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New CDC study shows herpes remains prevalent in United States

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA Approximately 1-in-6 Americans (16.2%) between the ages of 14 and 49 years is infected with herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), according to a national health survey released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HSV-2 is a lifelong and incurable infection that can cause recurrent and painful genital sores.

The findings, presented at the 2010 National STD Prevention Conference, indicated that herpes remains one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the United States.

The findings suggested relatively stable HSV-2 prevalence since CDC’s last national estimate (17% for 1999-2004), because the slight decline in prevalence between the two time periods is not statistically significant.

The study found that women and blacks were most likely to be infected. HSV-2 prevalence was nearly twice as high among women (20.9%) than men (11.5%), and was more than three times higher among blacks (39.2%) than whites (12.3%). The most affected group was black women, with a prevalence rate of 48%.

“This study serves as a stark reminder that herpes remains a common and serious health threat in the United States,” stated Kevin Fenton, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. “We are particularly concerned about persistent high rates of herpes among African-Americans, which is likely contributing to disproportionate rates of HIV in the black community.”

Research shows that people with herpes are two to three times more likely to acquire HIV, and that herpes can also make HIV-infected individuals more likely to transmit HIV to others. CDC estimates that more than 80% of those with HSV-2 are unaware of their infection. Symptoms may be absent, mild, or mistaken for another condition. And people with HSV-2 can transmit the virus even when they have no visible sores or other symptoms.

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Duane Reade carries Dapple products

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK Dapple, a line of baby-safe, baby-specific household cleaning products, announced that its Dapple dish liquid and Dapple toy cleaner products now are available at Duane Reade.

“We are delighted to add Dapple baby-safe products to our exciting array of merchandise that we actively tailor to meet the needs of New Yorkers.  We know that New York Moms are increasingly interested in baby-safe and environmentally sound products, so we found Dapple to a be great fit for our offering,” said Joe Magnacca, chief merchandising officer, Duane Reade.

To find a Duane Reade store near you that carries the Dapple products, please visit www.dapplebaby.com/storelocator or www.duanereade.com.

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TechWorld Medicals product best in show at ECRM Cough & Cold and Allergy conference

BY Michael Johnsen

DALLAS TechWorld Medicals was awarded “Best New Product” Wednesday evening at the ECRM Cough & Cold and Allergy conference held here for its NasalCare nasal rinse starter kit.

NasalCare is a nasal-sinus irrigation system with a patented anti-backflow technology that’s been granted 510(k) approval by the Food and Drug Administration. According to the company, the anti-backflow technology helps prevent contamination and is easier to clean after use. A protective cap prevents bacteria and debris from entering the NasalCare reservoir when not in use.

As opposed to some more traditional nasal irrigation systems, NasalCare also features a positive pressure flow so that patients don’t have to tip their heads when using, noted Lilly Zhang, president of TechWorld Medicals.

The patented nasal rinse mix included with the product contains sea salts, aloe vera and citric acid/sodium citrate as a pH balancer.

Suggested retail price is $14.99 for both the adult size and pediatric version.

Sponsored by Drug Store News, the “Best New Product” honor is selected by retail buyers in attendance.

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