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Olympian Michael Phelps launches PureSport athletic drinks

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO Michael Phelps, winner of eight gold medals during this year’s summer Olympics, officially launched his PureSport brand of performance beverages here on Saturday.

PureSport features an optimal carbohydrate-to-protein ratio of 2:67-to-1 that was created by University of Texas’ John Ivy. The two PureSport formulations include, PureSport Workout, which is used prior to and during exercise to improve endurance and reduce muscle tissue damage, and PureSport Recovery, which is used within 30 minutes of completing a workout to speed the storage of muscle and liver glycogen and promote muscle tissue repair.  

More than 1,500 fans turned out to meet Phelps and learn more about the sports beverage that was a big part of his success, according to Phelps.

Among the athletes who have incorporated PureSport into their training regimens are world-class swimmers Michael Phelps, Brendan Hansen, Ian Crocker and Aaron Peirsol, as well as Gold medal gymnast, Nastia Liukin.

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FDA gives tentative approval for Perrigo OTC pain drugs

BY Alaric DeArment

ALLEGAN, Mich. The Food and Drug Administration has given Perrigo tentative approval for its OTC ibuprofen and diphenhydramine citrate tablets, Perrigo announced Wednesday.

The product, available in 200 mg and 38 mg doses, will be sold under private labels and is comparable to Wyeths Advil PM pain-relief tablets.

“This is another example of Perrigo’s investment in new products making quality healthcare more affordable to American consumers,” Perrigo chairman and chief executive officer Joseph Papa said in a statement. “This is an important addition to our portfolio of products that saves the consumer of our OTC healthcare products approximately $1 billion annually when compared to the higher priced national brands.”

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El Camino Hospital announces women’s health fair

BY Jenna Duncan

CUPERTINO, Calif. EL Camino Hospital has announced a women’s health fair with the theme “Facts, ‘Figures’ and Healthy Ideas for Women” to be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Cypress Hotel in Cupertino, Calif.

Topics will cover women’s health issues such as breast cancer education, osteoporosis, women’s heart health and joint replacements. Other wellness topics include: exercise, nutrition, intimacy and sex for older women and how yoga and other activities can enhance health.

El Camino Hospital’s chief executive officer will also announce the planning of the first womenis hospital in Northern California.

Registration is $75 and information can be found at http://elcaminohospital.org/body.cfm?id=6&action=detail&ref=665.

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