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15,000 Fashionable Eyewear Frames Are Only a Click Away at Eyeweb.Com

Posted Friday, September 22, 2000 - 13:42 by BeautyCare.com
15,000 Fashionable Eyewear Frames Are Only a Click Away at Eyeweb.Com

WHAT: A revolutionary interactive, online system that allows consumers
to "try on" and select fashion eyewear using their own image,
via their home computers. Consumers are "imaged" at a
participating retailer and then log on to Eyeweb.com to browse,
try-on and select from up to 15,000 fashion eyewear frames,
based on personal preferences such as style, shape, size and
price.

Eyeweb, which is already available at 15 New York eyewear
retailers, will be officially launched at Vision Expo 2000 this
weekend.

WHEN: Friday, March 31
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sunday, April 1
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sunday, April 2
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

WHO: Pierre Fay, CEO and President
Eyeweb

WHERE: Jacob Javits Center
34th Street and 11th Avenue
Eyeweb Booth #3614


CONTACT: Maria Poulos, 212-601-8112, mpoulos@porternovelli.com or Carly

Cohen, 212-601-8328, ccohen@porternovelli.com, both of Porter

Novelli, for Eyeweb.com/



SOURCE Eyeweb.com

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/PRNewswire -- March 31/

Web Site: /http://www.eyeweb.com/



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Jacobson Resonance Enterprises, Inc., Signs Letter of Intent For Distribution and Representation in Mexico

Posted Thursday, September 21, 2000 - 11:49 by BeautyCare.com
Jacobson Resonance Enterprises, Inc., Signs Letter of Intent For Distribution and Representation in Mexico

BOCA RATON, Fla., March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Jacobson Resonance Enterprises,
Inc., (OTC Bulletin Board: JRSE) announced today the signing of a letter of
intent subject to a more definitive agreement for the distribution and
representation rights for the Company's patented resonance technology with
Pedro Sanchez Escalante & Company of Mexico City, Puebla and Cuernavaca,
Mexico.
The agreement calls for an eight(8) year term with quarterly royalty
payments to JRSE of sixteen percent (16%) from gross sales volume in selected
industries and/or a ten percent (10%) representative commission to PSEC from
direct sales in other targeted commercial/industrial use applications.
In conjunction with senior management's visit last week to Mexico, JRSE
has launched a marketing and commercial campaign for the region. The Company
is extremely pleased to have had such a strong acceptance among healthcare
providers and other major industry sectors such as the cosmetics and skin
care, health, agriculture and pharmaceutical industries in Mexico.
"Our Resonance Conference held on March 23, 2000, in Mexico was a complete
success with more than sixty five (65) physicians, government officials,
industry leaders and trade personnel in attendance.
"JRSE expects to have another four large and three medium-size resonators
delivered into Mexico in the next three months to properly address initial
industry demands. Mexico plays an important role in the Company's start-up
revenue stream for this year as the transition takes place from a
developmental stage company to an active revenue-producing public
corporation," stated Frank A. Chaviano, Chief Operating Officer of JRSE.
Jacobson Resonance Enterprises, Inc., is a world leader in the field of
biomagnetics, and its patented resonance technology has wide and diverse
applications in multiple industries such as medicine, food and beverage,
agriculture, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, construction and the environment.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning
of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The matters covered
by such forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks,
uncertainties and other factors that may cause results, performance or
achievements of the Company to differ materially from those contemplated or
implied by such forward-looking statements.


SOURCE Jacobson Resonance Enterprises, Inc.

-0- 03/31/2000

/CONTACT: Frank A. Chaviano, Investor Relations, Jacobson Resonance

Enterprises, Inc. 561-477-8020/

Web Site: /http://www.jrse.com /

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A Web Site Village That Claims, 'We Sell Cash Back!'

Posted Thursday, September 21, 2000 - 11:46 by BeautyCare.com
A Web Site Village That Claims, 'We Sell Cash Back!'

SALT LAKE CITY, April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Web sites everywhere are selling
everything from cosmetics to cars, to calculators, but now comes a web site
that sells Cash Back. RightDirectionClub.com , and it's village of web sites
headed by ShopYourButtOff.com , offer something more to it's members.
"We are adding merchants every day to our pages." Says Kathy Kenning, one
of the owners of The Right Direction. "Many of these merchants are among the
leaders on the Internet. And we pay cash back to the consumer when they shop
at these sites."
Membership is free. And all members have to do is log on to
RightDirectionClub.com or ShopYourButtOff.com and then shop. Kenning says, "I
knew the Internet was powerful, but I really had no idea of the amazing stores
online. We add more everyday, and we're literally blown away by every one of
them. Whether you buy anything or not it's a great place to surf. You know,
look at all of the amazing products the Internet has to offer."
RightDirectionClub.com and ShopYourButtOff.com currently have nearly 250
of the webs most impressive merchants linked to their pages. And all the user
has to do after free registration is link from RightDirectionClub to the web
site to take advantage of Cash Back.
Plus, for those wary of shopping online because of credit card fraud
concerns, RightDirectionClub offers help there as well. "Call it third party
purchasing if you like. Or simply call it a better way to buy online," said
Kenning. "We'll make the purchase for you, so you never have to throw your
credit card number out on the Internet to buy. We know this is a new concept
and a new idea, but we know that this one will catch on and build over time."
Right DirectionClub.com has been active for over one month, and has
experienced over 5000 hits without any marketing, and it's producing a growing
number of hits everyday. ShopYourButtOff.com has been up for slightly more
than a week, but once the word gets out Kenning expects a blossoming response.

This release was issued through DigitalWork.com -- Your Business Workshop.
More information on DigitalWork.com may be found at
http://www.digitalwork.com.


SOURCE The Right Direction

-0- 04/01/2000

/CONTACT: Dennis Rowley of The Right Direction, Salt Lake City, USA,

801-556-4641, or dennis@thrightdirection.com /

Web Site: /http://www.therightdirectionclub.com /

Web Site: /http://www.digitalwork.com /



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A MISSION FOR RENEWED HOPE

Posted Thursday, September 21, 2000 - 11:45 by BeautyCare.com
A MISSION FOR RENEWED HOPE

The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Heads to
Russia to Help Repair Facial Deformities of Children in Need

NEW YORK, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The Educational and Research Foundation
for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS)
is devoted to providing humanitarian assistance to those who suffer from
facial deformities caused by birth, trauma and cancer, both in this country
and abroad. In response to the need for assistance in developing countries,
participating AAFPRS surgeons of the FACE TO FACE International program are
preparing for their return to Yekaterinburg, Russia (the region of the eastern
foothills in the central Urals) from April 11th - 21st.
FACE TO FACE is making its seventh humanitarian mission to Russia to care
for individuals with facial deformities, primarily children, and to have an
educational exchange with Russian surgeons in current facial plastic and
reconstructive surgery procedures and techniques. A distinguishing feature of
the FACE TO FACE program is a focus on repeated visits to the same locations,
which helps to make a more lasting impact on that community.
The team of three AAFPRS surgeons, lead by Marcelo Hochman, MD of
Charleston, SC, will work in collaboration with the Bonum Center -- a facility
(located approximately one hour from Yekaterinburg) that consists of four
separate plants: hospital, kindergarten, school, and camp. In a culture where
many children have been abandoned by their parents because of facial
deformities, the Bonum Center attempts to fill the void beyond just medical
intervention. The program intertwines sociological, psychological and medical
treatment. Other participating AAFPRS surgeons donating their time during the
FACE TO FACE Russia mission include, P. David Hunter, MD (Edmund, OK) and
Stella Desyatnikova, MD (Portland, OR). In addition, anesthesiologist Mark
Friedlander, MBChB, FRCPC (North York, Ontario) and two nurses, Dixie
Hohnbaum, LPN (Little Rock, AR) and Nancy Anderson, RN (Goose Creek, SC) will
accompany the team to Russia. The team will use their expertise to perform
facial plastic and reconstructive surgery of the face, head and neck. This
includes procedures such as cleft lip and cleft palate repair, microtia
reconstruction and microvascular reconstructions of all forms of facial and
cranial deformities.
"It is an incredibly rewarding feeling to be able to give back to those in
need," says Dr. Hochman. "The FACE TO FACE Russia trip will help give
children a future by correcting the facial deformities that burden them both
physically and emotionally -- this is the first step in helping a child to
advance and lead a normal and productive lifestyle."
The AAFPRS FACE TO FACE International program is a humanitarian and
educational surgical exchange program whose participants assist those abroad
who suffer from facial deformities caused by birth or trauma. FACE TO FACE is
committed to educational exchange among facial plastic surgeons throughout the
world. AAFPRS surgeons travel abroad, with a single mission ... to treat one
face at a time, one person at a time.
This month, AAFPRS FACE TO FACE volunteers will also be traveling to China
from April 8th - 22nd. The team of five AAFPRS surgeons will be lead by
Sherad A. Tatum, III, MD (Syracuse, NY), and includes John M. Hodges, MD
(Memphis, TN), Jonathan M. Sykes, MD (Sacramento, CA), Jon Mendelsohn, MD
(Edgewood, KY) and David J. Kiener, MD (Roseville, CA). Past missions have
included trips to Vietnam and Croatia. To date, it is estimated that AAFPRS
FACE TO FACE volunteers have helped approximately one thousand people
worldwide.

About the AAFPRS:
The AAFPRS is the world's largest association of facial plastic and
reconstructive surgeons - with more than 2,600 members - whose cosmetic and
reconstructive surgery focuses on the face, head and neck. Academy fellows
are board-certified and subscribe to a code of ethics.

For more information on the AAFPRS FACE TO FACE program or to speak with
an AAFPRS spokesperson about any area of facial plastic surgery, please feel
free to call Shelley Driscoll or Kerri Mazzoni at Kratz & Jensen Inc.,
212-979-2700. Thank you.


SOURCE American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

-0- 03/31/2000

/CONTACT: Shelley Driscoll or Kerri Mazzoni, both of Kratz & Jensen Inc.,

212-979-2700, for AAFPRS/

Web Site: /http://www.aafprs.org/



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National Sleep Test Tackles America's Health Crisis

Posted Thursday, September 21, 2000 - 11:39 by BeautyCare.com
National Sleep Test Tackles America's Health Crisis

Select Comfort and National Sleep Foundation Respond to National Sleep Crisis
With Largest Nationwide Sleep Survey Ever

MINNEAPOLIS, March 28 /PRNewswire/ -- A mere 1 in 3 Americans get the
proper amount of sleep and 43 percent of adults are so sleepy during the day
that it interferes with their daily activities, according to the National
Sleep Foundation (NSF) -- just a couple of the alarming statistics pointing to
the impact of poor sleep on our nation's health.
In response to sleep deprivation problems revealed in this year's annual
NSF Omnibus Poll, Select Comfort and NSF today announce the National Sleep
Test, a collaborative initiative to not only raise awareness of the country's
sleep problems, but to offer solutions. This is the largest sleep survey ever
conducted and is expected to reach more than 16 million Americans.
By taking the National Sleep Test, a five-minute questionnaire,
individuals will receive a "personal sleep problem assessment" and find out
how they compare to the alarming health statistics about our nation's sleep
deficit.
"We recognize that America is in a crisis with the amount of sleep they
get, and we are taking the next step," says Tracie Andrescik, spokesperson for
Select Comfort, the Minneapolis-based "sleep solutions" company. "Spending
five minutes on the National Sleep Test could mean thousands of additional
hours of sleep over a lifetime."
To take the sleep test, Americans can call a toll-free number
(800-954-6554 ext. 23861). Simple questions are asked to determine the
severity of sleep problems, identify symptoms of sleep deprivation and
evaluate one's personal sleep environment.
People who take the free survey will receive individualized results which
include:
-- A personal "sleep assessment"
-- A comparison to national averages and other normative sleep information
-- Tips from NSF for obtaining quality sleep or recommendations on how to
seek medical help for possible sleep disorders
-- An opportunity to request additional information on sleep solution
resources

"With the sleep test, our mission is to alert people to the severity of
this problem and to positively affect public health and safety," says Richard
Gelula, Executive Director of the National Sleep Foundation, a non-profit
organization dedicated to educating Americans about the causes and effects of
our nation's growing sleep crisis. "The National Sleep Test is designed to
identify potential sleep problems and offer solutions to a better night's
sleep."
The campaign, which has a hard-hitting Public Service Announcement (PSA)
tone, sounds the alarm about the dangers of sleep deprivation and will be
supported by national print advertising, direct mail, and retail involvement
by Select Comfort stores. The test will be available online at a later date
in 2000.
Preliminary results of the National Sleep Test will be announced in coming
months.
The National Sleep Test is a result of a recently inked one-year
partnership agreement between the two parties. As part of the sponsorship
agreement with NSF, Select Comfort will also fund a sleep research fellowship
grant independently selected by NSF. Part of Select Comfort's contribution
will go towards supporting NSF's public education programs that raise
awareness about the need for sleep, sleep disorders, and problems such as
drowsy driving and other effects of sleep loss.
Founded in 1987, Select Comfort Corporation is the leader in sleep
solutions, specializing in air technology and holding 24 U.S. issued or
pending patents for its products. The company designs, manufactures and
markets a line of mattresses with adjustable firmness, as well as foundations
and sleep accessories. Select Comfort's products are sold through 341 retail
stores located nationwide; including 45 leased departments in Bed Bath &
Beyond stores, through its national direct marketing operations, and on the
internet at http://www.selectcomfort.com.


SOURCE Select Comfort Corporation

-0- 03/28/2000

/CONTACT: Tracie Andrescik of Select Comfort, 612-918-3058, or Jennifer

McKinley of Cone, Inc., 617-227-2111, or Kierstan Boyd of the National Sleep

Foundation, 202-347-3471, ext. 205/

Web Site: /http://www.selectcomfort.com/



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Allergies Don't Have to Mean Life Without Pets

Posted Thursday, September 21, 2000 - 11:33 by BeautyCare.com
Allergies Don't Have to Mean Life Without Pets

MADISON, Wis., March 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Animal lovers who suffer from
allergies don't necessarily have to live without animal companions. Steps can
be taken to allow pets and allergies to live together, according to Bruce
Darkow, product manager for Aprilaire(R) High Efficiency Air Cleaners.
For example, Dr. Brian Darrow, an Iowa veterinarian, has been living
without pets because of his wife's animal allergy. Now, by following a few
guidelines, the Darrow family is enjoying a new puppy.
"Until recently, I was known as 'the vet without a pet,'" Darrow said.
"Our kids badly wanted a dog, and my wife and I didn't want them to miss out
on that experience. We decided to try to take some steps to allow the kids to
have a dog without making my wife miserable. We keep the dog out of our
bedroom, we take turns vacuuming so my wife's allergies aren't aggravated, and
we installed a high efficiency air cleaner. The air cleaner, built into our
heating and cooling system, can remove most of the particles that carry animal
allergens through the air."
"Allergists agree that the best treatment for animal allergies is avoiding
animals. But that doesn't always mean you have to live without pets.
Especially if the allergies are moderate," Darkow said. "There are steps you
can take to limit your exposure to animal allergens at home."
The best strategy for eliminating animal allergens from the home is to
keep the pet outside, but since that isn't always possible, some allergists
recommend the following strategy:
-- Don't allow your pet in carpeted areas of the home.
-- Keep your pet out of the bedroom and off your furniture.
-- Eliminate carpeting and upholstered furniture as much as possible.
-- Provide good ventilation in the house.
-- Use a high efficiency air cleaner.
-- Operate your furnace fan continuously or for at least two hours after
vacuuming.
-- Have a non-allergic family member do the vacuuming.
-- Leave combing, grooming and litter box clean-up to non-allergic
family members. Brush your pet, preferably outside, once a day.

For more information on how animals and allergies can live together,
contact the Aprilaire consumer information department at Research Products
Corporation at 800-545-2219. Ask for the free booklet Tips for Taming Animal
Allergies. Or read more about it at http://www.Aprilaire.com


SOURCE Research Products Corporation

-0- 3/29/2000

/CONTACT: Jodi Zirbel for Research Products Corporation, 608-257-8801/

Web Site: /http://www.Aprilaire.com /



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Eve.com Extends Lead in Online Beauty Space

Posted Thursday, September 21, 2000 - 11:32 by BeautyCare.com
Eve.com Extends Lead in Online Beauty Space

PC Data Online and Media Metrix Report that Eve.com Leads Competitors
In Latest Site Traffic Rankings

Online Beauty Site Earns Top Industry Recognition

SAN FRANCISCO, March 29 /PRNewswire/ -- PC Data Online and Media Metrix
report that Eve.com, the leading online prestige beauty retailer, surpasses
competitors in recent site traffic rankings. In addition to consumers "voting
with their feet," the company has also recently received recognition from
leading publications and consumer-focused research organizations. Eve.com's
#1 rank in site traffic rankings and industry recognition demonstrate its
leadership position in the increasingly crowded online beauty space, both in
terms of the site's prestige selection and overall customer experience. From
classic cosmetic companies to hip new lines, from Elizabeth Arden to NARS,
Eve.com offers the most prestigious names in beauty with personalized service
and advice.
According to PC Data Online, Eve.com led competitors in site traffic for
the month of February. The site had more than double the traffic of its
nearest competitor, beating competitors such as Sephora.com, gloss.com and
ibeauty.com. Recent available data from PC Data for the first half of March
shows that Eve.com has an average of two to three times more unique visitors
than its nearest competitor.
"From our inception, Eve.com has been committed to creating a luxury
experience for women who want the finest brands in beauty and the
highest-level of service," said Mariam Naficy, co-founder and co-president of
Eve.com. "Eve.com's leadership in PC Data Online and Media Metrix's site
traffic rankings shows that we are achieving that goal, customers are voting
with their feet. We're thrilled to be recognized by our customers."

Eve.com's recent industry endorsements include:
-- Fortune Magazine: In a study for the February 21, 2000 issue of
Fortune Magazine, Resource Marketing of Columbus Ohio ranked the top
50 online retailers according to 88 specific ratings, including site
navigation to product availability to return policies. Eve.com ranked
in the Top 10, with other category leaders Amazon.com, eToys,
garden.com, Cooking.com, and Fogdog Sports.
-- The San Francisco Chronicle: Eve.com highlighted in its "Best of the
Web" in the March 7, 2000 edition.
-- Time Magazine: 1999 Holiday Shopping Guide included Eve.com as one of
"The Best Sites on the Web."
-- Entertainment Weekly Magazine: Eve.com awarded "Best of Breed" website
in the beauty category, earning an "A" grade in the November 11, 1999
issue.
-- Feedback Direct: Eve.com named to prestigious list of "The Feedback
50" in February 2000. This award is given to the top 50 North American
companies who have consistently demonstrated excellent customer service
across several communication channels, both online and offline.
-- eWonders.com: Eve.com named as a top online destination to purchase
perfumes and fragrances by consumers for Valentines on
February 8, 2000.
-- Fragrance Foundation: In October 1999, Eve.com was awarded the Retail
Fragrance All-Star Salute by The Fragrance Foundation members in the
E-tailer category. The All-Star Awards acknowledge retailers'
commitment to promoting fragrance year-round.

