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Boston Medical Group report underscores sexual health

BY Michael Johnsen

LOS ANGELES Boston Medical Group, a national physician network specializing in the treatment of erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation, on Monday released 10 leading reasons regular sexual activity can help improve men’s overall health.

“It’s a well-known stereotype that men don’t need more reasons to have sex, but it’s important to remember that regular sexual activity is more than recreational – good sexual health is vital to a man’s overall physical, psychological and emotional health,” stated Barry Buffman, a physician at Boston Medical Group. “Sex can benefit everything from a man’s short term mood, to longer term issues like cardiovascular health and the reduced risk of prostate cancer.”

The full list of health benefits includes continued intimacy health later into life; a 30% reduction in prostate cancer risk; increased testosterone production, which can strengthen bones and muscles; improved cardiovascular health; a boosted immunity system; pain relief; and better sleep.

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Walgreens gets in the holiday spirit

BY Alaric DeArment

Walgreens is promoting general merchandise and personal care products with its ‘Big Joy. Little Prices’ campaign.

The campaign is a way for Walgreens to drive sales by promoting everyday, front-end items ranging from shampoo to diapers.

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Unilever recalls Slim-Fast RTD products

BY Michael Johnsen

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. Unilever on Thursday announced a nationwide voluntary recall of all Slim-Fast ready-to-drink products in cans due to the possibility of contamination with Bacillus cereus, a microorganism that can cause diarrhea and possibly nausea and/or vomiting.

The probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote, the company noted.

The products are packaged in paperboard cartons and contain four, six or 12 steel cans that are 11 Fl. oz. (325 mL) each. Individual cans are also sold in certain retail outlets. The recall involves all Slim-Fast RTD products in cans, regardless of flavor, Best-By date, lot code or UPC number.

No other Slim-Fast products are affected by this recall.

The recall was initiated after the company conducted quality testing on Slim-Fast RTD products in cans. Out of an abundance of caution, the company is recalling all RTD products in cans that are currently in distribution centers, on-shelf or in back rooms in retail outlets or in consumers’ homes. The company is in the process of identifying and correcting the production issue, and will resume production and shipment of the product when the issue has been addressed and corrected.

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