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Actress Paula Patton named newest face of CoverGirl’s Queen Collection

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble’s beauty brand CoverGirl has tapped actress Paula Patton as its newest celebrity brand ambassador for its Queen Collection, the company recently announced via Twitter.

“BIG NEWS: COVERGIRL Queen Collection is excited to announce our newest Celebrity Brand Ambassador, Actress Paula Patton!” the brand tweeted earlier this week.

The CoverGirl Queen Collection was inspired by Queen Latifah to celebrate the beauty of women of color.
 

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Loyola U to parents: Protect your preschoolers with the flu vaccine

BY Michael Johnsen

MAYWOOD, Ill. — On average, 20,000 children under the age of 5 years are hospitalized due to flu symptoms each year, the Loyola University Health System announced Thursday in a press release encouraging parents to have their children inoculated.

“The flu can be deadly, especially in children under the age of 5, and those who have certain health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease,” said Kevin Polsley, Loyola University Health System pediatrician and assistant professor of pediatrics at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. “But even if your child doesn’t have risk factors, he or she could still develop potentially fatal complications from the flu.”

“The best way to protect kids from the flu and its potentially deadly symptoms is a flu shot,” Polsley said. “Schools and day care centers are perfect environments for the flu to spread. But just because your child doesn’t go to school is not a guarantee they won’t get the flu. It’s everywhere.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that nearly half of the children who died last year from the flu had no risk factors. As cold weather begins to set in and with people spending more time indoors and in confined spaces, the chances of contracting the flu increases.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that every child ages 6 months or older get a flu shot.

“It’s best to get the shot in the fall before we start to see a lot of flu activity because it takes two weeks for the body to develop an antibody response,” Polsley said.

For parents worried that their child may already have the flu, these are the symptoms to look for:

  • A high-grade fever up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit;

  • Chills and shakes with the fever;

  • Extreme tiredness;

  • Headache and body aches;

  • Dry, hacking cough;

  • Sore throat; and

  • Vomiting and belly pain.


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Prasco to market authorized generic Zyprexa

BY Alaric DeArment

CINCINNATI — Prasco Labs will make authorized generic versions of two psychiatric drugs made by Eli Lilly under a partnership between the two companies announced Thursday.

Prasco will market authorized generic versions of Zyprexa (olanzapine) tablets and Zyprexa Zydis orally disintegrating tablets. The drugs are used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Authorized generics are branded drugs marketed under their generic names at reduced prices, usually under a partnership between the branded drug maker and a third-party company.


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