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Smart for Life develops gluten-free diet cookie

BY Allison Cerra

BOCA RATON, Fla. Weight-management products company Smart for Life has developed a diet cookie for those with gluten sensitivity.

The gluten-free banana chocolate chip granola square has no preservatives and is made with many organic ingredients and a balanced protein formula with healthy fats and carbohydrate ratios. As with all Smart for Life products, this gluten-free line also effectively suppresses the appetite, the company said.

"The gluten-free market is growing, but unfortunately, a lot of gluten-free products do not taste that great. We have been able to create a delicious taste profile that people will be amazed to know happens to be gluten-free," said Richard Kayne, Smart for Life COO.

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Diabetes-related hospitalizations on the rise, study finds

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK More young adults, particularly young women, are being hospitalized for diabetes-related issues, according to a new study.

The study — published online in the Oct. 12 edition of Journal of Women’s Health, led by Joyce Lee of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and colleagues — evaluated hospital discharges with a primary or secondary diagnosis of diabetes from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample between 1993 and 2006.

Lee and colleagues found that hospital discharges associated with diabetes rose 65.3% over the 14-year period, as women were about 1.3 times more likely to be in the hospital for diabetes-related issues than men; while diabetes-related hospitalizations rose 102% among adults ages 30 years to 39 years. The changes, the investigators noted, "signal a shift in the hospital burden of diabetes."

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Ryan McLaughlin joins Perrigo

BY Michael Johnsen

ALLEGAN, Mich. Perrigo on Friday welcomed Ryan McLaughlin as an associate category manager on the company’s nutrition business team. McLaughlin will work closely with the company’s customer business managers and the Perrigo South Carolina nutrition team to connect with store-brand-vitamin consumers, support customers and drive Perrigo’s nutrition business, the company stated.

 

McLaughlin joined Perrigo in December 2007 as a supervisor of the supply planning process, supporting both over-the-counter and nutrition products.

 

 

McLaughlin graduated from the University of Illinois, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. McLaughlin currently lives in Grand Rapids, Mich.

 

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