U.S. retail sales see slight gain for July
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Census Bureau reported that July sales increased 0.5% to $390.4 billion, a positive sign for consumers and retailers whose outlook on the economy may have floundered after the stock market endured a turbulent week.
Compared with the year-ago period, the Census Bureau disclosed that retail sales jumped 8.5%. Similarly, retail trade sales also rose 0.5% for the month and 8.9% above July 2010.
Across retail sectors, sales at grocery stores rose nearly 0.6% to nearly $46.3 million, up from nearly $46.1 million in June; while health and personal care stores edged up slightly by 0.1% to about $22.9 million, compared with $22.8 million in June, the Census Bureau said.
Although advanced estimates for pharmacies and drug stores are not included in the report, the government agency disclosed that sales decreased from May to June, dropping 0.14% to about $19.1 million.
In related news, Deloitte reported that its Consumer Spending Index rose for the first time since January, reflecting a rise in home prices and a slight improvement in real wages.
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Smoking women at greater risk of heart disease
NEW YORK — Women who smoke are at a 25% higher risk of developing coronary heart disease than the men who share that smoke break with them, according to a meta-analysis published Wednesday on The Lancet website.
This increased risk for women could be due to physiological differences between the sexes, with cigarette smoke toxins possibly having a more potent effect on women, suggested Rachel Huxley, study co-author at the Division of Epidemiology, University of Minnesota.
The authors’ meta-analysis included around 4 million individuals and 67,000 coronary heart disease events from 86 studies. They found that in 75 cohorts (representing a total of 2.4 million participants) that adjusted for cardiovascular risk factors other than coronary heart disease, the pooled adjusted female-to-male relative risk ratio of smoking, compared with not smoking for coronary heart disease, was 25% higher for women. This relative risk ratio increased by 2% for every additional year of follow-up, meaning that the longer a woman smokes, the higher her risk of developing heart disease becomes compared with a man who has smoked the same length of time.
"Cigarette smoking is one of the main causes of coronary heart disease worldwide and will remain so as populations that have so far been relatively unscathed by the smoking epidemic begin to smoke to a degree previously noted only in high-income countries," Huxley noted. "This expectation is especially true for young women in whom the popularity of smoking, particularly in some low-income and middle-income countries, might be on the rise."
The actual risk could be even higher, Huxley added. Women, on average, smoke fewer cigarettes per day than men, for example. "Women might extract a greater quantity of carcinogens and other toxic agents from the same number of cigarettes than men," Huxley wrote. "This occurrence could explain why women who smoke have double the risk of lung cancer compared with their male counterparts."
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Nutramax gains distribution for its latest fish oil supplement
EDGEWOOD, Md. — Nutramax Labs on Thursday announced that its OmegaMint now is available nationwide at Walgreens stores and Walgreens.com.
Nutramax’s OmegaMint is a purified omega-3 fish oil supplement that contains 270-mg EPA and 180 -g DHA per two-softgel serving. The fish oil is sourced from salmon and cold water fish and is molecularly distilled for optimal purity.
In addition, OmegaMint is naturally flavored with peppermint oil to prevent any fishy taste, smell or repeat. “We have found consumers like that OmegaMint softgels are small, peppermint-flavored, and can be chewed or swallowed,” Nutramax VP consumer sales David Moore said.
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