About Eve.com
Eve.com opened its doors in June 1999 as the first company launched to
offer an array of prestige beauty products on the Web. With more than 180 of
the most exclusive brands in beauty, including BeneFit, Bvlgari, Calvin Klein,
Club Monaco, Decleor, Hard Candy, LORAC, NARS, philosophy, and Versace,
Eve.com offers a personalized shopping experience, where every customer
receives tailored product suggestions, customized product samples and
evePoints with each purchase. As the "beauty authority" on the Internet,
Eve.com delivers advice from leading experts in makeup, hair, fragrance,
skincare, bath and aromatherapy products, as well as cosmetics accessories and
apothecary. Eve.com is a member of the idealab! family with additional funding
from Menlo Ventures, Charter Venture Capital, Weiss, Peck and Greer and
Crosslink Capital. Board members include Marleen McDaniel, CEO of Women.com,
the largest online community of women.


SOURCE Eve.com

-0- 03/29/2000

/CONTACT: Emilie Fritz or Leslie Stevens of LaForce & Stevens,

212-242-9353, for Eve.com; or Margit Wennmachers of OutCast Communications,

415-392-8282, or margit@outcastpr.com, for Eve.com/

Web Site: /http://www.eve.com/



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Revlon Announces the Sale of its Plusbelle Brand for $46.5 Million

Posted Thursday, September 21, 2000 - 11:18 by BeautyCare.com
Revlon Announces the Sale of its Plusbelle Brand for $46.5 Million

NEW YORK, March 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Revlon, Inc. (NYSE: REV) announced
today that it has signed a definitive agreement with Nuevo Federal S.A., a
subsidiary of U.S.-based Dial Corporation, to sell an Argentine subsidiary
which operates the Plusbelle brand for $46.5 million in cash, subject to
adjustments. Plusbelle is a brand of value priced shampoo and conditioners,
which is distributed principally in Argentina. The transaction, which is
subject to a number of conditions, is expected to close by early May of 2000.
Jeffrey M. Nugent, President and Chief Executive Officer of Revlon, Inc.
commented, "The disposition of this non-core brand is another step in our
previously announced plan to achieve greater focus on our core businesses and
to reduce debt. We will apply a portion of the net proceeds to reduce the
commitment under our worldwide credit agreement and the balance will be
available for general corporate purposes."
This transaction includes the facility in Garin, Argentina, which is
dedicated to manufacturing Plusbelle.

Forward-Looking Statements

Information in this press release which is not historical is forward
looking and subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include Revlon's expectations
and estimates about future events, including Revlon's expectation that it will
consummate the sale of the Plusbelle business by early May of 2000. Actual
results may differ materially from such forward-looking statements for a
number of reasons including difficulties, delays or an inability to consummate
the sale of the Plusbelle business.
Revlon is a worldwide cosmetics, skin care, fragrance and personal care
products company. The Company's vision is to become the world's most dynamic
leader in global beauty and skin care. A web site featuring current product
and promotional information can be reached at http://www.revlon.com. Revlon
brands include Revlon(R), Almay(R), Ultima II(R), Charlie(R) and Flex(R) and
they are sold in approximately 175 countries and territories.


SOURCE Revlon, Inc.

-0- 03/29/2000

/CONTACT: Richard Woods, 212-527-5791, or Investor Relations - Larry

Winoker, 212-527-5230, both of Revlon/

Company News On Call: / http://www.prnewswire.com/comp/110701.html or fax,

800-758-5804, ext. 110701/

Web Site: /http://www.revlon.com/

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FrequentShoppers.com by PassPoints Puts Any Website 'In the Front of the Mall'

Posted Thursday, September 21, 2000 - 11:16 by BeautyCare.com
FrequentShoppers.com by PassPoints Puts Any Website 'In the Front of the Mall'

Over 122 Merchants Endorse PassPoints.com to Earn Rewards for Shopping

SAN FRANCISCO, March 28 /PRNewswire/ -- PassPoints.com, Inc., a leading
provider of loyalty rewards programs for the Web, today launched
FrequentShoppers.com, an entirely new way for web sites -- big and small -- to
earn more revenue while attracting their best customers back to their web
sites over and over again.
"Small businesses can't afford to spend millions of dollars broadcasting
their message to just attract eyeballs," explains Alan Gunshor, PassPoints'
CEO. "They must turn visitors into buyers and give people a reason to return
to their website. They need to provide services compelling enough to
stimulate word-of-mouth. FrequentShoppers.com offers a quick, turnkey,
cost-effective rewards system to attain these goals. Plus -- websites will
get paid by us for referring new customers to their own unique rewards
program."

How it works:
-- In just a few minutes, a business can establish a single link to a
pre-built, co-branded shopping portal hosted by FrequentShoppers.com
that offers goods in sixteen categories -- from Apparel to Books to
Travel. These categories are filled by PassPoints' relationships with
122 e-retail businesses, including Lands' End, The Sharper Image,
Borders, PETsMART, Food.com, art.com, healthshop.com, dELiAs.com, Le
Village, and eBags.
-- Site visitors who sign up (for free) to shop from this portal (located
on websites like Fashionmall.com, for example) opt in to an affinity
program where every dollar spent purchases loyalty credits (in this
case, Fashionmall Points) from the branded website. This virtual
currency can be redeemed for more than a million products in the
FrequentShoppers.com redemption catalogs.
-- To accumulate points, shoppers must launch each shopping session from
the private-label portal on the branded website. Hence, customers
return continuously to the branded website as the starting point for
their Web-wide shopping. Fashionmall.com is one of several customers
using the new system. "Fashionmall needed a loyalty solution that we
could get up and running quickly. We want to reward customers for being
loyal to both the Fashionmall site and web shopping in general, without
consumers having to change their shopping habits to get great rewards.
PassPoints provides us with the right solution," said Ben Narasin, CEO
of Fashionmall.com (Nasdaq: FASH).
-- Branded websites are paid a bounty for every customer who shops from
their website, powered by FrequentShoppers.com. Branded websites, in
turn, only pay for the rewards to the consumer and not for the points
themselves.

The benefits to participating Web sites:

For Each Site Owner, Their Own Currency
FrequentShoppers.com is the only incentive program on the Web that
effectively draws customers back to each branded website issuing the points in
a manner where the site owner can make money quickly, and where they can get
started right away. PassPoints is the only system built to manage
private-issued currencies across multiple branded websites -- that is, points
that can only be accumulated from one source, but can be turned in for
millions of products. A patent is pending on this technology.

No Expensive Loyalty Consulting Needed
To date, implementing private-label loyalty programs has been a slow and
expensive process -- involving lots of high-paid "loyalty consultants."
FrequentShoppers.com is the only loyalty program that can be deployed in a
matter of minutes, with little manual process or cost, and no software to
install. All branded websites have to do is place one link on their site and
they are live. All the technology is already pre-configured -- the mall, the
sign-in process, points tabulation, redemption procedures, and award
fulfillment services.

Profitable Marketing for Businesses
PassPoints' FrequentShoppers.com is tailored to not only meet the needs of
the millions of businesses that will make the transition to e-commerce over
the next few years, but also the needs of established e-businesses whose
time-to-market for a loyalty program is crucial. For small businesses, at
present only 13% of the 2.3 million of them with 5-99 employees transact
business over the Internet -- but more than 50% will by 2004. Add to that
total up to ten times as many SOHO businesses that will take their business on
line -- and clearly there will be millions of online merchants who can't
afford to spend money on Super Bowl ads.
For this explosive market, FrequentShoppers.com pays branded websites for
referring customers to this unique marketing program designed to turn
page-viewers into habitual purchasing customers. The FrequentShoppers.com
mall greatly extends a small business' appeal -- and offers powerful viral
marketing potential, as users spread the word about how you would get credit
for shopping from your favorite site. Finally, there's the retention
incentive -- the enlisting site is always the gateway to the mall.

About PassPoints, Inc.
PassPoints.com, Inc., founded in 1998 by several ex-Netscape employees, is
developing the tools and information for online merchants to reward their most
valuable online and offline customer, employee, and B2B relationships. The
company is establishing partnerships with leading online retailers, direct
marketers, web portals and technology vendors. PassPoints will provide its
solutions through direct and indirect sales channels. PassPoints, Inc. is a
privately held company headquartered in San Francisco, California. PassPoints
can be reached on the World Wide Web at http://www.passpoints.com or by calling
415-928-2454.


SOURCE PassPoints.com, Inc.

-0- 03/28/2000

/CONTACT: Andrew Sprung of PassPoints, Inc., 212-721-3495, or

sprung4@eclipse.net/

Web Site: /http://www.passpoints.com/

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CCSI Commences Research Study on Breastfeeding Effectiveness with Kaiser Permanente, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and Exempla St Joseph Hospital

Posted Thursday, September 21, 2000 - 10:44 by BeautyCare.com
CCSI Commences Research Study on Breastfeeding Effectiveness with Kaiser Permanente, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and Exempla St Joseph Hospital

NEW YORK and DENVER, March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Chromatics Color Sciences
International, Inc. (Nasdaq: CCSI) announced today that it has signed a
Research Agreement with principal investigators from Kaiser Permanente, Kaiser
Foundation HealthPlan of Colorado, the University of Colorado Health Sciences
Center/The Children's Hospital and Exempla St. Joseph Hospital in Denver.
The investigators will study "The Relationship of Early and Frequent
Breastfeeding to Peak Transcutaneous Bilirubin Levels" including observations
of maternal use of CCSI's Colormate(R) TLc-BiliTest(R) transcutaneous
bilirubin monitoring device. The study's purpose is to examine the effect of
improved guidelines for breastfeeding mothers that may reduce the incidence of
infant hyperbilirubinemia among breastfed infants, maximize breastfeeding
effectiveness and decrease healthcare costs.
The goals of the study are to help determine optimal guidelines for
initiation and frequency of breastfeedings, and to assess the use by mothers
of CCSI's Colormate(R) TLc-BiliTest(R) System as a monitoring tool for
jaundice in their infants. Although mother's breastmilk provides optimal
infant nutrition, ineffective breastfeeding may lead to dehydration or
elevated bilirubin levels in infants, called "exaggerated physiologic
jaundice" or "breastfeeding jaundice". The researchers hope to produce
sufficient data showing that if mothers follow improved guidelines while
breastfeeding, then these concerns can be alleviated and the infants can
safely receive the nutritional and immune system benefits of breastfeeding.
The study will include the use of the TLc-BiliTest(R) System by the mother
to provide clinical data on use of the device in the home by a
layperson/parent. The researchers specifically requested that the
TLc-BiliTest(R) System be used for their study, and the Company has provided
it for this trial after approval of the protocol by the IRB (Institutional
Review Board).
The study will be led by Dr. Susan Niermeyer, Associate Professor of
Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center/The Children's
Hospital in collaboration with Carol Grunfeld, MSN, RN, CPNP, Director of
Pediatrics and OB/GYN Home Care Program, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of
Colorado, and Stefan Mokrohisky, MD, Department of Pediatrics, Kaiser
Permanente Medical Group and Exempla St. Joseph Hospital in Denver.
Darby Macfarlane, the Chief Executive Officer of CCSI stated, "We're very
gratified and proud that Dr. Niermeyer and Kaiser Permanente asked us to
participate in this important study. To assist mother nature in resuming her
role and removing another obstacle from the natural and advantageous process
between mother and child would indeed be an accomplishment. To do so while
studying the potential for a whole new and significant market use for our
product by mothers makes it even more exciting."
Chromatics Color Sciences is in the business of color science and has
developed technologies and intellectual properties in this field. The Company
has received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the
commercial use of its medical device for the non-invasive monitoring of
bilirubinemia in newborn infants by healthcare professionals in hospitals,
clinics, pediatrician offices, and the home environment. The Company believes
its technologies and intellectual properties may also have medical
applications in the detection and monitoring of other chromogenic diseases
which the Company defines as those diagnosed or monitored by the coloration of
the human skin, tissue or fluid being affected. Additional medical
applications to the non-invasive monitoring of bilirubinemia in newborns will
require additional clinical trials and FDA clearances for commercial use.
The Company's technologies and intellectual properties also have other
applications including the scientific color measurement and classification of
human skin and certain color-sensitive consumer products, and in determining
the color compatibility of such skin and product color classification for use
in a variety of industries including the cosmetic, beauty-aid and fashion
industry.

Certain of the matters discussed in this announcement contain forward-
looking statements that involve material risks to and uncertainties in the
Company's business that may cause actual results to differ materially from
those anticipated by the statements made herein. Such risks and uncertainties
include, among other things, the availability of any needed financing, the
Company's ability to implement its long range business plan for various
applications for its technologies, the Company's ability to enter into
agreements with additional marketing and distribution partners, the impact of
competition, the obtaining and maintaining of any necessary regulatory
clearances applicable to applications of the Company's technology, management
of growth and other risks and uncertainties that may be detailed from time to
time in the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange
Commission, including those set forth in its annual report on Form 10-K for
the year ended December 31, 1998, and on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended
September 30, 1999.


SOURCE Chromatics Color Sciences International, Inc.

-0- 03/30/2000

/CONTACT: Darby Macfarlane, Chief Executive Officer of Chromatics Color

Sciences International, 212-717-6544; or Rick Matthews, Public Relations of

Rubenstein Associates, 212-843-8007/

(CCSI)



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Revlon Closes the Sale of its Worldwide Professional Products Business with CVC Capital Partners and Carlos Colomer

Posted Thursday, September 21, 2000 - 10:42 by BeautyCare.com
Revlon Closes the Sale of its Worldwide Professional Products Business with CVC Capital Partners and Carlos Colomer

NEW YORK, March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Revlon, Inc. (NYSE: REV), Revlon
announced today the closing of the sale of its Worldwide Professional Products
business to The Colomer Group for $315 million before adjustments, plus $10
million in contingent consideration. This follows the signing of the
definitive agreement for the sale, which was announced on February 19, 2000.
Revlon intends to use approximately 60% of the net proceeds to permanently pay
down debt, and the balance will be available for general corporate purposes.
Revlon is a worldwide cosmetics, skin care, fragrance, and personal care
products company. The Company's vision is to become the world's most dynamic
leader in global beauty and skin care. A web site featuring current product
and promotional information can be reached at http://www.revlon.com. Revlon
brands include Revlon(R), Almay(R), Ultima II(R), Charlie(R) and Flex(R), and
they are sold in approximately 175 countries and territories.


SOURCE Revlon, Inc.

-0- 03/30/2000

/CONTACT: Media - Richard Woods, 212-527-5791 or Investor - Larry

Winoker, 212-527-5230, both of Revlon/

Company News On Call: / http://www.prnewswire.com/comp/110701.html or fax,

800-758-5804, ext. 110701/

Web Site: /http://www.revlon.com/

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Medbroadcast to launch HealthMart.ca

Posted Thursday, September 21, 2000 - 10:36 by BeautyCare.com
Medbroadcast to launch HealthMart.ca

VANCOUVER, March 30 /CNW-PRN/ - Medbroadcast Corporation, publisher of
medbroadcast.com, Canada's source for health information, is pleased to
announce the launch of its new and improved comprehensive online health store
in early April. The store, called HealthMart.ca, will feature thousands of
health and beauty products conveniently available for direct purchase from the
web site through a secure server anytime of the day and night.
HealthMart.ca will stock products for everyday use, such as vitamins,
skin care, foot care and personal care products. The store will also feature
items which have been specifically designed to improve the quality of life at
home. Many of these products have been selected on the recommendations of
Canadian health care professionals, including items for customers with
arthritis, asthma, diabetes and pain such as pain relief medications, support
braces, and blood pressure monitors. HealthMart.ca will also carry unique
products seldom available online, such as post mastectomy products, sport and
rehabilitation braces, orthotic foot supports from Superfeet Canada, complete
line of first aid kits from St. John Ambulance for home and office, and a
range of back supports by Obus Forme. In addition health and medical books
from Chapters.ca will also be for sale.
In addition to providing Canadians a wide variety of health and beauty
products at Canadian prices, HealthMart.ca customers can access invaluable
health information from Canada's largest provider of health information,
medbroadcast.com, to assist them in making informed choices.
HealthMart.ca will feature a 1-800 number and help desk to assist
purchasers with their orders and product inquiries. The site offers free
delivery on regular parcel service anywhere in Canada for purchases over $50.
In addition, weekly specials and members discounts will be offered.

Shopping on line made simple:

HealthMart.ca's ease of navigation and intuitive organization allows
customers to conveniently browse by product category:

Babies and Moms
A full line of products and gifts for new and expectant mothers.

Fitness
Equipment to improve strength and flexibility as well as products for
rehabilitation and performance measurement.

Health and Beauty
Personal health products selected to address specific health needs
and to improve personal appearance.

Mobility Aids
Patients with physical disabilities will also have their own range of
products that have been designed to improve mobility, such as
walkers, canes and wheelchairs.

Daily Living Aids
Products of interest to the elderly will be featured and the store
will stock items specific to women's and men's health.

Pharmacy
A full range of over-the-counter pharmacy products will be for sale,
as well as vitamins, herbs and health supplements.

HealthMart.ca Manager, Tom Riessner, said that HealthMart.ca, would be a
value-added service that would bring convenient, secure online shopping to
many customers. ``As far as home health care needs are concerned, we will be
offering a very comprehensive range of items. We have already shopped for the
customer, and will only showcase those products that we believe will help our
customers and add meaningful value to their daily quality of life.'' He adds:
``Many people with specialized needs aren't even aware that some of these
products exist. They can now browse and select their purchases securely and
privately, from the comfort of their own home.''

Medbroadcast Corporation (CDNX:MDB; OTCBB:MDBRF) produces and publishes
http://www.medbroadcast.com. Developed in conjunction with technical partner
Ericsson Canada Inc., http://www.medbroadcast.com hosts thousands of pages of
medical, health and wellness information and is configured for the delivery of
broad band media and e-commerce transactions.


