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Research shows honey may be remedy for sinus ailments

BY Jenna Duncan

OTTAWA A team of Canadian researchers have found evidence that suggests honey may aid chronic sinusitis sufferers even more than antibiotics.

The researchers said that they found that germ fighting properties in honey attack the bacteria may help soothe the discomfort of sinusitis.

The team of researchers led by Joseph G. Marsan of the University of Ottawa.tested their honey hypothesis by applying honey to biofilms. Biofilms are substances in the body where bacterias such as Staph aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa collect and lead to inflammation and infection.

Similar findings have appeared in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, published last year by the Penn State College of Medicine. That particular study concluded that honey was more effective than OTC cough medicines containing dextromethorphan for soothing a cough in children.

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Dannon promises to join effort to responsibly market foods to kids

BY Jenna Duncan

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. Dannon has said that in accordance with guidelines established by authorities such as the FDA and World Health Organization, it will take the initiative in limiting its advertising of food products to children under age 12, unless it can prove the products meet established nutritional criteria, the company has said.

Dannon has joined 15 other food and beverage makers in signing on for more responsible advertising by agreeing to only advertise products that have limits on sodium and sugar content, as well as reduced fat options and meet minimum daily calcium requirements.

The initiative was originally launched during a Federal Trade Commission hearing last July which focused on marketing to children and childhood obesity.

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Fair trade certified groceries snatching up retail dollars

BY Jenna Duncan

OAKLAND, Calif. Across the United States, more and more grocery and drug stores are setting aside Fair Trade Certified products, reports have said, because the certification is a popular selling point lately.

More than 284 Fair Trade Certified products ranging from coffees and teas to chocolate, sugar, herbs and spices and fresh fruit have been launched in the United States this year, according to data from Chicago-based research company, Mintel.

Particular brands and especially premium products, such as Starbuck’s Fair Trade label and Hershey’s Dagoba chocolate candies, are distinctly known for the designation. Reports have said that sales of Fair Trade coffee in the United States grew to $730 million in 2006.

The demand for Fair Trade products has become so hot that big box retail chains such as Target, Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart have taken note and announced their soon-to-launch lines. October has been designated at Fair Trade Month.

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