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Study: Selenium may cut men’s risk of diabetes

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK A recent study published in BioMed Central’s open access journal, Nutrition and Metabolism, has shown that men with a higher concentration of selenium in their bodies are less likely to develop diabetes.

Tasnime Akbaraly, from the University of Montpellier, worked with a team of researchers to follow 1,162 healthy French men and women for nine years, monitoring plasma selenium concentrations and incidence of dysglycemia. Akbaraly said during the study period, 127 new cases of dysglycemia occurred, of which 70 were in men and 57 in women. She pointed out, however, that elderly men with high plasma selenium concentrations were “significantly associated with a lower risk of developing dysglycemia over the following nine years.”

“The reason we observed a protective effect of selenium in men but not in women is not completely clear, but might be attributed to women being healthier at baseline, having better antioxidant status in general and possible differences in how men and women process selenium,” Akbaraly said.

Selenium, a trace mineral that is an essential element in several metabolic pathways and is found in such foods as walnuts and various types of fish.

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Bausch & Lomb makes Renu Fresh packaging user-friendly

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCHESTER, N.Y. Bausch & Lomb on Friday announced the relaunch of Renu Fresh multi-purpose contact lens solution in a clear bottle in order for contact lens wearers to see exactly how much solution is remaining.

The new packaging is also easier to recycle, making it more environmentally friendly, B&L stated.

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‘Idol’ judge announces partnership with Claritin

BY Michael Johnsen

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. Claritin is teaming up with allergy sufferer and “American Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi around a video contest, Schering-Plough Consumer HealthCare, a subsidiary of Merck, announced Friday.

“For contestants on [American Idol], the hottest TV show in America, the stakes are high,” DioGuardi stated in announcing the partnership. “They’re sharing their talent and giving their best, so I owe it to them to focus on their performance, not my allergies.”

Through April 20, allergy sufferers can go to www.LivingClear.com to submit a video showing what they’ve been enabled to do because Claritin relieves their worst allergy symptoms without drowsiness.  Five finalists will win $1,000, a one-year supply of Claritin products and have their video featured on the Living Clear Web site. The grand prize winner will receive $10,000 and the chance to star in an online Claritin commercial to be debuted later this year.

Once the finalists are revealed May 6, voting on the best video will be opened to the general public.

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