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Study finds use of homeopathic products helpful to maintaining health

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Earlier this year, the Benson-Henry Institute published in the American Journal of Public Health a new survey examining the use of homeopathic medicines in the United States. The report found that homeopathy users, particularly those who also report visiting homeopathic practitioners, find the use of these products helpful, and that they tend to use a greater variety of complementary and integrative medicine modalities than do users of supplements and other complementary and integrative medicines, or CIMs.

The respondents who reported using homeopathy were more likely to be white, female, married, highly educated, ages 30 years old to 44 years old and live in the western United States than CIM users who did not use homeopathy. They also were more likely to report using other types of CIM, except for chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation, and to have used several different types of CIM.

While two-thirds of the 718 respondents who used homeopathy ranked it among their top three CIM therapies, only 19% reported seeing a homeopathic practitioner during the preceding year. One-third of homeopathy users — both those who did and did not consult practitioners — reported using homeopathy to address specific health conditions, most commonly head and chest colds. Those who did see a practitioner were significantly more likely to report that homeopathy was very important to maintaining their health, and that it had helped their health problem “a great deal.”

“We were a bit surprised to see how few homeopathy users reported seeing a practitioner, but I don’t think that is concerning since most use is for conditions that will resolve on their own and homeopathic medicines are generally very safe,” noted Michelle Dossett of the Benson-Henry Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital and lead and corresponding author of the paper. “Our data suggest that the likelihood of people using these products for serious conditions without input from a healthcare professional is low, and data from other groups suggest that most CIM use is in addition to, not in place of, conventional treatment.”

According to BHI, this is the first detailed report on the use of homeopathy in this country. Homeopathy is a 200-year-old system of medicine based on the principal of similars — that highly diluted substances can be used to treat symptoms similar to those that would be caused by large doses of those substances in healthy people. Interest in homeopathy has increased in recent years, the authors noted.

 

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SLIDESHOW: Shoppers Drug Mart debuts aging-focused Wellwise pilot

BY David Salazar

TORONTO, Ontario — In an effort to connect with Canada’s aging population, Shoppers Drug Mart this week will unveil its new pilot retail experience in Toronto’s Leaside neighborhood. The Wellwise store pilot will get a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 23.

With more Canadians over 65 years of age than under 15 years of age, Shoppers Drug Mart said the pilot focuses on giving patients control over the way they age in an environment that it said eschews the clinical experience of DME stores for a focus on aging gracefully. The store concentrates in there areas — experience, empowering and education (the store has a dietitian on staff).

The standalone, 3,500-sq.-ft. store’s inventory will encompass such categories as wellness (aromatherapy), recovery (first aid), mobility, home comfort, tools and gadgets, personal care and active living, which includes products for yoga, compression and light weights.

“We are going to change the conversation about how people age,” Shoppers Drug Mart SVP healthcare business Theresa Firestone told Drug Store News. “People don’t generally look forward to that part of life [and] this is an opportunity for people to look forward to that part of life, because you can age powerfully, you can take control and there are lots of ways you can be active and enjoy life.”

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Leading hearing aid manufacturer Starkey launches complete ear care line

BY Michael Johnsen

MINNEAPOLIS — Starkey Hearing Technologies on Tuesday announced the availability of its new Ear Health product line, including solutions for earwax, earaches, itchy ears, dry ears and for protecting ears from damaging sounds.

Starkey Hearing is already a well-known brand among prescription-only hearing aid products. This move creates a brand resonance for Starkey in the ear care aisle, which may see more hearing aid manufacturers enter the space as hearing aids indicated for mild to moderate hearing loss migrate into OTC sets.

“[Starkey] Ear Health products were designed to give consumers an easy way to take care of their ears," stated Chris McCormick, chief marketing officer Starkey Hearing Technologies. "It is our hope that because of these products, we will see more people take an earlier and more proactive approach to ear and hearing health, which will in turn lead to overall improved health and wellness.”

Starkey's Ear Health products were developed by consulting audiologists and hearing health professionals to address consumers’ top needs for maintaining ear health. As a leading U.S. hearing aid brand, the complete Ear Health line gives consumers easier, one-stop ear healthcare.

“With a dedicated website, attention-grabbing packaging and the Starkey Hearing Technologies name, consumers can now buy ear health products from the company that audiologists and consumers trust,” McCormick added.

 

 

 

 

 

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