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Study: Stomach bugs increase risk of IBD

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK Diarrheal disease may increase a person’s risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease, according to a study published in Gastroenterology.

IBD refers to a group of conditions, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, marked by chronic inflammation in the intestines, leading to such symptoms as abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Henrik Nielsen, M.D., from Aarhaus University Hospital in Aalborg, Denmark, and colleagues reported in the latest issue of the journal that over the course of 7.5 years, IBD was diagnosed for the first time in far more gastroenteritis patients 1.2% of patients were diagnosed with IBD, compared with 0.5% of healthy control subjects.

Nielsen and colleagues compared the risks of IBD between 13,148 patients with documented gastroenteritis caused by salmonella or campylobacter and 26,216 uninfected controls.

Stomach bug patients had nearly a threefold increased risk of developing IBD over the entire study period, and nearly a twofold increased risk in the first year after infection.

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FDA approves BloodSTOP bandages

BY Michael Johnsen

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. A new bandage designed to stop bleeding has been approved for marketing to consumers by the Food and Drug Administration, LifeScience PLUS announced earlier this month.

“BloodSTOP offers superior performance compared to traditional bandages and provides drug stores a new and better option for their customers,” stated Vicky Feng, LifeScience founder. “Bleeding is stopped within one minute. It’s a must for every first aid kit.”

When applied, BloodSTOP adheres to the surface of the skin, absorbs blood, stops bleeding, and forms a protective layer to create an environment for wound healing.

Each piece is individually packaged.

For more information, e-mail Dave Ehnot at dehnosr@comcast.net.

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Key Baby rolls out new Weil Baby line

BY Michael Johnsen

TUCSON, Ariz. Key Baby on Wednesday launched its Weil Baby line of bottles, nipples, sippy cups, pacifiers, gift sets and accessories, which will be available at select Babies ‘R’ Us stores, www.BabiesRus.com, select Whole Foods stores and Duane Reade stores in late August.

“These products reflect the prudent combination of functional design and the best material-safety available today to help infants get a healthy start in life,” said Andrew Weil, a doctor who helped develop the product line. “My philosophy is that it is far better to maintain good health from an early age than to attempt to achieve it later in life.”

The Weil Baby bottles and sippy cups feature the AirWave one-piece venting system, which helps eliminate air bubbles ingested bybabies and toddlers and reduces the risk of colic, gas and spit-up. The containers are made of both glass and Tritan, a clear material that is BPA-free.

“The principle aim was not to create ‘high style’ baby feeding products, but rather to make products that were optimally safe, healthy and convenient,” Weil said.

In 2010, Weil Baby plans to add several breast pumps to the line, including a hospital-grade breast pump approved by the Food and Drug Administration to be sold at retail.

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