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Lilly U.S.A. hires singer Angie Stone to promote diabetes awareness

BY Alaric DeArment

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. A drug maker is sponsoring an initiative to raise awareness of diabetes among African-Americans and has hired a Grammy-nominated singer to help promote it.

Lilly U.S.A., a subsidiary of Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly & Co., has enlisted Angie Stone to go to Birmingham, Ala., to help promote the Fearless African-Americans Connected and Empowered Diabetes initiative and encourage those living with diabetes to take control of their disease, Lilly announced Monday. 

The event will take place Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the More Than Conquerer Faith Church, at 1327 Dennison Ave., Birmingham, AL 35211. The free event will feature “Diabetes 101” educational materials and access to certified diabetes educators who can answer questions about management of the disease, and interactive experiential zone featuring resources from supporting community health organizations and a first-hand testimonial from Stone about her experience managing diabetes, as well as live performances of songs from her latest album. 

Stone has been traveling to cities around the country since 2007 as the national spokeswoman for the F.A.C.E. Diabetes initiative. 

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Baby Vibe unveils gum massaging product for teething children

BY Michael Johnsen

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. Baby Vibe on Monday announced its new option for parents seeking teething relief for their children, the JeJe Teether, a product that creates a vibrating sensation that massages aching gums and eases the process of cutting teeth. The vibrations last seven minutes before JeJe Teether switches off automatically.

“The vibration produced by the JeJe Teether actually stimulates gum tissue and facilitates the tooth breakthrough process quite naturally,” stated Mario Gonzalez, co-founder of Baby Vibe. “So the function of the JeJe Teether is twofold: It relieves the pain and shortens the window in which the baby can experience pain.”

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Study shows fish oils improve cholesterol levels in athletes

BY Michael Johnsen

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. According to a clinical study published in January in the inaugural issue of Sports Health: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach, fish oils dramatically improved cholesterol levels in professional football players.

The two-year study titled Evaluation of Lipid Profiles and the Use of Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acid in Professional Football Players evaluated 36 professional NFL football players, ages 23 to 41, from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Researchers assessed emerging cardiovascular risk factors, as found in the specialized VAP Cholesterol Test, to determine whether omega-3 essential fatty acids found in fish oil can reduce these factors.

During a two month period of the regular 2006-2007 football season, each participant in the treatment group was given 2,560 mg/day of mixed EPA/DHA omega-3 fatty acid supplements in the form of fish oil soft gels.

Results showed that the omega-3 oil raised the athletes’ high-density lipoproteins and lowered triglycerides and other atherogenic subfractions. Elevated levels of triglycerides are associated with diabetes and cardiovascular disease. These results suggest a strong benefit for lessening heart disease risk factors in football players and possibly other athletes throughout their active years, study authors said.

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