Survey finds allergies viewed as nuisance
KENILWORTH, N.J. According to “Attitudes About Allergies,” a national telephone survey released Thursday, allergies are often disregarded as a nuisance.
A survey of consumers found that they view diabetes (81 percent), hypertension or high blood pressure (76 percent) and arthritis (57 percent) as more serious than indoor and outdoor allergies. In addition, while the survey of consumers found that 78 percent feel sorry for allergy sufferers, more than a third (36 percent) believe that allergy sufferers overstate the severity of their symptoms, and 30 percent say allergy sufferers use allergies as an excuse to get out of something.
“Allergies are often disregarded in our society, making it acceptable to tell allergy sufferers to ‘get on with it’ and not complain,” stated Belinda Borrelli, associate professor at the department of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown Medical School and The Miriam Hospital.
A separate survey of allergy sufferers found that about half (48 percent) feel their spouse or significant other does not view their allergies to be a serious health condition. Sufferers also perceive others as not taking their allergies that seriously, saying their relatives (81 percent), friends (86 percent) and co-workers (78 percent) view their allergies as a “somewhat serious” or “not serious” health condition. Even their physicians, they say, are ambivalent. The survey of allergy sufferers found that nearly three-quarters (74 percent) believe that their doctor views their allergies as a “somewhat serious” or “not serious” health condition.
However, according to a survey of physicians who treat allergies, a majority of physicians (84 percent) said, in general, patients do not overstate allergy symptoms. In addition, most physicians view insomnia (83 percent) and osteoarthritis (69 percent) as being less serious or equally as serious as allergies. Physicians report they view diabetes (90 percent) and hypertension (84 percent) as being more serious than allergies.
The survey was commissioned by Schering-Plough/Merck Pharmaceuticals and conducted by Harris Interactive. Three separate surveys were conducted: a survey of more than 1,000 consumers, which included allergy sufferers and non-allergy sufferers, a survey of more than 1,000 allergy sufferers only, and a survey of 300 physicians.
ConsumerLab.com survey rates Nordic Naturals top supplement brand
WATSONVILLE, Calif. Nordic Naturals was recently named the “Top-Rated Supplement Brand” by the 2008 ConsumerLab.com Survey of Vitamin and Supplement Users, the company reported Wednesday.
“We are honored to be recognized by our customers and pleased they are enjoying the quality and efficacy of our products,” stated Joar Opheim, Nordic chief executive officer.
Nordic Naturals had the highest customer satisfaction ratings of all brands considered, throughout 8 different distribution channels, with 95.2 percent of its customers highly satisfied with the brand based on responses of “extremely satisfied” or “very satisfied”. According to the report, “this was significantly higher than any other brand.”
Though 1,367 brands were sited in the survey, only 47 received at least 100 consumer ratings and only those were included in determining the top ratings.
More than 6,000 dietary supplement users (qualified by 94 percent of the respondents taking 2 or more supplements daily) completed the online survey rating supplement brands and merchants on overall consumer satisfaction.
Kellogg introduces line of protein products
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. Kellogg Co. is breaking out of the cereal aisles to the meal-replacement area in stores with a new line of protein products—All-Bran Fiber Bars and All-Bran Drink Mix.
“Kellogg’s move into the diet and nutrition aisle represents our ongoing commitment to consumer health and wellness,” stated Jennifer Garrett, director of nutrition marketing for Kellogg. “We are pleased the proximity these products will have to pharmacists in particular, who are trusted professionals that many consumers turn to for advice not just about their prescriptions, but also about health and lifestyle-related issues.”
The meal replacement bars and drink mixes each contain 10 grams of fiber—which constitutes some 40 percent of the daily recommended value of fiber, Kellogg reported. Citing data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, only one in 10 Americans actually consume the recommended 25-to-30 grams of fiber each day.