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Oilogic expands aromatherapy portfolio by four

BY Michael Johnsen

After starting in baby care products, Addison, Texas-based Oilogic will expand its product line to carry a range of adult and kid products in winter 2018.

For example ,the Oilogic Adult Sinus & Allergy Essential Oil Roll-On naturally comforts and clears the senses during allergy season with a blend of Essential Oils including lavender oil, lemon oil and peppermint oil. Roll on Oilogic Sinus & Allergy Essential Oil Blend to the back of the neck, chest and wrists, and breathe deeply, the company suggested.

Similarly, the Oilogic Adult Cough & Cold Essential Oil Roll-On naturally soothes discomfort and provides a clearing aroma.

Meanwhile, Oilogic Kids Cold & Cough Essential Oil Roll-On is used to naturally soothe stuffy nose and cough symptoms with a blend of Essential Oils. This blend is diluted appropriately with Jojoba Oil and Castor Oil to safely apply directly to the child’s skin, safe for children 2 years and up. Parents simply roll the oil on their child’s chest, back of neck and bottom of feet to continue the aromatherapy experience. Also, there is the Oilogic Kids Nighttime & Sleep Essential Oil Roll-On.

“I’ve been that mom who’s sick with sick kids at the pharmacy just waiting for our prescriptions,” Oilogic co-founder Jordan Morrow, said. “Now people can grab one of our products and instantly soothe their symptoms while they wait at the pharmacy.”

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Flu incidence crests at 6.6%, highest in this decade

BY Michael Johnsen

The good news to come out of Friday morning’s CDC Flu View news conference is that we are about halfway through the season. The bad news is we still have half a season to go, and this season has been the worst in flu incidence since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.

That year, flu incidence reached a peak of 7.7%. For the week ended Jan. 20, flu incidence crested at 6.6% nationwide, though there were signs that flu incidence rates were declining in some parts of the country.

“It has been a tough flu season so far this year,” Dan Jernigan, director of the influenza division in CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said. “This rapid increase in cases that we’ve been seeing is after the winter holidays and it is among all ages but it is higher among children. So it looks like a big part of the later January activity is flu transmission from kids returning to school.”

And it’s not abating. “While flu activity is beginning to go down in some parts of the country, it remains high for most of the U.S. with some areas still rising. Most people with influenza are being infected with the H3N2 influenza virus. In seasons where H3N2 is the main cause of influenza, we see more cases, more visits to the doctor, more hospitalizations and more deaths, especially among older people,” Jernigan said. “We’ve experienced two notable characteristics of flu this season. The first is that flu activity became widespread in almost all states and jurisdictions at the same time. The second notable characteristic is that flu activity has now stayed at the same level at the national level for three weeks in a row with 49 states reporting widespread activity each week for three weeks.”

The 2017/2018 influenza season is nine weeks old. The average season over the past five years is 16 weeks, with the longest season in the past five years extending 20 weeks. “In past seasons that are like this one, we have estimated that by the end of the season, 34 million Americans had gotten the flu,” Jernigan said.

“The flu season is continuing to be challenging and flu has been intense across the United States,” Brenda Fitzgerald, director CDC , said. “Remember, it’s not too late to get a flu shot for yourself and for your child.”

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ChopSaver chapped-lip solution ‘not just for musicians’

BY Michael Johnsen

ChopSaver Lip Care earlier this week posted its latest social media ad touting its lip balm (“the one the pros use”) for helping to soothe chapped lips.

“While ChopSaver was originally created for musicians, a formula this effective should be enjoyed by anyone,” Dan Gosling, CEO Good for the Goose Products, said. “Here is [a] video that explains the history of ChopSaver and why everyone should use it – in just 30 seconds. It might not be as funny as the now famous ‘Flying Instruments’ video on our homepage, but we think it’s pretty effective. We encourage you all to share this, especially with your non-musician friends.”

That first video captured almost 600,000 views. Gosling, a professional trumpet player turned lip balm entrepreneur, created ChopSaver in his kitchen in 2004 using arnica, a sunflower extract and natural anti-inflammatory known for reducing bruising and swelling.

The company also has heart. In December, ChopSaver sent some 7,000 samples to firefighters in Southern California who had been battling fires in that region.

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