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Survey shows significant number of adults in their 60s use alternative medicines

BY Michael Johnsen

BETHESDA, Md. According to a new nationwide government survey, 41 percent of adults in the United States between the ages of 60 and 69 use some form of complementary and alternative medicine, including dietary supplements, the National Institutes of Health noted Friday.

In an effort to help seniors in that age group identify appropriate remedies, NIH has added a Complementary and Alernative Medicine tab to its NIHSeniorHealth Web site, a site designed specifically for older adults.

“CAM covers a wide range of therapies and practices not currently considered part of conventional medicine,” said Josephine Briggs, director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, part of the NIH, which developed the topic. “Thus, it’s important to be well informed if you are considering using any. … It’s also important to inform your health care provider about any CAM therapies you may use.”

Older adults who go to http://nihseniorhealth.gov/cam/toc.html will find easy-to-understand information on the basics of CAM , as well as useful tips on how to be an informed consumer, choose a CAM practitioner and talk candidly with their doctor about CAM use.

According to the NIH, 68 percent of online seniors look for health and medical information when they go on the Web.

NIHSeniorHealth is a joint effort between the National Institute on Aging and the National Library of Medicine. The site is based on the latest research on cognition and aging. It features short, easy-to-read segments of information that can be accessed in a number of formats, including various large-print type sizes, open-captioned videos, and an audio version. Additional topics coming soon to the site include dry eye and substance abuse among older adults.

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Mexican product released in U.S. may prevent erectile dysfunction

BY Alaric DeArment

SAN FRANCISCO Hispanic men between the ages of 20 and 50 are two and a half times as likely as men of other races and ethnicities to develop erectile dysfunction, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2005.

A product on the market in Mexico since 2004 and recently introduced in the United States might address the problem. CRB Ventures said the product, The Sensual Tea, has a rate of effectiveness of 87.3 percent in treating erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation and has no side effects.

“It is possible to prevent sexual problems from ever occurring,” CRB Ventures president Christian Beasley said in a statement. “The Sensual Tea overcomes low libido and sexual fatigue and enhances the pleasure and intensity of sex.”

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Medical Nutrition USA reports spike in branded product revenue for 3Q 2008

BY Jenna Duncan

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. Medical Nutrition USA today announced the results for its third quarter 2008, ended Oct. 31.

The company reported that its branded product revenue jumped 11 percent to more than $3 million, up from $2.7 million on a 26 percent unit sales increase, and offset by price reductions, over 2007’s results.

Medical Nutrition USA said its total sales were steady, increasing about 0.01 percent. The company also said that gross margin remained steady at about 53 percent.

The company reported that its incoming net cash from operating activities was $492,200, compared to $598,600, in 2007. And net loss was reportedly $50,900, compared to a net income of $220,000, or $0.01 per share.

For the nine months ended Oct. 31, Medical Nutrition USA said that its branded product revenue increased 13 percent to $9 million, up from around $8 million for the same time the previous year. Total sales rose 5 percent to around $10 million, up from $9 million for the same time period the previous year, the company said. Gross profit totaled $5. million, comprising 53 percent of sales.

“Our results reflect the ongoing successful implementation of our plan to accelerate market penetration through expansion of our sales force and more aggressive pricing. Unit sales of branded products continue to increase handsomely, growing at 26 percent for the quarter and 28 percent for the nine months as a result of sales to both new and existing customers as well as new products. Private label sales are expected to continue to decline modestly over time as part of our long-term strategy to deemphasize private label sales in favor of branded product sales. Overall, we remain very much on track and are pleased with our performance for the quarter,” chairman and chief executive officer Frank Newman said.

Medical Nutrition USA develops and distributes supplement products, such as Pro-Stat bottled liquid protein and UTI-stat liquid antioxidant supplement for cleansing the urinary tract, for “nutritionally at-risk” patients under longterm care and/or medical supervision.

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