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Report: Omega-3 supplementation can realize $4 billion in net CHD-attributed cost savings

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — Adults older than 55 years with heart disease would realize individual healthcare savings if they supplemented with omega-3 dietary supplements, according to a report released Tuesday titled "Smart Prevention-Health Care Cost Savings Resulting from the Targeted Use of Dietary Supplements.” 

According to the report, nearly $4 billion in cumulative net CHD-attributed cost savings from 2013 to 2020 is potentially realizable if the entire targeted population (U.S. adults older than 55 years diagnosed with CHD) were to use omega-3 dietary supplements at preventive intake levels. This is the equivalent of more than one million hospital events avoided in the next seven years, the report stated. Additionally, the report identified that only 28% of the targeted population currently takes omega-3 supplements.

“Our country is faced with a serious problem when it comes to sick-care and rising healthcare costs,” said Steve Mister, president of the Council for Responsible Nutrition Foundation. “Taking dietary supplements, such as omega-3s, is not a magic bullet by any means, but it’s one preventive measure that should be considered along with eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly to potentially help maintain a healthy heart. Given the costs of treating medical events that result from CHD, simple steps like this can help reduce healthcare costs, too.”

Omega-3s are the third most popular dietary supplement among U.S. adults ages 55 years and older, according to the Council for Responsible Nutrition. The supplement’s essential role in the diet is recognized by such authoritative bodies as the American Heart Association, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Institute of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board  and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines, all of which have current policies advising Americans to eat more fatty fish to get the benefits of omega-3 fish oils.

“Unfortunately most Americans are not eating enough fatty fish to reap the full benefits of omega-3s,” said Duffy MacKay, SVP scientific and regulatory affairs CRN. “So omega-3 supplementation is a viable option, especially for anyone who doesn’t eat fatty fish, like salmon and sardines, regularly. Omega-3s help lower triglycerides and support healthy blood flow-two factors which play a role in coronary heart disease.”

The report was created by Frost & Sullivan through a grant from the CRNF.

 

 

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Targeted Medical Pharma to launch Clearwayz supplement through As Seen On TV

BY Michael Johnsen

LOS ANGELES — Targeted Medical Pharma on Monday reported the completion of a promotion and distribution agreement with As Seen on TV Productions, a division of East Shore Enterprises, to promote the company’s Clearwayz.

Clearwayz is a dietary supplement specially formulated to support healthy sinus, respiratory and immune function using a proprietary blend of amino acids and polyphenols.

"Clearwayz offers a natural, drug-free option to people who are struggling with sinus and respiratory problems related to the cold, flu or allergies and are concerned about the side effects of drugs,” stated William Shell, CEO and chief science officer of Targeted Medical Pharma. “This agreement will introduce this unique product into a broader marketplace, helping to build a sustainable sales channel for the dietary supplement division of the company.”

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Study: Condoms may help prevent vaginal infection

BY Michael Johnsen

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — A study conducted by Beijing Friendship Hospital published Tuesday found that condoms may help prevent vaginal infection.

The study examined 164 married women, ages 18 to 45, all in good health. Seventy-two of them were using condoms for birth control. The women using condoms were found to have higher levels of beneficial bacteria or lactobacillus, which is thought to block harmful bacteria from causing odor and infection.

This study provides evidence of the correlation between intercourse and vaginal infection. “The findings are no surprise to OB/Gyns who have long understood that elevated pH increases the risk of infection," stated Michael Krychman, executive director Southern California Center for Sexual Health. "Semen has a high pH, so vaginal pH is elevated following unprotected intercourse. Wearing a condom can certainly prevent semen from being introduced into the vagina and elevating vaginal pH. That’s good news for couples who are using condoms to prevent possible HIV transmission or pregnancy, as they can also prevent infections like BV.”

Condoms might not be the answer for healthy couples in an exclusive relationship, where STD prevention is not needed and alternative forms of birth control are being used. Condom usage solely for the purpose of preventing elevated pH may be unrealistic as some couples may find that condoms hinder spontaneity and pleasure. Krychman pointed out that other options are available for couples in this situation. An over-the-counter product called RepHresh Gel has been clinically shown to maintain healthy vaginal pH. It can be used either before or after intercourse and lasts for 3 days, so spontaneity is not an issue.

“A vaginal pH of 3.5–4.5 indicates that there is a perfect amount of good bacteria (lactobacilli), and no overgrowth of the bad bacteria that can cause odor, irritation and many times, infection,” Krychman said. “Intercourse is just one way that pH can become unbalanced. The high pH of blood during menstruation can also cause elevated pH, as well as normal hormone fluctuations and some hygiene products. While condom use is an excellent solution for elevated pH due to intercourse, women should be aware that non-prescription products are readily accessible, enabling women of any age to control their pH and avoid infection.”

 

 

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