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Number of swine flu cases grows

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest update on confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza infections, there are now 403 confirmed cases across 38 states. The number has grown from 286 confirmed cases across 36 states reported Monday, though CDC officials reported that the influenza outbreak appears to be toward the end of its course during morning news programs earlier today.

There continues to be only one reported death attributed to the H1N1 virus in Texas.

 

The confirmed cases include, by state:

Alabama   4  Arizona   17  California   49  Colorado   6  Connecticut   2  Delaware   20  Florida   5  Georgia   1  Idaho    1  Illinois    82  Indiana   3  Iowa    1  Kansas   2  Kentucky   1  Louisiana   7  Maine    1  Maryland   4  Massachusetts  6  Michigan   2  Minnesota   1  Missouri   1  Nebraska   1  Nevada   1  New Hampshire  1  New Jersey   6  New Mexico   1  New York   90  North Carolina  1  Ohio    3  Oregon   15  Pennsylvania   1  Rhode Island   1  South Carolina  16 Tennessee   2Texas    41Utah    1  Virginia   3 Wisconsin   3

 

CDC expects that more cases, more hospitalizations and more deaths from this outbreak will occur over the coming days and weeks, the agency continued to state.

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Nordic Naturals launches Omega Longevity

BY Michael Johnsen

WATSONVILLE, Calif. Nordic Naturals on Monday announced the launch of Omega Longevity, purified fish oil high in omega-3 essential fatty acids combined with two antioxidants – resveratrol and green tea extract – for targeted nutritional support for healthy aging.

Omega Longevity offers 455-mg EPA, 315-mg DHA, 120 mg resveratrol and 500-mg of green tea extract per two soft gel serving. By combining the benefits of fish oil with these antioxidants, Omega Longevity helps protect cells and tissue from damage associated with aging, neutralizes harmful free radicals, optimizes cell membrane fluidity and supports long-term physical and cognitive health for optimal aging.

“Resveratrol has captured the attention of anti-aging researchers because it specifically inhibits the proposed biochemical processes of aging by working as a strong antioxidant, inhibiting lipid peroxidation, preventing cytotoxicity and acting as a chemopreventive agent,” stated Bradley West, Nordic Naturals research advisor.

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Study shows parents speak to teens about OTC abuse

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON A new Partnership/Metlife Parents Attitude Tracking Study indicates that 65% of parents are talking to their teens about the dangers of using over-the-counter cough and cold medicine to get high, up from 55% in 2007.

“We know that parents play a critical role in keeping their kids drug-free,” stated Linda Suydam, president of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association. “It is great news that more and more parents are exercising that power and talking to their kids about cough medicine abuse just as they would about any substance abuse behavior.”

Nationwide statistics from the National Institutes of Health’s Monitoring the Future study show a slight overall decline in teen cough medicine abuse. ”That is one of the reasons the Partnership is so committed to helping parents have these important conversations with their teens.”

“The data are encouraging, since we know that kids who learn a lot from their parents about the risks of drugs are up to 50% less likely to ever use  drugs,” stated Steve Pasierb, president of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America.

CHPA works with the Partnership and other interested organizations on a number of initiatives targeting teen cough medicine abuse. All of the association’s efforts can be found on http://www.StopMedicineAbuse.org.

“Our member companies are steadfast in their commitment to prevent teen cough medicine abuse,” Suydam stated. “But we know that our work is far from over. With the help of such partners as the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, and D.A.R.E. America, we will continue our efforts to make sure all parents are aware of this substance abuse behavior and most importantly, talking with their children about it.”

The PATS-Parents 2008 is a nationally projectable survey of 1,004 parents of children in grades 4-12 and was conducted by the Partnership with major funding from MetLife Foundation.

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