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SIUE professor nabs U.S. patent

BY Ryan Chavis

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — Dr. Ronald Worthington, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the School of Pharmacy at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, obtained U.S. Patent No. 8,563,293 for his invention to protect against bacterial contamination. 

“Our goal was to address the inappropriate use of antibiotics in industrial processes,” Worthington said. “There are various scenarios where antibiotics are being used, and it’s imposing huge problems in the emergence of antibiotic resistant bacterial strains.”

The use of antibiotics to control bacterial contamination in industrial operations suffers from a major drawback: immunity to antibiotics over time, which reduces the effectiveness of the antibiotics. The invention uses a systems biology approach to develop a co-resident microbial population that has the ability to produce proteins with bactericidal properties, according to the university. It can be used in fermentation applications where bacterial contamination is a problem.

“Ethanol biofuel production is the most prominent commercial application, where lactic acid bacteria contamination can reduce production efficiency,” Worthington added. “Other potential uses can be found in alcoholic beverage production and other fermentation processes, preservation of foods and possibly as topical antibiotics for human and animal use.”

Worthington joined the SIUE School of Pharmacy in 2005. He earned both bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from Washington University in St. Louis. Worthington’s research interests include pharmacogenomics and bioinformatics.

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Depend introduces Fit-Flex protection

BY Ryan Chavis

DALLAS — Kimberly-Clark’s Depend brand has introduced a discreet incontinence solution. New Fit-Flex protection allows men and women to be as active as they want to be without fear of embarrassment, according to the company.

“Millions of Americans live with bladder control issues, and many of my patients who experience them say their big, bulky incontinence products keep them from doing things they love,” Jennifer Berman, M.D., urologist, director of the Berman Women’s Wellness Center and Depend brand health expert, said. “They’ll be happy to learn Depend brand is introducing Depend Underwear with new Fit-Flex protection to help give men and women the chance to live their lives to the fullest.”

To show the positive impact of the Depend brand, inspirational videos documenting the journeys of real people with bladder control issues are now featured on Depend.com.

“The Depend brand remains committed to introducing innovative solutions that can help improve the lives of people living with bladder leakage and reduce the stigma associated with this common condition,” Elizabeth Metz, Depend brand director for Kimberly-Clark, said. “We hope that highlighting the personal stories of these people will show men and women with bladder leakage that they don’t have to be embarrassed or let it slow them down.”

 

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In U.S., Ahold 4Q sales down 2.1%

BY Michael Johnsen

ZAANDAM, The Netherlands — Ahold on Thursday announced consolidated net sales of €7.5 billion (U.S. $10.2 billion) for fourth quarter 2013, a decrease of 1.1% at constant exchange rates compared to fourth quarter 2012. 

 For the full year 2013, consolidated net sales were $44.3 billion, an increase of 2% at constant exchange rates compared to 2012. 

In the United States sales in the fourth quarter were down 2.1%, reflecting a contracting food market and the sales effect of Hurricane Sandy last year, the international grocer stated. 

"We continue to build our online business and opened another 31 pick-up points, bringing the total to 120 in the United States," Ahold stated. "Market share for the year was ahead of 2012 though down slightly in the fourth quarter due to the strong comparative period last year as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Supported by the ongoing progress on our cost reduction program, we expect underlying operating margin to be broadly in line with the performance during the year."

 

 

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