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Severity of flu 9.5 on scale of 10, DoctorsReport.com notes

BY Michael Johnsen

With the flu continuing to remain strong nationally, the Doctors Report Illness Tracker and DoctorsReport.com, the new mobile app and website that provide instant access to data including doctors’ reports from almost 1 million doctors’ offices across the nation, has expanded and released its current list of the nation’s top Influenza hot spots (by metro area) in the nation.

According to the Doctors Report Illness Tracker, the severity level of the flu nationally is 9.5 on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being most severe) for the third consecutive week.

The Doctors Report Illness Tracker draws from a national database of doctor-diagnosed and reported cases over a period of the past seven days. Specific metros are listed according to the Doctors Report illness severity scale, with 10 being most severe and 0 being least severe:

  • Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH at 9.5;
  • Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC at 9.5;
  • Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD at 9.5;
  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV at 9.5;
  • Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL at 9.5;
  • Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI at 9.5.;
  • Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL at 9.5;
  • Jacksonville, FL at 9.5;
  • Richmond, VA at 9.5; and
  • Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY at 9.5.

Flu isn’t the only disease state that DoctorsReport. com tracks. DoctorsReport.com has developed a proprietary set of algorithms for gauging the severity of 15 common illnesses, the company noted. The major factors that define the severity scale are: number of diagnosed and reported cases from actual doctors’ offices and comparisons to historical trends for the same area.

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Hyperbiotics launches athlete-focused probiotic

BY Michael Johnsen

Hyperbiotics on Thursday welcomed the latest addition to its line of targeted probiotic blends: a supplement for athletes called PRO-Compete.

With recent studies showing that the gut microbiome of athletes is unique in composition and requires a diverse array of specific beneficial bacteria to optimize energy, endurance, strength and mental and physical performance, the team at Hyperbiotics formulated a next-generation probiotic supplement tailored to the needs of athletes and sports competitors of various levels.

“By combining the very best blend of probiotic bacteria — including L. plantarum 6595 to support digestive and immune function and promote upper respiratory health — we’ve developed a formula that covers every aspect of physical training from prep and performance to recovery,” Jamie Morea, Hyperbiotics co-founder, said.

Hyperbiotics PRO-Compete contains six targeted strains as well as microbe-supporting FOS to enhance performance by allowing athletes to enjoy respiratory, digestive and overall health, and avoid momentum-killing down days.

Formulated with a patented BIO-tract delivery process, the probiotic organisms in PRO-Compete are released over an 8-10 hour period so they can survive stomach acids and reach the intestinal tract alive. In addition, PRO-Compete includes a guaranteed shelf life without refrigeration with its patented LiveBac manufacturing process.

“We now know that having the right gut bacteria is essential for peak athletic performance, and we’re proud to be leading the way with an effective, natural solution that helps athletes of all abilities go the distance,” Morea said.

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Former Walgreens attorney joins CRN’s legal team

BY DSN STAFF

The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Thursday named Megan Olsen assistant general counsel, reporting to CRN president and CEO Steve Mister.

Olsen most recently held the position of special counsel for Wiley Rein in Washington, D.C. Prior to that position, she spent more than two years as senior counsel at Walgreens.

“Megan’s insight into the dietary supplement industry’s unique and complex regulatory structure makes her a great addition to the team and an excellent resource for our member companies,” Mister said. “Her broad background counseling other FDA and FTC-regulated industries and her experience at a major retailer provide an additional layer of expertise for CRN that will serve our association and all our member companies well. We’re delighted she’s joined us.”

Olsen’s experience includes advising companies on federal and state consumer protection laws surrounding the marketing, labeling and distribution of dietary supplements, food, drugs and other consumer products and services regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission. In addition, she has extensive knowledge assisting dietary supplement and food companies with product label review, claim substantiation compliance and marketing dissemination legal adherence. Olsen also developed client strategies for addressing National Advertising Division challenges and defending clients during investigations brought by the FDA, the FTC and state attorneys general.

Olsen started her legal career at Kelley Drye & Warren. She earned her J.D. from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in Washington, and received her B.A. in Business Management from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. While earning her J.D., Olsen held the position of associate editor for the Catholic University Law Review.

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