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NBTY recalls private-label immune system supplements

BY Michael Johnsen

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. NBTY on Tuesday announced the recall of its Air Shield, Air Protector, Immune System Support and AirHealth Effervescent 10-tablet containers, and its Stick Packs 8-stick containers — all private-label versions of Airborne — because they may contain undeclared soy, according to a posting of the release on the Food and Drug Administration website.

The recall impacts a host of pharmacy retailers, including CVS, Safeway, Supervalu, Target, Walgreens and Walmart. The products all fall under NBTY’s Leiner Health Solutions umbrella.

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Probiotic strain may aid colicky infants, study finds

BY Michael Johnsen

STOCKHOLM A new study now available online in the journal Pediatrics supported earlier clinical research about the benefits of a specific probiotic strain on colic symptoms in infants, BioGaia recently announced.

In the new study, infants supplemented with Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis showed a significant reduction in crying time. After one week of supplementation, the reduction in crying time was 74% in the L. reuteri Protectis group, compared with 38% in the placebo group.

The primary outcome was a reduction in average crying time to less than three hours per day, which is the limit of colic, within three weeks.

“These results are in line with previous studies on colics and confirm the benefit of L. reuteri in colicky infants,” stated Francesco Savino, department of pediatrics at Regina Margherita Children’s Hospital, University of Turin, Italy.

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Codman Square Health Center launches Fruit and Veggie Rx program

BY Michael Johnsen

DORCHESTER, Mass. Codman Square Health Center on Thursday hosted a press conference to celebrate the launch of its pilot Fruit and Veggie Prescription program, a health initiative whereby physicians can prescribe vouchers for local farmers markets and then monitor the impact of the increased fruit and vegetable consumption on patients’ health.

 

DORCHESTER, Mass. Codman Square Health Center on Thursday hosted a press conference to celebrate the launch of its pilot Fruit and Veggie Prescription program, a health initiative whereby physicians can prescribe vouchers for local farmers markets and then monitor the impact of the increased fruit and vegetable consumption on patients’ health.

 

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino joined Bill Walzack, Codman Square CEO, Gus Schumacher, chairman of Wholesome Wave and Makael Constance, a young recipient of the program in welcoming more fruits and veggies into the community.

 

In addition to the press conference for the Fruit & Veggie Rx Program, Menino also welcomed Codman Square’s new pharmacy into the community by way of a ribbon cutting. The pharmacy is located on the ground floor of the Health Center.

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