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New campaign from Annie’s gets to the ‘Root’ of nutrition

BY Allison Cerra

NAPA, Calif. A maker of all-natural and organic foods has kicked off a new campaign designed to teach children about vegetables.

Annie’s Root 4 Kids campaign seeks to get 1 million children to learn about and plant vegetables now through next year’s harvest, the company said. Annie’s has partnered with the National Farm to School Network, an organization that connects more than 10,000 schools across America with local farms to provide healthy food in cafeterias, nutrition education in classrooms and hands-on learning through school gardens.

To participate, consumers can take a pledge at Root4Kids.com. 

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Pfizer recalls lot of ThermaCare HeatWraps Menstrual

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK Pfizer’s over-the-counter division recalled one lot of a ThermaCare product over the possibility of leaks.

 

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare announced Friday the voluntary recall of lot number E06931 of its ThermaCare HeatWraps Menstrual product and notified the Food and Drug Administration.

 

 

The company said possible leaks in the wraps could cause skin injury, such as irritation and burning.

 

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AstraZeneca-Bristol drug just as effective as generic on market, trial results show

BY Alaric DeArment

STOCKHOLM An investigational diabetes drug works as well as a generic already on the market, according to results of a late-stage clinical trial announced Friday by AstraZeneca and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

 

The two companies said phase-3 trial results showed that their investigational drug dapagliflozin combined with the widely available generic metformin was as effective as glipizide combined with metformin, compared with metformin alone. In addition, patients in the dapagliflozin group experienced weight loss, compared with weight gain in those taking glipizide, as well as a reduced number of patients experiencing abnormally low blood sugar, known as hypoglycemia.

 

 

Results from the study were presented at the 46th annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.

 

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