SOURCE Medbroadcast Corporation

-0- 3/30/2000

/CONTACT: Terry O'Donovan, VP, Corporate Communications Telephone:

604-687-7463 ext.137, todonovan@medbroadcast.com

To request a free copy of this organization's annual report, please go to

http://www.newswire.ca and click on reports@cnw/

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Paragon Announces Securities Listing

Posted Thursday, September 21, 2000 - 10:26 by BeautyCare.com
Paragon Announces Securities Listing

NORCROSS, Ga., March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Paragon Trade Brands, Inc.
(OTC Bulletin Board: PGTR) today announced that its new common shares and
warrants have been approved for quotation on the National Association of
Securities Dealers, Inc. (NASD) Over-the-Counter (OTC) Bulletin Board
beginning today. The Company's shares will be quoted on the OTC Bulletin
Board under the symbol "PGTR" and the warrants under the symbol "PGTRW".
Paragon Trade Brands is the leading manufacturer of store brand infant
disposable diapers in the United States and, through its wholly owned
subsidiary, Paragon Trade Brands (Canada) Inc., is the leading marketer of
store brand infant disposable diapers in Canada. Paragon manufactures a line
of premium and economy diapers, training pants, feminine care and adult
incontinence products, which are distributed throughout the United States and
Canada, primarily through grocery and food stores, mass merchandisers,
warehouse clubs, toy stores and drug stores that market the products under
their own store brand names. Paragon has also established international joint
ventures in Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and China for the sale of infant
disposable diapers and other absorbent personal care products.
Statements made in this press release, other than those concerning
historical information, should be considered forward-looking statements. Such
statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause
actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the Company's
forward-looking statements. Factors which could affect the Company's
financial results, including, but not limited to: increased raw material
prices and product costs; new product and packaging introductions by
competitors; increased price and promotion pressure from competitors; new
competitors in the market; increased financial leverage; Year 2000 compliance
issues; and patent litigation, are described in the Company's periodic filings
with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Annual Report on
Form 10-K. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-
looking statements contained herein, which speak only as of the date hereof,
and which are made by management pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions of
the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.


SOURCE Paragon Trade Brands, Inc.

-0- 03/30/2000

/CONTACT: Alan J. Cyron, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial

Officer of Paragon Trade Brands, Inc., 678-969-5200, or Kurt P. Ross, or Guy

B. Lawrence, both of Ross & Lawrence Public Relations, 212-308-3333, or

kpross@rosslawpr.com , for Paragon Trade Brands, Inc./

(PGTR)



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Multi-Color To Acquire Leader in Heat Shrink Label Market

Posted Thursday, September 21, 2000 - 10:24 by BeautyCare.com
Multi-Color To Acquire Leader in Heat Shrink Label Market

CINCINNATI, March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Multi-Color Corporation
(Nasdaq: LABL) today announced it has signed a letter of intent to acquire
Uniflex Corporation, a pioneer and a U.S leader in the manufacture of heat-
shrink labels and tamper-evident bands for brand-name consumer products.
Uniflex is a 13-year-old company with projected sales for 2000 of
$9.6 million. The company is headquartered in Anaheim, CA, with a rotogravure
printing and conversion plant in Las Vegas, NV, and sells its products in the
United States, Mexico and Canada. Uniflex is currently a subsidiary of Meiwa
Corporation of Japan, one of the Mitsubishi worldwide group of companies.
Multi-Color and Uniflex did not disclose details of their letter of
intent. Negotiations are under way for the completion of a definitive
agreement. The transaction is subject to due diligence and bank approval as
well as approval by both company's Board of Directors.
Multi-Color is a leading U.S. manufacturer of specialty labels for major
global consumer product companies for liquid detergents and laundry-care
products, household cleaners, juices, and heath and beauty aids. It sells its
labels in the United States, Mexico and South America.
Multi-Color is the No. 1 worldwide producer of in-mold labels (IML). IML
labels are affixed to blow-molded plastic containers as the containers are
being molded. Multi-Color recently entered the market for pressure-sensitive
labels through the acquisition of a printing facility in Batavia, OH.
Through the first nine months of fiscal 2000, ended March 31, 2000, Multi-
Color reported net income of $2.7 million, or $.94 per fully diluted common
share, on revenues of $39.4 million.
"Adding Uniflex to the Multi-Color family will have enormous benefits for
both companies and for our customers," said Frank Gerace, Multi-Color
president and chief executive officer. "We share a commitment to excellence in
performance and to quality. We also share technical knowledge of sophisticated
converting processes that are essential to meeting the requirements of major
consumer product companies.
"Heat-shrink labels and tamper-evident bands are complex, technically
demanding products, the kind of products that are the heart of our business.
This is an attractive new market for us -- and another new capability we will
offer our customers.
"And our rotogravure plant in Scottsburg, IN, provides Uniflex with
opportunities to expand sales of its heat-shrink products to its customers."
Multi-Color has four gravure presses in Scottsburg, IN, including a 10-
station press and a nine-station press.
Uniflex's colorful, graphically-intense labels, many of them 360-degree
wraparounds, and tamper-evident neckbands appear on containers for many name-
brand beverages.
Using a gravure press, Uniflex prints up to nine colors on heat-shrink
film. The resulting label or band is converted to a "sleeve" that, through
application of heat, shrinks to fit the exact contours of the bottle.
"Joining with Multi-Color is the opportunity we have been looking for to
expand our relationships with our blue-chip customers," said John Yamasaki,
Uniflex founder and president. "The Multi-Color culture of excellence fits
well with our own."
Mr. Yamasaki, who has 25 years of experience in the packaging business and
is the industry pioneer leader in heat-shrink applications, will become a
member of Multi-Color's senior executive team and continue to direct sales,
marketing, and new product development for the heat-shrink label business.
Multi-Color Corporation is the premier U.S. manufacturer of decorative
labels and related services for technically demanding applications for major
consumer products. Historically, Multi-Color has supplied in-mold labels (IML)
for blow-molded containers; it has now expanded into high-end applications for
pressure-sensitive labels, a $6 billion a year market. Multi-Color shares are
traded over the counter under the Nasdaq National Market symbol LABL.
Forward-looking statements in this release including, without limitations,
statements relating to the Company's plans, strategies, objectives,
expectations, intentions and adequacy of resources, are made pursuant to the
safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks,
uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance
or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future
results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-
looking statements. These factors include, among others, the following:
general economic and business conditions; the ability to integrate
acquisitions; the success of its significant customers; competition;
acceptance of new product offerings; changes in business strategy or plans;
quality of management; availability, terms and development of capital;
availability of raw materials; business abilities and judgment of personnel;
changes in, or the failure to comply with, government regulations, and other
factors. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise
any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future
events or otherwise.


SOURCE Multi-Color Corporation

-0- 03/30/2000

/CONTACT: Dawn Bertsche, Vice President, CFO of Multi-Color Corporation,

513-345-1108/

(LABL)



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Coty Inc. Introduces Aspen Discovery Global Company Continues to Lead Men's

Posted Thursday, September 21, 2000 - 10:13 by BeautyCare.com
Coty Inc. Introduces Aspen Discovery Global Company Continues to Lead Men's

Fragrance Category with Major Launch in May 2000

NEW YORK, March 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Coty Inc., the world's leading
manufacturer of mass-market fragrance and a leader in the category of personal
care products, today announced the introduction of Aspen Discovery, a new
men's fragrance. Aspen Discovery is the second major men's fragrance launch
for the company in the past six months and the third major product launch in
the past three months. Aspen Discovery will be available in stores May 2000
at over 18,000 retail outlets in North America.
The Aspen line of men's and women's fragrance is one of Coty's most
successful brands. Originally introduced in 1989, the fragrance line includes
Aspen (for men) and Aspen Sensation (for women). Aspen is one of the
top-selling men's fragrances in the United States according to Information
Resources Inc.
Peter Harf, chairman and ceo of Coty Inc., says: "Aspen has proven to be
one of Coty's most enduring brands. Over the past decade, the fragrance has
been one of our best-sellers, and a leader in the men's category. As we
continue to globalize our strongest brands, I am pleased we are building on
the strength of the Aspen name, which conjures images that are fresh and
exhilarating-two words that also accurately describe Coty's direction as an
international company."
Aspen is the second men's fragrance introduced by Coty in the last six
months. The first, adidas moves, has been a major success for the company
since entering the marketplace in September 1999.
The advertising campaign for Aspen Discovery was created entirely by
Coty's in-house creative department, Coty's Ideas+Image. The print campaign
features a male model photographed in the woods of Aspen, Colorado, and uses
the tagline "Find you own path." Advertisements for Aspen Discovery run in
magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Men's Health, In Style, Glamour and
Esquire starting in May 2000.

About Aspen Discovery
The original Aspen, launched in 1989, is one of Coty's top-selling men's
fragrances. Aspen Discovery is the second brand extension for the men's
fragrance, which includes four products: a 1 fl. oz. aftershave for $10.00;
1 fl. oz. cologne spray for $14.50; 1.7 fl. oz. cologne for $18.00 and 1.7 fl.
oz. cologne spray for $19.95.
Coty created a fragrance with notes indigenous to Aspen [Colorado], the
product's namesake: Colorado Blue Spruce, ivy geranium and white pine. The
fragrance also carries citrus, leafy green, anise and mountain sage notes, and
includes ingredients that are calming, soothing and balancing, as well as
ingredients that promote concentration and self-awareness.

About Coty Inc.
Coty Inc. is one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of
fragrances, color cosmetics and skin treatments in the mass and prestige
markets, with $1.7 billion in sales for the year ended June 30, 1999. The
privately held company, headquartered in New York City, was founded in 1996 to
operate the worldwide fragrance and cosmetics businesses of Germany's Joh. A.
Benckiser GmbH.
Coty was originally founded by Francois Coty in Paris in 1904, when he
established the modern fragrance industry. For almost 100 years, Coty has
developed hundreds of products that are sold around the world. Today, Coty
Inc. is a global company with operations in 29 countries and sales in over
80 markets. Coty brands include adidas moves, the healing garden, Calgon,
Stetson, Jovan, Vanilla Fields and Rimmel, a line of color cosmetics recently
introduced to the U.S. market. The company's prestige fragrance and cosmetics
brands are sold by the Lancaster Group and include Lancaster, Davidoff, JOOP!,
Chopard, Jil Sander, Isabella Rossellini's Manifesto, Vivienne Westwood
Boudoir and Yue-Sai.
Additional information on Coty is available at http://www.coty.com.


SOURCE Coty Inc.

-0- 03/29/2000

/CONTACT: Arthur Gallego, Director, Corporate Communications of Coty

Inc., 212-479-4408, office, or arthur_gallego@cotyinc.com/

Web Site: /http://www.coty.com/



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Intimate Brands To Integrate Gryphon, Personal Care Product Sourcing and Development Subsidiary, into IBI Business Units

Posted Thursday, September 21, 2000 - 10:09 by BeautyCare.com
Intimate Brands To Integrate Gryphon, Personal Care Product Sourcing and Development Subsidiary, into IBI Business Units

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Intimate Brands, Inc. (NYSE: IBI)
today announced that it will integrate its personal care design, development,
formulation and sourcing functions at its Gryphon Development subsidiary into
Bath & Body Works and the Intimate Beauty Corporation's Victoria's Secret
Beauty Company. After July 31, 2000, Gryphon associates who have been
supporting either Bath & Body Works or Victoria's Secret Beauty Company will
now be joining these business units.
"Over the past 12 years, we have developed very strong expertise in
personal care product development and sourcing at Gryphon that has been
crucial to the growth of Bath & Body Works and Victoria's Secret Beauty
Company," said Leslie Wexner, Chairman of Intimate Brands. "The Gryphon team,
led by CEO Robert Ruttenberg, has been a strategic partner to these
businesses, resulting in very innovative and effective products from suppliers
around the world. But now, eliminating the business structure around Gryphon
and allowing our brands to go 'business to business' will give us
opportunities for greater speed, efficiency and growth."
This change will have no material effect on the financial condition or
results of Intimate Brands. Longer term, it is expected to create cost
efficiencies and enhance the growth potential of Intimate Brands' personal
care businesses.
Intimate Brands, Inc. is the leading specialty retailer of intimate
apparel, beauty and personal care products through the Victoria's Secret, Bath
& Body Works and White Barn Candle Company brands. As of February 26, 2000,
Victoria's Secret products are available through 896 lingerie and beauty
stores, the Victoria's Secret Catalogue and online at http://www.VictoriasSecret.com.
The Company offers a broad selection of personal care, home fragrance and
decor products through 1,217 Bath & Body Works and White Barn Candle Company
stores.


SOURCE Intimate Brands, Inc.

-0- 03/29/2000

/CONTACT: Debbie J. Mitchell of Intimate Brands, Inc., 614-415-7546/

Web Site: /http://www.intimatebrands.com/

(IBI)



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iVillage.com Introduces New Garden Channel in Partnership with Garden.com

Posted Thursday, September 21, 2000 - 10:07 by BeautyCare.com
iVillage.com Introduces New Garden Channel in Partnership with Garden.com

- In Time for Spring, New Channel Offers Everything
for the Gardener Except Fresh Air -

NEW YORK, March 29 /PRNewswire/ -- iVillage.com: The Women's Network
(Nasdaq: IVIL) today announced the launch of its Garden Channel. The channel
is a partnership between iVillage.com and Garden.com (Nasdaq: GDEN), a leading
online provider of gardening information, products, and services. A unique
hybrid, the Garden Channel enables iVillage.com's members the opportunity to
consult a gardening expert, plan a project from soil type to seeds, and
purchase high-quality supplies in a few steps.
"Our research showed that over 25% of our members like to garden in their
spare time, and this partnership really grew from there," said Kate Hanley,
Garden Channel Producer. "iVillage.com offers women a trusted sense of
community and information, while Garden.com offers the best garden advice and
commerce on the Internet. We're thrilled to introduce home and garden content
at iVillage.com with this beautiful channel. There's lots more to follow."
"Partnering with iVillage.com to create a new Garden Channel was such a
natural choice for Garden.com because we've consistently seen a 70% female
demographic in our own customer base," said Lisa Sharples, chief marketing and
merchandising officer for Garden.com. "Together we can provide women with an
unmatchable combination of gardening products, content and services; in fact,
everything they need to build the garden of their dreams with the speed and
convenience of the Internet."
In keeping with iVillage.com's mission to provide usable and useful
solutions for women the Garden Channel offers unique and visual tools that
make gardening simple:

* Answer Finder

The perfect starting place for gardeners of any level, the "Answer
Finder" provides answers to questions on getting started, indoor
gardening, and garden maintenance.

* Garden Calendar

The Garden Calendar offers timely advice for gardeners as the seasons
change. From the first spring thaw to a coming frost, each week
features a different project, with all the necessary links to get it
done, from consulting an expert to purchasing supplies.

* Find Your Zone

Matching geography with enthusiasm, the Zone Selector allows gardeners
in the continental U.S. to get the vital information they need to plan
a garden that will grow and thrive. The iVillage Garden Channel also
includes a Monthly To-Do List for each garden hardiness zone.

* Choose Your Plants

This plant finder ensures that gardeners choose the best plants for
their zones and planting plans. The plant finder includes every detail
needed for a green thumb; it accounts for soil acidity, plant color,
and even the amount of maintenance a gardener wants to provide.

* iVillage.com's Gardener-in-Residence: Fran Sorin

A serious gardener for more than 20 years, Fran is known for her
ability to make gardening exciting and accessible to those at any
level. Fran answers members' questions and aims to share her belief
that a garden is not just a place for plants, but a means to greater
health and happiness too.

Fran's advice and chats join thriving message boards at iVillage's
Garden Channel to provide a complete experience for modern gardeners.
Visit http://www.ivillage.com/home/garden for more information.

About iVillage.com
iVillage.com: The Women's Network (http://www.ivillage.com and AOL
keyword: ivillage) is the leading women's network online providing practical
solutions and everyday support for women between the ages of 25 and 54.
iVillage.com is organized into branded communities that focus on issues of
most importance to women and provide interactive services, peer support and
online access to experts through content channels and several shopping areas.
Content channels include Parent Soup, allHealth, MoneyLife, Work from Home,
Garden, Relationships, Beauty, Diet & Fitness, Click!: Where Computers Make
Sense, Pets, Travel, ParentsPlace, Food, Book Club, Election 2000,Working
Diva, and Astrology are complemented by stores such as iBaby, iMaternity,
PlusBoutique and Shopping Central. Established in 1995 and headquartered in
New York City, iVillage Inc. (Nasdaq: IVIL) is a new media company, recognized
as an industry leader in developing innovative sponsorship and commerce
relationships that match the desire of marketers to reach women with the needs
of iVillage.com members for relevant information and services.

About Garden.com
Founded in December of 1995, Garden.com is a leading online destination
for home gardeners. Through three Web sites, garden.com, virtualgarden.com
and hortmag.com, Garden.com provides consumers a one-stop-shop resource
through which they can access a wide variety of gardening information and
services, purchase gardening and garden-related products, and interact with an
online gardening community. The company's core online property,
http://www.garden.com, offers gardeners an unsurpassed collection of 20,000
high-quality gardening supplies and garden-inspired gifts, seasonally inspired
magazine content, professional advice, and garden design software. Since
inception, the company has garnered significant industry recognition,
including a 2000 Webby Award nomination, two top rankings among e-commerce
sites in all categories after extensive studies by Resource Marketing; being
named Global Information Infrastructure's 1999 Netrepreneur of the Year; one
of Red Herring's Top 100 Technology IPO's of 1999, and one of Time Digital's
Best 25 E-Commerce Websites. Garden.com also consistently receives top marks
in PC Magazine's Annual Top 100 Web sites issues. Headquartered in Austin,
Texas, Garden.com has offices in California and Iowa.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995:
iVillage Inc. and Garden.com, Inc. have included in this press release
certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 concerning iVillage's and
Garden.com's business, operations and financial condition. The words or
phrases "can be", "expects", "may affect", "may depend", "believes",
"estimate", "project" and similar words and phrases are intended to identify
such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject
to various known and unknown risks and uncertainties and iVillage and
Garden.com caution you that any forward-looking information provided by or on
behalf of iVillage or Garden.com is not a guarantee of future performance.
Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-
looking statements due to a number of factors, some of which are beyond
iVillage's and Garden.com's control, in addition to those discussed in
iVillage's and Garden.com's other press releases, public filings and
statements by iVillage's and Garden.com's management, including (i) the
uncertain success of the Garden.com/iVilllage venture (ii) the volatile and
competitive nature of the Internet industry, (iii) changes in domestic and
foreign economic and market conditions, (iv) the effect of federal, state and
foreign regulation on iVillage's business, (v) failure of iVillage, its
vendors or other third parties to achieve Year 2000 compliance and (vi) the
impact of recent and future acquisitions on iVillage's business and financial
condition.


