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Omron Healthcare makes donation to American Society of Hypertension

BY Allison Cerra

BANNOCKBURN, Ill. A leading manufacturer and distributor of blood pressure monitors designed for home use announced a donation to the American Society of Hypertension’s awareness initiative.

Omron Healthcare said it donated more than $30,000 worth of its home blood pressure monitors and pedometers to ASH’s Hypertension Community Outreach Initiative, which was held last week, which featured complimentary blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol screenings in New York. The donation included 200 home blood pressure monitors and 300 pedometers, which were provided to screening participants so that they could easily track their health and fitness goals in their efforts to prevent or fight hypertension.

“Hypertension can lead to serious health problems like heart attacks and stroke. We were thrilled to be able to make a donation to the American Society of Hypertension, Inc. that is making a concerted effort to make people aware of these issues,” said Jim Li, executive director medical affairs, Omron Healthcare, Inc. “Regularly checking your blood pressure is important, and this was a great way for Omron to show our commitment to making it easier for consumers to do that with clinically proven accurate products at home.”

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Everlast ProLine seeks to maximize workout benefits for athletes

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK Everlast Sports Nutrition is launching a collection of nutrition products specifically created for the dedicated athlete, called Everlast ProLine.

The collection features advanced nutrients, including natural sweeteners and natural flavors, and includes products that maximize workout benefits while managing weight and recovery.

Developed by a team of industry professionals that includes nutritionists, athletes and fitness-enthusiasts, the ProLine was created to deliver scientifically validated ingredients in proven sports nutrition products for optimum athletic performance. Formulas were carefully chosen, tested and combined to support optimal strength, energy and focus.

Everlast Sports Nutrition ProLine will begin shipping in May.

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Study: Vitamin B may decrease kidney function in diabetic nephropathy patients

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK Patients with a kidney disease caused by diabetes that receive high-dose vitamin B therapy are more likely to have decreased kidney function and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, a new study found.

Published in the Apr. 28 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, Andrew House, M.D., of the University of Western Ontario, and J. David Spence, M.D., of the Robarts Research Institute, London, Ontario, and colleagues conducted a study to examine whether B-vitamin therapy would slow the progression of diabetic nephropathy and prevent vascular events in 238 patients with Type 1 or 2 diabetes. Data taken from patients in the randomized, placebo-controlled trial between May 2001 and May 2007 found the measure of kidney function — radionuclide glomerular filtration rate, or GFR — rapidly decreased in those who consumed vitamin B6 and B12, between baseline and 36 months, compared with the placebo group. Additionally, the researchers found that risk of such cardiovascular events as heart attack, stroke, revascularization, and all-cause mortality, doubled in the B-vitamin group.

Meanwhile, House, Spence and colleagues also added that they tested the patients’ levels of homocysteine, a naturally occurring amino acid found in blood plasma. While high levels of homocysteine are more likely to cause heart attack and other diseases, the researchers noted that participants in the B-vitamin group had an average decrease while participants in the placebo group had an average increase. This result, the authors concluded, should not necessarily be a guide for those interested in testing this theory outside of a clinical trial.

"Given the recent large-scale clinical trials showing no treatment benefit, and our trial demonstrating harm, it would be prudent to discourage the use of high-dose B vitamins as a homocysteine-lowering strategy outside the framework of properly conducted clinical research," the authors concluded.

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