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CRN launches non-profit, educational affiliate

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Monday created the CRN Foundation, an educational affiliate of CRN.

“Establishing a non-profit educational organization under the CRN banner was a logical next step for our member companies,” stated Steve Mister, CRN president, CEO and executive director of the new non-profit organization. “More than 150 million Americans take dietary supplements each year, and the companies that manufacture and market these popular products have a responsibility to educate people about the responsible use of dietary supplements and their ingredients, and the role of these products as part of a culture of wellness. Through this foundation, we hope to be able to increase funding for programs that will help us reach these objectives.”

The CRN Foundation has a six-fold mission:

  • To provide consumers with information and education about the benefits and safety of dietary supplements and functional food as part of a healthy lifestyle that allows consumers to make more informed choices about their usage of these products;
  • To conduct research on consumer usage of dietary supplements and other behaviors that contribute to a healthy lifestyle;
  • To provide healthcare professionals with information and education to understand the proper uses of dietary supplements in their practices;
  • To provide nutrition and healthcare researchers with better understanding of appropriate research models for studying nutrition and dietary supplement usage;
  • To promote truthful and non-misleading advertising of dietary supplements to consumers through programs that encourage self-regulation of advertising by industry members; and
  • To promote rigorous research that utilizes dietary supplements and nutritional ingredients to assess their benefits and safety.

As a non-profit 501(c)(3), all donations to the CRN Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law. The CRN Foundation Board will be overseen by a board of directors consisting of a minimum of six directors and a maximum of 21 and will be announced at a future date.

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CRN adds seven new companies to its roster

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Friday announced the addition of the following seven members to its roster.

Kansas City, Mo.-based CardioTabs specializes in manufacturing supplements designed specifically for cardiovascular health. The company regularly modifies its product formulations in response to the most current research on supplements and health resulting in products that are safe and effective.

Martek Biosciences Corp. develops nutritional products that promote health and wellness through every stage of life. Martek, based in Columbia, Md., has become a leader in fermentation technology and is an innovator in the research and development of products derived from microalgae.

Istanbul, Turkey-based Eczacibasi Ilac Pazarlama is a pharmaceutical company in Turkey that has recently expanded to develop dietary supplements.  Although the company has a contract manufacturing agreement with Nutritional Laboratories International, they are not currently selling any products in the United States.

Accelovance is a clinical services company with a proven approach to accelerating clinical development by delivering optimal results through greater control and productivity.  The Rockville, Md.-based company tailors its offerings of full CRO services, wholly owned clinical sites, patient recruitment and a clinical call center for a customized clinical solution.

NutraGenetics is a science-based developer of nutritional supplements, functional foods and nutraceuticals. NutraGenetics, based in Redondo Beach, Calif., also provides business consulting services in the healthcare field relating to new product development, product distribution, logistics and supply chain solutions.

NutrIQ of Alexandria, Va. is a consulting firm that works with suppliers and manufacturers of dietary supplements, conventional foods, functional foods and other over-the-counter products.  The company specializes in nutrition marketing, communications, scientific, technical and regulatory services.

New York-based Sawaya Segalas provides investment banking services to brand-based businesses in the consumer industry.

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Study: Ginger reduces nausea associated with chemotherapy

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCHESTER, N.Y. People with cancer can reduce post-chemotherapy nausea by as much as 40% by using ginger supplements, along with standard antivomiting drugs, before undergoing treatment, according to scientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

About 70% of cancer patients who receive chemotherapy complain of nausea and vomiting.

“There are effective drugs to control vomiting, but the nausea is often worse because it lingers,” stated lead author Julie Ryan, assistant professor of dermatology and radiation oncology at Rochester’s James P. Wilmot Cancer Center. “Nausea is a major problem for people who undergo chemotherapy and it’s been a challenge for scientists and doctors to understand how to control it,” Ryan said.

The Phase II/III placebo-controlled, double-blind study included 644 cancer patients who would receive at least three chemotherapy treatments. They were divided into four arms that received placebos, 0.5 gram of ginger, 1 gram of ginger or 1.5 grams of ginger along with antiemetics (anti-vomiting drugs such as Zofran, Kytril, Novaban and Anzemet).

Patients took the ginger supplements three days prior to chemotherapy and three days following treatment. Patients reported nausea levels at various times of day during following their chemotherapy and those who took the lower doses had a 40% reduction.

Ginger is readily absorbed in the body and has long been considered a remedy for stomach aches. “By taking the ginger prior to chemotherapy treatment, the National Cancer Institute-funded study suggests its earlier absorption into the body may have anti-inflammatory properties,” Ryan said.

The research will be presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in the Patient and Survivor Care Session on Saturday, May 30, in Orlando, Fla.

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