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KidKupz arriving at Walgreens

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK KidKupz on Tuesday announced its new medicine-dispensing cups soon will be available nationwide through Walgreens.

 

The KidKupz are fruit-flavored medicine dispensing cups that contain 2 g of sugar and no high-fructose corn syrup.

 

 

"We launched KidKupz with the goal of making the act of taking medicine fun for kids — less of a chore and more of a treat," stated Jill Addeo, KidKupz president. "Now, with KidKupz available through Walgreens, parents and caregivers nationwide have easy access to this safe and effective way to make sure the medicine goes down."

 

 

Suggested retail price for consumers is $4.99 per package, which includes six dosage cups with fruit-flavored rims. Variety packs also are available at a suggested retail price of $19.97.

 

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DiabetesSisters kicks off campaign aimed at diabetic women

BY Allison Cerra

RALEIGH, N.C. A nonprofit that seeks to improve the health and quality of life of women with — and those at risk of developing — diabetes has kicked off a national campaign.

 

DiabetesSisters said that its OrangeWill campaign represents the will and determination required for women to manage their diabetes on top of their many other responsibilities.

 

 

"For far too long women with diabetes have been overlooked and divided into separate groups based on the type of diabetes they have. Now is the time for us to come together and make our voice heard," said Brandy Barnes, founder and CEO of DiabetesSisters.

 

 

More information can be found at Orangewill.org.

 

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Study finds ProbioKid reduces infections in children during winter months

BY Michael Johnsen

MONTREAL A study presented last month before the European Respiratory Society Annual Congress determined that the branded probiotic ProbioKid reduced infectious events in children by 25% during the winter period, as compared with a placebo. The study was conducted during the winter of 2006-2007 and involved 135 healthy, school-aged children who had suffered from at least three episodes of ear-nose-throat, bronchopulmonary or gastric disorder during the course of the previous winter.

 

Half of the children in the probiotic group did not develop any ENT, bronchopulmonary or gastric disorder during the winter, versus 32.9% of children in the placebo group.

 

 

ProbioKid, distributed by Institut Rosell-Lallemand, contains a combination of three probiotic strains and a prebiotic.

 

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