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Help2getbetter.com launches Web site with “sick pack” offers

BY Michael Johnsen

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. Help2getbetter.com on Tuesday announced the launch of its web portal, www.help2getbetter.com, a site that will broker the sale of “sick packs,” a collection of brand-named products that address a general condition.

“So many of us have had the horrible experience of going on vacation or being on a business trip, getting sick and not having a drug store or pharmacy available, and wishing we had packed the right supplies,” stated Dean Jofffe, founder of the new online retailer, explaining that his company is targeting a pantry-loading purchase as opposed to a need-driven trip.

A single sick pack is the size of a folded t-shirt, he said, and include remedies for stomach ache, flu, cough and cold, rash, allergy, menstrual and PMS, and hang-over sick packs.

The packs range in price from $18.98 to $34.98 and contain name brand, over-the-counter medications with educational information about the particular illness so consumers are informed about the illnesses, he added.

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Study says children can get key vitamins, nutrients from cereals

BY Jenna Duncan

MINNEAPOLIS The American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition has released a report that said a significant number of American children and adolescents do not receive adequate amounts of calcium and another report cited that 42 percent of adolescents received a lower amount of vitamin D levels than recommended.

Some dieticians and General Mills cereal maker have said that including vitamin D- and calcium-fortified cereals in a child’s diet helps promote a healthy lifestyle.

“Maintaining adequate calcium and vitamin D intake during childhood and adolescence is necessary for the development of peak bone mass, which may be important in reducing the risk of fractures and osteoporosis later in life,” Kathleen Zelman, master of public health, registered and licensed dietician, said.

The USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommended that children ages 2 to 8 should have two cups of dairy each day. The dairy can come from cheese, fat-free milk, low-fat milk, or yogurt. The recommended daily allowance of calcium for children aged1 to 3 years is 500 milligrams of per day and they should receive 200 IUs of vitamin D, sources said. Children 4 to 8 years of age should have 800 milligrams per day and the same amount of vitamin D as younger children.

General Mills said that all of its Big G Kid cereals include 12 vitamins and minerals—including calcium and vitamin D—and each has 8 grams of whole grain in each serving. In addition, by the end of the year General Mills has committed to reducing the amount of sugar per serving in its Big G Kids products to12 grams.

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FDA panel recommends stricter labeling for eye care products

BY Michael Johnsen

GAITHERSBURG, Md. A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on June 10 recommended there be stricter labeling and testing for contact lenses and cleaning solutions, following a meeting of the Ophthalmic Device Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee.

The meeting was called by the FDA, in part, because of the number of product recalls associated with contact lens cleaning solutions in the past few years.

Specifically, the advisory committee suggested stronger label warnings that would identify potential infections that can lead to blindness, for example, as a possible consequence of not following product instructions. 

Panelists also recommended the agency require pre-approval testing of the efficacy of lens solutions against Acanthamoeba keratitis, a parasite involved in one of the outbreaks. 

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