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Vicks launches three humidifiers for 2013 cold-flu season

BY Michael Johnsen

SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass. — Humidifiers help provide temporary relief from cough and congestion, counteract the effects of harsh, dry air, and can bring temporary relief to dry skin, stuffy noses and chapped lips — the three most irritating wintertime ailments, according to a new survey of U.S. moms, conducted by the makers of Vicks humidifiers. 

For the 2013 cold and flu season, Vicks has launched three new humidifiers for families — the Vicks FilterFree Cool Mist Humidifier, the Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier, and the Vicks Starry Night Cool Moisture Humidifier, now available in pink, the supplier announced Thursday.

Vicks FilterFree Cool Mist Humidifier requires no filter and offers hassle-free maintenance and operation. The humidifier features a 1.2-gallon tank, which can run for up to 30 hours between fillings. 

Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier features a soft glow nightlight and automatic shut-off for added safety. The new Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier heats water to produce a 95% bacteria-free steam vapor, releasing moist, warm air for fast relief from cold and flu symptoms affecting airways and nasal passages. 

And the Vicks Starry Night Cool Moisture Humidifier — available in purple, green, blue and now pink — is ideal for use in nurseries and children’s bedrooms. The humidifier releases cool moisture into the air and projects a multicolor changing, star-filled night’s sky on walls and the ceiling through the unit’s built-in, independently controlled projector. This model runs for up to 24 hours on a 1-gallon tank and features multiple output settings and quiet operation. 

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Clif Kid introduces seasonal Halloween bar

BY Michael Johnsen

EMERYVILLE, Calif. — Clif Kid, maker of organic snacks for active kids, on Thursday introduced Zbar Monster Chocolate Mint — a seasonal offering for Halloween. 

A nutritious alternative to candy, Zbar Monster Chocolate Mint combines the flavor of chocolate with a hint of mint in a snack bar made with USDA-certified organic ingredients.

"Kids love dressing up in costumes and heading out for a fun night of trick-or-treating on Halloween," stated Michelle Ferguson, EVP marketing for Clif Kid. "We baked Zbar Monster Chocolate Mint to give parents peace of mind knowing their kids are eating an organic, wholesome snack that’s also festive for the season."

Zbar Monster Chocolate Mint is available now, for a limited time and while supplies last, at select grocery retailers nationwide at a suggested retail price of $0.89 per bar.

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Most contact lens wearers practice bad hygiene when it comes to their lenses

BY Michael Johnsen

DALLAS — Most contact lens wearers in the United States put their eyes at risk by cutting corners and adopting bad habits when it comes to contact lens care and hygiene practices, according to a recent global survey conducted by Wakefield Research for Alcon.

The findings from the survey of 1,000 contact lens wearers in the United States indicate that 76% of consumers surveyed wouldn’t bathe in yesterday’s bath water, yet 92% of U.S. contact lens wearers surveyed reuse or “top-off” lens solution, instead of pouring it out and using fresh solution each day. This common habit does not effectively clean or disinfect contact lenses, and can actually put a person’s eye health at risk. 

According to the survey, a majority of consumers admit to a number of behaviors that could lead to dirty lenses and, ultimately, discomfort or infection. For example, storing contact lenses in tap water rather than in disinfecting solution (35% of wearers in the U.S.) or failing to rinse lenses with disinfecting solution before placing them in their lens storage case (55% of wearers in the U.S.). Other common “bad habits” included:

Wearing lenses for additional or more days than recommended by the manufacturer (66%); failing to disinfect your contact lenses overnight and before taking them out of the lens case and putting them in your eye; and rinsing a contact lens by putting it in the mouth, instead of using disinfecting solution.

 

 

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