Vitamin sodas a waste? Local company gets green light

May 11, 2008 7:04:21 AM PDT
Vitamin-enriched soda are fast sellers, but perhaps a waste of money... plus, the FDA gives a provisional green light to a local company's lifesaving product.

Bucks County Biotech

A Bucks County biotech company is about to get the OK from the FDA for a product to help people breathe easier.

We first told you about Surfaxin several years ago.

It's being developed by Discovery labs in Warrington.

Surfaxin can be turned into an aerosol to go deep into the lungs.

It acts like the natural fluid in the lungs that help keep oxygen flowing into the bloodstream.

In tests, it helped premature infants, who often have breathing problems due to underdeveloped lungs.

But, it's biggest use may be with adults.... who are allergic to other similar drugs available now.

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Human Touch Better For Stroke Rehab

Stroke and spinal cord injury survivors regain their ability to walk better when they get a *human physical therapist instead of a robot.

That's the bottom line of a study for the American Stroke Association.

At a rehab. hospital in Chicago,,, researchers found that while therapist-assisted training is tough on the therapist.... it pays off for the patient...translating to smoother, faster, more normal walking.

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Vitamin Sodas

Don't be fooled by the promise of vitamins in soda.

Experts at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia warn that the vitamins are water soluble, so they may lose their punch before you even open the bottle.

Dr. Ara DerMarderosian says, "They have a shelf life of about a year, if they are kept cold. A lot less if it's not Well, you know how soda is shipped. It sits on a loading dock, and it's not kept cold long, if at all."

Dr. Ara DerMarderosian says they aren't a good buy.

" You've paid a lot of money for something that may not be stable, and which you could get eating fresh fruits and vegetables and regular meats."

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