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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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Child’s weight may cause drugs to metabolize differently, study suggests

BY Michael Johnsen

ANAHEIM, Calif. Researchers from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy have provided the first evidence-based data on changes in drug metabolism in obese children as compared with healthy-weight children.

The study, conducted by L’Aurelle Johnson and Manoj Chiney in the Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacy, evaluated drug metabolism in 16 healthy weight children and nine obese children.

“We have known for years that drugs metabolize differently in obese adults as compared to healthy weight adults,” stated Johnson. “But, there has been very little, if any, information available that specifically addresses the consequences of obesity on drug metabolism in children. Without this information, our ability to identify optimal drug dosing in children often relies on trial and error approaches.”

In the study, Johnson and Chiney examined drug metabolizing enzyme activity in healthy weight and obese children, ages 6 to 10 years old. Specifically, they looked at how the children metabolized caffeine and dextromethorphan, an over-the-counter cough suppressant.

They found that obese children metabolized both drugs at different rates than healthy-weight children.

Johnson said this finding is the first of many steps in determining the overall effect of obesity on drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination in children. She plans to conduct additional research to define the activity of other drug metabolizing enzymes that may also be altered in the pediatric population as a result of obesity.

“Collectively, such knowledge concerning key factors that impact activity of drug metabolizing enzymes in children will have a significant positive impact on the development of optimal drug dosing regiments in children in order to maximize efficacy, while minimizing potential adverse drug effects, in the treatment of serious diseases such as cancer,” Johnson said.

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Head lice meets its match in LiceGuard’s Robi Comb

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK LiceGuard has developed an innovative, nontoxic method to detect and destroy lice.

 

LiceGuard’s Robi Comb is a quick, electronic comb that detects and kills head lice, which then are combed out of hair. LiceGuard’s Robi Comb and other all-natural products are supported by Healthy Child — a nonprofit organization focused on reducing and eliminating chemical exposures from home products, furnishings and food.

 

"Parents today are aware of the potential dangers that chemicals present to children’s health and proper development. Advocating for safe products and alternatives to those filled with harmful synthetics is key to Healthy Child’s core mission," said Christopher Gavial, CEO and executive director of Healthy Child Healthy World. "We help parents navigate a complicated and confusing marketplace to find high quality, effective alternatives to conventional products.  We recommend the Robi Comb because parent won’t be worried about any chemical intrusion and yet they can properly treat their child’s lice issues."

LiceGuard’s Robi Comb currently is being sold at such retailers as Rite Aid, Walgreens and Walmart.

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