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Intimacy health remains issue among seniors

BY Michael Johnsen

BOSTON — According to a report in the December 2010 issue of the Harvard Health Letter, Americans are maintaining intimacy through their 60s, 70s and even 80s.

The article summed up findings from two surveys investigating intimacy health in older Americans. Indiana University researchers reported earlier this year that 20% to 30% of long-lived Americans are active into their 80s. And a University of Chicago survey originally published in 2007 found that half of Americans continue to engage well into their 70s.

The Health Letter offers several possible explanations for sexuality extending later into life, notably that people are staying healthy longer. In fact, the University of Chicago study found a close association between good health and sexual activity among older people, particularly among men. Diabetes seems to have a greater negative effect than either arthritis or high blood pressure on both genders, but especially on women.

Half of those who participated in the University of Chicago study reported having at least one health-related problem. Among men, the problems included difficulty achieving and maintaining an erection (37%) and the lack of interest in sex (28%). Among women, the common problems were lack of interest in sex (43%) and difficulty with lubrication (39%).

In the Indiana survey, 30% of the women ages 50 years and older said they experienced some level of pain during their most recent sexual experience with a partner.

In the Indiana survey, 17% of men ages 50 years and older took an erectile dysfunction drug in connection with their most recent sexual experience with a partner. In the University of Chicago study, 14% of the men and 1% of the women reported taking medications or supplements to improve sexual function during the past year.

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Nutramax re-signs Palmer, sponsors golf tour

BY Michael Johnsen

EDGEWOOD, Md. — Nutramax Labs on Thursday announced the continuation of its partnership with Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer, spokesman of the Cosamin joint health supplements in national and regional marketing campaigns and events.

"We are pleased to enter into our 11th year of partnership with Jim Palmer,” stated Troy Henderson, VP corporate operations and professional services at Nutramax. “Palmer continues to be an excellent [spokesman] for Cosamin joint health supplements because Cosamin is not just for athletes, but [also] for anyone who is active."

"Ten years ago, my orthopedic doctor recommended Cosamin for my joint pain,” Palmer said. “I’ve been using it ever since, and at 65, I’m still very active and doing the things I love most since retiring from Major League Baseball in 1985."

Palmer is scheduled to appear on behalf of Nutramax at the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society meeting in Orlando, Fla., on Dec. 4, where he will discuss the importance of the NSF Certified for Sport designation on select batches of Cosamin ASU and Cosamin DS products, Nutramax stated.

Nutramax also recently announced its sponsorship of the 2011 Georgia PGA Senior Tour. Last year, Nutramax sponsored the Senior Tour Championship at the Legends at Chateau Elan, where the Cosamin ASU trophy was awarded to long-time Cosamin consumer DeWitt Weaver.

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Prestige Brands names CFO

BY Michael Johnsen

IRVINGTON, N.Y. — Prestige Brands Holdings on Thursday named Ron Lombardi its new CFO, effective Dec. 6. The position had been vacated by the retirement of Pete Anderson.

“[Lombardi] is a results-oriented financial professional whose extensive background in business development, acquisitions and divestitures, and debt and equity structuring will serve Prestige well as we move into our next phase of growth following our recent acquisition of Blacksmith Brands,” stated Matthew Mannelly, Prestige president and CEO.

Prior to joining Prestige, Lombardi served as CFO for Waterbury International Holdings, a private-equity-owned firm, in which he was responsible for all financial and business development activities, leading to the successful sale of that company.

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