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Mater Body Balm for
Mater Body Balm for pregnancy has
won a ‘bronze’ in the 2014 My Child
Excellence Awards. This comes on top
of its award in the ‘Favourite Mum’s
Product’ category, as voted by readers
across Australia and New Zealand.
Developed by Mater Midwives and
Mums, Mater Body Balm for pregnancy
was launched by Australia’s largest
maternity service, Mater Mothers’
Hospitals, a year ago. This first product
in the range has been developed to
promote softness and elasticity and help
reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
Developed specifically for pregnant
women, Mater Body Balm for pregnancy
features a gentle fragrance, is pH
balanced and has been dermatologically
tested to ensure it is suitable for even
the most sensitive skin.
Pharmacies can order Mater maternity
and baby care products from Symbion,
API or by contacting Mater customer
care team at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
More than 10 000 babies are born at
Mater Mothers’ Hospitals every year and
Mater welcomes a new baby into the
world for every 32 births in Australia –
that’s one in every seven Queenslanders.
A new study on Premular has just been
published in the journal Advances
The multi-centre, open-label, single-arm
study was conducted in 69 Japanese
women with PMS. Each participant
was given Premular once a day, over
three menstrual cycles, and was asked
to measure the intensity of 10 PMS
symptoms (irritability, low mood, anger,
headache, bloating, breast fullness,
skin disorder, fatigue, drowsiness,
and sleeplessness). Physician’s global
assessment (PGA) scores were also
used by investigators to measure each
woman’s PMS symptoms, ranging from
0 (no symptom) to 4 (very severe). After
the first menstrual cycle, there was a
significant decrease in the symptom
scores (P <0.001), which continued to
reduce over the following two cycles.
Premular was also well tolerated; and by
the third menstrual cycle, almost all of
the women were without symptoms, or
experienced only mild symptoms, based
on PGA. Vitex agnus-castus has a long
history of use for hormonal conditions
and menstrual complaints in Europe.
However, this tradition does not exist
– nor evidence for its use – in countries
such as Japan.
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