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Study suggests soy protien may help reduce risk of prostate cancer

BY Michael Johnsen

ST. LOUIS A study published in the Oct. 1 Journal of Nutrition suggests consumption of soy protein may play a role in reducing the risk of prostate cancer.

“The intent of the study was to evaluate the effects of consuming soy protein on elimination of estrogen metabolites in the urine of men at a high risk for prostate cancer,” stated Mindy Kurzer, lead author of the study and a professor in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota. “After taking biopsies of prostate tissue, androgen receptors were reduced in the prostate, which is consistent with a reduced risk of prostate cancer. In addition, significantly fewer of the men who consumed soy protein progressed to cancer by the end of the six-month study. We are encouraged by the results, but more studies must be performed.”

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Rep. Waxman issues letter regarding pediatric cough and cold medicines

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., on Wednesday issued a letter addressing the Consumer Healthcare Products Association’s pending public comments on the labeling of pediatric cough and cold products before a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee meeting to be held later this month.

Waxman criticized CHPA’s advocacy of a ban on marketing products to children under the age of two even as several CHPA members have products targeting infants on the market.

In response, CHPA has issued a moratorium on advertising nonprescription medicines to children under the age of 2. “CHPA’s member companies are no longer advertising or promoting these medicines for infants and are individually working on their own transition plans to address the recommendations put forth in our background materials for the upcoming FDA advisory committee meeting,” stated Elizabeth Funderburk, CHPA director of communications and media relations, on Thursday.

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Rite Aid to begin selling Lindora diet products in Southern California

BY Michael Johnsen

COSTA MESA, Calif. As part of its partnership with Rite Aid, Lindora Medical Clinics announced Wednesday that Rite Aid will be selling its line of diet-related products in approximately 400 locations in Southern California. The items include a selection of protein bars, shakes, nutritional supplements, weight loss program books, instructional DVDs and the newly-introduced “Weight Loss Starter Kit,” all of which were previously items only available online or to those enrolled in Lindora’s medically-supervised weight control program.

“Partnering with Rite Aid enables us to distribute our line of healthy living and weight control products on a much broader scale,” stated Lindora president and chief executive officer Cynthia Stamper Graff.

Items include:

  • High-Protein Snack Bars ($12.50 for package of 7)
  • Protein Beverages ($8 – $12)
  • High Protein Foods ($10 – $12)
  • The Lindora Weight Loss System ($39.95)

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