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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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Playtex debuts the Diaper Genie II

BY Michael Johnsen

WESTPORT, Conn. Playtex Infant Care, a division of Energizer Personal Care, on Monday introduced the Diaper Genie II Elite Advanced Disposal System, which helps control odors in nurseries.

The new product uses Ultra-Fresh antimicrobial which inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria. Moreover, dirty diapers only touch the Diaper Genie five-layer refills, not the pail, adding to the hygienic design of the product.

“The new Diaper Genie II Elite system … takes diaper disposal to the next level by making it odor-free, easy-to-use and more hygienic,” stated Doug Sweetbaum, infant care marketing director at Playtex Infant Care. “Parents are concerned about keeping their baby’s nursery clean from germs so we designed a system that lets dirty diapers only touch the refill, so mom doesn’t have to worry about a mess on the pail.”

The new Diaper Genie II Elite system also comes with a foot pedal that allows for hands-free disposal.

The new Diaper Genie II Elite Advanced Disposal System retails for $39.99 and will be available nation-wide in September.

The Diaper Genie II system will continue to be available and will retail for $24.99. The odor-barrier refills retail for $5.99 and can be used with either system.

Additionally, the Diaper Genie Twistaway disposal system will be phased out of retailers by December 2008, although Diaper Genie Twistaway system refills will continue to be sold to meet consumer demand, Playtex announced.

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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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