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FDA approves expanded Imbruvica indication

BY David Salazar
SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new indication for Janssen Biotech’s and Pharmacyclics’ Imbruvica (ibrutinib) capsules, the companies announced Friday.
 
The drug can now be used by patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia that hasn’t been treated yet. The new indication expands the drug’s use beyond CLL patients with a certain genetic mutation. The approval coincides with a recent update to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s Clinical Practice Guidelines, which recommended Imbruvica for some first-line CLL patients. 
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Canada launches first wellness rewards program in British Columbia

BY David Salazar
VICTORIA, BC — The Canadian government, in partnership with social venture company Social Change Rewards, launched its new wellness rewards program, Carrot Rewards, in British Columbia Thursday. 
 
The app allows Canadians to be rewarded with brand-name loyalty points for healthy choices they make — integrating with such loyalty programs as Aeroplan, Scene and MoreRewards. Points can be earned for such activities as going to the gym, visiting a flu clinic or buying produce at the grocery story. The app will roll out to other parts of Canada over the next five years to encourage healthier choices among Canadians. 
 
“By promoting physical fitness and providing tips and information on how to make healthier choices, we're helping British Columbians to make their health a priority,” British Columbia’s minister of health, Terry Lake, said. “B.C. is proud to be the first province to launch Carrot Rewards, and we soon hope to see the rest of Canada following in our footsteps.”
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SheaMoisture expands product line in 2016

BY Gina Acosta

NEW YORK — One of the most popular drug store beauty brands has launched new collections for 2016.

SheaMoisture has introduced its African Water Mint & Ginger Collection, available at CVS stores. The collection is developed with detoxifying ingredients including certified organic Shea Butter, natural African Water Mint, activated Charcoal, Ginger and Opuntia extracts, the products remove dirt, oil and product buildup, clearing out pores and hair follicles.

Products include:
 

  • Detox Shea Butter Soap – $4.99
  • Detox Bubble Bath & Body Wash – $9.99
  • Detox Hand & Body Scrub – $9.99
  • Detox & Refresh Hair & Scalp Gentle Shampoo – $10.99
  • Detox & Refresh Hair & Scalp Conditioner – $10.99
  • Detox & Refresh Hair & Scalp Leave-In Detangler – $11.99
  • Detox & Refresh Scalp Elixir – $10.99

SheaMoisture has also launched its Mongongo & Hemp Seed Oils High Porosity Collection, available exclusively at Target locations nationwide. The collection is enriched with ultra-hydrating natural ingredients to help seal rough cuticles and hold in moisture.
 

  • Moisture-Seal Shampoo – $10.99
  • Moisture-Seal Co-Wash – $11.99
  • Moisture-Seal Masque – $12.99
  • Moisture-Seal Finishing Elixir – $10.99
  • Moisture-Seal Styling Gel – $10.99

Finally, SheaMoisture  debuted its Baobab & Tea Tree Oils Low Porosity Collection, available exclusively at Target locations nationwide. The collections is infused with fast-absorbing natural oils to promote scalp health and hydrate where the hair needs it most.

  • Protein-Free Shampoo –$10.99
  • Protein-Free Conditioner – MSRP $10.99
  • Protein-Free Leave-In Detangler – $11.99

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