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New DVD sure to ‘wow’ preschoolers

BY Allison Cerra

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. Beloved character Wubbzy from the animated preschool show, "Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!," is coming to DVD with an out-of-this-world adventure.

“Fly Us To The Moon” invites young viewers to join Wubbzy and friends on their journey to outer space and wake up the Man in the Moon. The DVD, distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment, lands on retail shelves Nov. 16 for a price of $16.98. In addition, the new release includes episodes “Tooth or Dare,” “Wonder Wubbzy” and “The Super Fixers.”  A bonus episode, “All Bottled Up,” as well as special extras, such as coloring and activity sheets, music videos and special “sneak peeks” also are featured.

 

“We are thrilled to release the latest ‘Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!’ DVD, ‘Fly Us To The Moon,’ to the whole universe of Wubbzy fans from coast to coast,” said Erin Carter, executive director of brand marketing for Anchor Bay Entertainment. “These high-flying episodes help preschoolers learn about the wonders of space the ‘Wubbzy’ way –– complete with quirky characters, silly sights and light-years of laughs all along the way.”

 

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Combining Invirase, Norvir could cause health problems

BY Alaric DeArment

SILVER SPRING, Md. Combining two antiviral drugs for HIV may raise the risks of life-threatening heart problems, the Food and Drug Administration warned Thursday.

The agency said it would require changes to the safety labeling for Genentech’s drug Invirase (saquinavir) following reports that combining it with Abbott’s Norvir (ritonavir) could lead to prolongation of the QT and PR heartbeat intervals. Prolongation of the QT interval could lead to an abnormal heart rhythm condition called torsades de pointes, which can lead to the potentially fatal condition called ventricular fibrillation.

“Patients should talk to their doctor if they have any concerns about their treatment,” FDA Office of Antimicrobial Products director Edward Cox said. “Certain drugs may interact with Invirase and increase the risk of developing these side effects, so patients should be sure to tell their doctor about other medicines they may be taking, including nonprescription medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements.”

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Fresh & Easy gives away more than 200,000 reusable bags in September

BY Allison Cerra

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. Regional supermarket chain Fresh & Easy said its promotion of reusable canvas bags has been successful, with more than 200,000 bags given away in September.

Coupons for the free canvas bag were available to customers on mailers and flyers, as well as through the company’s Facebook fan page, Fresh & Easy said. Since opening its first store in November 2007, Fresh & Easy has given away more than 800,000 reusable bags at store openings, events and through giveaways. This past summer, the supermarket chain hosted a bag design contest.

“We are trying to remove barriers for customers so they use and reuse their reusable bags,” said Roberto Munoz, Fresh & Easy neighborhood affairs director. “We’re happy to see customers got excited about the promotion –– we want to engage our customers in making greener choices. We will continue to do these types of giveaways and promotions in the future to help encourage our customers to use reusable bags.”

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