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CDC: H1N1 evident in every state, District of Columbia

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday announced that the number of confirmed H1N1 cases in the United States has eclipsed 10,000 and is now evident in every state, including the District of Columbia. To date, 17 deaths have been attributed to the H1N1 virus in the United States.

“We do continue to see more cases in more places,” Anne Schuchat, CDC’s interim deputy director for the agency’s Science and Public Health Program, told reporters Friday. “Though we’re not seeing dramatic large increases.”

However, unlike the seasonal influenza, the H1N1 strain is continuing to proliferate even as late in the season as June. Transmission is still fairly active in some parts, i.e. New York, where 605 cases and four deaths have been confirmed. “We’re really not seeing much of any other seasonal flu viruses any more,” she said. “This is a novel virus, and much of the population, we don’t think, has immunity to it.”

Schuchat noted that CDC last week disseminated candidate virus strains for the development of a H1N1 vaccine to several different manufacturers. “Although we have met this first initial milestone, we need to stay tuned over the next weeks and months because manufacturing and development and clinical studies can be unpredictable,” she said.

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Abbott Nutrition rolls out three new flavors for its ZonePerfect Dark Chocolate lineup

BY Michael Johnsen

COLUMBUS, Ohio Abbott Nutrition on Tuesday announced the introduction of three new flavors to its ZonePerfect Dark Chocolate lineup, including dark chocolate caramel pecan, dark chocolate mocha and dark chocoloate cookies n’ creme.

“Building on the successful launch of ZonePerfect Dark Chocolate Nutrition Bars last year, Abbott is introducing three more delectable flavors for consumers to enjoy,” stated Monica Hysell, Abbott Nutrition general manager and division vice president, healthy living.

The bars will be featured in new packaging, which features clean lines and ingredient graphics. The new packaging will be rolled out to all ZonePerfect Nutrition Bar flavors over the coming months.

As part of the new flavor introduction, Abbott is donating a portion of proceeds from ZonePerfect Nutrition Bar purchases to the VH1 Save The Music Foundation for a total of $120,000, to help the Foundation restore music programs in public schools.

With every UPC code entered from a single bar, Abbott will donate $0.05 and for every multi-pack carton UPC code, $0.50 will be donated to the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.

The fundraising effort is part of the ZonePerfect brand’s “live.create.” campaign, which supports the discovery of music and art at festivals nationwide. The ZonePerfect brand will be sampling its new dark chocolate flavors and hosting a live concert event in conjunction with the VH1 Save The Music Foundation at its upcoming tour stop — Film Independent’s 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival from June 18 – 28.

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Safeway launches ninth annual prostate cancer fundraising, awareness campaign

BY Anna Mcgrath

PLEASANTON, Calif. Safeway began its annual prostate cancer fundraising and awareness campaign Monday to fight the most rampant form of cancer among men.

In collaboration with the Prostate Cancer Foundation, Safeway dedicates one month a year to raise money in support of prostate cancer research. This year marks their ninth consecutive year of fundraising, and has since raised nearly $42 million.

“We are committed to funding research and making a meaningful impact in the quest for new treatments and, ultimately, a cure,” said Safeway chairman, president and CEO Steve Burd. “Our company-wide public service campaign will raise money and spread the word about the importance of early detection and treatment to the millions of consumers that we are fortunate to reach each day.”

According to PCF, 1-in-6 men are affected by prostate cancer, making it the most common non-skin cancer in America. Safeway is one of the largest corporate supporters of cancer causes and is also involved with other charities and community programs.

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