Eagan, MN—Serious athletes who partake in long vigorous exercise (like marathoners) often experience impaired immune function after strenuous physical activity. Researchers now believe that a branded baker’s yeast beta-glucan (BG, Wellmune WGP from Biothera, based here) may help.

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Ankeny, IA—Last winter (November 2012–March 2013), Swanson Health Products employees took part in the Swanson Wellness Awareness Program (SWAP) in which 120 people agreed to take EpiCor (from Embria Health Sciences, based here) to support their immune system. Of those, 72 completed a survey about their experience, and the results have just become available.

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Columbia, MO—New research from the University of Missouri (MU) suggests that high-protein snacks suppress appetite for longer periods of time than lower-protein snacks.

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Barcelona, Spain—A 12-year study has found a 30% reduction in mortality among adults that consume a lot of polyphenols. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Barcelona (UB), is the first to use nutritional biomarkers instead of questionnaires to gather data regarding polyphenol intake.

As the first U.S. government shutdown since 1995 began on the morning of October 1, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was forced to put into action a contingency plan it hoped never to use. Like nearly every other government agency and service, the effects on daily activities were set to be devastating. Though the shutdown, just beginning at press time, will likely have ended before too long, here is a look at the impact it had on the EPA.

Sharing a combined 100 years of professional experience, an Expo East panel of retailers shared ideas on how independent natural products retailers can continue to compete successfully not only with other independents, but also with Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe’s, conventional supermarkets, Wal-Mart and other big-box stores, and even Internet suppliers like Amazon.com.