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International probiotic association to sponsor documentary sequel on probiotics

BY Michael Johnsen

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Health Point Productions on Monday announced the second part of a three-part documentary on probiotics will be going into production. 

"My goal for the film is that it will not only be entertaining and interesting, but it will highlight some of the latest scientific research in probiotics from around the world," stated executive producer David Knight. "In order to help achieve this goal I’m thrilled that the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics has agreed to become a major sponsor for Microwarriors 2. We strongly support ISAPP, which is an international, non-profit organization committed to the idea that all probiotic and prebiotic products should be scientifically substantiated and responsibly marketed."

"The film is well-aligned with our mission to promote the science behind probiotics and prebiotics, and ISAPP is excited about the opportunity to bring its renowned scientific expertise in the areas of probiotics, prebiotics, and human microbiota to the film," commented Mary Ellen Sanders, executive director ISAPP.

"Microwarriors: The Origin and the Destiny" will feature an "all-star" line-up of internationally renowned scientists headed by Gregor Reid, professor of microbiology and surgery, University of Western Ontario and chair of Human Microbiology and Probiotics, Lawson Health Research Institute in Canada; Mary Ellen Sanders, executive director of ISAPP and consultant for Dairy and Food Technologies in Colorado; Glenn Gibson, professor of Food Microbiology, University of Reading in the U.K.; Jeremy Nicholson, head of the Department of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College London in the U.K.; Eamonn Quigley, professor of medicine and human physiology, Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, University College Cork in Ireland; Willem de Vos of the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands and University of Helsinki in Finland); Sven Pettersson, professor at the Karolinska Hospital in Sweden); Fredrik Bäckhed, professor, University of Gothenburg in Sweden; and Wendy Garrett assistant professor, Harvard Medical School in Massachusetts. 

To view a preview of the first "Microwarriors" installment, click here.


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CDC: Influenza rates continue to drop nationwide, though flu incidence is picking up in the West

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday reported a slight drop in influenza-like illnesses across the country, but even so the season is still going strong. The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness for the week ended Jan. 12 was 4.6%, above the national baseline of 2.2%

Thirty states and New York City reported high ILI activity; 10 states experienced moderate activity; 7 states experienced low activity; and 3 states experienced minimal activity. That gives an indication as to the severity of the flu. Geographically, 48 states reported widespread influenza activity. 

A look at CDC’s interactive map shows ILI severity picking up slightly in the West. Below, CDC’s ILI indicator map for the week ended Jan. 5 is followed by CDC’s map for the week ended Jan. 12. 

CDC also depicted the progress of this year’s flu season as compared to years past. 

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Topical Biomedics names winner of second annual Topricin Travel Photo Contest

BY Michael Johnsen

RHINEBECK, N.Y. — Topical BioMedics on Thursday named the winners of their second annual Topricin Travel Photo Contest.

The company asked customers to snap photographs of “Where in the World” they take the topical pain reliever Topricin. Fans answered the call by providing images from around the globe.

Winners were selected based on photo composition, creativity and product presence. 

The grand prize was awarded to Mike and Carrie Kinison of Haines, Alaska, for their clever and fun image of  “Topricin after a friendly mauling” featuring Carrie surrounded by their pack of  dogs, holding a jar of Topricin above her head. This is the second year in a row the Kinisons won top prize. Last year’s award-winning photo featured Mike panning for gold in Nome, stating “Topricin is worth more than its weight in gold.”

As the Grand prizewinners, the Kinisons receive a year’s supply of Topricin — a 4 oz. jar delivered each month. 

A video montage featuring all the “Where in the World is Topricin” contest entries can be seen on the company web site www.topricin.com

“’Where in the World is Topricin’ is a popular contest, and we’ll be looking forward to holding it again, starting Feb. 1, 2013," stated Lou Paradise, Topical BioMedics president and chief of research. 


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