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FullTurn Media’s sexual health survey receives more than 1.2 million responses

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK FullTurn Media, which hosts the Sexual Health Guru, an online destination for issues of intimate health, on Thursday released a survey that, to date, has generated more than 1.2 million online responses.

“We knew that an anonymous on-line sexual health survey would be a powerful research tool, and we thought that visitors to Sex Health Guru would enjoy participating, but we were still surprised by how quickly it has caught on,” stated Joshua Silberstein, chief executive officer of FullTurn Media.

The research has found, for example, that 27 percent of all female respondents reported taking the emergency contraceptive Plan B at least once, and that 19.1 percent of women under the age of 18 had taken it. FullTurn’s research does not indicate, however, whether those women under the age of 18 had acquired Plan B over-the-counter. Plan B is still a prescription-only medicine for women under the age of 18.

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CRN study finds that nearly four-fifths of doctors recommend supplements

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON The majority of physicians—79 percent—recommend supplements to their patients, according to the “Life…supplemented” Healthcare Professionals Impact Study, conducted by the Council for Responsible Nutrition, that was released Wednesday.

Bone health was the leading health reason physicians recommend supplements—33 percent of physicians recommended bone health supplements to their patients—followed by supplements for overall health, joint health, heart health and to maintain a healthy cholesterol.

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FDA announces meeting to explore OTC flu treatments

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCKVILLE, Md. Treatments to be used in the event of a pandemic flu epidemic may one day be available over-the-counter. The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday announced a joint meeting of the Antiviral Drugs Advisory Committee and the Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee in the Federal Register to determine the types of studies and trial designs needed for an influenza antiviral MedKit for the treatment or prevention of pandemic influenza.

The meeting will be held Oct. 29 at the Hilton in Rockville, Md.

According to the announcement, committee members will be tasked with providing advice on issues such as the role of personal MedKits, home stockpiling, non-prescription availability of influenza medications and interfaces of home readiness with public health systems.

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