SOURCE iVillage.com

-0- 03/29/2000

/CONTACT: Morra Aarons of iVillage.com, 212-206-3198,

maarons@mail.ivillage.com; or Meg Hays of Garden.com, 512-532-4151,

meg.hays@garden.com/

Web Site: /http://www.ivillage.com

http://www.garden.com/

(IVIL GDEN)



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Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. Reports Net Earnings Increase of 41.5%

Posted Thursday, September 21, 2000 - 10:05 by BeautyCare.com
Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. Reports Net Earnings Increase of 41.5%

In Fiscal Fourth Quarter, 34.8% for Fiscal Year

8th Consecutive Year of Record Earnings Since 1992 IPO
Fiscal Fourth Quarter Net Sales Increase by 37.0%,
Comparable Store Sales by 9.6%

UNION, N.J., March 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. today
reported net earnings of $48.4 million ($.34 per share) for the fiscal fourth
quarter ended February 26, 2000, an increase of approximately 41.5% from the
$34.2 million ($.24 per share) earned in the fiscal fourth quarter of 1998.
Net sales for the fiscal fourth quarter of 1999 were $574.6 million, an
increase of approximately 37.0% from the fiscal fourth quarter of 1998.
Comparable store sales for the fiscal fourth quarter of 1999 increased by
approximately 9.6% from the corresponding period last year, when comparable
store sales increased by approximately 10.8% from the corresponding fiscal
quarter of 1997.
Fiscal 1999 net earnings totaled $131.2 million ($.91 per share),
exceeding fiscal 1998 net earnings of $97.3 million ($.68 per share) by
approximately 34.8%. Fiscal 1999 was the 8th consecutive year of record
earnings since the Company's 1992 IPO. Over the eight year period ended
February 26, 2000, net earnings has grown by an average annual rate of
approximately 34.9%. Net sales for fiscal 1999 were $1,878.0 million, an
increase of approximately 34.4% from a year ago. Comparable store sales for
fiscal 1999 increased by approximately 9.2% from the prior year, when
comparable store sales increased by approximately 7.6% from fiscal 1997.
At the end of fiscal 1999, Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. operated 241 stores in
38 states, including 55 new superstores opened during the year. In addition,
four stores were expanded during the year. States entered for the first time
during fiscal 1999 were Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana and Nevada. Total store
space grew to approximately 9,815,000 square feet, an increase of
approximately 2,127,000 square feet (27.7%) over total store space of
approximately 7,688,000 square feet occupied by 186 stores in 34 states
operating at the end of fiscal 1998. During the fiscal fourth quarter of 1999,
four new superstores were opened.
Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. plans to open approximately 60 new superstores in
both new and existing markets during fiscal 2000. Thus far in March, new
superstores have opened in Providence, RI, representing our first store in
this state, and in Montgomeryville, PA.

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. is a nationwide chain of superstores selling better
quality domestics merchandise and home furnishings. Its stock is traded on
NASDAQ under the symbol "BBBY" and is included in the Standard & Poor's 500
Index and the NASDAQ-100 Index. The Company has been assigned an investment
grade credit rating by Standard & Poor's.
This press release may contain forward-looking statements. Important
factors which may affect these statements are contained in the Company's
Annual Report to Shareholders for the fiscal year ended February 27, 1999 and
may be contained in any subsequent reports filed by the Company with the
Securities and Exchange Commission.


BED BATH & BEYOND INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)

February 26, February 27,
2000 1999
Assets

Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $144,031 $90,396
Merchandise inventories 470,433 360,337
Prepaid expenses and other
current assets 32,904 22,529

Total current assets 647,368 473,262

Property and equipment, net 208,911 150,438
Other assets 9,521 9,448

$865,800 $633,148

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $145,114 $99,370
Accrued expenses and other
current liabilities 108,079 89,725
Income taxes payable 33,590 16,610

Total current
liabilities 286,783 205,705

Deferred rent 19,972 16,356

Total liabilities 306,755 222,061

Total shareholders' equity 559,045 411,087

$865,800 $633,148

BED BATH & BEYOND INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Earnings
(in thousands, except share and per share data)

Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended

February 26, February 27, February 26, February 27,
2000 1999 2000 1999

Net sales $574,551 $419,249 $1,877,966 $1,397,197

Cost of sales, including buying,
Occupancy and indirect
costs 336,263 243,719 1,111,110 821,072

Gross profit 238,288 175,530 766,856 576,125

Selling, general and
administrative
expenses 161,150 120,136 557,516 418,073

Operating profit 77,138 55,394 209,340 158,052

Interest Income 2,194 1,368 5,790 3,517

Earnings before provision
for income
taxes 79,332 56,762 215,130 161,569

Provision for income
taxes 30,940 22,562 83,901 64,223

Net earnings $48,392 $34,200 $131,229 $97,346

Net earnings per
share - Basic $0.34 $0.25 $0.94 $0.70
Net earnings per
share - Diluted $0.34 $0.24 $0.91 $0.68

Weighted average shares
outstanding
- Basic 140,375,147 139,336,228 139,965,010 138,842,151
Weighted average shares
outstanding
- Diluted 144,090,628 144,177,763 144,116,776 143,235,599

BED BATH & BEYOND INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)

Twelve Months Ended

February 26, February 27,
2000 1999

Cash Flows from Operating Activities:

Net Earnings $131,229 $97,346
Adjustments to reconcile
net earnings to net cash
provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and
amortization 31,625 23,217
Tax benefit from exercise
of stock options 8,932 11,546
Deferred income taxes (8,197) (5,166)
(Increase) decrease in assets:
Merchandise
inventories (110,096) (89,980)
Prepaid expenses and
other current assets (2,347) (2,223)
Other assets 96 (1,276)
Increase in liabilities:
Accounts payable 45,744 34,652
Accrued expenses and other
current liabilities 18,354 16,115
Income taxes payable 16,980 4,595
Deferred rent 3,616 3,766

Net cash provided by
operating activities 135,936 92,592


Cash Flows from Investing Activities:

Capital expenditures (90,098) (62,274)

Net cash used in investing
activities (90,098) (62,274)

Cash Flows from Financing Activities:

Proceeds from exercise of
stock options 7,797 6,798

Net cash provided by financing
activities 7,797 6,798

Net increase in cash and cash
equivalents 53,635 37,116

Cash and cash equivalents:

Beginning of period 90,396 53,280
End of period $144,031 $90,396


SOURCE Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.

-0- 03/29/2000

/CONTACT: Investors - Ronald Curwin, Chief Financial Officer and

Treasurer, 908-688-0888, Ext. 4550, Kenneth C. Frankel, Director of Financial

Planning, 908-688-0888, Ext. 4554, or Paula J. Marbach, Investor Relations,

908-688-0888, Ext. 4552, or fax, 908-810-8813, all of Bed Bath & Beyond Inc/

Web Site: /http://www.bedbath.com/

(BBBY)



CO: Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.

ST: New Jersey

IN: REA HOU

SU: ERN







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Serengeti Eyewear, Inc. Announces Earnings Improvement in 1999

Posted Thursday, September 21, 2000 - 10:04 by BeautyCare.com
Serengeti Eyewear, Inc. Announces Earnings Improvement in 1999

SARASOTA, Fla., March 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Serengeti Eyewear, Inc.
(OTC Bulletin Board: SOLR) today reported net income of $1,557,650 or $0.65
per common share, prior to adjustment for the payment of stock dividends upon
its preferred stock of $1,564,000 for the year ended December 31, 1999. After
giving effect to such adjustment, net loss applicable to common stock was
$6,530 or $0.00 per common share.
For the year ended December 31, 1998, the Company reported a net loss of
$5,289,033 or $2.22 per common share, prior to adjustment for the payment of
stock dividends of $1,476,000. After giving effect to this adjustment, net
loss applicable to common stock was $6,765,033 or $2.84 per common share.
Net sales for the year ended December 31, 1999, declined to $38,429,533
from $43,323,222 or 11.3% but gross profit increased to $17,150,747 from
$13,395,372 in 1998 or 28%. As a percentage of sales, gross profit improved
to 44.6% from 30.9%.
Total operating expenses were $14,056,855 or 36.6% of net sales in 1999
compared to $16,900,166 or 39.0% of sales in 1998.
Interest expense declined in 1999 to $1,523,596 from $1,889,446.
Stephen "Rusty" Nevitt, President and CEO of Serengeti, said, "We are
pleased with the Company's improved performance in 1999. The strategies that
we set out in the beginning of the year have produced the positive results we
wanted for our shareholders. We defined the channels of distribution that
best fit the Serengeti customer, developed product and pricing to complement
those channels, organized our sales management to focus on those channels,
controlled our expenses and refinanced the credit facility. The earnings
improvement indicates our strategy is working. It is our expectation to
continue these strategies during Fiscal 2000."
Serengeti Eyewear, Inc. designs, manufacturers through outside sources and
distributes sunglasses targeted at the premium, general purpose and active
lifestyle segments of the sunglass market. The Company also markets a
diversified line of quality sunglasses at popular prices.
Serengeti Eyewear, Inc. maintains its principal offices at 8125 25th Court
East, Sarasota, Florida 34243. The telephone number is (941) 359-3599.

Statements made herein are forward-looking in nature and are made pursuant
to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainties,
including, but not limited to, the impact of competitive products and pricing,
product demand and market acceptance risks or capacity and supply constraints
or difficulties. Further information regarding these and other risks is
described from time to time in the Company's filings with the SEC.

Serengeti Eyewear, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
For the years ended December 31,
(Audited)

1999 1998

Net sales 38,429,533 43,323,222

Gross profit 17,150,747 13,395,372

Total operating
expenses 14,056,855 16,900,166

Income (loss)
from operations 3,093,892 (3,504,794)

Other income (expense) (1,536,242) (1,784,239)

Net income (loss) 1,557,650 (5,289,033)

Preferred stock
dividends 1,564,000 1,476,000

Net loss applicable
to common stock (6,350) (6,765,033)

Basic loss per
common share $0.00 ($2.84)

Weighted average
common shares
outstanding 2,384,000 2,384,000



SOURCE Serengeti Eyewear, Inc.

-0- 03/29/2000

/CONTACT: Stephen Nevitt, President, Serengeti Eyewear, Inc.,

941-359-3599, ext. 267/

Company News On Call: / http://www.prnewswire.com/comp/117140.html or fax,

800-758-5804, ext. 117140/

(SOLR)



CO: Serengeti Eyewear, Inc.

ST: Florida

IN: HOU

SU: ERN





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looks.com Launches Japanese Site

Posted Thursday, September 21, 2000 - 9:58 by BeautyCare.com
looks.com Launches Japanese Site

Leading On-Line Fashion and Beauty Boutique Expands Consumer Access
To Asia's Largest Cosmetics Market

HONG KONG, March 27 /PRNewswire/ -- looks.com, Asia's leading fashion and
beauty destination on the web, has rolled out a Japanese version of its
retail, information and entertainment site, six months ahead of schedule.
The new site is accessed via the http://www.looks.com portal, which also
hosts the Traditional Chinese and English versions rolled out in December
1999. Korean will be added in Q2 2000.
Japan has 18-20 million Internet users, 30% of whom are women. According
to research by Warburg Dillon Read, Japan is also the largest cosmetics,
makeup, skincare and fragrance market in Asia, accounting for 54% of retail
sales in Asia. looks.com is in the process of setting up a Japanese joint
venture for customer service and operations support.
"The Japanese consumer response to our English language site has been very
positive, and far exceeded our expectations, so we accelerated our plans for a
Japanese language site t meet the demand," said Ian Smith, Managing Director
of looks.com. "We already have great content, a strong portfolio of
international brands, and rapid delivery. Making the site available in our
customer's native language is just the beginning. We are continuously adding
ways to make every visit personal and entertaining."

looks.com recently expanded the editorial content on the site to include
career and health-related features, as well as news on global beauty, fashion
and make-up trends, and entertainment. Looks.com now also features
custom-designed "sites within the site" produced in conjunction with each
brand (just like cosmetics counters at departments stores) that give the user
the full picture about each brand's philosophy and products.
looks.com has rapidly built an innovative portfolio of well-known
international beauty brands, such as Benetton, Crabtree & Evelyn, Kenzo,
L'Occitane, Sonia Rykiel, Urban Decay, and Versace. The site also features
boutique brands that are not widely available in Asia, such as Joey New York
and Too Faced Cosmetics, and specialty skin care items such as Cali from
Italy, and Ahava from Israel. Fashion accessories including pashmina shawls
have also been added to the site.

About looks.com
Launched in December 1999, looks.com is the first e-commerce site in the
Asia-Pacific to offer a unique assortment of international beauty brands,
including brand names previously unavailable to Asian consumers, as well as
timely information on beauty, make-up, fashion trends, health-related issues
and entertainment.

For more information contact:
Jacqueline Ng, Marketing & Communications Manager
looks.com Limited
tel: 852-2891-1700 / Email: jacqueline@looks.com

Please visit our website at http://www.looks.com


SOURCE Looks.com

-0- 03/27/2000

/CONTACT: Jacqueline Ng, Marketing & Communications Manager of looks.com

Limited, +852-2891-1700, or jacqueline@looks.com/

Web Site: /http://www.looks.com/



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Candies.com Announces Advertising Sales Alliance with Alloy Online

Posted Thursday, September 21, 2000 - 9:57 by BeautyCare.com
Candies.com Announces Advertising Sales Alliance with Alloy Online

Alloy and Candie's Form Strategic Alliance to Sell Advertising and Marketing
Sponsorships for Candies.com

NEW YORK, March 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Candies.com, a teen community site
operated by Candie's, Inc., has announced it has entered into an agreement
with leading teen site Alloy Online (Nasdaq: ALOY) for the sale of advertising
and marketing sponsorships on Candies.com. Under the terms of the agreement,
Alloy will act as the Company's strategic partner for the sale and placement
of banner and button advertising as well as integrated marketing sponsorships.
"This represents another important step in expanding the scope of our site
from one that is a community for young girls to one that generates revenue
from advertising and product sales," said David Conn, Vice President of
Marketing, Candie's, Inc. "It is very exciting to partner with Alloy as they
are one of the leading teen sites on the web and have a sales force that
understands our market and have the relationships needed to maximize our
advertising sales efforts."
According to Samantha Skey, Vice President of E-commerce & Sponsorships
for Alloy, "Candie's is an established and dominant Gen Y brand. They have
been aggressively building their website with exciting content and have
developed a very targeted community of teen girls. The Candie's assets work
well with our own, as we both combine community and commerce to drive
merchandise sales and to serve advertisers. The alliance extends both
companies' reach and increases options for advertisers. "

About http://www.candies.com
Candies.com is a teen community site operated by Candie's, Inc. Launched
in October 1999, Candies.com's goal is to become a leading site for the
Gen. Y consumer. In order to meet their goal and maximize revenue, the
Company has announced strategic advertising and content deals with
RollingStone.com and MTVi as well as several on-line promotional partnerships
including a recent deal with leading Internet portal Yahoo! The Company also
recently announced a collaboration with leading Gen Y retailer, Journeys, to
launch a co-branded footwear e-store to anchor candies.com.

About Candie's Inc.
Candie's Inc., (Nasdaq: CAND), is a leading designer and marketer of
footwear, apparel and accessories to Gen. Y. The Company distributes its
products through better department and specialty stores nationwide as well as
a growing number of international markets. Candie's Inc. also owns and
markets footwear, accessories and apparel under the Bongo trademark.
The Candies brand is licensed to Liz Claiborne for the manufacture, sale and
distribution of fragrances and cosmetics. For investor information please
visits the corporate website at http://www.candiesinc.com.

About Alloy Online
Alloy Online is a leading Web site and direct marketer providing
community, content, commerce, and entertainment to Generation Y, one of the
fastest growing segments of the Internet population. Alloy's convergent media
model -- which combines its Web site, http://www.alloy.com, its Alloy Online
e-zine and its catalog -- has a total reach of more than 10 million
individuals per month.
Together, these components offer a unique blend of services through which
teens can interact, share information and explore compelling and relevant
content and shop for apparel, accessories, footwear, music, cosmetics and
magazine subscriptions. For further information regarding Alloy Online, please
visit the company's web site http://www.alloy.com and click on 'Investor Info'
or call the investor information line at 877-ALLOY-IR.

Safe harbor statement under the private securities litigation reform act
of 1995. The statements which are not historical facts contained in this
press release are forward-looking statements that involve a number of known
and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors all of which are difficult
or impossible to predict and many of which are beyond the control of the
Company, which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of
the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or
achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such
factors include, but are not limited to, uncertainty regarding continued
market acceptance of current products and the ability to successfully develop
and market new products particularly in light of rapidly changing fashion
trends, the impact of supply and manufacturing constraints or difficulties
relating to the Company's dependence on foreign manufacturers, uncertainties
relating to customer plans and commitments, competition, uncertainties
relating to economic conditions in the markets in which the Company operates,
the ability to hire and retain key personnel, the ability to obtain capital if
required, the risks of litigation, the risks of uncertainty of trademark
protection, Year 2000 compliance, the uncertainty of marketing and licensing
the trademarks acquired during fiscal 1999 and other risks detailed and in the
Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, and uncertainty
associated with the impact on the Company in relation to recent events
discussed in the Company's Form 10-K for fiscal 1999. The words "believe,"
"expect," "anticipate," "seek" and similar expressions identify
forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance
on these forward looking statements, which speak only as of the date the
statement, was made.


SOURCE Candies.com

-0- 03/27/2000

/CONTACT: Maria Dolgetta of Candie's Inc., 212-730-0030,

Mdolgetta@candiesinc.com/

Web Site: /http://www.candies.com

http://www.alloy.com/

(CAND ALOY)



CO: Candies.com; Alloy Online

ST: New York

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eCoupons click with savingumoney.com consumers and retailers

Posted Thursday, September 21, 2000 - 9:53 by BeautyCare.com
eCoupons click with savingumoney.com consumers and retailers

savingumoney.com now hosts over 10,000 eCoupons

DENVER, March 27 /CNW-PRN/ - SUMmedia.com Inc. (NASD OTC BB - ISUM), an
Internet media and marketing company that provides eBusiness opportunities for
small business through its eCoupon portal, http://www.savingumoney.com, today
announced that it has surpassed 10,000 eCoupons on the savingumoney.com site.
``The eCoupon wave is gaining momentum,'' said Al Szajman, vice
president, marketing. ``Saving money is a universal concept and
savingumoney.com enables consumers to find coupons online for just about
anything from special discounts at beauty salons to attractive deals on
muffler and brake repairs. SUMmedia.com plans to aggressively grow its base of
coupon offerings, with a goal of hosting more than 100,000 savingumoney.com
eCoupons by the end of the year in alliance with its offices worldwide.''
Consumer awareness and response to savingumoney.com's Web site has
increased dramatically over the past two months, since the company's TV ads
started airing. Coupon printing has grown by more than 50 per cent during this
period.
``We attribute this increased response in part to the effectiveness of
our recent TV advertising campaign for savingumoney.com,'' said Szajman. ``We
will leverage our experience in North America as we plan the ad campaigns for
savingumoney.com in Australia and Hong Kong that are launching in April. We
expect to see significant increases in traffic to the site in the months
ahead.''
Since savingumoney.com went live nine months ago, the coupon base has
grown to more than 10,000 current eCoupons with close to 4,500 active
retailers and approximately 90,000 coupons have been printed. The site now
averages over 830,000 page impressions per month.

Coupon Redemption Made Simple
Connecting the virtual world and the real world, savingumoney.com coupons
are designed to drive traffic into a business's bricks and mortar location.
Unlike most coupon sites, savingumoney.com coupons do not require consumers to
give away personal information in order to sign up to receive coupons. To
redeem a coupon, consumers follow three easy electronic steps: find and select
the coupon; clip it; and print it. Consumers can then take the printed coupon
to the retail or service location for redemption.

