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Vitamin Shoppe closes deal on 31-store acquisition in Northwest

BY Michael Johnsen

NORTH BERGEN, N.J. — The Vitamin Shoppe on Thursday announced that it has closed on the previously announced purchase of Super Supplements — a specialty retailer of vitamins, minerals and supplements — for approximately $50 million.  

Super Supplements is headquartered in Seattle and operates 31 stores in the Pacific Northwest.

Stifel Nicolaus Weisel acted as financial advisor to the Vitamin Shoppe and Latham & Watkins LLP served as legal counsel. Cascadia Capital acted as financial advisor to Super Supplements and Dorsey & Whitney LLP served as legal counsel.


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Study: Not all children with flu-like symptoms have the flu

BY Michael Johnsen

BOSTON — According to research published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, not all respiratory ailments that generate influenza-like symptoms can be attributed to the flu. The human metapneumovirus — which is not a strain of influenza, is impervious to antiviral medicines like Tamiflu and does not have an available vaccine according to reports — causes just as many hospitalizations and outpatient visits among children as does the flu. 

In a study tracking almost 10,500 children who presented with acute respiratory illness or fever, HMPV infections represented 6% of the children who were hospitalized, 7% of the children treated for such symptoms in an outpatient clinic and 7% of children in the emergency room on account of those symptoms.

"Children hospitalized with HMPV infection, as compared with those hospitalized without HMPV infection, were older and more likely to receive a diagnosis of pneumonia or asthma, to require supplemental oxygen, and to have a longer stay in the intensive care unit," noted researchers. "HMPV infection is associated with a substantial burden of hospitalizations and outpatient visits among children throughout the first five years of life, especially during the first year. Most children with HMPV infection were previously healthy."


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GNC raises $3.1 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

BY Michael Johnsen

PITTSBURGH — GNC on Friday announced that its employees and customers donated a total of $3.1 million over the past few months to support the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Thanks and Giving campaign. The campaign, now in its ninth year, builds awareness of and raises funds for the research and treatment done at St. Jude to help children fighting cancer. 

"We are extremely grateful for the generosity of our customers and employees in supporting this wonderful and exciting annual fundraising campaign," stated Tom Dowd, GNC EVP, chief merchandising officer and general manager. "Assisting with the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign is an honor, and we are proud of the health and wellness community’s commitment to enriching the lives of children and their families as they seek specialized pediatric healthcare at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital."


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