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New study shows fatal effects of nicotine exposure during pregnancy may be curable

BY Anna Mcgrath

NEW YORK Researchers may have discovered a simple drug treatment to reverse the often otherwise terminal effects of nicotine exposure to an unborn child.

Based on data from a recent study on rates by researchers at McMaster University, nicotine exposure hinders a newborn’s ability to respond to low oxygen levels known as hypoxia.

Hypoxia can refer to episodes of apnea or moments of irregular breathing. When healthy babies are deprived of oxygen a hormone is released to trigger a deep breath. However, in infants subjected to nicotine during pregnancy this innate response is impaired and can result in sudden infant death syndrome.

The study, performed on rats, showed that the diabetic medication glibenclamide can increase the infant’s ability to react and respond to hypoxia, thus reversing the fatal effects of SIDS.

Data was published on June 3 in the Journal of Neuroscience.

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Garden of Life teams up with WomenHeart

BY Michael Johnsen

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.

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Vitamin Shoppe, Twinlab Co. team up to create new weight gainer

BY Anna Mcgrath

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.

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