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CHPA updates OTCsafety.org

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON The Consumer Healthcare Products Association recently relaunched its OTCsafety.org site, featuring new resources, content and expert commentaries, as well as a Spanish-language version, the association announced through its newsletter last week.

 

According to the newsletter, the new OTCsafety.org now features sections that provide in-depth information on over-the-counter medicine categories, including information around 13 treatment categories and 30 active ingredients. Each treatment and ingredient page offers background information and specific tips for safe use, including tips targeting parents, where appropriate.

 

 

There also is a new “medicine safety” section with information on everything from the Drug Facts label to safely storing medicines.

 

 

Lastly, the site features a "from the experts" section that will provide an ongoing series of articles, videos and quizzes on issues related to OTC medicines, the CHPA noted.

 

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Omron offers up the gift of health

BY Michael Johnsen

BANNOCKBURN, Ill. With New Year’s resolutions just around the corner, Omron Healthcare is offering up healthy gift options for those looking to get back on track this January, the company announced Monday.

 

Priced under $50, Omron has assembled a sampling of gift ideas that provide motivation and accurate health information for those looking to make healthy changes in 2011.

 

 

For example, the Omron 3 Series upper arm blood pressure monitor enables patients to take the right steps in monitoring and managing the risk of heart disease. The Omron pocket pedometer with activity also is a great motivational tool, Omron suggested. And the Omron fat loss monitor is a hand-held tool that provides weight, body fat percentage and body/mass index readings.

 

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DHA supplements may help boost memory, study finds

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON According to a study published in the November edition of Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, taking docosahexaenoic acid may improve memory and learning in older adults with mild cognitive impairments. The study found that DHA taken for six months improved memory and learning in healthy, older adults with mild memory complaints.

 

“The results of this study are very encouraging for those consumers concerned about maintaining memory,” stated Duffy MacKay, VP scientific and regulatory affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition. “The more we learn about the valuable role DHA plays in supporting brain function, the more options aging Americans have toward managing cognitive decline.”

 

 

While this study focused on a population of healthy adults with age-associated memory impairment, a study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, conducted in a population that previously had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, did not indicate DHA provided a statistically significant benefit to cognitive function. The lead author of the JAMA study also highlighted that the study’s results may have been different had DHA been administered before the participants’ disease progressed.

 

“This study reinforces the principle that consumers will reap the most benefit from their DHA supplements — and many supplements — when they are taken over time and before a health concern is imminent,” MacKay said. “When included as a part of a proactive health regimen that includes a well-balanced diet, regular physical activity and routine visits with a healthcare professional, dietary supplements offer an important tool to help support many systems in the body, including memory and cognitive function.”

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