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J&J introduces Reach UltraClean toothbrush and floss

BY Antoinette Alexander

MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. Johnson & Johnson Healthcare products division of McNeil-PPC has introduced the new Reach UltraClean toothbrush and floss.

The products will be available at food, drug and mass outlets in September. The toothbrush will retail for $2.99 to $3.99 and the floss will cost $3.49 to $3.99.

The new Reach UltraClean toothbrush offers the signature Reach angled neck designed like a dental instrument to clean hard to reach places. Multi-level bristles and a dense cleaning tip together thoroughly clean between teeth, behind teeth and along the gum lines, according to the company. It also features an ergonomic handle and a thumb grip for better control and comfort.

The new Reach UltraClean Floss contains micro-grooves that are designed to flex to adapt to contours between the teeth to grab and remove plaque.

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Skin moisturizers increase cancer risk in mice, according to study

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK A study by researchers at Rutgers University has found that skin moisturizers given to mice exposed to ultraviolet radiation increases the risk of cancer, according to HealthDay News.

The researchers, who published the study in the Aug. 14 issue of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, emphasized that the study was done only on mice, and they didn’t know if studies on humans would yield similar results.

The study involved exposing hairless mice to UV radiation for extended periods, which caused skin cancer. After that, they applied four common brands of skin moisturizer on the mice over 17 weeks for five days a week. The mice that received the moisturizers had an increased rate of tumor formation.

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Reliant, Philips to partner on skin care technologies

BY Antoinette Alexander

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. Reliant Technologies, a developer of the Fraxel laser systems, has reached an agreement with Philips to develop skin care technologies for use in the home.

The agreement, which is at an initial R&D stage, will combine Reliant’s expertise in developing skin rejuvenation laser treatments with Philips’ design, marketing and global distribution capabilities to provide consumers with home use skin care solutions.

“This exclusive partnership will allow us to leverage Reliant’s unique fractional laser technology and enter the growing home use aesthetic market with innovative products that use the Philips and Fraxel brands,” stated Eric Stang, president and chief executive officer of Reliant Technologies.

According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, laser skin resurfacing increased 230 percent from 1997 to 2007. In addition, more consumers have begun seeking home-use aesthetic treatments.

“Development of a home use device will complement the current portfolio of Fraxel laser systems by allowing consumers an introduction to Fraxel treatments and by offering a convenient touch up solution between professional Fraxel treatments,” added Len DeBenedictis, chief technology officer of Reliant Technologies.

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