About SUMmedia.com Inc.
Founded in March 1999, SUMmedia.com (NASD OTC BB: ISUM) is an Internet
media and marketing company that provides online coupons as eCommerce
opportunities for small business through its eCoupon portal, savingumoney.com.
SUMmedia.com's products and services enable the millions of smaller companies
without Web expertise to easily and inexpensively increase their sales by
using the eCouponing phenomenon to target and entice shoppers. SUMmedia.com
and its offices worldwide have more than 160 employees and cumulatively host
more than 10,000 coupons available for redemption in major centers across
Canada, as well as the United States, Hong Kong and Australia.

Consumers can start saving now at http://www.savingumoney.com.

For more corporate information, visit the company's Web site at
http://www.SUMmedia.com.

Safe Harbor statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
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Exchange Act of 1934. Any statements that express or involve discussions with
respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives,
goals, assumptions or future events or performance are not statements of
historical fact may be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements
are based on expectations, estimates and projections at the time the
statements are made that involve a number of risks and uncertainties which
could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those presently
anticipated.


SOURCE SUMmedia.com Inc.

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/CONTACT: Company Contact, Al Szajman, Vice President, Marketing

877-605-0901, al@summedia.com; Investor Contact, Lillian Armstrong/David

Barnard, CFA, Lippert/Heilshorn and Associates 415-433-3777,

lillian@lhai-sf.com or david@lhai-sf.com/

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BeautyUniverse Announces First B2B Metamediary

Posted Wednesday, September 20, 2000 - 11:45 by BeautyCare.com
BeautyUniverse Announces First B2B Metamediary

For the Beauty and Personal Care Market

Buyers and Sellers Come Together in a Central Marketplace that Lowers Costs
And Increases Revenues While Providing Total Procurement Management, Financial
Settlement, Fulfillment and Quality Assurance Services

Bear Stearns Predicts Metamediaries Responsible for $438 Billion
In Transactions in 2003

SAN FRANCISCO, March 27 /PRNewswire/ -- BeautyUniverse today announced
that it has created the first business-to-business vertical marketplace for
the beauty and personal care industry. BeautyUniverse enables all companies --
retailers, salons, spas, manufacturers, designers, formulators, and raw
materials, components and packaging suppliers -- to engage in selling,
sourcing, ordering, fulfillment and replenishment via BeautyUniverse's secure,
Internet exchange.
"Being first mover in the beauty and personal care industry gives us
significant advantage over any competitor that might enter this market.
BeautyUniverse will be the marketplace of choice for B2B transactions in this
industry," said Panch Prasad, Chairman of BeautyUniverse. "We have the
funding, management team, technology, and customer and partner relationships
in place to execute on our vision. We fully expect to deliver the same value
and range of services to our members as Chemdex, Freemarkets and eSteel have
in their respective industries."
BeautyUniverse provides buyers and sellers with a wide range of buying and
selling formats -- Multi-Vendor Catalogs, Auctions, Reverse Auctions and
Exchanges. BeautyUniverse eliminates inefficient business processes among
supply chain participants by providing current pricing, product detail and
comparison, inventory availability, delivery date and status information.
BeautyUniverse provides complete local and international financial settlement
and fulfillment services.
BeautyUniverse's members can create Virtual Showrooms so that buyers can
do in-depth product analysis. Price lists are either open or closed based upon
the preferences and negotiated relationships between individual buyers and
sellers. Members can rate products based upon real-world experience. Virtual
Offices facilitate negotiations while orders may be confirmed via email, chat
or Internet telephony (VoIP). BeautyUniverse provides a mechanism for any
member to develop its own private label brands in a Virtual Design Studio,
collaborating with designers, formulators, manufacturers and component
suppliers.

About BeautyUniverse
BeautyUniverse is a pioneer in the business-to-business e-commerce
economy. BeautyUniverse has transformed the supply chain by allowing
suppliers, buyers, manufacturers and enterprises to enhance productivity,
streamline business processes and reduce costs. BeautyUniverse generates
revenue opportunities by bringing together every beauty and personal care
company on the planet. For more information, please visit us at
http://www.beautyuniverse.com or call 415-541-9811.


SOURCE BeautyUniverse

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/CONTACT: Hendrix Bodden of BeautyUniverse, 415-999-6354/

Web Site: /http://www.beautyuniverse.com/



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min magazine Names Top Magazines for 2000

Posted Wednesday, September 20, 2000 - 11:35 by BeautyCare.com
min magazine Names Top Magazines for 2000

POTOMAC, Md., March 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The magazines named by min magazine
(http://www.minonline.com) as this year's most successful publications cover topics
ranging from the Internet economy to sports and fitness, bridge design and
construction and fly fishing.
The 2000 Spring issue of min magazine, a semiannual publication of min
(Media Industry Newsletter) and Phillips Business Information, Inc. (PBI),
honored 10 consumer and business-to-business titles in six categories: for
Editorial Excellence, Sports Illustrated and Builder; for Best Marketing,
Yahoo! Internet Life and Sales & Marketing Management; in the Most-Improved
category, Women's Sports & Fitness and Roads & Bridges; for Best-Looking,
Cigar Aficionado and CIO; and for Best Web Play, Fly Fisherman and The
Industry Standard.
min magazine's editors also identified several magazines that appear to
have promising futures. Included in the Magazines to Watch category are Talk,
George, YM, Brill's Content, Silicon Alley Reporter, Electronic Media and PC
Computing.
"Our selections for overall editorial excellence are titles that continue
to add strength to already formidable editorial packages and consistently show
growth in circulation and advertising," says Matthew Schwartz, editor of min
magazine. "We also favored magazines that refuse to be pigeonholed with any
audience, such as Yahoo! Internet Life, which is orchestrating its marketing
efforts through music and film."
The current issue also looks at the ways computer and video-game magazines
capturing advertisers' and readers' attention, examines the growing number of
publishers placing more stock in women's financial issues and explores the
relationship between magazine publishing and the Internet.
min magazine's Fall 2000 issue will name the top "players" at advertising
agencies, publishing companies and corporate marketing departments.
A sister publication of min, min's New Media Report, min's b-to-b and PR
NEWS, min magazine focuses solely on magazines and the marketers who use them.
Its goal is to celebrate the special qualities of magazines and bring together
the community of publishers, advertising agencies and corporate marketers.
For a copy of the Top Magazines issue, call min magazine's Client Services
Department at 301-340-7788, ext. 5410, or send e-mail to
clientservices.pbi@phillips.com.

Phillips Business Information, Inc. (http://www.phillips.com/pbi), a subsidiary
of Phillips International, Inc., provides a broad range of business
information resources for executives in specialized industries including
telecommunications, media, aviation, aerospace, satellite and energy.
Phillips International, Inc., a $300 million corporation headquartered in
Potomac, Md., offers a wide variety of quality products and services for both
consumer and business-to-business markets. Phillips is one of the leading
publishers in America, with a fast-growing Internet business.


SOURCE min magazine

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/CONTACT: Anne Coffey, 301-340-7788, ext. 4190 or acoffey@phillips.com, or

Jennifer Myers, ext. 6120 or jmyers@phillips.com, both for min magazine/

Web Site: /http://www.phillips.com/pbi

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Aquasearch Announces Launch of The AstaFactor(TM)

Posted Wednesday, September 20, 2000 - 10:47 by BeautyCare.com
Aquasearch Announces Launch of The AstaFactor(TM)

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Aquasearch, Inc.
(OTC Bulletin Board: AQSE) announced today the launch of The AstaFactor(TM),
its astaxanthin-rich dietary supplement, or "nutraceutical." Astaxanthin is a
powerful anti-oxidant, up to 100-550 times more powerful than Vitamin E in
certain tests.

Astaxanthin has also demonstrated efficacy in either animal or in vitro
(test tube) models of several major human diseases, including:

-- Macular Degeneration
-- Cancer
-- Alzheimer's dementia
-- Ulcers
-- Cholesterol Disease

"We are very pleased to announce the launch of our first human health
product," said Mark E. Huntley, Ph.D., and CEO of Aquasearch, Inc. "Our entry
into this large and fast growing market is a major milestone for us. We
produce, we believe, the highest quality astaxanthin in the marketplace -- and
the only one directly tested for safety."
"The AstaFactor(TM) has the potential to be a very significant product in
the human dietary supplement or 'nutraceutical' industry," added John
Westerdahl, MPH, RD, former Senior Nutritionist at Shaklee Corporation and
currently Director of Health Promotion and Nutritional Services at Castle
Medical Center in Kailua, Hawaii. "The scientific route which Aquasearch
followed during its development, including human safety trials, is a
responsible and credible approach that will be followed by others in the
future." Mr. Westerdahl is a member of Aquasearch's Scientific Advisory
Board.
"We plan a number of clinical trials in humans that will further support
The AstaFactor(TM), said Samuel Lockwood, M.D., M.S., newly appointed Director
of Medical Affairs at Aquasearch (see accompanying press release). "We will
be exploring new applications we unexpectedly uncovered in our safety trial.
We will also expand upon the uses outlined in the scientific literature.
These trials will be timely, focused, and cost-effective."

Product Description: The AstaFactor(TM) will be available in softgels and
consists of Hawaii-grown Haematococcus microalgae blended with natural rice
bran oil. Each softgel will contain 2.5 mg. of astaxanthin and will be sold
in bottles of 60 softgels. The recommended dose, or daily serving, is two
softgels per day (5.0 mg).

Availability: The AstaFactor(TM) should be available within the next two
to three weeks, subject to completion of encapsulation and bottling by
companies under contract to Aquasearch.

Marketing and Pricing: The AstaFactor(TM) will be available through our
special website at http://www.astafactor.com, by link from the Aquasearch corporate
website at http://www.aquasearch.com, or by toll-free number at 1-800-480-6515.
Orders will be taken beginning March 30, 2000 through the toll-free number,
followed one week later by on-line ordering.

Additional Information: Aquasearch scientists and medical staff have also
constructed an informational website, http://www.astaxanthin.org, that is dedicated
to providing all publicly available scientific information about astaxanthin.
All companies, universities, and other scientists may contribute appropriate
literature to the site. This site should be operational by mid-April.

Aquasearch Inc. is a marine biotechnology company that develops and
commercializes high value natural products from microalgae, using its
proprietary, computer controlled photobioreactor technology known as the
"Aquasearch Growth Module." Microalgae are a diverse group of
30,000 microscopic plants that produce many unique bioactive compounds. These
products have existing and potential commercial applications in such fields as
nutraceuticals, natural colorings, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics. Please
visit our website at http://www.aquasearch.com for additional information.

"Safe-Harbor" Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995
This press release contains forward-looking information within the meaning
of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements
regarding any potential sales of products as well as statements that include
the words "believes," "expects," "anticipates," or similar expressions. Such
forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and
other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements
of Aquasearch to differ materially from those implied or expressed by such
forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others, the risk
factors included in Aquasearch's Annual Report on Form 10-KSB for the fiscal
year ended October 31, 1999 and any subsequent reports filed with the
Securities and Exchange Commission under the Exchange Act. This press release
speaks as of the date first set forth above and Aquasearch assumes no
responsibility to update the information included herein for events occurring
after the date hereof.


SOURCE Aquasearch, Inc.

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/CONTACT: David G. Watumull, EVP of Aquasearch, Inc., 808-988-6580,

watumull@lava.net/

Web Site: /http://www.astafactor.com/

Web Site: /http://www.astaxanthin.org/

Web Site: /http://www.aquasearch.com/

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Candide and Lifetime Online Launch Beauty Web Site

Posted Wednesday, September 20, 2000 - 10:33 by BeautyCare.com
Candide and Lifetime Online Launch Beauty Web Site

NEW YORK, March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Candide Media Works, Inc., an online
documentary studio, has launched a digital companion to Lifetime Television's
"The Changing Face of Beauty," a documentary hosted by critically acclaimed
actress Sela Ward (star of ABC's "Once & Again".) The provocative and
revealing one-hour special produced by award-winning filmmakers Liz Garbus
("The Farm") and Rory Kennedy ("American Hollow"), examines real women's
ironic, indignant and often poignant attitudes toward this country's pervasive
beauty culture. Women of all ages and careers explain how they have been
affected by this phenomenon, and how they have been able to break free from
its constraints and redefine "beauty" to suit their purposes.
In addition to containing extensive video from the program, the site
delves deeper into many of the key issues addressed in the show: media
manipulation of images, eating disorders, the benefits and risks of plastic
surgery and the role appearance plays in women's careers. Fashion editors
from Self magazine give a behind the scenes look at how they create a cover.
A recovered anorexic shares her diary from when she was struggling with the
disease. A plasic surgeon reveals the five things every woman should know
before undergoing surgery. A historical gallery chronicles the various
tortures women have inflicted upon themselves in the name of beauty. Finally,
on the site's virtual roundtable, a diverse panel of women address standards
of beauty in our culture and what impact these beauty notions have on the
lives of women.

http://www.lifetimetv.com/shows/specials/changingface/index.html

About Candide Media Works, Inc.
Candide Media Works, Inc. (http://www.candidemedia.com) is a Silicon Alley
start-up specializing in online documentaries and digital field production.
Candide has produced documentary Web sites, as well as event coverage, for
such clients as Discovery Channel Online, HBO, PBS and Quokka Sports. With
combined experience in broadcast and print journalism, music, film and
software development, Candide has developed unique story-telling techniques
for the evolving online medium.


SOURCE Candide Media Works, Inc.

-0- 03/23/2000

/CONTACT: Robert S. Thomas of Candide Media Works, Inc., 212-647-0400,

ext. 10, robert@candidemedia.com/

Web Site: /http://www.candidemedia.com/



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PlanetRx.com Lifts Curtain on New Allergies eCenter

Posted Wednesday, September 20, 2000 - 10:06 by BeautyCare.com
PlanetRx.com Lifts Curtain on New Allergies eCenter

Site Offers 'One-Stop' Source for Treatment Information, Expert Advice,
Specialist Directory, Pollen Forecasts, Prescriptions, and More

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- PlanetRx.com, Inc.
(Nasdaq: PLRX) (http://www.PlanetRx.com), a leading Internet healthcare
destination for commerce, content, and community, today announced the launch
of a new Allergies eCenter that provides consumers with the latest
allergy-treatment information, a directory of specialists, the gazoontite
breathing forecast, an allergy quiz, and allergy prescription fulfillment.
Sponsored by Aventis Pharmaceuticals -- the company created by the merger of
Hoescht Marion Roussel and Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, and the manufacturer of the
allergy medication Allegra(R) (fexofenadine HCl) -- and developed by
PlanetRx.com, the new Allergies eCenter offers an array of interactive tools
and content geared to the 40 million American allergy sufferers. Scheduled to
launch on Friday, March 24, the Allergies eCenter can be accessed through the
PlanetRx.com home page or at http://www.PlanetRx.com/ecenter/allergy.html.
"We are excited to partner with an international leader in allergy care to
introduce the new Allergies eCenter," said William J. Razzouk, chairman and
CEO of PlanetRx.com. "The Allergies eCenter fuses the brand experience of
Aventis Pharmaceuticals with PlanetRx.com's expertise in delivering products,
information, and personalized services over the Internet -- from education and
awareness to treatment options and prescription fulfillment -- in a single,
easy-to-navigate location."
gazoontite.com, a multichannel e-tailer, is also featured in the Allergies
eCenter as PlanetRx.com's exclusive partner for the sale, distribution, and
promotion of environmental-control products (anti-allergen bedding, air
purifiers, hypoallergenic cleaning products, and more) for better breathing.

Featured tools on the Allergies eCenter, which will be rolled out,
include:
-- "Find Your Specialist," a national directory of more than
4,000 allergy-care specialists that enables users to locate a local
physician by entering their zip code.
-- gazoontite breathing forecast, featuring a unique index that reports
overall air quality results in 200 U.S. cities. The gazoontite
forecast combines data on weather, pollution, and airborne allergen
levels such as pollen to allow consumers to better manage their
allergies in their hometowns or on the road.
-- Allergy awareness quiz developed by gazoontite.com that promotes
understanding and education about allergies. Examples of topics
include "What are different allergens?" "How to avoid exposure?" and
"What causes allergies?"
-- Whimsical "Bless You" feature, where users can learn to say "Bless You"
or send friends an electronic "Bless You" greeting in 10 languages.
-- "Inside Allergies," a colorful, easy-to-understand video that
illustrates an allergic reaction at the cellular level.
-- Expert column written by allergy specialist Dr. Leonard Bielory, M.D.,
author of Understanding Allergy, Sensitivity, and Immunity: A
Comprehensive Guide. Dr. Bielory has focused his asthma and allergy
research on the effect of city environments, pediatric treatment,
allergies associated with immune deficiencies, and allergies of the
eye. He is currently the director of several allergy-related divisions
of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, working on
multiple grants, including one from the National Institutes of Health.
-- "Answers from Our Pharmacists," highlighting allergy-specific questions
and answers from the popular "Ask the Pharmacist" feature on
PlanetRx.com.
-- Monthly electronic newsletter for allergy sufferers, which will be
available in the near future.

As part of its mission to provide members with the most comprehensive
interactive commerce, content, and community, the PlanetRx.com Community will
feature live chats with allergy specialists on a regular basis.

About PlanetRx.com
PlanetRx.com, Inc. (http://www.planetrx.com), a leading Internet
healthcare destination for commerce, content, and community, delivers a
convenient, personalized, and informed health and beauty shopping experience.
With products ranging from prescriptions to personal care items to the latest
medical information, PlanetRx.com gives consumers the ability to manage their
own healthcare in a convenient and secure environment. PlanetRx.com is one of
four online pharmacies to have received the Verified Internet Pharmacy
Practice Sites (VIPPS) seal of approval from The National Association of
Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). Headquartered in South San Francisco, Calif., the
company operates its own pharmacy and distribution center in Memphis, Tenn.,
to ensure the highest quality customer care.
Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995: The statements contained in this press release that are not purely
historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of
the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including statements
regarding PlanetRx.com's expectations, beliefs, intentions, or strategies
regarding the future. All forward-looking statements included in this
document are based upon information available to PlanetRx.com as of the date
hereof, and PlanetRx.com assumes no obligation to update any such
forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and
uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from
those projected. These and other risks relating to PlanetRx.com's business
are set forth in PlanetRx.com's Form S-1, as amended and filed with the
Securities and Exchange Commission on July 8, 1999, and the other reports
filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Nothing
can or should be inferred about PlanetRx.com's future revenues or financial
results from the information contained in this press release. The
accompanying condensed consolidated statements of operations and balance
sheets are an integral part of this announcement.


SOURCE PlanetRx.com, Inc.

