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Study: GanedenBC30 boosts the immune system

BY Michael Johnsen

CLEVELAND, Ohio A new study in the current issue of Postgraduate Medicine suggests that a specific strain of probiotics, Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, PTA-6086, increases the body’s immune response to the flu virus, Ganeden Biotech announced Tuesday.

“These results demonstrate the ability of GanedenBC30 to boost the immune system of healthy adults against viruses that cause some of the most common human illnesses,” stated Mira Baron, author of the study. “The study … adds to the emerging body of evidence that probiotics can benefit healthy people as well as those with specific health issues.”

Study data showed significant increases in T-cell production of TNF-alpha, a key immune marker, versus control upon exposure to influenza A in healthy adults who consumed a daily capsule of Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, PTA-6086 for 30 days.

The study did not evaluate the immune response to the H1N1 influenza virus, otherwise known as the swine flu, Ganeden noted.

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MannKind has dip in profit, flat sales

BY Alaric DeArment

VALENCIA, Calif. A drug company focused on developing drugs for diabetes and cancer reported a reduction in operating, research and development and general and administrative expenses of more than $32 million in its first quarter 2009 financial results Monday.

MannKind Corp. said the decrease in research and development expenses, by $15.6 million, was primarily due to decreased costs associated with the clinical development of the fast-acting insulin Afresa.

Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities were $30.2 million as of March 31, compared with $46.5 million on Dec. 31 and $269.1 million on March 31, 2008.

“This past quarter was extremely busy for MannKind, culminating in our submission to the FDA of a new drug application for Afresa.” chairman and CEO Alfred Mann said in a statement. “With this milestone accomplished, we are now turning our attention to commercial readiness activities.”

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Vagisil launches new feminine hygiene product

BY Michael Johnsen

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. As a brand leader in the feminine hygiene product market, Combe on Monday announced the introduction of Vagisil Satin — a fast-absorbing creme that provides quick and long-lasting relief from itch and irritation as it soothes and helps heal the skin.

“Whether at work, home or on the go, external vaginal discomfort not only causes physical stress, but also puts a damper on a woman’s mood and confidence level,” stated Adelaide Nardone, board certified OB/GYN.

According to the Journal of Urgent Care, vulvovaginitis is the cause of approximately 10 million office visits in the United States annually. Vulvovaginitis can be characterized by symptoms of itching, irritation, burning, redness, discharge and discomfort.

“These uncomfortable and sometimes painful symptoms affect women of all ages and are common gynecological concerns,” commented Jeanne Collins, Combe senior brand manager of marketing, feminine hygiene. “We are thrilled about the launch of Vagisil Satin as we continually strive to meet the needs of women by offering them a solution that immediately helps them feel more comfortable.”

Vagisil Satin contains 1% hydrocortisone acetate and provides 12 hours of relief from itch, discomfort and distraction.

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