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ScarAway sheets to reduce C-section scars available at Buybuy Baby stores

BY Alaric DeArment

GUILFORD, Conn. — A sheet designed to fade and flatten C-section scars is available at Buybuy Baby stores, the manufacturer said.

ScarAway Silicone C-Section scar sheets used to be available only through hospitals but are now available at Buybuy Baby stores nationwide and online, manufacturer Mitchell-Vance Labs said.

"Much has been written about what to expect when you’re expecting, but it’s hard to prepare for all the changes to your body — let alone your life — after the baby arrives," Mitchel-Vance president Jessica Rowen said. "Women who have delivered via C-section leave the hospital with a 4-in. to 6-in. scar that can far outlast those postpartum sleepless nights. That’s why we’re excited to partner with Buybuy Baby to make a specialize, over-the-counter treatment available where moms are already shopping for newborn necessities."

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Matrixx Initiatives recalls one lot of Zicam gel over contamination concerns

BY Alaric DeArment

SILVER SPRING, Md. — A single lot of a congestion-relief product has been recalled due to bacterial contamination found in a sample, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.

Matrixx Initiatives launched a voluntary recall of one lot of Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief nasal gel Tuesday following the discovery of Burkholderia cepacia bacteria in a single sample taken from lot No. 2J23, which carries an expiration date of September 2015. The company has notified distributors and retail customers by FedEx letter and telephone, and is arranging for a the return of all recalled products, the FDA said.

The agency said that B. cepacia causes little risk to healthy people, but delivered in a nasal spray, it could colonize the upper airways and lead to respiratory infections in people with compromised immune systems or chronic lung conditions, such as cystic fibrosis. The bacteria are resistant to many antibiotics and could be difficult to eradicate in such people if infection occurs.


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Maddak introduces Built-Up Handle for arthritis sufferers

BY Alaric DeArment

WAYNE, N.J. — A new product makes gripping such things as eating utensils, pens and toothbrushes easier for people with arthritis.

Maddak announced the availability of the Universal Built-Up Handle, designed as a "do-it-yourself" product to enlarge the gripping surfaces of common household items.

"Most handles on traditional flatware have relatively small diameters, making them difficult, painful and sometimes impossible for a person with arthritis or other hand limitations to grasp," Maddak director of product management Kathleen Hanek said. "Increasing the diameter of the handle makes it easier to hold and helps reduce pain and cramping."

The product can be used on items with widths between 1/4 in. and 1 in. and measures 1-3/4 in. in diameter. Handles are sold in bags of four with a suggested retail price of $18.99.

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