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GMDC releases top 10 scanned displays from its convention “Showcase”

BY DSN STAFF

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Global Market Development Center last week named the top 10 scanned items from the 41st annual Global Market Development Center Health Beauty Wellness Marketing Conference.

Those products that generated the most interest among retail buyers were featured in GMDC’s "Showcase," which allows suppliers to display featured products or new items in a wide variety of merchandising formats, including counter displays, wing panels and floor displays, for example. In addition, GMDC featured a "Showcase Plus" option that allowed companies to highlight a complete line of products within a 4-ft. section.

“The GMDC Showcase was invaluable and always exceeds our expectations," stated Brian Duff, GMDC board member and SVP procurement and marketing for Associated Food Stores. "Pre-scheduled appointments made it easy to see many different product lines featured all in one place without having to search through the typical booth show environment. It was easy for us to pick up products, smell fragrances, see how the product is merchandised and identify new innovations, while receptions in the Showcase allowed us to talk with the supplier in a very relaxed atmosphere."

The top 10 scanned items were:

  1. Purell Seasonal Displays from GOJO Industries

  2. Portable Durable Floor Display from Cashco Distributors

  3. HBW Trial Size Department from TWT Distributing

  4. Travel Guard Floor Display from Sprayco

  5. 4-in. VisiBin from Cashco Distributors

  6. Disney Cotton Swabs Vanity Pak from Cotton Buds

  7. Act Kids Floorstand from Chattem

  8. Gold Bond Ultimate Ribbons from Chattem

  9. Help 36-count Display from Help Remedies

  10. Hello Kitty/Spiderman Pedo Kit from Dr. Fresh

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Prevalence of asthma among children with diabetes noted in study

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — There seems to be a significant presence of asthma among children with diabetes, and those with both chronic illnesses have a difficult time controlling their blood-sugar levels, according to new research.

The study, published in the Sept. 26 edition of Pediatrics, involved a cross-sectional analysis of data from the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth study betweem 2002 and 2005, which included 1,683 children diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (known as juvenile diabetes), as well as 311 children diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. The subjects’ asthma status and medications were gathered from medical records and self-administered questionnaires, while glycemic control was assessed from hbA1C measured at the study visit, the company said. The study authors found that the prevalence of asthma among Type 1 diabetes patients was 10%, while prevalence among Type 2 diabetes patients was 16.1%. Additionally, the prevalence also varied by ethnicity, the study authors noted.

What’s more, those asthma were more likely to have poor glycemic control, especially those with Type 1 diabetes whose asthma was not treated with pharmacotherapy.

The study authors said that while this association isn’t clear, they concluded that specific asthma medications may decrease systemic inflammation, which may cause the complex relationship between pulmonary function, body mass index and glycemic control among youth with diabetes.


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BabySpa takes targeted approach to infant, toddler skin care with new product line

BY Antoinette Alexander

MIAMI — BabySpa has announced the launch of its natural bath and body care collection, which features a "stages" system that targets the changing needs of infants and toddlers as they grow and experience different environments.

BabySpa’s "stages" approach was derived from research and validated by dermatologists and European research labs. Babies develop in stages, and with new developmental skills come different levels of activity, environmental exposures and skin protection needs. BabySpa has formulated each product with specific ingredients that address children’s unique skin physiology needs throughout their growing years.

Stage-one products are formulated for the extra-sensitive skin in newborns through crawlers when babies spend the majority of their time indoors and are particularly vulnerable to their external environment. Featuring blends of vitamin-rich emollients and millenary botanicals, and infused with the line’s signature baby-fresh scent, this initial stage is meant to protect and heal irritations caused by sensitivities to strengthen a baby’s delicate skin balance.

Stage-two products are formulated for walkers through preschoolers, providing proper moisture, long-lasting hydration and natural protection from UV rays and changing climatic conditions that affect the skin.

BabySpa stage-one and stage-two products include Soapless body wash, Tearless shampoo, 3-in-1 Tearless shampoo, body wash & moisturizer, Bubble Bath Milk, Moisturizing body lotion, Soothing face cream, Shea Butter diaper cream, Calming massage oil and Nourishing massage oil.

All BabySpa products are 98% to 100% natural and free of parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfates, polyethylene glycol, bisphenol A and mineral oils. The company stated that its manufacturing practices are environmentally sustainable and eco-friendly with no use of animal testing.

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