with celebrity best friends

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI Gain has kicked off its “Better Together” campaign with celebrity best friends, Melissa Joan Hart and Soleil Moon Frye.

The campaign, which emphasizes the combination of Gain’s matching detergent and fabric softener to clean clothes, also has kicked off on IloveGain.com, where Gain fans can upload their personal stories, play interactive friendship games and hear more about Hart and Frye’s most favorite shared memories.

“We’re pleased to partner with Gain to celebrate close friendships in a fun and light-hearted way,” said Melissa Joan Hart. “Soleil and I have been friends since we were children, and we can certainly attest that our experiences have been better when shared together.”

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