Majority of swine flu victims predisposed to illness
NEW YORK A preliminary analysis of 152 hospitalized patients due to H1N1 influenza found that at least 82% have belonged to one or more groups at higher risk of severe illness or complications from traditional influenza, such as seniors, the very young and those with upper respiratory diseases, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced Wednesday.
So far, the most common risk factor in New York City has been asthma – an underlying risk factor among 41% of the New Yorkers hospitalized for H1N1 flu. Other important risk factors included being less than 2 years of age (18% of hospitalized patients), having a compromised immune system (13%), having heart disease (12%) or being pregnant.
The New York City Health Department also linked two more deaths to H1N1 influenza on Wednesday. The latest fatalities – both in adults in their early and mid 40s – bring the total number of deaths in New York to seven.
Emergency room visits have declined somewhat after spiking dramatically during the third week of May, the agency reported. More than 300 New Yorkers have been hospitalized with H1N1 flu since late April.
Garden of Life teams up with WomenHeart
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. Garden of Life on Tuesday announced it is teaming up with WomenHeart, the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, to improve the health and quality of life of women living with or at risk of heart disease.
“We are privileged to work with WomenHeart to help provide education, support and hope to millions of women at risk or suffering from heart disease,” stated Brian Ray, president.
As part of the partnership, Garden of Life will feature a WomenHeart logo on the packaging of its recently-launched Oceans 3 Healthy Hormones dietary supplement, a percentage of sales from will be donated to WomenHeart, the company stated.
Vitamin Shoppe, Twinlab Co. team up to create new weight gainer
NEW YORK The Vitamin Shoppe and Twinlab Co. joined forces to develop Mass Fuel Xtreme, a unique weight gainer said to help athletes increase muscle mass.
Twinlab Co. has been creating and developing within the sports nutrition field for 40 years. In conjunction with leading national health retailer, Vitamin Shoppe, the companies have developed a weight gainer said to help maximize lean muscle growth, enhance protein synthesis, and speed post-workout recovery period.
“We wanted to develop a product that would help athletes gain the ‘right’ type of mass — muscle versus simply weight. Mass Fuel Xtreme is uniquely designed to deliver the results athletes are looking for,” said Bruce Renick, VP sales for Twinlab.
Mass Fuel Xtreme is now available at Vitamin Shoppe locations and its e-commerce site. Suggested retail price is $62.99 for a 5.95 lb. container.