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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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AAFA, Alcon team up to spread allergy awareness

BY Alaric DeArment

FORT WORTH, Texas An eye care company will work with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America to educate patients about treating allergy symptoms quickly and efficiently.

The AAFA and Alcon announced Friday that they will begin spreading the word about seasonal allergies and treatment through media outlets.

“There are some new concepts and new treatments for the springtime problems people are already experiencing,” University of North Texas Health Science Center clinical professor Bobby Lanier said. “Doctors have just completed their annual conference on allergy and are eager to join our friends at AAFA and communicate about these advances.”

Seasonal allergies affect 40 to 50 million people in the United States and are one of the major reasons for work and school absenteeism, according to the AAFA.

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ProActive Remedies develops drug for food-allergy sufferers

BY Michael Johnsen

FORT COLLINS, Colo. ProActive Remedies on Thursday announced the launch of its homeopathic food allergy treatment called Allertherapy.

The methodology behind Allertherapy is similar in concept to allergy shots, the company noted, in that it helps build immunity to allergens and maintains that immunity over time. The oral spray uses a low, homeopathic allergen strength of one part per million to allow for safety of use in most allergy sufferers. The food mix contains many of the most common allergy-causing foods.

Because Allertherapy contains allergens, it is important to note that those with severe allergies must only use this treatment with doctor approval and under doctor supervision, the company stated.

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