Cooper and her team studied 31,575 women enrolled in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted by the government. Every two years, the women were surveyed about various health and nutrition issues, including whether they had begun menopause. At some point between 1999 and 2008, each of the participants also provided at least one blood and urine sample which the scientists analyzed for the presence of various chemicals, including dioxins contained in pesticides, phthalates found in fragrance, plastics, cosmetics and hair spray, plant-derived estrogens, and polychlorinated biphenyls, among others. The researchers found that women with the highest levels of 111 of these chemicals on average had menopause anywhere from 1.9 years to 3.8 years earlier than those with lower levels. How could Cooper be so certain that the exposure was linked to the early menopause? She and her team conducted other analyses, including one of women closer to menopause, between the ages of 45 and 55 years, and found a similar association. They also found that it wasnt just exposure, but increasing exposure over time that was also connected to problems with ovarian function, another potential consequence of the chemicals on reproductive health. And when they looked at all of the women in the survey from age 30 years on, those with the highest blood and urine measurements were six times more likely to be menopausal than women with lower readings. This is the tip of the iceberg, says Cooper, who stresses that the results dont prove that exposure to these chemicals causes early menopause, only that the two might be connected somehow. We need more longitudinal studies to better understand each of these chemicals. Previous studies have linked certain chemicals to disruptions in the reproductive hormones, including estrogen, which can then have unhealthy effects on the heart and bone. Whats concerning is the fact that with the majority of the chemicals, there isnt much women can do to reduce their exposure.
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It’s about providing dignity for people who are dying. It’s about providing respite for caregivers. It’s about creating volunteers who are more understanding of people with disabilities and people who are sick and really breaking down barriers and creating a more compassionate society. Those are all the reasons I went to law school.” Levine and her cousin Alicia Marantz Liotta launched the Beauty Bus Foundation after Levine’s sister Melissa Marantz Nealy died at 28 from adegenerative neuromuscular disease. When Melissa became homebound due to the disease, Liotta scheduled hairstylists and makeup artists to visit Melissa. Those experiences changed Melissas affect — giving her happiness and even hope in the midst of great pain. Similarly, Levine says the Beauty Bus Foundation helps patients recover their self-image and their sense of dignity in the midst of illnesses that threaten to rob them of both. The Beauty Bus Foundation provides in-home beauty treatments and grooming services for patients and their caregivers in the Los Angeles area, sets up “pop-up” salons at non-profits and hospitals and has sent bags filled with pampering products (known as “bags of beauty”) to more than 15,000 patients and their caregivers across the country to date. Beauty Bus serves women, men and children — with their youngest client three years old all the way to 101. “We make them specific to the people we are sending them to,” Levine said. So if it’s someone going through cancer treatment, we won’t include hair products.
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Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Personal Products industry and the overall market, AVON PRODUCTS’s return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500. AVP’s stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 47.39%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy. AVP, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 5.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 8.0%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company’s bottom line, with increasing earnings per share. The gross profit margin for AVON PRODUCTS is rather high; currently it is at 64.23%.
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Sets Date to Announce Second Quarter Fiscal 2015 Financial Results Elizabeth Arden, Inc. 6 hours ago Done NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Elizabeth Arden, Inc. ( RDEN ), a global prestige beauty products company, invites investors to listen to a broadcast of the Companys conference call to discuss results for its second quarter fiscal 2015 ended December 31, 2014. The conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet on Thursday, February 5, 2015, at 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) and can be accessed by visiting the Companys website under the Corporate tab section. An online archive of the broadcast will be available within one hour of the completion of the call and will be accessible on the Companys website until March 5, 2015. A press release including the Companys second quarter fiscal 2015 results will be issued on February 5, 2015, prior to the start of the conference call. Elizabeth Arden is a global prestige beauty products company with an extensive portfolio of prestige beauty brands sold in over 120 countries. The Company’s brand portfolio includes Elizabeth Arden skincare, color and fragrance products; its professional skin care line, Elizabeth Arden PRO; the celebrity fragrance brands of Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift; the designer fragrance brands of Juicy Couture, John Varvatos and Wildfox Couture; and the lifestyle fragrance brands of Alfred Sung, Britney Spears, Curve, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Elizabeth Taylor, Geoffrey Beene, Giorgio Beverly Hills, Halston, Ed Hardy, Jennifer Aniston, Lucky Brand, Rocawear, PS Fine Cologne and White Shoulders. Consumer Discretionary
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The scale and reach of the counterfeiting problem continues to grow dramatically to a significant extent due to two big drivers that in particular have been causing accelerated growth of counterfeit products finding their way in to global supply chains: China – Today the number one counterfeiter nation in the World – both for exports and for consumption within their own domestic market – Indeed up to some 80% of all counterfeit branded products are thought to originate in China according to the International Anti Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC) The Internet – Huge growth of the internet as a tool for buying and selling almost anything worldwide, either by direct website / email contact, through social media or via on-line auction houses like eBay. Face to face transactions are not required and the anonymity that can be maintained suits counterfeiters well. Neither may products be inspected prior to delivery. Notwithstanding the global economic downturn since 2008, fraudsters and criminals continue to exploit the economic climate of uncertainty. Indeed if anything the climate of global financial difficulty has stimulated counterfeiting. Since around 2010, there has been a spectacular increase in counterfeit luxury goods Worldwide. And as a consequence brand owners in the luxury products sector have been suffering. In response the brands have been becoming increasingly pro-active in developing strategies and searching for solutions. Growth of global counterfeiting across all end user sectors is now accelerating to around 15.6% annually between 2013 and 2018 (up from 6.8% annually between 2008 between 2013) according to the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). A whole spectrum of evolutions and changes are taking place across the luxury, beauty & apparel market sectors: Strong market growth in a number of market segments Strong geographical shifts of demand Explosive growth of counterfeiting of luxury products since around 2010 Strong technological developments in brand protection and product authentication. To optimise and maximise their businesses, solution providers may wish to: To build up a solid an understanding of their customer’s businesses To identify additional opportunities so as to tailor their offerings accordingly To guide customer facing situations favourably.
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