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Drive Medical launches maneuverable knee walker

BY Michael Johnsen

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — Drive Medical recently launched its new Steerable Knee Walker, a durable and stable mobility option for individuals recovering from foot surgery, breaks, sprains, amputation and ulcers of the foot. It can be steered for enhanced maneuverability and features a deluxe dual-braking system for added safety.

The Steerable Knee Walker features tool-free height adjustment of the tiller which can also be folded down for storage or transport.

The knee pad is separated into two sections and can be height adjusted for comfort. The large, 8-inch caster wheels make the Steerable Knee Walker ideal for both indoor and outdoor use, the company stated. 

 

 

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Study: Higher levels of sleep aid melatonin may reduce prostate cancer risk

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN DIEGO — Higher levels of melatonin, a hormone involved in the sleep-wake cycle, may decrease the risk of developing advanced prostate cancer, according to results presented here at the AACR-Prostate Cancer Foundation Conference on Advances in Prostate Cancer Research, held Jan. 18-21.

Melatonin is a hormone that is produced exclusively at night in the dark and is an important output of the circadian rhythm, or the body’s inherent 24-hour clock. Many biological processes are regulated by the circadian rhythm, including the sleep-wake cycle. Melatonin may play a role in regulating a range of other hormones that influence certain cancers, including breast and prostate cancers.

"Sleep loss and other factors can influence the amount of melatonin secretion or block it altogether, and health problems associated with low melatonin, disrupted sleep and/or disruption of the circadian rhythm are broad, including a potential risk factor for cancer," stated Sarah Markt, doctoral candidate in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. "We found that men who had higher levels of melatonin had a 75% reduced risk for developing advanced prostate cancer compared with men who had lower levels of melatonin," she wrote. "Our results require replication, but support the public health implication of the importance of maintaining a stable light-dark and sleep-wake cycle. Because melatonin levels are potentially modifiable, further studies of melatonin and prostate cancer risk and progression are warranted."

The researchers found that 1-in-7 men reported problems falling asleep, 1-in-5 men reported problems staying asleep, and almost 1-in-3 reported taking sleeping medications.

"Further prospective studies to investigate the interplay between sleep duration, sleep disturbance and melatonin levels on risk for prostate cancer are needed," Markt said. 

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Nordic Naturals launches Omega Boost

BY Michael Johnsen

WATSONVILLE, Calif. — Nordic Naturals earlier this year launched Omega Boost, featuring 525 mg of omega-3s per serving. Sugar-free and sweetened with xylitol, Omega Boost is made from purified fish oil from anchovies and sardines, and offers fast absorption of the omega-3 fats EPA and DHA. Each 6-oz. bottle contains 35 servings, and has a convenient flip cap for easy pouring. 

Omega Boost supports heart, brain, and mood health along with healthy immune function. A vast body of research — including over 8,000 clinical studies — supports not only the important health benefits of omega-3s, but also reveals a worldwide deficiency of these essential nutrients, even among people who eat generally healthy diets, Nordic Naturals noted. 

“We are committed to correcting the global omega-3 deficiency by supplying pure, fresh, and effective omega-3 supplements in a wide variety of delivery systems, offering something for every palate and lifestyle,” Keri Marshall, Nordic Naturals chief medical officer, said. “Because of its appealing formulation and taste, Omega Boost is a product that is great for the whole family. It can be taken by the spoonful or added to a smoothie.”

Every batch of Nordic Naturals fish oils is third-party tested for environmental toxins, including heavy metals such as mercury, dioxins and PCBs, the company stated. All fish oils used in Nordic Naturals products are in the triglyceride form. 

 

 

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