AAP announces new Web resource: Pediatric Care Online
BOSTON The American Academy of Pediatrics on Friday announced the introduction of a next-generation point-of-practice resource to the nation’s pediatricians this week as the organization holds its annual National Conference and Exhibition here.
The Web-based resource is called Pediatric Care Online. “It is fast and easy to navigate, and every hit is rewarding,” stated Michael Severson, pediatrician. “Pediatric Care Online is going to be very valuable not only because of the amount and quality of information that it brings together in one place, but also because it’s interactive and there when you need it. If you’ve ever wished for a point-of-care resource that you didn’t have, this service probably offers it.”
Through a three-year sponsorship by Mead Johnson Nutritionals, most pediatricians can enroll for a free three-month trial period, while pediatric residents can sign up for a free trial of one year.
At the heart of Pediatric Care Online’s content are three of the AAP’s most relied-upon practice resources: the new AAP Textbook of Pediatric Care, which is the standard reference of its kind; content from the AAP’s Red Book, which provides detailed information on more than 200 childhood infectious diseases; and Bright Futures, the organization’s comprehensive health supervision guidelines.
Mobile features include an interface that will allow users of Internet-capable devices to search the Website. In addition, the service offers a broad range of content that can be downloaded to handhelds that do not have Internet access. Downloads are compatible with Palm, Windows Mobile, and Pocket PC devices. Downloadable content includes the Point-of-Care Quick Reference, Bright Futures, the Bright Futures Pocket Guide, Pediatric Drug Lookup, Interactive Periodicity Schedule, Signs and Symptoms Search, Antimicrobial Therapy Guide and Pediatric Care Updates.
Massive changes under way for supplement industry, experts say
WASHINGTON The dietary supplement industry will likely contract through acquisition, witness changes in consumer activity and more emphasis on manufacturing standards within the next 18 to 24 months, according to a panel of experts who spoke at the Council for Responsible Nutrition’s recent annual meeting, the association stated Thursday.
The panel experts agreed that the slumping economy will have a negative effect in terms of growth on the number of dietary supplement companies in the marketplace. Harvey Kamil, whose company, NBTY, has grown over the past several years in part by purchasing other dietary supplement companies, noted the economy is already affecting the availability of financial capital. He added that consolidation will continue and that financial issues will also play a role in shrinking the number of companies manufacturing and marketing supplements. “With the new good manufacturing practices, as well as other financial pressures, we’ll see that many companies can’t handle the financial pressures and the industry will shrink in size.”
However, the current focus by the presidential candidates on preventative healthcare could help the dietary supplement industry gain consumer growth, particularly if that emphasis continues following the November elections. “I believe that we’ll see a growth in nutraceuticals over the next few years, in part, due to the [high] cost of pharmaceuticals,” commented George Pontiakos, president and chief executive officer of BI Nutraceuticals. “Consumers increasingly recognize that they own the responsibility of their healthcare.”
The panel participants also suggested that one of the greatest opportunities in the supplement industry is helping consumers and the medical community recognize that dietary supplements are mainstream, and are no longer “alternative” products, but rather are an integral part of health and wellness.
NHBA declares its support of Heartburn Awareness Month
CHICAGO The National Heartburn Alliance recently announced its November sponsoring of Heartburn Awareness Month, a national education and awareness program for heartburn sufferers.
“Between overindulging in food and drink and a variety of lifestyle habits that tend to change over the holidays, heartburn can increase in some patients,” stated Stuart Spechler, NHBA board member and chief of the Division of Gastroenterology at the Dallas VA Medical Center. “The materials developed on behalf of the NHBA are able to provide health care professionals with a resource that sufferers can easily take with them when they leave the office.”
Last year, health care professionals helped to educate more than 120,000 consumers through Heartburn Awareness Month. The goal of Heartburn Awareness Month is to screen, educate and treat patients who suffer from heartburn, using the free tools and patient education materials available through the Alliance.
According to a recent Alliance survey, one out of two Americans reported they would enjoy the holidays more if it weren’t for heartburn—with overindulging in food and drink as the most likely cause (58 percent). More than one-third of consumers (37 percent) reported they are more likely to suffer from heartburn during the holidays than they are during an average week of the year.
“Holiday get-togethers naturally bring an increase in treats available during the holidays,” added Wendy Wright, family nurse practitioner and fellow NHBA board member. “What sufferers need to know is that there are simple steps you can take to help prevent heartburn before it starts. For instance, although mint and spearmint can be found in many holiday candies, what many people don’t know is that mint is a heartburn trigger.”