Statistics show that most Americans gain 5 to 10 pounds each holiday season, so to help combat this, Growing Naturals has issued the 2014 Winter Weight Challenge at WinterWeightChallenge.com. The challenge website provides education, recipes, expert advice, and weekly giveaways, culminating in a sweepstakes to win a luxurious weekend getaway at the Oaks at Ojai destination spa in Ojai, California.

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East Windsor, NJ—A recent study published in Studies In Contemporary Medicine has shown that curcuminoids may have a positive effect on overall lipid profile, including total cholesterol.

Kailua-Kona, HI— Microalgae supplement maker Cyanotech has unveiled a 2,280 panel solar array on its microalgae farm.

Geneva, Switzerland— A new peer-reviewed study published in the International Journal of Angiology shows that a branded pine bark extract supplement may improve the appearance, swelling and discomfort of pregnancy-induced varicose veins and spider vein clusters.

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Five tips for making sure your holiday season remains both healthy and happy.

Laval, Québec, Canada—Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc. has appointed Jim Hamilton as its new president and CEO, effective February 2, 2015.

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St. Louis, MO—As reported in several publications including The Wall Street Journal, seed and pesticides maker Monsanto has agreed to pay $2.4 million to resolve a series of complaints about genetically modified soft wheat. Under the terms of the agreement, Monsanto, without admitting liability, is to put $2.1 million into a settlement fund to compensate farmers in Washington, Oregon and Idaho who sold soft white wheat between May 30 and Nov.13, 2013, and an additional $250,000 to wheat growers associations.