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Star Nutrition launches increased circulation socks for fitness enthusiasts

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICO, Calif. — Star Nutrition on Monday announced the launch of the PRO-3 Thin Sport Incredisocks to its Incrediwear portfolio. The PRO-3 Incredisocks are designed with a carbonized charcoal anion technology that increases circulation, which in turn improves performance, decreases foot fatigue and leads to faster recovery times.

"The PRO-3 socks were designed specifically with runners and cyclists in mind, but all athletes will benefit from their exceptional properties after wearing them," Star Nutrition CEO Jackson Corley said. "With the increased circulation to the feet, athletes can perform better for longer periods and their feet will recover more quickly. We believe the overall qualities of the new PRO-3 socks will change the way athletes think about footwear."

PRO-3 Thin Sport was specially designed to ensure that athlete’s feet are protected by an advanced sock that not only increases circulation by up to 17%, but also wicks away moisture and is antimicrobial.

The PRO-3 Incredisocks are available in three different cuts: the PRO-3 No Sho is the lowest, the Down Low rests mid-ankle and the Cut Above, which rise farther up the ankle.


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Nipro Diagnostics named Florida Manufacturer of the Year

BY Michael Johnsen

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Nipro Diagnostics on Thursday was recognized by the Manufacturers Association of Florida with the 2011 Manufacturer of the Year Award.

Nipro was recognized in the large-company (500+ employees) category. The award, based on evaluation of leading-edge management practices, manufacturing and process quality, and other performance-excellence criteria, was presented at the 2011 MAF Manufacturers Summit & Marketplace award ceremony. The criteria for winning Manufacturer of the Year includes leadership, strategic planning, customer and market focus, measurement, analysis and knowledge management, workforce focus and process management. The panel of judges visited each finalist company’s facility to evaluate organizational practices pertinent to the six judging criteria categories.

“This award is a tribute to the employees of Nipro Diagnostics,” Nipro president and CEO and Scott Verner. “We build excellence into every aspect of our operations, and this recognition exemplifies our dedication to manufacturing quality blood-glucose monitoring systems. I congratulate every employee who has helped us achieve and maintain our quality/value leadership position in our industry.”

Nipro Diagnostics — formerly Home Diagnostics Inc. — is a manufacturer and marketer of diabetes monitoring and management products with headquarters and manufacturing facilities here.

Nipro Diagnostics also announced the purchase of two buildings in Fort Lauderdale. The company will expand manufacturing, as well as other operations, in these two facilities. “The acquisition of these buildings solidifies our presence in South Florida and is another example of our commitment to growing our business,” Verner stated.


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CDC: 36% of Americans have gotten their flu shots; of those, 21% in a retail setting

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA — As many as 111 million Americans had gotten a flu shot by mid-November, representing 36% of the 305 million Americans over the age of 6 months, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated in a media telebriefing Monday afternoon. The number of people getting vaccinated is up slightly from last year, the CDC reported, most notably among children and seniors.

Additionally, more influenza vaccines are being administered in a retail setting. While 55% of people are still getting their vaccinations in a doctor’s office or other medical setting, 21% of adults have been vaccinated in a retail setting and 16% in a workplace setting.

"We’re seeing little flu around the country right now, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t around the corner," said Anne Schuchat, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases for CDC. As of Nov. 26, the geographic spread of influenza in one state was reported as local; the District of Columbia, Guam and 29 states reported sporadic activity; the U.S. Virgin Islands and 21 states reported no influenza activity; and Puerto Rico did not report.

Schuchat recommended people who are still planning to get a flu shot not wait until after the holidays, as 129 million flu vaccinations had already been distributed through mid-November. While there is ample supply now, she said, that may not be the case in a few weeks. Last year, of people who had gotten a flu shot, 58% did so before November; 23% were inoculated in November; and 19% had their flu shots administered between December and May.

"This is the second year of our universal influenza vaccination recommendation," Schuchat said, adding that the number of people who have gotten their flu shot to date is outpacing last year’s rate by about 3.5 percentage points during the same time in 2010. Approximately 36% of adults have been vaccinated to date, versus 34% in 2010; 37% of children have been vaccinated to date, versus 31% in 2010. "I don’t think years ago that parents realized influenza could be so serious in children," a factor that changed with the H1N1 pandemic in 2009, Schuchat said regarding the sharp increase in the number of children getting vaccinated. "That’s good news for children."

Approximately 62% of all seniors over the age of 65 years have been vaccinated to date. And 42% of people with such chronic diseases as asthma, diabetes and heart disease have gotten vaccinated.

The CDC held the media telebriefing to help generate awareness around National Influenza Vaccination Week Dec. 4 to 10.


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