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/CONTACT: Kristen Spensieri of Chandler Chicco Agency, 212-229-8453,

PlanetRx.com, Inc./

Web Site: /http://www.planetrx.com/

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Fashionwindow.com Launches Auction Diva

Posted Wednesday, September 20, 2000 - 10:00 by BeautyCare.com
Fashionwindow.com Launches Auction Diva

Online Auctions for Leading Fashion, Beauty and Style Portal
Powered by Auction Rover

ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Fashionwindow.com,
(OTC Bulletin Board: PTNM) the online destination for fashion, style, beauty
news and commerce announced the launch of Auction Diva, part of a strategic
partnership with AuctionRover.com -- a leading one-stop, resource for online
auctions. The agreement establishes Auction Rover as the exclusive auction
search engine for FashionWindow.
The partnership with Auction Rover will allow FashionWindow users to
search the Internet auction sites to search, buy or sell coveted designer
merchandise and other fashion related items. AuctionRover provides a
comprehensive, categorized and searchable index of more than 80+ leading
online auction sites -- such as Yahoo!, Amazon.com, Microsoft, etc. --
including the first licensed search of auction giant eBay.
"We are very excited to launch Auction Diva with our newest partner,
Auction Rover," said Peter Klamka, President of PTN Media, the publisher of
FashionWindow.com. "Auction Rover is a leader in simultaneously searching and
indexing content from many of the Internet's leading auction services. Now,
in addition to visiting the shops at FashionWindow, our users have a whole new
avenue to seek out hard-to-find designer items."
"Auction Rover is extending its lead as the online auction resource with
partnerships like FashionWindow," said Scot Wingo, AuctionRover.com CEO and
co-founder. "This partnership with FashionWindow allows us to provide their
customers with value added auction services."
AuctionRover.com is a leading site for auction resources on the Web.
Auction Rover's proprietary technology gives buyers a simple tool to search
for products and services being auctioned on the Internet. Auction Rover
helps auction sellers address the problem of managing inventories, keeping
track of multiple auctions, and completing transactions. This powerful set of
tools assists sellers in posting, ad creation, and post sale management,
enabling them to more efficiently reach consumers across the Web and across
multiple auction sites.
The partnership with Auction Rover is the latest in a string of powerful
strategic alliance's FashionWindow signed to build online brand. In addition
to numerous online retailers, Fashionwindow.com also formed powerful
relationships with CNN, Lycos, Inktomi, IXL, Neiman Marcus, Adsmart,
Affinia.com and Hot Jobs.
Fashion Window's parent company, PTN Media's shareholders include: Claudia
Schiffer and American Nortel Communications.
This release contains forward looking information and therefore it
necessarily involves risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual
events to differ materially from these forward looking statements include but
are not limited to those risks detailed in the company's Securities and
Exchange Commission filings.


SOURCE Fashionwindow.com

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/CONTACT: Lisa Mortman of Rubenstein Associates, Inc., 212-843-8280,

lmortman@rubenstein.com, for Fashionwindow.com/

Web Site: /http://ptnmediainc.com/

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Canadian Competition Bureau Clears Way for Shorewood Packaging Acquisition

Posted Wednesday, September 20, 2000 - 9:55 by BeautyCare.com
Canadian Competition Bureau Clears Way for Shorewood Packaging Acquisition

PURCHASE, N.Y., March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- International Paper's (NYSE: IP)
announced acquisition of Shorewood Packaging (NYSE: SWD) is one step closer to
completion. The statutory waiting period prescribed by the Canadian
Competition Act expired on March 23, 2000 and the Canadian Competition Bureau
has advised International Paper that it does not intend to initiate
proceedings before the Competition Tribunal regarding the deal.
On March 10, the U.S. Department of Justice concluded its
Hart-Scott-Rodino review of the acquisition. International Paper launched a
tender offer on February 29 for all shares of Shorewood stock at $21 per
share, or approximately $600 million. Unless extended, the tender offer will
expire at midnight on March 27. International Paper would also assume
approximately $275 million in Shorewood debt. The Boards of Directors of both
companies have unanimously approved the transaction.
Shorewood Packaging Corporation is a leading value-added provider of high
quality printing and paperboard packaging for the computer software, cosmetics
and toiletries, food, home video, music, tobacco and general consumer markets
in North America and China, with 16 plants in the United States, Canada and
China.
International Paper (http://www.internationalpaper.com) is the world's
largest paper and forest products company. Businesses include printing papers,
packaging, building materials, chemical products and distribution. As the
largest private landowner in the U.S., the company manages its forests under
the principles of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI(SM)) program, a
system that ensures the perpetual growing and harvesting of trees while
protecting wildlife, plants, soil, air and water quality. Headquartered in
the United States at Purchase, N.Y., International Paper has operations in
nearly 50 countries, employs nearly 100,000 people and exports its products to
more than 130 nations.


SOURCE International Paper

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/CONTACT: Jack Cox of International Paper, 914-397-1952/

Web Site: /http://www.internationalpaper.com/

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IRS Weighs Allowing Deduction for Obesity Treatment

Posted Wednesday, September 20, 2000 - 9:48 by BeautyCare.com
IRS Weighs Allowing Deduction for Obesity Treatment

WASHINGTON, March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The Internal Revenue Service is
considering allowing taxpayers to deduct the cost of weight loss treatments, a
medical expense that along with cosmetic surgery, tattoos and health clubs is
currently not deductible, according to a statement released today by the
American Obesity Association (AOA).
In response to a petition last year from the AOA and 10 other
organizations, the IRS responded last October that reversing the revenue
ruling would require facts establishing either that obesity itself is a
disease, or that weight loss by an obese person prevents the onset of disease.
"The medical and scientific evidence that obesity is a major disease and
that losing weight prevents a host of other medical conditions is
overwhelming," says Morgan Downey, AOA's executive director. "We're confident
IRS will revoke the ruling."
Downey says weight loss treatments should fall into the same category of
allowable medical expenses like treatments for heart disease or stroke. He
wants the new ruling to allow deductions for the costs of comprehensive
obesity treatment, including surgery, pharmacology, behavioral counseling, and
programs for the specific purpose of weight maintenance and weight loss.
AOA's response to IRS' request for supporting documentation is contained
in a 58-page letter released March 20. The letter is available on AOA's web
site, http://www.obesity.org.
Some 55 percent of all U.S. adults are overweight or obese. Nearly 15
percent of American children and more than 10 percent of adolescents are
overweight, double the percentages since 1968. The health care costs for
treating diseases caused by obesity, such as diabetes and heart disease was
over $100 billion in 1999.
Founded in 1995, the AOA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to
promote research, prevention treatment and education on obesity. AOA
supporters include various national public and private organizations that
contribute their name to support its issues.


SOURCE American Obesity Association

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/CONTACT: Brian Ruberry, 301-948-1709, for the American Obesity

Association/

Web Site: /http://www.obesity.org/



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Chromatics Announces Operations Milestone Achievement, Loss of President and Expedited Executive Recruitment

Posted Wednesday, September 20, 2000 - 9:45 by BeautyCare.com
Chromatics Announces Operations Milestone Achievement, Loss of President and Expedited Executive Recruitment

NEW YORK, March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Chromatics Color Sciences
International, Inc. (Nasdaq: CCSI) announced today that it has now completed
the shipments of approximately 800 Colormate(R) TLc-BiliTest(R) Systems for
non-invasive monitoring of bilirubinemia in newborn infants, as initially
required under the Company's agreement with its distribution partner,
Datex-Ohmeda and its Ohmeda Medical Division.
The systems were mass-manufactured with additional features, including
modem capability to accommodate the transfer of TLc-BiliTest(R) monitoring
records between the hospital and the home health care provider or
pediatrician's office after discharge, facilitating distribution into these
markets.
The Company also announced that the Company's President, Arthur Guiry,
recently died at Lawrenceville Hospital in Westchester County, New York after
a short illness. Chromatics Chief Executive Officer Darby Macfarlane said,
"Our Company mourns the sudden loss of Mr. Guiry and we extend our deep
condolences to his family."
The Company further announced that an Executive Search Committee comprised
of outside directors and several large investors had been organized earlier
this month to bring new executives into CCSI. Mrs. Macfarlane stated, "The
Company has now successfully commenced operations and recently completed its
contractual mass-manufacturing and delivery requirements for its non-invasive
bilirubin monitoring system for newborns to its United States distributor.
Upon the successful achievement of this milestone, I requested an Executive
Search Committee be formed to further expedite the process for hiring
experienced executives essential to implementing both the short and long term
business plans for the Company, including arranging international distribution
of the Company's medical products, completing the hand-held, less expensive
LED device for commercial use, and commercializing other applications of the
Company's technology."
Chromatics Color Sciences is in the business of color science and has
developed technologies and intellectual properties in this field. The Company
has received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the
commercial use of its medical device for the non-invasive monitoring of
bilirubinemia in newborn infants by healthcare professionals in hospitals,
clinics, pediatrician offices and the home environment. The Company believes
its technologies and intellectual properties may also have medical
applications in the detection and monitoring of other chromogenic diseases
which the Company defines as those diagnosed or monitored by the coloration of
the human skin, tissue or fluid being affected. Additional medical
applications to the non-invasive monitoring of bilirubinemia in newborns will
require additional clinical trials and FDA clearances for commercial use.
The Company's technologies and intellectual properties also have other
applications including the scientific color measurement and classification of
human skin and certain color-sensitive consumer products, and in determining
the color compatibility of such skin and product color classification for use
in a variety of industries including the cosmetic, beauty-aid and fashion
industries.
Certain of the matters discussed in this announcement contain
forward-looking statements that involve material risks to and uncertainties in
the Company's business that may cause actual results to differ materially from
those anticipated by the statements made herein. Such risks and uncertainties
include, among other things, the availability of any needed financing, the
Company's ability to implement its long range business plan for various
applications for its technologies, the Company's ability to enter into
agreements with additional marketing and distribution partners, the impact of
competition, the obtaining and maintaining of any necessary regulatory
clearances applicable to applications of the Company's technology, management
of growth and other risks and uncertainties that may be detailed from time to
time in the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange
Commission, including those set forth in its annual report on Form 10-K for
the year ended December 31, 1998, and on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended
September 30, 1999.


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iVillage.com Joins Accompany's Get It Together Network(SM)

Posted Tuesday, September 19, 2000 - 18:32 by BeautyCare.com
iVillage.com Joins Accompany's Get It Together Network(SM)

Exclusive Partnership With Accompany Brings Group Buying Service to All
iVillage.com Properties

SAN FRANCISCO, March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Accompany, Inc.,
(http://www.accompany.com) a pioneer in group buying on the Web, announced
today that it has entered into an exclusive partnership with iVillage.com
(http://www.ivillage.com and AOL Keyword "iVillage"), the leading women's
online network. Accompany, the only group-buying network on iVillage.com, was
successfully integrated into the iVillage shopping experience earlier this
month.
Accompany pools consumer purchasing power across its network of Web
community partners (such as About.com, Deja.com and now iVillage.com) to
obtain volume pricing from its various supplier partners. Accompany invisibly
links online consumers into Buy-Cycles(SM) to purchase products ranging from
consumer electronics to sporting goods. Accompany is the engine behind
iVillage's privately-branded buying club, "iVillage's Group Buy."
"We are thrilled to welcome iVillage into Accompany's growing network of
top-tier partners," said Jim Rose, CEO and co-founder of Accompany, Inc.
"iVillage is the leading destination site for women and our partnership with
them will allow us to expand our reach amongst specialized Web communities."
"We're happy to offer our community an additional way to shop online,"
said Sujay Jhaveri, vice-president strategic development and sales operations
at iVillage. "By aggregating our iVillage members' product requirements to
form powerful women's buying groups, Accompany's Get It Together Network
enables us to provide our members with great deals on products specifically
geared towards them."
While iVillage is introducing its members to a new way of shopping online,
Accompany is expanding its audience reach into the women's demographic.
According to Jupiter Communications, women currently make up 48% of all
Internet users, and that number is growing steadily.

About Accompany Inc.
Founded in 1998, Accompany, Inc. created the Get It Together Network, the
Web's first group-buying network that aggregates demand for products and
services in real-time. Using its unique patent-pending Demand Coordination(SM)
technology to empower communities and suppliers with private-branded group
buying, the Get It Together Network pools buyers from across the Web into
real-time Buy-Cycles, in which prices drop as more people join. The Get It
Together Network revolutionizes dynamic trade by affording consumers and small
businesses alike the purchasing advantage traditionally reserved for large
organizations who buy in volume. Accompany, Inc. is headquartered in
San Francisco, with its development center in Toronto, Canada.

About iVillage.com: The Women's Network
iVillage.com: The Women's Network (http://www.ivillage.com and AOL
keyword: ivillage) is the leading women's network online providing practical
solutions and everyday support for women between the ages of 25 and 54.
iVillage.com is organized into branded communities that focus on issues of
most importance to women and provide interactive services, peer support and
online access to experts through 16 content channels and several shopping
areas. Content channels include Parent Soup, allHealth, MoneyLife, Career,
Work from Home, Relationships, Beauty, Election 2000, Diet & Fitness, Click!:
Where Computers Make Sense, Pets, Travel, ParentsPlace, Food, Book Club and
Astrology, and are complemented by stores such as iBaby and iMaternity and
Shopping Central. Established in 1995 and headquartered in New York City,
iVillage Inc. (Nasdaq: IVIL) is a new media company, recognized as an industry
leader in developing innovative sponsorship and commerce relationships that
match the desire of marketers to reach women with the needs of iVillage.com
members for relevant information and services.
NOTE: ACCOMPANY, GET IT TOGETHER NETWORK, DEMAND COORDINATION and
BUY-CYCLE are service marks of Accompany Inc. Other names mentioned may be
trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.


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/CONTACT: Brooke Hammerling of Accompany, Inc., 415-934-6615, or

bhammerling@accompany.com/

Web Site: /http://www.ivillage.com/

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National Poll shows 8 out of 10 Favor State-based Program

Posted Tuesday, September 19, 2000 - 18:31 by BeautyCare.com
National Poll shows 8 out of 10 Favor State-based Program

Like SenioRx Gold to Provide Rx Coverage to Needy Seniors;
SenioRx Gold Proposal Presented to Senate Finance Committee

ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 8 out of 10 Americans
surveyed favor using a state-based approach to meeting the prescription drug
needs of low income Medicare beneficiaries without prescription coverage,
according to a national poll conducted for the National Association of Chain
Drug Stores.
The poll's findings support the elements contained in a proposal presented
by Alan Levin, Acting Chairman of NACDS, in testimony Wednesday (March 22)
before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. Levin presented a proposal called
SenioRx Gold that would provide shared federal/state funding to support state-
based prescription assistance programs for needy seniors.
In the national poll conducted for NACDS by Wirthlin Worldwide, a
strategic opinion research and consulting organization, 83% of Americans favor
providing prescription drugs through a state-based approach for the neediest
seniors as a first step to Medicare reform.
When asked whether they agree or disagree that the federal government
should provide assistance to state governments so that state programs can
assist people with low incomes who are in need of prescription medications,
45% said they strongly agree and 38% said they agree.
"Pharmacists in community pharmacies across the country see the
consequences of seniors who cannot afford vital, life-sustaining prescription
drugs on a daily basis," Levin said at the Senate hearing. "Adopting our
SenioRx Gold approach will meet the needs of most seniors without prescription
drug coverage without impeding further progress toward meaningful Medicare
reform."
"SenioRx Gold is an interim or stopgap approach designed to sunset within
five years. Congress and other policy makers can provide immediate relief to
those most in need, while continuing to work to determine the best way to
reform the Medicare system, including the structure for a permanent
prescription drug benefit," Levin said.
SenioRx Gold would provide incentives to states to cover all 7.3 million
seniors without prescription drug coverage below 200 percent of poverty.
Those below 200 percent of poverty represent 61 percent of all Medicare
beneficiaries without prescription drug coverage.
The SenioRx Gold proposal builds upon the existing prescription drug
assistance programs already developed by 15 states. Many other state
legislatures are considering similar senior assistance programs.
Enactment of the SenioRx Gold plan would cost about $41 billion over five
years. About three-fourths, approximately $30 billion, would be paid by the
Federal government in the form of allotments to the states. States which
voluntarily establish programs would contribute approximately $11 billion in
matching funds.
NACDS, in conjunction with the American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA)
and the National Consumers League (NCL), are working together in a coalition
called SenioRx Now to unite pharmacists, other care givers, consumers and
seniors in advocating support for the SenioRx Gold plan.
The SenioRx Now Coalition has established a web site http://www.SenioRxNow.org
and will soon have operational a toll-free 800 number for the public to urge
Congress that it enact this year an interim program to address the
prescription needs of the most vulnerable seniors -- those below 200 percent
of the federal poverty standard.

Key Elements of the SenioRx Gold Proposal

* Provides states flexibility to build voluntarily upon existing
programs or form new state-based senior prescription drug assistance
programs
* Provides important medication therapy management to seniors, who as
a group take many more prescriptions than younger people. Included
would be disease management, case management, refill reminder
programs, all of which have been documented to improve the use of
medications by older Americans.
* Incorporates administrative efficiencies in program delivery.
* Provides better prescription coverage than other proposals because
SenioRx Gold is more comprehensive and requires no annual premium or
annual deductible.
* Would not "crowd out" current Medicare beneficiaries with existing
prescription drug coverage.
* Would not impede comprehensive Medicare reform, nor "break" the so-
called Medicare entitlement because it is structured to be a state
program and not part of the Medicare program.
* Provides assurance to those low income seniors that their
prescription drug coverage will continue, versus the potential of
losing drug coverage through market-based insurance approaches that
cannot respond to the demand or costs.

Founded in 1933 and based in Alexandria, Virginia, the National
Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) membership consists of 143 retail
chain community pharmacy companies. Collectively, chain community pharmacy
comprises the largest component of pharmacy practice with over 94,000
pharmacists. The chain community pharmacy industry is comprised of more than
19,000 traditional chain drug stores, 7,000 supermarket pharmacies and 5,000
mass merchant pharmacies. The NACDS membership base operates more than 31,000
retail community pharmacies with annual sales totaling over $160 billion
including prescription drugs, over-the-counter (OTC) medications and health
and beauty aids (HBA). Chain operated community retail pharmacies fill over
60% of 3 billion prescriptions dispensed annually in the United States.
Additionally, NACDS membership includes nearly 1,400 suppliers of goods and
services to chain community pharmacies. NACDS international membership has
grown to include 112 members from 26 foreign countries.


