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Cases of whooping cough on the rise in California

BY Michael Johnsen

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health and state health officer, last week warned that the number of pertussis (whooping cough) cases continue to increase in California.

CDPH has received reports of 2,649 cases of pertussis occurring from January through May 27, 2014, more than the number of cases reported in all of 2013. More than 800 cases were reported in April alone, the highest monthly count since the 2010 epidemic.

“The number of pertussis cases is likely to continue to increase,” Chapman said. “As an important preventive measure, we recommend that pregnant women receive a pertussis vaccine booster during the third trimester of each pregnancy, and that infants be vaccinated as soon as possible.”

Infants too young to be fully immunized remain most vulnerable to severe and fatal cases of pertussis. Sixty-six of the hospitalized cases to date in 2014 have been in children 4 months of age or younger. Two infant deaths have been reported this year, one with onset in 2013, the second with onset in 2014.

As many as 83% of the cases have occurred in infants and children younger than 18 years of age. Of the pediatric cases, 8% were younger than 6 months-old, and 70% were 7 through 16 years of age.

 

 

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Quest Products launches ProVent Rosacea Moisturizing Creme

BY Michael Johnsen

GURNEE, Ill. – Quest Products on Wednesday announced the national launch of ProVent Rosacea Moisturizing Creme, a creme formulated to help reduce the appearance of skin conditions often associated with rosacea and other skin conditions, including skin redness, age spots, facial rashes, dry skin and sun-related damage. 

ProVent Rosacea Moisturizing Creme benefits from Quest Products’ proprietary Intradermal Delivery System, a patented and patent-pending technology that allows for the effective delivery of nutritional or cosmetic ingredients into the skin. ProVent’s skin care scientists identified a complex matrix of skin-essential nutrients in a broad range of botanical ingredients. Each intradermal formulation is designed to address specific skin challenges and deliver nutrition where it is needed most to the developing new skin.

The ProVent Rosacea Moisturizing Creme is formulated with Green Tree Extract, Milk Thistle and Grape Seed Extract, ingredients known to have natural anti-inflammatory benefits and promote healthy skin. Formulated for both men and women, the creme contains no parabens, artificial dyes or fragrances, and absorbs rapidly into the skin.  

 

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Reports: Sponsors get green light to circulate North Dakota pharmacy measure petition

BY Antoinette Alexander

BISMARCK, N.D. — Sponsors of a proposed ballot measure that would repeal a 50-year-old section of state law that requires pharmacies to be majority-owned by pharmacists who are licensed in North Dakota can start circulating their petition for signatures, according to published reports.

According to reports, Secretary of State Al Jaeger announced his approval of the petition format on Tuesday. Now the committee must work to gather at least 13,452 qualified signatures by Aug. 6 in order to get the measure on the Nov. 4 ballot.

The approved petition states that the ballot measure would “remove the requirement that an applicant for a permit to operate a pharmacy must be a licensed pharmacist, a business controlled by licensed pharmacists, or a hospital pharmacy or postgraduate medical residency training program,” according to reports.

 

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