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H1N1 prompts increase in thorough hand-washing among Americans

BY Michael Johnsen

MILWAUKEE Concerns about last year’s H1N1 virus have had an impact on Americans’ hand-washing habits, according to a national survey conducted by Bradley Corp.

In Bradley’s second Healthy Hand Washing survey, 50% of the 1,053 respondents said they "wash their hands more thoroughly or longer or more frequently" in public restrooms as a result of the H1N1 virus — that’s up from 45% in 2009 when the same question was asked.

 

According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, adults average two to four colds a year, and children have about six to 10. In fact, the common cold is a leading cause of doctor visits and missed days from school and work.

 

 

Bradley’s Healthy Hand Washing survey was conducted online from July 7 to 15, 2010, and queried 1,053 American adults about their hand-washing habits in public restrooms. Participants were from around the country, ranged in age from 18 to 65 years and older, and the split between men and women was 46% and 54%, respectively.

 

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ProPhase Labs picks agency of record

BY Michael Johnsen

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. ProPhase Labs on Tuesday announced it has retained media solutions company Women’s Marketing as its agency of record. The agency will work closely with ProPhase Labs to develop and implement high-impact media campaigns for Cold-Eeze and Kids-Eeze across a variety of networks, the company stated.

 

The ad campaigns coincide with improvements to Cold-Eeze and Kids-Eeze product and packaging, including a Kids-Eeze line of symptom relievers in a "chew" form.

 

 

“ProPhase Labs has been working hard to further improve our current product lines and bring new, effective products to market,” stated Ted Karkus, ProPhase CEO. “We are excited to join with WMI to create a dynamic media campaign that will introduce our new and improved products to new consumers and reinvigorate our loyal customers.”

 

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FDA to investigate egg production sites

BY Allison Cerra

SILVER SPRING, Md. Investigators at the Food and Drug Administration will check the 600 largest egg production facilities in the United States over the next 15 months, with the help of state and local partners.

The FDA’s efforts are part of a new egg safety rule that went into effect in July, following a salmonella outbreak. Nearly 1,500 cases of illnesses were reported, according to FDA Consumer Health Information.

The announcement was posted on the agency’s website.

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