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Topical BioMedics earns patent for product used to treat fibromyalgia pain

BY Michael Johnsen

RHINEBECK, N.Y. Topical BioMedics on Thursday announced that its Topricin pain relief and healing cream has been awarded a patent as a treatment of pain associated with fibromyalgia. A Food and Drug Administration-regulated topical biomedicine, Topricin was introduced by the company in 1994, the company stated.

More than 5 million people suffer from fibromyalgia, with the vast majority of them being women. The condition is characterized by chronic, widespread pain in muscles, ligaments and tendons; multiple “tender points”; fatigue; and sleep disturbances. Other symptoms include numbness and tingling, irritable bowel syndrome, palpitations and tension or migraine headaches. The soft-tissue pain of fibromyalgia is described as deep-aching, radiating, gnawing, shooting or burning, and ranges from mild to severe.

Topricin delivers a combination of homeopathic medicines to relieve pain. “Topricin has been effective in resolving pain for the many women suffering with fibromyalgia, with many reporting they have more energy [and] are staying more active, and [reporting] that [Topricin] has helped to reduce or eliminate their dependency on oral pain medications,” stated Lou Paradise, Topical BioMedics CEO.

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GlaxoSmithKline brand to be featured on Target Indy car

BY Michael Johnsen

INDIANAPOLIS Chip Ganassi Racing on Wednesday announced that GlaxoSmithKline’s Breathe Right brand will be placed on the nose of the team’s Target Indy car this weekend during the Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300 Chicagoland Speedway races.

Additionally, on Aug. 28, race fans will have the opportunity to meet two-time and reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti, driver of the Target Indy car, on-site at the Breathe Right Advanced tent where free product samples will be made available.

“Putting on my nasal strip is part of my ritual when suiting up for every race as I need it to breathe better so I am ready to operate at 100%,” Franchitti stated. “However, you don’t need to be a professional driver to understand the importance of being at your best. Breathe Right nasal strips can help you breathe better so you can get a good night’s sleep.”

GlaxoSmithKline will tout its latest Breathe Right product introduction, Breathe Right Advanced, at the race. The newly patented strip has a unique design allowing for four points of contact to increase airflow and help open nasal passages more completely. 

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Black & Decker introduces digital gardening device

BY Alaric DeArment

TOWSON, Md. Tool company Black & Decker has introduced a device that it says is designed to take the guesswork out of gardening.

PlantSmart uses a digital sensor to measure information — such as sunlight, temperature, moisture and soil conditions — about the garden. Users then can upload data to an online account to find information about plants’ needs based on local conditions.

The company plans initially to roll out the device in September on Amazon.com and Target.com, and sell it at retailers nationwide in spring 2011.

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