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Study: Caffeinated coffee could lower basal cell carcinoma risk

BY Allison Cerra

PHILADELPHIA — Increasing one’s caffeinated coffee intake could lower one’s risk of developing basal cell carcinoma — which is considered the most common form of skin cancer — according to a study published in Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Researchers led by Jiali Han — an associate professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston and Harvard School of Public Health — found that when conducting a prospective analysis of data from the Nurses’ Health Study — which included 112,897 participants in the analyses, 22,786 of which developed basal cell carcinoma during the more than 20 years of follow-up in the two studies — an inverse association was observed between all coffee consumption and risk of basal cell carcinoma. Additionally, an inverse association was seen between intake of caffeine from all dietary sources (i.e., coffee, tea, cola and chocolate) and risk of basal cell carcinoma. The researchers found, however, consumption of decaffeinated coffee was not associated with a decreased risk of basal cell carcinoma.

"Our data indicate that the more caffeinated coffee you consume, the lower your risk of developing basal cell carcinoma," Han said. "I would not recommend increasing your coffee intake based on these data alone. However, our results add basal cell carcinoma to a list of conditions for which risk is decreased with increasing coffee consumption. This list includes conditions with serious negative health consequences, such as Type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease."


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TCCD International introduces Geodeo Natural Deodorant Plus

BY Antoinette Alexander

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. — TCCD International has announced the introduction of Geodeo Natural Deodorant Plus, which uses volcanic minerals and Icelandic algae to help fight impurities.

Geodeo has been specially formulated to be 97% natural, while also providing odor protection. Volcanic minerals and Icelandic algae work to help fight impurities. When applied to the underarm, these ingredients help to deeply purify pores from a multitude of environmental contaminants.

Unlike conventional deodorants and antiperspirants, Geodeo does not block pores and allows pores to excrete toxins naturally. The active enzymes in Geodeo help neutralize body odors instead of just masking them. The deodorant glides on clear to provide 24 hours of protection without the use of aluminum, parabens and silicone.

New packaging is a part of the Geodeo rollout. A majority of the product’s ingredients are natural and sustainable. Using imagery of waves and leaves, the labels evoke the sense that this deodorant comes from nature. Colors of pink, green and blue are used for an eye-grabbing effect, as well as to color-code the scents — pink for Island, green for unscented and blue for Ocean. A bold brown cap and bottle helps make the package stand out from other natural beauty products for easy brand recognition.

Geodeo retails for $5.99 and is available at Duane Reade, all Florida Whole Food Markets and online. It also is available at Walmart Canada stores.

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ShopRite offering free prenatal vitamins

BY Antoinette Alexander

KEASBEY, N.J. — Grocery chain ShopRite is offering free prenatal vitamins to further help shoppers live healthier lives and prepare for a healthy baby.

ShopRite customers can receive a free 30-day supply of Prenatal Plus or Prenatal Plus FE vitamins with a valid prescription. ShopRite also offers free 30-day supplies of select generic diabetes drugs and free 14-day supplies of select generic antibiotics. Other generic prescriptions start as low as $3.99 for a 30-day supply.

There are no membership fees or insurance required to benefit from these savings.

ShopRite customers also can take advantage of the pharmacy’s staff of pharmacists, who are readily available to answer any questions. Furthermore, select ShopRite stores also feature in-store dietitians, who can help expecting mothers plan a healthy diet when eating for two. ShopRite’s retail dietitians offer their services to all customers free of charge.

In related news, ShopRite also offers free children’s prescription multivitamins, available in tablets or drops.

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