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Study: Nutrition bar developed by research team improves health

BY Michael Johnsen

OAKLAND, Calif. — Scientists at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute’s Nutrition and Metabolism Center have developed a low-calorie, fruit-based high-fiber vitamin and mineral nutrition bar called the CHORI-bar that improves biological indicators — the bar increased HDL cholesterol and glutathione but lowered homocysteine — linked to the risk of cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline and associated decline in antioxidant defenses, the group reported Wednesday.

The CHORI-bar is intended to help restore optimal nutritional balance in people eating poor diets and to help transition them to healthier eating habits. The bar is satiating and at only approximately 110 calories per bar, may be helpful in weight reduction programs, according to the hosptial.

The first research report on the CHORI-bar will appear in the August 2012 Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

The FASEB Journal report describes the prototype bar and presents results of a 2-week trial in 25 generally healthy adults led by CHORI-bar team member and pediatric cardiologist Michele Mietus-Snyder. The participants varied in ages and body mass index and ate two bars each day for two weeks.

Favorable metabolic changes occurred after two weeks of bar intake, without guidelines as to whether to use the bar as a meal replacement or a supplement.

Current research is continuing on several fronts, the group reported. Two additional bars have been developed that expand the number of biomarkers improved by the bar to include measures of insulin resistance, inflammation and additional elements of lipid metabolism, notably LDL cholesterol. Efforts are under way to combine attributes of all three bars in a single bar, the group noted.

A series of clinical trials have also been initiated that test the efficacy of the CHORI-bar in improving metabolism in individuals with diseases accompanied by metabolic dysregulation favorably impacted by the bar, including obesity, asthma and hypertension. And finally, development of additional biomarker assays is underway to expand the classes of metabolic changes that can be detected, such as several different types of DNA damage.

 


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Carex introduces Apex all-in-one medication organizer and pill splitter

BY Allison Cerra

NORWELL, Mass. — Carex Health Brands is launching an all-in-one medication organizer and pill splitter under its Apex brand.

Apex’s medication station features the ultra pill splitter with blade guard safety, two removable seven-day medication organizers with Bubble-Lok technology and a nonslip base that holds everything together. All parts are removable for travel, filling or cleaning.

Apex’s all-in-one medication organizer and pill splitter carries a suggested retail price of $9.99.

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Everett Labs launches supplement to support ovulation function

BY Michael Johnsen

WEST ORANGE, N.J. — Everett Labs on Monday announced the launch of Pregnitude, a dietary supplement that helps support ovulation function and menstrual cycle regularity for women who are interested in conceiving.

“There is a tremendous need for support of couples having difficulty conceiving," said Scott Eder, Everett medical director. "They’re often left frustrated and anxious, and the stress can compound the problem. Pregnitude can help support ovulation function, menstrual cycle regularity and quality of eggs during this difficult time.”

The supplement is formulated with myo-inositol, a naturally occurring substance produced in the body that belongs to the vitamin B complex group and is found naturally in such foods as fruits, cereals with high bran content, nuts and beans, the company stated.

Pregnitude is a powder formulation that is mixed with water and taken twice a day, in the morning and evening.

According to the company, controlled clinical studies have demonstrated that supplementation with myo-inositol has a beneficial effect on ovulatory function, improving ovulation frequency, promoting menstrual cycle regularity and improving the quality of oocytes, or immature eggs.


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