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Nelsons gives Bach Original Flower Remedies package makeover

BY Michael Johnsen

Bach Original Flower Remedies, a system of 38 plant and flower based remedies to help manage the emotional demands of everyday life, on Tuesday introduced a bold redesign in time for the Natural Products Expo West.

“We’re thrilled to reveal our new labels, thoughtfully designed with the consumer in mind to better convey the essence of the Bach brand,” Brad Baker, vice president marketing at Nelsons, Bach’s parent company, said. “Color has long been associated with specific emotions and wellbeing – yellow symbolizes happiness, for example – so rainbow hues were strategically incorporated to reflect the emotional state each remedy addresses.”

While the formulas of the Boston-based supplier remain unchanged, the remedies have been artistically carried into the 21st century with this modern take on the original packaging design. Inspired by nature, the eye-catching illustrations reflect the flowers and plants used to make the 38 remedies – and the seven emotional groupings outlined by Dr. Bach – making it easier for individuals to identify which remedy is appropriate for them.

Bach Flower Remedies are made from wild flowers and are safe for the whole family, including pets. Each of the natural plant and flower based remedies aids a specific emotion, while personal combinations can be tailored to meet more acute needs.

They are available from Amazon, Whole Foods, Sprouts and wherever you find natural products across the U.S. and Canada.

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GSK study proves efficacy of Fluarix Tetra flu shot in children

BY Michael Johnsen

GSK today released new data published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health from a Phase III clinical trial using Fluarix Tetra (inactivated quadrivalent influenza vaccine) which prevented influenza A and B in children six to 35 months of age.

“Young children belong to one of the high-risk groups for influenza and are at particular risk of complications and severe disease, even when they are otherwise healthy. In addition, children play a major role in the dissemination of influenza in any community across the world,” Thomas Breuer, chief medical officer, GSK Vaccines, said. “This study is the first randomized clinical trial designed to evaluate vaccine efficacy for a Quadrivalent influenza vaccine in young children. It adds to the growing body of evidence to support universal vaccination including all children from six months of age to help prevent influenza in this age group, as well as the spread of influenza across the community.”

Vaccine efficacy was highest against moderate-to-severe influenza, where the disease is associated with the greatest medical and socioeconomic burden. The study met its two primary endpoints, demonstrating 63.2% vaccine efficacy against laboratory-confirmed moderate-to-severe influenza, and 49.8% vaccine efficacy against influenza of any severity in children six to 35 months of age.

Data from the secondary endpoint, looking at culture-confirmed influenza due to influenza strains matching the vaccine strains, showed vaccine efficacy in this subset was even higher. Vaccine efficacy against moderate-to-severe influenza was 77.6% and vaccine efficacy against influenza of any severity was 60.1%.

The study also found that the vaccine reduced the impact of influenza on healthcare utilization and daily activities, approximately halving the likelihood of visits to a doctor, antibiotic use, parental work absence and missed day-care related to the current influenza illness. This is the first study to demonstrate the impact, in a randomized clinical trial, of influenza vaccination on the use of antibiotics.

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New blood pressure guidelines implemented across higi kiosks

BY Michael Johnsen

Higi on Tuesday announced their commitment to implementing the new American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association 2017 blood pressure guidelines across the 11,000 FDA-cleared higi stations at retail stores and community locations nationwide.

“At higi, we are committed to helping retailers and healthcare providers better reach consumers in their health. Following the announcement of the new blood pressure guidelines, we witnessed a nearly 30% increase in the number of higi population health screenings that will be considered hypertensive,” Jeff Bennett, CEO of Chicago-based higi, said. “Through our trusted partnerships with the retail community, higi is uniquely suited to deliver a convenient population health screening venue without requiring a significant increase in medical staffing to address the increased volume of patients.”

The November 2017 announcement by ACC and AHA to update the blood pressure guidelines underscores the importance key biometrics, particularily blood pressure, means for the health of consumers. Under the new guidelines, almost two-thirds (24 million) of the 39 million higi blood pressure screenings in 2017 were in the hypertensive range.

Today, every 90-seconds a higi user learns that he or she has their blood pressure in the hypertensive crisis range.

“After nearly 14 years, it was important for the hypertension guidelines to be updated. An abundance of research and evidence has repeatedly demonstrated a high number of hypertension related cardiovascular events occurring in individuals that have blood pressure previously considered in the ‘pre-hypertensive’ range,” Khan Siddiqui, higi chief medical officer and chief technology officer, said. “With this change, health organizations, including pharmacists located at convenient points of care, will be better equipped to save lives and money by preventing more strokes, cardiovascular events and kidney failure while increasing awareness of the risk of hypertension – considered one of the deadliest ‘silent killers.’”

Beginning in late March 2018, higi will implement the new blood pressure guidelines at all 11,000 higi health stations across the entire North American network. As part of this announcement, educational information will be incorporated into the higi station experience, informing consumers about the new blood pressure guidelines, what it means for their personal health and how lifestyle changes can impact their overall health.

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