Arlington Heights, IL—Carlson Laboratories is offering free red aprons to retailers to help raise awareness about women’s heart health.

Hoboken, NJ—Nearly every student has dreamed of taking a pill that would help him or her get through exams a little easier. While there’s no substitute for hitting the books, a study has found a link between taking a branded supplement ingredient (Pycnogenol, distributed by Horphag Research) and improved test scores. Cognitive enhancers, says the research team, could benefit numerous individuals from the elderly to military personnel.

Carthage, MO—Much research points to the benefits of natural eggshell membrane (NEM from ESM Technologies) for joint health. Now, the Journal of Medicinal Food has published the results of an in vitro study on a mechanism of action for why.

Norway—Those living with ulcerative colitis (i.e., inflammation and sores in the gastrointestinal tract) often have no other choice but to take “hard-core” medications to control their condition like steroids, immunosuppressants and even chemotherapeutics. Many would love a more natural way to control the inflammation. A small animal study conducted by researchers from the University of Bergen, Norway, may offer a new prospect for this purpose.

USA—A well-intended mandate in New York City has set off a chain reaction that will affect vitamin E prices in 2012.

With all of the frenzy surrounding mobile and social networking, you may wonder what the next exciting trend will be.

Rapid City, SD—A new study indicates that water that has been altered with the addition of a patented micelle catalyst (Willard Water, manufactured by CAW Industries) may enhance nutrient assimilation.

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Mission Viejo, CA—Aged garlic is well-known as a heart health aid; but now, a group of researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, has found that aged garlic and other ingredients benefit bone health, too.

No one likes to be kept waiting, especially a customer. Checking-out is an experience just as important as a customer entering your store; you want to make great first and last impressions so your customers keep coming back.