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J&J’s consumer group chair announces retirement

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. Johnson & Johnson on Thursday reported that Colleen Goggins, worldwide chairman of the company’s consumer group, has announced her retirement from the company effective March 1, 2011.

“Throughout her tenure, Colleen has demonstrated our commitment to our consumers and our people, and has made major contributions to our success,” stated Bill Weldon, J&J chairman and CEO. “We thank Colleen for her dedication and extraordinary service, and wish her all the best in the years to come.”

Goggins joined Johnson & Johnson in 1981, and became president of J&J Canada in 1992; president of Personal Products Co., U.S. in 1994; and president of J&J Consumer in 1995. She was promoted to company group chairman in 1998. Goggins assumed her current position as a member of the executive committee in June 2001.

Weldon acknowledged that Goggins is among the group of executives that have led the effort to formulate and implement the remediation plan regarding the quality issues at McNeil. “In light of Colleen’s decision to retire, I am pleased that we have a clear remediation plan in place, and we will work together to ensure a smooth transition of her responsibilities,” Weldon said.

 

Both Weldon and Goggins recently were invited to testify on those quality issues for a Sept. 30 hearing hosted by the House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

 

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Abbott expands Ensure shakes line

BY Michael Johnsen

ABBOTT PARK, Ill. Abbott on Thursday introduced two new nutrition shakes — Ensure Muscle Health and Ensure Clinical Strength — both formulated to help rebuild muscle mass naturally lost with age.

Ensure Muscle Health shakes contain Abbott’s proprietary ingredient, Revigor, a source of HMB (beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate, an amino-acid metabolite), and 13 g of protein.

 

“Abbott scientists have been studying muscle loss for more than a decade,” stated Rob Miller, divisional VP global research and development and scientific affairs. “We’ve taken our expertise with HMB, the ingredient that has been clinically shown to support muscle mass and functionality in healthy, exercising adults, and have added it to one of our therapeutic nutrition products for people over 40 who are naturally losing muscle with age.”

 

Ensure Clinical Strength shakes offer focused clinical nutrition, coupling the benefits of Revigor and protein with Immune Balance, a unique blend of prebiotic fiber to support digestive tract health and antioxidants to support the immune system.

Clinical research has shown that beginning around 40 years of age, people can start to lose 8% of muscle mass per decade, which can lead to loss of strength and mobility. Weakness, fatigue, low energy and weight loss are signals of muscle loss.

 

In addition to two new innovative nutrition shakes, Abbott recently relaunched its product line and introduced a new, streamlined look for the Ensure brand. With an updated logo and packaging, it is easier for consumers to find the Ensure shake to fit their nutritional needs, whether it’s Ensure Muscle Health, Ensure Clinical Strength, Ensure Immune Health, Ensure Bone Health, Ensure or Ensure Plus.

 

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Milk drinkers maintain healthy weight, study finds

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON Milk drinkers are more likely to lose weight than those who skip drinking milk when on a diet, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggested.

In a two-year study, researchers observed 300 overweight or at-risk men and women ages 40 to 65 years. The participants were put on low-fat, Mediterranean or low-carb diets for two years, but regardless of diet, those that consumed 580 mg of milk per day (about two glasses), lost about 12 lbs., compared with those with the lowest dairy calcium intake (averaging about 150 mg, or about half of a glass), in which participants lost just 7 lbs.

Beyond calcium, the researchers also found that vitamin D levels independently affected weight loss success, and, in line with previous research, milk and milk products were the top contributors to vitamin D in the diets of the study participants.

The study, "Dairy calcium intake, serum vitamin D and successful weight loss," was published in the Sept. 1 edition of the journal.

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