The Women’s Health Foundation, Poise join forces for pelvic health
CHICAGO The Women’s Health Foundation on Friday teamed up with Kimberly-Clark and its Poise brand for a second year to recognize champions of women’s pelvic health by announcing a call for entries to the Passion Award sponsored by Poise.
The Passion Award sponsored by Poise acknowledges either a survivor or a pelvic floor champion. The survivor is a woman who has overcome pelvic conditions (i.e., incontinence or prolapse) through personal effort, and found strength through pelvic fitness and lifestyle changes. The pelvic floor champion is a woman who is willing to share her story, inspire others and educate through harnessing her pelvic power.
“The annual Passion Award celebrates a woman who either overcame pelvic conditions or helps develop a sisterhood of strength by empowering women who struggle with pelvic health issues,” stated Missy Lavender, WHF CEO and executive director.
The 2008 winner was Linda Michael of Portage, Ind., who overcame incontinence after decades of pain and now is a vocal supporter of women taking proactive steps to live without pain.
“We hope that by celebrating the winner of the 2009 Passion award, other women will feel supported not only to seek the bladder control treatment that’s right for them, but also to help eliminate the taboo often coupled with the topic by talking about it,” stated Joe Kuester, Poise senior brand manager.
The Passion Award winner will be awarded at the 5th Annual “Below the Belt” Gala on June 27 in Chicago.
Alaven Consumer Healthcare launches dietary supplement
MARIETTA, Ga. Alaven Consumer Healthcare on Wednesday announced the availability of Travelan, a dietary supplement containing bovine colostrum, exclusively on its Web site.
“Whether you’re an adventure traveler, you’re taking the family on that long-awaited vacation or honeymooning, you want to spend your time seeing the sights and enjoying time off, not being sick,” stated David Swenson, general manager and head of Alaven Consumer Healthcare. “Travelan helps you make the most of your travels by preventing E.coli infection, not just treating it after it occurs.”
According to Alaven, the active ingredient is a clinically tested product that contains antibodies against Enterotoxigenic E. coli bacteria attacks. Bovine colustrum is the first lacteal secretion produced by the mammary gland of a female cow shortly after giving birth.
Infection with E. coli is the leading cause of travelers’ diarrhea — often referred to as “Montezuma’s Revenge,” “Delhi Belly,” “Bali Belly” or “Traveler’s Trots” — and is the most common illness affecting travelers, Alaven stated, citing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics. Each year an estimated 10 million people develop diarrhea while traveling.
Three faulty genes found to be possible cause of painful bone disease
SCOTLAND Researchers at University of Edinburgh announced that they have discovered three defective genes that could help people suffering from a painful bone disease known at Paget’s disease.
Edinburgh researchers tested 300 thousand gene variations and all known human genes during a study of 750 individuals with the disease. Of the 750 patients, 104 were found to have a family history of the bone condition.
Prior to this study, only one gene was known to be in conjunction with one third of people suffering.
Researchers are now aware of three defective genes associated with the disease. Analyses as to why these particular genetic defects are a cause are currently underway.