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Alka Seltzer

BY Michael Johnsen

As seen on shelf at Walgreens, having a major pharma player like Bayer HealthCare field what essentially is a hangover-relief product adds credibility, not to mention a little more shelf presence, to similar products like Living Essentials’ Chaser Plus.

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‘The Rock’ asks families to be Diabetes Aware in new PSA

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK The fact of the matter is the average person is inundated with more than 3,000 messages each day, and as a result has gotten pretty good at tuning most of those messages out. So breaking through that clutter with a Hollywood star that may make fans pause for even a second around an important healthcare message is an accomplishment in and of itself.

 

And if you look at the caliber of stars who have participated in breaking through that clutter with Novo Nordisk and the Entertainment Industry Foundation — Halle Berry, Dustin Hoffman and Kevin Kline — Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is joining some pretty elite, attention-grabbing company.

 

And it doesn’t hurt that Novo Nordisk and the Entertainment Industry Foundation have chosen a popular family/action/adventure star to herald increased awareness around diabetes, either. Johnson’s most recent box office release — Walt Disney’s "Race to Witch Mountain" — already has grossed $106.4 million worldwide, which includes $67.2 million domestically. And the movie became available on DVD Aug. 4, which means Johnson will be top of mind among those movie buffs who recently made a trip to Blockbuster Video or checked their mailbox for their latest Netflix flick.

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USC researchers find link between GERD, obesity

BY Michael Johnsen

LOS ANGELES Researchers at the University of Southern California determined that obesity is a contributing factor in the diagnosis of gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD, according to a Los Angeles Times report published Aug. 13.

“Everyone knows that blood pressure and cholesterol levels are related to obesity, but the strength of the relationship with GERD is every bit as strong or perhaps even stronger,” the authors of the study, Shahin Ayazi and Peter Crookes, told the Times.

The study is published in this month’s issue of the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery.

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