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Study finds higher childhood allergy rates in the United States

BY Alaric DeArment

CHICAGO — Children in the United States are more likely to experience allergies than those in other countries, according to a new study.

The study, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and based on data from the National Survey of Children’s Health, found that children born abroad were less likely to experience pediatric allergies, asthma, hay fever, eczema and food allergies until they moved to the United States, and their odds of developing hay fever and eczema increased after living here for more than 10 years. More than half of all Americans suffer from allergies, compared to just 20% of people in the United Kingdom, while the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand have the highest rates of asthma, and remote areas of Africa and South America have almost no allergies.

"Genetics do play a role in a child’s sensitivity and predisposition to allergies, but when kids are relocated to the U.S., environmental factors are added to the mix," said Brian Rotskoff, an allergy specialist at Chicago-based Clarity Allergy Center. "Repeated exposure to our surroundings and lifestyle changes causes allergy symptoms to emerge."

Allergy triggers in the U.S., according to the study, include seasonal changes in weather and pollen counts; diverse plant life; diets high in processed foods; overuse of antibiotics; environmental pollutants; and high-stress lifestyles.

 

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Sears Holdings award recognizes Supplylogix’s contributions to inventory management

BY Alaric DeArment

WESTLAKE, Texas — Sears Holdings Corp. has given an award to a healthcare inventory logistics company for results from its pharmacy inventory management and compliance software.

Supplylogix announced Thursday that it was one of a select group of supplier companies that received the Partners in Transformation award at Sears Holdings’ 2013 Vendor Summit earlier this month. The award recognizes support for the retailer’s efforts to transform itself by using its Shop Your Way loyalty program, and is given to less than 0.5% of the more than 30,000 suppliers that work with Sears Holdings.

"The Partners in Transformation award recognizes our top-performing suppliers as true partners that support our transformation in becoming a leader in integrated retail," Sears Holdings chairman and CEO Edward Lampert said. "They provide the quality products, services and experiences that exceed the expectations of our Shop Your Way members and enable us to build successful, meaningful relationships with them. Through our continued collaboration, we will be able to more effectively leverage the breadth of our portfolio and the power of our brands to meet our members’ and customers’ needs."

Supplylogix expressed gratitude for the award.

"Supplylogix is pleased to have been recognized by Sears Holdings with this award," Supplylogix president and CEO Mark Wilgus said. "We are proud to partner with the Kmart Pharmacy and Inventory teams in their efforts to maximize patient satisfaction, right-size inventory levels and reduce waste."

 

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South Beach Diet launches new protein bars and smoothies

BY Jason Owen

NEW YORK — South Beach Diet today unveiled new additions to its lineup of snacks and smoothies.

South Beach Diet ProteinFit Bars and a South Beach Diet Snack Bar join the snack lineup. South Beach Diet ProteinFit bars come with 16 grams of protein and are available in two flavors — Vanilla Caramel and Honey Peanut — both with a Greek yogurt coating. The new South Beach Diet Chocolate Caramel Nut Snack Bar contains six grams of protein and only 100 calories. South Beach Diet products have no artificial flavors or sweeteners; they are in stores now.

South Beach Diet ProteinFit bars and its Chocolate Caramel Nut Snack Bar join the trusted brand’s new creamy South Beach Diet Snack Smoothies — shelf-stable, single-serve, ready-to-drink smoothies in refreshing fruit flavors. Snack Smoothies help you feel full and satisfied between meals, with 6 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber. Made with natural sweeteners like monk fruit extract, ounce for ounce, each Smoothie has 45% less sugar than the leading weight-loss shake, according to the company.

"We’re pleased to provide great snacks that fit right into consumers’ plans to look terrific all summer long," said Elise Donahue, CEO of the South Beach Diet. "We like to satisfy their taste buds with surprisingly delicious snacks that are also protein-and fiber-rich to help curb sweet cravings as part of a balanced, weight-loss plan. These are tasty treats, for those on a diet or simply loving a perfect snack."

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