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Study finds ProbioKid reduces infections in children during winter months

BY Michael Johnsen

MONTREAL A study presented last month before the European Respiratory Society Annual Congress determined that the branded probiotic ProbioKid reduced infectious events in children by 25% during the winter period, as compared with a placebo. The study was conducted during the winter of 2006-2007 and involved 135 healthy, school-aged children who had suffered from at least three episodes of ear-nose-throat, bronchopulmonary or gastric disorder during the course of the previous winter.

 

Half of the children in the probiotic group did not develop any ENT, bronchopulmonary or gastric disorder during the winter, versus 32.9% of children in the placebo group.

 

 

ProbioKid, distributed by Institut Rosell-Lallemand, contains a combination of three probiotic strains and a prebiotic.

 

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Wegmans introduces co-branded glucose monitoring system with Nipro

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCHESTER, N.Y. Wegmans on Monday announced the availability of its co-branded blood-glucose monitoring systems: Nipro Diagnostics’ TrueResult system and True2go.

 

“Glucose self-monitoring, along with carbohydrate-counting, helps people with diabetes develop an everyday pattern with the best amounts and timing for food, exercise and insulin,” stated Wegmans nutrition and product labeling manager Jane Andrews. “Later on, they can use testing information to make adjustments. For example, they might check blood glucose levels just before going out for a 30-minute run, and results will help them decide how much extra carbohydrate to eat so that blood sugars don’t drop too low. "

 

Testing is key to staying on track, added Wegmans pharmacist Brian Pompo, coordinator of wellness and clinical services for pharmacy. “Your daily measures of blood glucose let you know if you have your diabetes under control, and give your healthcare providers the data they need to make therapy decisions.”

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Prestige Brands completes purchase of Blacksmith Brands

BY Michael Johnsen

IRVINGTON, N.Y. Prestige Brands Holdings on Monday announced that it has completed its previously announced purchase of Blacksmith Brands Holdings.

 

The transaction was finalized under the original terms announced on Sept. 20, which called for Prestige to pay $190 million in cash at closing plus a customary working capital adjustment that amounted to $13.4 million.

 

The purchase includes five over-the-counter healthcare products: Efferdent and Effergrip denture care products, PediaCare children’s over-the-counter medicines, Luden’s cough drops and NasalCrom allergy treatment.

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