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Echinacea plus elderberry matches Tamiflu for early treatment of ‘flu

‘Significant’: Large trial supports echinacea’s immune benefits

By Stephen Daniells

A proprietary combination of a concentrated echinacea herb and root extract and elderberry is as effective as Tamiflu (antiviral medicine) for the early treatment of ‘flu, says a new clinical trial from Europe.

Infographic: The cost of a sick day

Infographic: The cost of a sick day

The immune health market is growing, but with Americans estimated to catch one billion colds and flus each year, what is the current cost of a sick day?

Cranberry sales soared 15% to reach $35.81m in the food, drug and mass market channel last year.

US herbal supplement sales up 3% last year

By Mike Stones

Sales of herbal dietary supplements in the United States climbed three per cent last year to reach more than $5.2bn, according to a report published in the latest issue of HerbalGram, the quarterly journal of the American Botanical Council.

2009 review: FDA warning letters clampdown

2009 review: FDA warning letters clampdown

In 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued 44 warning letters with internet cancer claims being the primary target. In 2009, the agency upped the ante, issuing 73 letters, half of which targeted swine flu (H1N1) products. Washington DC-based...


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