SOURCE National Association of Chain Drug Stores

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/NOTE TO EDITORS: Copies of the complete testimony by the SenioRx Now

Coalition are available at http://www.SenioRxNow.org, or from the NACDS website at

http://www.nacds.org by clicking on the SenioRx Gold icon/

/CONTACT: Phil Schneider of the National Association of Chain Drug

Stores, 703-549-3001 or pschneider@nacds.org/

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University of Pittsburgh Researchers Devise Simple Insulin Resistance Test To Predict Heart Disease in Type 1 Diabetics

Posted Tuesday, September 19, 2000 - 18:21 by BeautyCare.com
University of Pittsburgh Researchers Devise Simple Insulin Resistance Test To Predict Heart Disease in Type 1 Diabetics

PITTSBURGH, March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- A simple series of questions and
measurements to determine insulin sensitivity could help save the lives of
many people with type 1 diabetes by identifying those who are at an increased
risk of heart disease. The new test is described by researchers from the
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and the School of
Medicine in a paper published in the April issue of Diabetes, a journal of the
American Diabetes Association.
Dubbed the Insulin Resistance Syndrome (IRS) score, the test is a clinical
means of measuring insulin resistance, a condition that researchers believe
may be common, but often overlooked, in patients with type 1 diabetes. In the
past, insulin resistance has been associated only with type 2 diabetes.
In type 1 diabetes, which affects 10 to 15 percent of all diabetics, the
pancreas cannot make insulin to regulate blood glucose. The condition often
develops in patients before the age of 30 and requires insulin therapy.
Insulin resistance occurs when the body does not properly use insulin to
metabolize blood sugar. To compensate, the body produces more insulin and
results in an oversupply.
Insulin resistance is associated with an increased risk of coronary artery
disease, a leading cause of mortality in people with type 1 diabetes. With
the new IRS score, physicians can identify insulin resistant patients and
begin heart-saving treatment interventions including exercise, weight loss and
medication.
"Insulin resistance has long been recognized in type 1 diabetes, but few
studies have examined the association between clinical IRS risk factors and
insulin resistance in this population," said Trevor J. Orchard, M.D.,
professor of epidemiology at GSPH and senior author of the article.
This study is the first to develop a method of estimating a patient's
insulin sensitivity and validating it with the use of the insulin clamp, a
three-hour test during which glucose and insulin are administered
intravenously and adjusted to achieve stable blood glucose levels. The clamp
measures an individual's glucose disposal rate (GDR). A low GDR shows that
the body is not using insulin effectively to process glucose, indicating
insulin resistance.
"Up until now, the clamp has been the most accurate means of determining
insulin resistance, but it is used only in research because it is expensive
and time consuming," said Katherine V. Williams, M.D., M.P.H., University of
Pittsburgh, division of endocrinology and metabolism, and clinical
investigator on the study. "But our research study has shown that the IRS
score is a good proxy measure, and the beauty is that it is not costly,
intimidating, invasive or time consuming."
The IRS score is based on clinical risk factors in adults with type 1
diabetes, including hypertension, high waist-to-hip ratio, family history of
type 2 diabetes and glycemic control. By applying a personalized rating of 1
(lowest) to 3 (highest) for each risk factor, then dividing by the total
number of risk factors for which data are available, a physician can calculate
an IRS score for the patient.
The study included eight type 1 diabetic patients from each of three IRS
risk categories-low, moderate and high. The subjects received a clamp study
to measure GDR and thus verify their IRS scores.
Results showed an inverse correlation between participants' IRS risk group
and mean glucose disposal rate (GDR). Subjects with low IRS scores showed
high GDR, and those with high IRS scores showed low GDRs. Researchers found
high waist-to-hip ratio to be the strongest predictor of insulin resistance.
High-density lipoprotein (HDL) and triglyceride levels were analyzed as well
but made little difference in the IRS score.
"Previous research has identified a family history of type 2 diabetes as a
risk factor for insulin resistance in the general population, but this is
among the first to identify it as a risk factor in type 1 diabetics," said Dr.
Orchard. Research also has found that a family history of type 2 diabetes
increases the risk of cardiovascular complications.
The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health and the General
Clinical Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

CONTACT: Kathryn Duda or Frank Raczkiewicz of UPMC, 412-624-2607, or FAX,

412-624-3184, or E-MAIL, dudak@msx.upmc.edu or raczkiewiczfa@msx.upmc.edu .



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FAX, 412-624-3184, or E-MAIL, dudak@msx.upmc.edu or

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Mammography Use in Rural Areas Bolstered by Volunteers, According to Fred

Posted Tuesday, September 19, 2000 - 18:17 by BeautyCare.com
Mammography Use in Rural Areas Bolstered by Volunteers, According to Fred

Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Study

SEATTLE, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Volunteers who provide information and
support can make a difference when it comes to increasing mammography use in
rural areas, according to a large study of women from 40 communities
throughout the state of Washington.
The community intervention study was prompted by previous research that
indicates rural residents are screened for cancer less frequently than urban
residents, says the study's lead author, M. Robyn Andersen, Ph.D., of the Fred
Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.
"Despite evidence that regular breast-cancer screening significantly
reduces breast-cancer mortality, many women in the United States do not
receive regular screening," Andersen says.
Andersen and colleagues from the Hutchinson Center and the University of
Washington tested three types of mammography-promotion approaches that
employed volunteers. The study findings are published in the April issue of
the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
In the first approach, volunteers provided mammography information by
telephone. Volunteer counselors reminded women about the value of regular
mammograms and provided information about local facilities, including those
with free and low-cost mammography options. They also addressed issues
related to lack of physician referral and helped women address their fears of
mammography results and other barriers to mammography use.
A second approach focused on building awareness and support of mammography
screening within the community through activities such as mammography-theme
bingo nights; beauty shop promotions; community newsletters; and distribution
of mammography information at local clubs, stores, libraries and golf courses.
The third strategy combined aspects of the first two approaches.
From follow-up interviews three years after initiating the volunteer
programs, the researchers found that their efforts had achieved positive, but
very modest, improvements in mammography use among the 6,592 study
participants, half of whom were regular users of mammography at the start of
the study. The results are consistent with other large community trials that
employed similar techniques, according to the researchers.
The three approaches achieved similar results, but the second approach,
which focused on community activities, was the most effective. It was the only
approach that resulted in statistically significant increases in mammography
usage.
The community activity approach increased mammography use among women who
were already regular users by 2.9 percent. This intervention also increased
mammography use among certain groups of women who were not regular users at
the beginning of the study, including those in communities without female
physicians and those without health insurance.
"It is possible that female physicians working in rural communities serve
as local specialists in areas related to women's health care or act as local
spokespeople promoting mammography use," says Andersen, an assistant member of
the Hutchinson Center's Public Health Sciences Division.
"If so, community interventions may be most effective in communities where
there aren't local physicians actively promoting cancer screening. In such
communities, trained volunteers may serve as credible, trustworthy sources of
information," she concludes.
The researchers speculate that the community activity approach was most
effective because the volunteers spent a longer period of time with the women,
as compared to the volunteers who provided phone counseling or those asked to
do both telephone counseling and community activities.
They also suggested another possibility -- that the first, and especially
the third, approaches may have been too much of a strain on the volunteers,
not necessarily in terms of time spent but in terms of the intensity of
interpersonal interactions required. "It is possible to ask too much of
volunteers," Andersen says.
This research was supported by a grant from the National Cancer Institute.


CONTACT: Kristen Woodward of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center,

206-667-5095, or kwoodwar@fhcrc.org.



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/NOTE TO EDITORS: To arrange an interview with Dr. Andersen, please

contact Kristen Woodward, 206-667-5095. For more information about the

American Journal of Preventive Medicine, contact the editorial office at

619-594-7344./

/CONTACT: Kristen Woodward of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center,

206-667-5095, or kwoodwar@fhcrc.org/

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eBeauty Commits To Customer Service With Cisco Systems' Customer Interaction Suite

Posted Tuesday, September 19, 2000 - 17:39 by BeautyCare.com
eBeauty Commits To Customer Service With Cisco Systems' Customer Interaction Suite

New Portal Targets B2B Beauty Industry

WASHINGTON, March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- eBeauty, the first Internet portal to
target the $70 billion spa and salon beauty community and affiliated
manufacturers, announced today that it will provide the spa and salon industry
with the most comprehensive customer service using web collaboration software
from Cisco Systems' (Nasdaq: CSCO) Customer Interaction Suite.
Unlike the many consumer-driven e-commerce beauty sites, eBeauty is
focusing on simplifying the supply chain for the highly fragmented industry of
over 250,000 spas and salons. eBeauty's deployment of the Cisco Customer
Interaction Suite will allow eBeauty's business model to function efficiently
and successfully within the dynamics of the "New Economy." The Company will
launch its Web site in May 2000.
"We are committed to revolutionizing the way spa/salon owners order and
inquire about the countless beauty products offered in today's crowded brand
environment," says Julie Khalifeh, who with Carolyn Callahan is co-CEO of
eBeauty. "In order to do this, we had to find the best customer service
software package on the market. Using Cisco software, eBeauty's grass-roots
approach will push the spa/salon industry into the 21st century," Callahan
adds.
Cisco's cutting-edge Customer Interaction Suite will enable eBeauty to
launch its Web site with substantial real-time customer service to its
clients, and also provide back-end training support to the portal's network of
customer care reps and spa/salon affiliates. eBeauty has embraced the concept
of e-learning -- this program integrates its Internet commerce, service and
telephony infrastructures, combining the personal value of human interaction
with the information value of the Web.
"eBeauty.com, through the deployment of the Cisco Customer Interaction
Suite, is showing its continued commitment to providing the spa and salon
market with best-in-class customer service and support," said Eugene Lee, vice
president of marketing for Cisco's Applications Technology Group. "Using
Web-based visual interaction to assist spa owners in recommending and buying
the most appropriate products for their clientele is an ideal application for
our software."
eBeauty is poised to be a leading business-to-business ecommerce/resource
site focused exclusively on the domestic and international spa/salon industry.
eBeauty's Network ("the Internet Portal to Beauty") will provide a single-
source solution for manufacturers, beauty professionals, and spas and salons
in purchasing products; obtaining information; receiving on-line broadcasts
and product demonstrations; participating in community events and talk shows;
conducting direct marketing and advertising campaigns; and receiving
personalized customer services.
The company has already partnered with leading spas and salons including
the MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay's seven locations, Anushka Day Spa and Cristophe.
eBeauty's Web site address is http://www.ebeauty.com.


SOURCE eBeauty

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/CONTACT: Richard C. Auletta, rca@auletta.com, or Kimberlee Auletta,

mberlee@auletta.com, 212-355-0400, both for eBeauty/

Web Site: /http://www.ebeauty.com/

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Luxury Home Furnishings Catalog

Posted Tuesday, September 19, 2000 - 17:33 by BeautyCare.com
America's Bedrooms May Never Be the Same: Leather Bed Covers, Ceramic Pouf, $3,000 Scandia Down Comforters and $450 Pillows Featured in New Turiya
Luxury Home Furnishings Catalog

NEW OXFORD, Pa., March 20 /PRNewswire/ -- It's called Turiya. It's a
luxury bed, bath and home furnishings catalog like no other. And, says Turiya
vice president Farley Nachemin, the American bedroom may never be the same.
The Spring 2000 Turiya catalog introduces the boldest bedroom fashion
statement in years -- leather bed covers! The spectacular richness and
texture of these soft, supple and sensuous leather covers will give any
bedroom a look of stunning beauty.
Other choice selections from the new Turiya catalog include: Scandia Down
comforters ($250 to $3,000) and pillows ($68 to $450); ultra-luxurious bed
linens of the finest fabrics, including Egyptian cotton, silk, Italian linen,
and cashmere; Mongolian poufs; hand-crafted mother-of-pearl bath accessories;
silk blankets; thick, supremely soft imported Turkish towels; jeweled picture
frames; feng shui-inspired home aromatics; and designer trays, vases, tables
and chairs.
Turiya (tu-re-ya'), the name is derived from the ancient Sanskrit term for
ultimate harmony, offers an exceptional selection of the best in luxury home
furnishings style, comfort, and quality. Turiya also showcases the exclusive
creations of such leading international designers as Kelly Hoppen, winner of
the 1999 British Interior Designer of the Year award.
Launched in late 1999, with an emphasis on luxury bed and bath offerings
and outstanding customer service, Nachemin says Turiya is targeted to the
growing number of affluent Americans who want the finest in home furnishings
style and quality.
Turiya's services include designated personal shopping consultants,
complimentary swatches of fabrics, a custom shop -- where gifted seamstresses
turn customer dreams into reality -- and, except for certain items of
furniture, there is no charge for shipping.
The new 56-page luxuriously-illustrated Turiya catalog is available at no
charge by calling (toll-free) 1-800-245-1044, or through the company's Web
site: http://www.turiya.com

A few highlights from the Spring 2000 Turiya catalog:

-- Leather bed covering: The dramatic impact of black leather goes beyond
even silk or cashmere to create a sense of extraordinary luxury. Cover
($425 in queen), shams ($125), and decorative pillows ($150) serve as
inspired complements to fabric bedding.

-- Scandia Down Signature Collection custom-made comforters and pillows:
The ultimate in comfort and warmth from a global leader in luxury down
comforters and pillows. The finest billowing down, covered with the
world's lightest, silkiest ticking fabrics. Fill power as high as 800
(there is none higher). Coverings in Egyptian cottons and in silk.
Exceptional thread counts as high as 474. Comforters from $1,050 to
$3,000, in queen and pillows from $240 to $450, in queen.

-- Ceramic pouf: Inspired by a handcrafted work of art from Mongolia,
this 8-1/2" high granite-colored pouf, from Compagnie de la Chine,
serves as a stylish footrest, low seating, or accent table for lamp or
vase ($175). Poufs are also known as ottomans, hassocks, footstools
and tuffets.

-- Kelly Hoppen: The Sunday Times of London calls her "the hottest
designer in town" and the Birmingham Post (UK) notes that "Kelly
Hoppen is famous for her innovative, calm and uncluttered style
offering both luxury and simplicity. Her use of texture, form and tone
creates an atmosphere of balance, harmony and relaxation."
Turiya features an eclectic assortment of Ms. Hoppen's creations,
including eye-catching bed linen ensembles, feng shui aromatics, glass
and ceramic accessories and her hand-carved dark-finish walnut wood
tray, with its strikingly graceful lines and functional form.

-- Butterflies: Spring will gently arrive in your bedroom as delicately
rendered, embroidered butterflies, in grey, lavender and yellow, seem
to softly float on this 305 thread-count white Egyptian cotton
jacquard-woven bedroom ensemble. Imported from Italy. European square
and boudoir shams ensemble. Duvet cover, $795 in queen. European
square shams, $160 each. Boudoir shams, $80 each.

-- Mother-of-pearl bath accessories: Mother-of-pearl tiles set in nickel-
plated brass, handcrafted by artisans using a centuries-old technique,
add beauty, form and function to the bathroom. These exquisite mosaic
accessories include a boutique tissue box ($80), wastepaper basket
($98), toothbrush holder ($30), tumbler ($30), soap dish ($35) and
large and small covered canisters ($52 and $46).

-- Turkish towels: A treat for the entire body, these extra thick,
indescribably soft and wonderfully absorbent genuine Turkish towels
(imported from Turkey) are hand-loomed by master weavers. Pure Turkish
Bergamo organic cotton. White, with a diamond jacquard pattern,
generously sized for comfort. Bath sheet (38"x72") $90. Bath towel
(30"x6O") $68. Hand towel (20"x35") $38. Wash cloth (16"xl6") $15.
Bath mat (24"x36") $42.

Turiya is a subsidiary of the Hanover Brands division of Hanover Direct,
Inc. (Amex: HNV), a leading specialty direct marketer of branded merchandise
to consumers through a portfolio of catalog and e-commerce platforms.


SOURCE Turiya

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/NOTE TO EDITORS: For a copy of the new Turiya catalog, or to speak with

Turiya's vice president Farley Nachemin about today's luxury home furnishings

trends and preferences, please contact Mary Ann Gray at Turiya (201-272-3311).

Or call Sanford Teller, of Sanford Teller Communications, at 212-717-0332./

/CONTACT: Sanford Teller of Sanford Teller Communications, 212-717-0332;

or Mary Ann Gray of Turiya, 201-272-3311/

Web Site: /http://www.turiya.com/

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LightTouch Opens Northern Kentucky Facility

Posted Tuesday, September 19, 2000 - 17:30 by BeautyCare.com
LightTouch Opens Northern Kentucky Facility

CINCINNATI, March 21 /PRNewswire/ -- LightTouch Vein & Laser, Inc.
(OTC Bulletin Board: LTVL) is excited to announce the grand opening of its
Northern Kentucky cosmetic laser center. The center is located at 7210
Turfway Road, Florence, Kentucky. LightTouch offers its full menu of products
and services at the Kentucky location.
The company, through LightTouch Vein & Laser, Inc., its wholly-owned
subsidiary, provides aesthetic laser and cosmetic surgery services in the
Cincinnati, Ohio, and the Northern Kentucky area. LightTouch engages the
medical services of Vein & Laser Center, Inc. and provides administrative and
medical support services to this medical practice. Such services include
marketing, human resource service, and resource management of laser equipment
through its mobile laser service. The company plans to expand its center-base
in targeted regions through acquisitions similar to the eye laser center
providers, LCA Vision, Inc. (symbol "LCAV") and TLC Laser Eye Centers, Inc.
(symbol "TLC CN") and tooth-whitening centers owned by BriteSmile, Inc.
(symbol "BWT").
Except for historical information contained herein, the matters discussed
in this announcement may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks
and uncertainties. These risks are detailed from time to time in the
Company's public disclosure filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission (SEC).


SOURCE LightTouch Vein & Laser, Inc.

