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Luna unveils product line with new vitamin D recipe

BY Allison Cerra

BERKELEY, Calif. In response to women’s ever-changing nutritional needs, Luna, the maker of the Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, announced a new Luna bar recipe with added vitamin D to help support women’s calcium absorption and promote more complete bone health.

Coinciding with Luna’s 10th anniversary, the new recipe commemorates a decade of nourishing women from the inside out. LUNA continues to provide women with the taste they love and the nutrition that their bodies crave.

“Luna has always been dedicated to staying current with the latest knowledge around women’s nutrition to ensure that our food continues to deliver on the nutrients women need most,” said Nicole Pemerl, brand manager of Luna. “The new recipe underscores our commitment to women’s nutrition.”

Luna’s new vitamin D recipe hits shelves this summer in all of the Luna flavors that women have come to love, including White Chocolate Macadamia, Lemon Zest and Nutz Over Chocolate. Each bar is 170 to 190 calories each, rich in antioxidants and high in folic acid, calcium and iron.

Luna bars are sold at select retailers, including Target and REI stores nationwide, and online at www.lunabar.com with a suggested retail price of $1.39.

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Lundy releases video, recipes for celiac disease patients

BY Allison Cerra

BUFFALO, N.Y. Motivational speaker and specialty cookbook author Lisa A. Lundy has released a new short video and a document with free recipes on her Web site for patients suffering with celiac disease.

Lundy’s cookbook, “The Super Allergy Girl Allergy & Celiac Cookbook – From A Mother Who Knows”, is a gluten-free, casein-free, dairy-free, egg-free, peanut and tree-nut free and other allergen-free resource that is appropriate for both beginners and advanced bakers.

According to a study by the National Center for Health Statistics, the prevalence of reported food allergies has risen 24% among children under the age of 5 years and 19% among children ages 5 to 17 years during the past ten years. Celiac disease, a food related disease often confused with food allergies, is now four times more common today than it was 50 years ago say U.S. researchers. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease in which eating foods containing wheat, barley, rye and other common grains sets off an immune response that can cause damage to the small intestine.

For more information, visit www.TheSuperAllergyCookbook.com.

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Wyeth stockholders approve acquisition by Pfizer

BY Alaric DeArment

MADISON, N.J. Wyeth stockholders have approved the company’s acquisition by Pfizer, Wyeth announced Monday.

The drug maker said more than 98% of shares voted in favor of the merger, which the company’s board approved earlier this year amid a wave of large-scale pharmaceutical company mergers.

“The merger is in the best interests of our company and our stockholders,” Wyeth chairman, president and CEO Bernard Poussot said in a statement. “Combined with Pfizer, we see opportunities for increased scale where needed and resources to become the world’s first premier biopharmaceutical company and an industry leader in human, consumer and animal health care.”

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