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Physicians Formula board member Brown to resign

BY Antoinette Alexander

AZUSA, Calif. Physicians Formula board member Sonya Brown will resign from the board of directors on April 24, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Brown’s decision is not the result of any disagreement with the company or any matter relating to the company’s operation, policies or practices, the filing stated. The nominating and corporate governance committee is proceeding with plans to recruit a successor to Brown.

In separate company news, the beauty company has postponed its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2008 earnings release and conference call originally scheduled for March 9. The company stated that it postponed its earnings release and conference call in order to complete remaining items in connection with its completion of its year-end financial reporting process.

The company will announce a new date and time for the release, which is expected by the end of March.

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Advanced Beauty Systems appoints Matt Smith as VP marketing

BY Antoinette Alexander

DALLAS Advanced Beauty Systems, a marketer of bath, hair and skin care products for the mass market, has hired former Dr. Pepper Snapple Group executive, Matt Smith, to serve as VP marketing.

In this newly created position, Smith will develop and manage all aspects of marketing and sales including strategy, innovation, brand development and business development.

Smith joins Advanced Beauty Systems from Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, where he most recently served as a director of brand marketing for the company’s 7UP, Sunkist, Canada Dry and A&W brands. In that position, he was responsible for developing brand strategy and vision, along with leading the development of all brand marketing activation and innovation. He also served in key roles managing Diet Dr. Pepper, Hawaiian Punch and other brands. He also has global marketing experience with Mattel and WHAM-O.

Advanced Beauty Systems’ product portfolio includes bodycology, Dr. Teals, Cantu and Slice of Life.

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Study: Family history, frequent sunburns linked to rosacea

BY Antoinette Alexander

SAN FRANCISCO While the exact cause of rosacea, a chronic skin condition that causes redness, swelling and vascular abnormalities, is unknown, research has found that family history and a higher incidence of sunburns are associated with the skin condition.

The research could improve the general understanding of the disease, which is most commonly found on the face, and affects an estimated 14 million Americans.

The findings were presented at the 67th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology on March 5.

“This study was building on previous photo database work that we had done in which we looked at photos of 3,000 people with and without rosacea to try to determine the prevalence of rosacea in certain populations and some of the factors that seemed to be associated with it,” said dermatologist Alexa Boer Kimball, MD, MPH, FAAD, associate professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School in Boston. “We wanted to see whether we could validate some of these initial findings, as well as explore whether rosacea was predictive of other systemic conditions that might be related – similar to the link between severe cases of psoriasis and other medical conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.”

The case-controlled study was built on a photo study conducted with 65 rosacea subjects (age 24 to 86) and 65 controls without rosacea (age 18 to 78). The subjects underwent a facial skin exam, completed a questionnaire and had their height, weight and blood pressure measured.

Comparing the data for the new study groups, Kimball found that rosacea subjects were three times more likely to have a family member with rosacea compared with the control group. Specifically, 34% of rosacea subjects reported a family member with rosacea versus 10.5% of control subjects. When answering questions about their dermatological and medical conditions, rosacea subjects had significantly higher rates of blistering sunburns than control subjects (44% versus 5.2%, respectively).

In families with a history of rosacea, Kimball advises parents to protect children from sun exposure with a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and to practice other sun-safe behaviors in order to minimize the risk of sunburns.

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