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MacKay tapped as regulatory and scientific affairs VP for CRN

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Tuesday named Douglas (Duffy) MacKay to the post of vice president for regulatory and scientific affairs.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Dr. MacKay to our staff,” stated Steve Mister, CRN president and chief executive officer. “As a licensed naturopathic doctor, he adds an impressive combination of theoretical and practical expertise to our scientific team.”

Prior to joining CRN, MacKay served as vice president, clinical research, for Nordic Naturals, where during his four years with the company he was responsible for product formulation, coordinating clinical trial research, serving as technical/medical advisor, and managing the firm’s Adverse Event Reporting system, among other duties. MacKay also previously served as a senior technical advisor for Thorne Research and senior editor of the peer-reviewed clinical journal, Alternative Medicine Review. In addition, for seven years he was a co-owner and doctor in a complementary and alternative private practice, the Makai Naturopathic Center in New Hampshire.

MacKay will serve as CRN’s resident expert on botanicals, the association stated.

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NSAIDs lower protien used in prostate cancer test

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON Use of such nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs as ibuprofen or aspirin lowers the levels of a protein that doctors use to screen for prostate cancer, according to a report published in the medical journal Cancer, a Reuters report stated Monday.

However, it is unclear as to whether this means men taking an NSAID have a lower risk of developing potential prostate cancer, or if it simply means NSAIDs make it more difficult to identify prostate cancer in its early stages, the researchers concluded.

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Summer Infant, Carter’s partner on new products

BY Michael Johnsen

LAS VEGAS Summer Infant and Carter’s on Monday announced a licensing partnership as they launch two exclusive Gear Collections and a line of Infant Health products.

“We are excited to partner with Carter’s, a trusted brand name that resonates with virtually all parents today, to bring contemporary and innovative designs to the juvenile market,” stated Jason Macari, President and chief executive officer of Summer Infant.

Performance and fashion are common features throughout the Infant Health program, the companies stated. The Summer Infant and Carter’s partnership puts a new twist to a sterile category, giving caregivers kits that are well-designed, useful and up-to-date.

One of the new products in the lineup is the Elephant and Butterfly Ouchy-Pouch Assortment, which features character-shaped ice packs to help comfort and ease a child when minor bumps occur.

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