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WomenHeart, Cheerios to conduct free cholesterol screenings

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON WomenHeart on Friday partnered with the Cheerios Circle of Helping Hearts Tour for its second year, the organization announced, as they prepare to conduct free cholesterol screenings April 2 through April 6 at various Jons, Superior and Cardenas supermarkets in Southern California.

WomenHeart volunteers, all heart disease survivors, will provide educational information and a forum for discussion with women at all screening sites.

This year’s tour kicks off the first of several more 2009 Cheerios Circle of Helping Hearts Tours nationwide. The tours and free cholesterol screenings are made possible by General Mills Corporation through funds raised from an on-box promotion for WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease.

The free screenings for women include a cholesterol test, measuring total HDL, LDL and triglycerides; a blood pressure measurement and a body mass index calculation.

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Study suggests soy intake can promote heart, bone health

BY Michael Johnsen

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. New findings published in the April issue of the Journal of Nutrition suggest soy foods can play an important role in promoting heart and bone health.

“Each year, the amount of research conducted on the health effects of soy and soybean components continues to impress,” stated Mark Messina, author of the report and professor of nutrition at Loma Linda University. “The research presented on soy and heart and bone health showed strong rationale for people to include soy in their diets.”

According to a meta-analysis that was part of the review, soy in the diet netted a reduction in LDL cholesterol of approximately 5%, which is in line with other data. Over time, a 5% reduction in LDL cholesterol can reduce heart disease risk from 10 to 15%.

“Although modest compared to cholesterol-lowering drugs like statins, the cholesterol-lowering effects of soy protein are similar to those of soluble fiber and certainly relevant from a public health perspective,” stated Messina. “Integrating a variety of heart-healthy foods – like soy, beans, nuts and certain vegetables – together into a healthy lifestyle are really the best approach to heart health.”

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Carex Health Brands launches two new commode liners

BY Michael Johnsen

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. Carex Health Brands on Friday launched two new commode liners, assisted-living devices that help make the responsibilities of nursing homes and family caregivers that much more feasible.

The commode liners provide users and caregivers a convenient, highly-sanitized alternative to unhealthful and unpleasant commode bucket cleaning. The equipment is constructed with super absorbent powder that also reduces odor; holds up to two quarts of liquid; and features convenient tie handles for quick and easy disposal. Carex’ commode liners retail for a suggested $9.49.

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