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/CONTACT: Gregory F. Martini of LightTouch Vein & Laser, Inc.,

606-384-9430/

Web Site: /http://www.lighttouchlaser.com/

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PR Newswire Photo Advisory

Posted Tuesday, September 19, 2000 - 17:26 by BeautyCare.com
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AP PHOTOEXPRESS:

PVN CISCO SYSTEMS AIRONET - A Casio hand-held computer connecting live to
PNV.com using PNV's "B" Connected service. PNV "B" Connected is the first
national, broadband wireless network for the trucking industry. Built upon
Cisco Systems Aironet wireless LAN technology, "B Connected is easy to
use, providing up to 11 Mbps wireless connections. "B" Connected is a
complementary expansion of PNV's existing communications services.
PRN1 on 03/16/00

FREDERICKSBURG HERB FARM - Fredericksburg Herb Farm - Fredericksburg, TX.
Where Heaven and Nature Sing. Planted in the shape of a star and centered
around an antique windmill, the largest of Fredericksburg Herb Farm's
gardens measures approximately 180 feet in diameter -- and many hours in
toil. Each of the five star points is devoted to a single theme: culinary
herbs, medicinal herbs, herbs of a certain color, flowers and herbs
suitable for crafts, and herbs essential to cosmetics.
PRN2 on 03/16/00

CHOCOLATE MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION - Americans voted chocolate as their
favorite flavor for desserts and sweet snacks in a recent poll. These top
five flavor rankings were followed by: apple 2%, caramel 1%, butterscotch
1%, banana 1%, mint 1%, unspecified other 4% and don't know/no favorite
7%. (Poll conducted 11/99, sponsored by the Chocolate Manufacturers
Association).
PRN3 on 03/16/00

B-COM3 - Created from the merger of The Leo and The MacManus Groups, with
20 percent shareholder Dentsu, Inc. of Tokyo, B-COM3 ranks as one of the
top five advertising conglomerates in the world, with offices in 90
countries. From left: Fumio Oshima, Dentsu Managing Director; Nobuo
Momose, Dentsu Executive Vice President; Roy Bostock, B COM3 Chairman;
Yutaka Narita, Dentsu President; Roger Haupt, B COM3 CEO and Rick Fizdale,
B COM3 Vice Chairman.
PRN4 on 03/16/00

NEWSCOM ONLINE (http://www.newscom.com):

SAILNET.COM - Airforce Sails logo.
http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000316/CHTH001-b
03/16/00

SAILNET.COM - Airforce Sails logo.
http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000316/CHTH001-a
03/16/00

B-COM3 - Created from the merger of The Leo and The MacManus Groups, with
20 percent shareholder Dentsu, Inc. of Tokyo, B-COM3 ranks as one of the
top five advertising conglomerates in the world, with offices in 90
countries. From left: Fumio Oshima, Dentsu Managing Director; Nobuo
Momose, Dentsu Executive Vice President; Roy Bostock, B COM3 Chairman;
Yutaka Narita, Dentsu President; Roger Haupt, B COM3 CEO and Rick Fizdale,
B COM3 Vice Chairman.
http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000316/BCOM3
03/16/00

GRAVES MUSEUM OF ARCHAEOLOGY & NATURAL HISTORY BAMBIRAPTOR - Discovered in
Montana in 1993, this 7 lb., 3-foot, juvenile raptor specimen,
scientifically named Bambiraptor feinbergi, was unveiled today at the
Graves Museum of Archaeology & Natural History in Greater Fort Lauderdale,
Florida. "Bambi", as it is nicknamed, will remain at the Museum, where it
will be displayed for public viewing. Photo credit:Dwight Hilpman.
http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000316/FLTH006
03/16/00

CHOCOLATE MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION - Americans voted chocolate as their
favorite flavor for desserts and sweet snacks in a recent poll. These top
five flavor rankings were followed by: apple 2%, caramel 1%, butterscotch
1%, banana 1%, mint 1%, unspecified other 4% and don't know/no favorite
7%. (Poll conducted 11/99, sponsored by the Chocolate Manufacturers
Association).
http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000316/MNTH006
03/16/00

HARRIS DELOACH OF SONOCO - Harris DeLoach, Jr., COO of Sonoco.
http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000316/CHTH007
03/16/00

PVN CISCO SYSTEMS AIRONET - A Casio hand-held computer connecting live to
PNV.com using PNV's "B" Connected service. PNV "B" Connected is the first
national, broadband wireless network for the trucking industry. Built upon
Cisco Systems Aironet wireless LAN technology, "B Connected is easy to
use, providing up to 11 Mbps wireless connections. "B" Connected is a
complementary expansion of PNV's existing communications services.
http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000316/FLTH001
03/16/00

MORELY CANDY MAKERS - This flyer, created by Morley Candy Makers to
promote the 2nd edition of "The CAL Bar". New wrapper shows Cal Ripken in
a ready pose at third base, also in order to promote the New RIPKEN LEGUE,
is a photo of Cal at age 10.
http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000316/DETHFNS1
03/16/00
ORAL DEAF EDUCATION - MAKE a joyful noise is a new free resource that
provides parents of newly-diagnosed deaf children with information about
early intervention to promote listening and speaking skills.
http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000316/PHTHFNS1
03/16/00

FREDERICKSBURG HERB FARM - Fredericksburg Herb Farm - Fredericksburg, TX.
Where Heaven and Nature Sing. Planted in the shape of a star and centered
around an antique windmill, the largest of Fredericksburg Herb Farm's
gardens measures approximately 180 feet in diameter -- and many hours in
toil. Each of the five star points is devoted to a single theme: culinary
herbs, medicinal herbs, herbs of a certain color, flowers and herbs
suitable for crafts, and herbs essential to cosmetics.
http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000316/NYFNSH06
03/16/00

AP PHOTO ARCHIVE (http://photoarchive.ap.org):

SAILNET.COM - Airforce Sails logo.
03/16/00

SAILNET.COM - Airforce Sails logo.
03/16/00

CHOCOLATE MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION - Americans voted chocolate as their
favorite flavor for desserts and sweet snacks in a recent poll. These top
five flavor rankings were followed by: apple 2%, caramel 1%, butterscotch
1%, banana 1%, mint 1%, unspecified other 4% and don't know/no favorite
7%. (Poll conducted 11/99, sponsored by the Chocolate Manufacturers
Association).
03/16/00

ORAL DEAF EDUCATION - MAKE a joyful noise is a new free resource that
provides parents of newly-diagnosed deaf children with information about
early intervention to promote listening and speaking skills.
03/16/00

FREDERICKSBURG HERB FARM - Fredericksburg Herb Farm - Fredericksburg, TX.
Where Heaven and Nature Sing. Planted in the shape of a star and centered
around an antique windmill, the largest of Fredericksburg Herb Farm's
gardens measures approximately 180 feet in diameter -- and many hours in
toil. Each of the five star points is devoted to a single theme: culinary
herbs, medicinal herbs, herbs of a certain color, flowers and herbs
suitable for crafts, and herbs essential to cosmetics.
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Phoenix Pharmacies Provide Free or Reduced Cost Test Kits for Second Largest Cancer Killer

Posted Tuesday, September 19, 2000 - 17:24 by BeautyCare.com
Phoenix Pharmacies Provide Free or Reduced Cost Test Kits for Second Largest Cancer Killer

PHOENIX, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of National Colorectal Cancer
Awareness Month, 322 community pharmacies in the Phoenix area are making
available free informational pamphlets about colorectal cancer and offering
for free, or at a highly reduced cost, at-home colorectal cancer test kits.
The kits allow consumers to easily and painlessly test for blood in their
stool, a common warning sign of colorectal cancer and several other
conditions. The results of this test provide groundwork for further discussion
with a physician, allowing doctors to determine if a colonoscopy or other
advanced procedure is warranted.
More than 10 local community pharmacy chains are participating in this
effort to raise awareness of this disease in the Phoenix area. Colorectal
cancer is the nation's second-deadliest form of cancer, yet fewer than half of
older Americans are ever tested for the disease, according to the Centers for
Disease Control. In 90 percent of cases where the disease is discovered early
enough it is completely curable. Only lung cancer kills more people each year
than colorectal cancer.
"As an industry founded on health and welfare, our members were anxious to
work with the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance to bring these kits
to the public," said Craig L. Fuller, NACDS President and CEO. "We hope that
customers of community pharmacies will take advantage of the 2.5 million test
kits available and that we can prevent even one death from this tragic
killer."
According to the National Cancer Institute, there were 129,400 new cases
of colorectal cancer in 1999 and 56,600 deaths from the disease. Over 90
percent of cases can be cured in the early stages while only 10 percent of
advanced cases are curable.
"I would urge people very strongly to please take advantage of this
opportunity to find out if they are at risk for colorectal cancer. I know that
it is something they don't want to talk about, but what a high price to pay
for silence," said Fuller.
Individual participating pharmacies can be found at either the NCCRA or
NACDS web sites at http://www.ncraa.org or http://www.nacds.org.

Participating chain pharmacies in the Phoenix area include:
Abco Pharmacy Safeway Pharmacy
Fred Meyer Pharmacy Smith's Pharmacy
Fry's Pharmacy Target Pharmacy
K Mart Pharmacy Walgreens Pharmacy
Osco Drug Wal-Mart Pharmacy

Founded in 1933 and based in Alexandria, Virginia, the National
Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) membership consists of 144 retail
chain community pharmacy companies. Collectively, chain community pharmacy
comprises the largest component of pharmacy practice with over 94,000
pharmacists. The chain community pharmacy industry is comprised of more than
19,000 traditional chain drug stores, 7,000 supermarket pharmacies and 5,000
mass merchant pharmacies. The NACDS membership base operates more than 31,000
retail community pharmacies with annual sales totaling over $160 billion
including prescription drugs, over-the-counter (OTC) medications and health
and beauty aids (HBA). Chain operated community retail pharmacies fill over
60% of 3 billion prescriptions dispensed annually in the United States.
Additionally, NACDS membership includes nearly 1,400 suppliers of goods and
services to chain community pharmacies. NACDS international membership has
grown to include 112 members from 26 foreign countries.


SOURCE National Association of Chain Drug Stores

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/NOTE TO EDITORS: To arrange an interview with a colon cancer patient or

physician associated with the national campaign described below, contact Steve

Telliano at 916-658-0144 at Perry Communications which is coordinating

communications for the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance./

/CONTACT: Dan Kidder of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores,

800-678-6223 or dkidder@nacds.org /

Web Site: /http://www.nacds.org

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Command Trust Network: Ninety-Five Percent of Breast Implants Can Result In Complications in First Five Years

Posted Tuesday, September 19, 2000 - 17:22 by BeautyCare.com
Command Trust Network: Ninety-Five Percent of Breast Implants Can Result In Complications in First Five Years

Saline-Filled Devices Under FDA Scrutiny
After Years on Market Without Safety Approval

WASHINGTON, March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Command Trust Network, an information
clearinghouse for women with breast implants, issued the following:

After surviving a mastectomy a woman who undergoes breast reconstruction
with a saline-filled implant has a 95 percent risk of experiencing one of
several complications within the first five years, according to new industry-
sponsored research to be revealed by the McGhan Medical Corporation at a U.S.
Food and Drug Administration hearing in Gaithersburg, MD.
This data comes from a 1990-94 study conducted by McGhan, a California-
based implant manufacturer. McGhan also has completed a second one-year study
and two more are underway.
According to the 1990-94 study, more than 35 percent of women with
reconstructed saline breasts suffer a tightening of the scar tissue around
their implants, often resulting in hardening, severe pains and additional
surgeries. In one of the ongoing studies, begun in 1995, more than 20 percent
of women with reconstructed breasts report a loss of feeling in their nipples
by the fourth year.
Other frequent problems include rupturing or deflation of the implant,
inflammation or infections of the breast tissue, pains in the chest area or a
malpositioning of the implant.
The overall risk of complications for women who received implants for
cosmetic reasons was 46.3 percent in the first year and 68.2 percent after
five years in the 1990-94 study. The study involved 493 women.
Manufacturers of saline (saltwater) breast implants were allowed to market
the devices for almost 30 years without formal federal approval through a
"grandfather" clause, but now are obligated to disclose the results of
internal safety trials. In addition to McGhan, two other manufacturers are
presenting data at the three-day hearing -- California-based Mentor
Corporation and Florida-based PIP/USA Inc.
The panel that is presiding over the hearing will make recommendations
that will be taken into consideration as the FDA decides about the future
classification of saline implants. Restrictions similar to those now
governing silicone-gel implants may be imposed, or a full marketing approval
may be granted. A decision is expected later this year.
Although public sales of saline implants began in the 1970's, the industry
did not begin to collect safety data until a decade ago. Almost all the new
research covers a period of five years or less.

High Rate of Women Must Undergo Additional Surgeries
In the second McGhan study, reported to the Institute of Medicine last
year, 35.9 percent of breast-cancer survivors suffered infections, deflation,
skin tightening or a corollary problem that necessitated removal of the
implants within the first year. For augmentation patients, the rate for the
same set of problems was 18.9 percent. Altogether, 2,875 women participated
in 1995 and 1996.
Approximately 130,000 women received saline implants in the U.S. last year
compared to about 20,000 women who received silicone-gel implants. The FDA
currently restricts sales of silicone implants to cases involving medical
necessity or for replacement of old implants.
Saline implants also can hinder the early detection of breast cancer by
interfering with mammographies and self-exams. In addition, there have been
anecdotal reports of women who avoid regular mammograms for fear that the
physical force used in the tests may puncture their implants and cause
deflation.
"Our concern is that many of these women make this choice based on a sales
pitch that woefully underestimates the risks," said Sybil Goldrich, executive
director of the women's support group Command Trust Network. "We're grateful
that the FDA has finally forced disclosure of the industry data, but since it
covers only a short period clearly more research is needed. As bad as these
results are, the long-term results may be worse."

Other Findings in the McGhan Studies
In the 1990-94 McGhan study, the rupture rate reached 11.3 percent in the
case of augmented breasts and 13.3 percent for reconstructed breasts. For
painful skin tightening, known as capsular contracture, the McGhan study found
an 11 percent rate after five years for the first group and a 33.7 percent
rate for the second group.
Many women reported a general loss of sensation in the chest area after
implantation, but the most often-reported harm was to the nipple. In the
ongoing 1995 study, involving 237 women with reconstructed breasts, 21.6
percent reported a loss of feeling by the fourth year. "Changes in feeling can
be temporary or permanent and may affect sexual response or the ability to
nurse a baby,"the FDA has warned in an informational booklet.
In some cases the implant also pushes so tightly against the outside layer
of skin that it forms a pronounced outline and requires further surgery. In
the 1990-94 study 12.5 percent of the augmented breasts were asymmetrical and
7.0 percent were malpositioned by the fifth year. In the case of
reconstructed breasts the rates were 12.2 percent and 15.4 percent.


SOURCE Command Trust Network

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/CONTACT: Suzanne Turner or Sherry Raynor, both for Command Trust

Network, 202-822-5200/



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Kmart Pharmacies Take Part in National Colorectal Cancer Test Screening

Posted Tuesday, September 19, 2000 - 17:19 by BeautyCare.com
Kmart Pharmacies Take Part in National Colorectal Cancer Test Screening

Katie Couric, Today Show Anchor, The NCCRA and NACDS
Partner to Encourage Early Detection and Prevention of Colorectal Cancer

TROY, Mich., March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Kmart Corporation (NYSE: KM) today
announced that it is joining Katie Couric, Today Show Anchor, the National
Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance and the National Chain Drug Store
Association to encourage all people to "take the test for life," by obtaining
a quick and easy in-home ColoCARE test. ColoCARE test kits are available at
all 1,597 Kmart Pharmacy locations for just $1.95 each.
Katie Couric and Lily Tartikoff, a national philanthropic leader in the
fight against cancer and co-founder of the NCCRA, launched this national
initiative with a press conference in Washington D.C. on Capitol Hill today.
Joining the alliance, the American Cancer Society is making colorectal cancer
awareness its number one priority for the year.
"Kmart is proud to participate in this extensive national campaign to help
provide early detection of colon cancer," said Cathy Polley, Director,
Pharmacy Government and Trade Relations at Kmart. "The American Cancer
Society estimates that more than 156,000 Americans will be diagnosed with
colorectal cancer this year. With early screening and prevention it is
estimated that 90 percent of these cases are curable. Kmart hopes that this
program will create awareness and provide a valuable tool to save lives."
The ColoCARE test is easy to use and is conducted in the privacy of the
customer or patient's home. The test is designed to detect blood in the
stool, a potential and serious warning sign of colorectal cancer.
Instructions are included with each test-kit and include details regarding the
importance of proper preparation such as the avoidance of red meat several
days prior to taking the test. The test results are determined by the
customer's written observations on a postage paid business response card that
is mailed to designated medical centers for final analysis. The NCCRA will
provide patient follow-up letters regarding the test results.
In 2000, NCCRA was launched by Katie Couric, Lilly Tartikoff and the
Entertainment Industry Foundation. The NCCRA was developed to raise
significant levels of funding to drive research, resulting in prevention
education, early diagnostic indicators, treatments and ultimately a cure for
colorectal cancer.
The NACDS was founded in 1933 and its membership base operates more than
31,000 retail community pharmacies with annual sales totaling over $158
billion including prescription drugs, over-the-counter (OTC) medications and
health and beauty aids (HBA). Its purpose is to represent the views and
policy positions of member chain drug companies. This purpose is accomplished
through the programs and services provided by the association which emphasize:
involvement in pharmacy and health-related issues, promote the value and role
of community retail pharmacy in the health care system and help ensure
effective channels of merchandise distribution and retail operations
efficiency.
Kmart Corporation serves America with 2,171 Kmart, Big Kmart and Super
Kmart stores. In addition to serving all 50 states, Kmart operations extend
to Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Kmart Pharmacies dispense
more than 60 million prescriptions per year, illustrating the trust that our
customers and patients have in our quality, price and service. More
information about Kmart is available through the World Wide Web at
http://www.bluelight.com . To locate the Kmart store nearest you, call 800-866-0086.


SOURCE Kmart Corporation

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/CONTACT: Susan Dennis, Kmart Corporate Affairs Specialist of Kmart

Corporation, 248-643-2704, or sdennis1@kmart.com/

Web Site: /http://www.kmart.com/

Web Site: /http://www.bluelight.com/

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Dial Announces Another $75 Million Stock Repurchase Program And Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend

Posted Tuesday, September 19, 2000 - 17:13 by BeautyCare.com
Dial Announces Another $75 Million Stock Repurchase Program And Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The Dial Corporation (NYSE: DL)
announced today that its Board of Directors has authorized the Company to
repurchase up to $75 million of its Common Stock. The Common Stock may be
purchased by the Company from time to time in open market or privately
negotiated transactions. The repurchase program is expected to be completed
over the next 12 months.
"Since 1998, we have repurchased $150 million of our stock as part of a
regular stock repurchase program," said Mal Jozoff, Dial Chairman and CEO.
"The Board has now accelerated this phase of the stock repurchase program in
light of current market prices."
The extent to which the Company repurchases its shares and the timing of
such purchases depends upon market conditions and other Corporate
considerations. Any repurchased shares are expected to be used under employee
benefit and stock option programs and for other general Corporate purposes.
The Board of Directors also announced today that it has declared its
regular quarterly dividend of $0.08 per share on the Company's Common Stock.
The dividend is payable April 17, 2000, to stockholders of record at the close
of business on March 15, 2000.
The Dial Corporation, headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., is one of
America's leading manufacturers of consumer products, including Dial soaps,
Purex laundry detergents, Renuzit air fresheners, Armour Star canned meats,
and the Sarah Michaels, Freeman Cosmetics and Nature's Accents personal care
brands. Dial products have been in the American marketplace for more than
100 years. For more information about The Dial Corporation, visit the
Company's Web site at http://www.dialcorp.com.


SOURCE The Dial Corporation

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/CONTACT: Cynthia A. Demers, Corporate and Government Affairs,

480-754-4090, or Bob Fulton, Investor Relations, 480-754-1016, both of The

Dial Corporation/

Web Site: /http://www.dialcorp.com/

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A Home Office - The Workplace of the Future Comes To The Duquesne Light Home & Garden Show

Posted Tuesday, September 19, 2000 - 17:07 by BeautyCare.com
A Home Office - The Workplace of the Future Comes To The Duquesne Light Home & Garden Show

PITTSBURGH, March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Duquesne Light, the title sponsor of
the 19th Annual Duquesne Light Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show, March 3-12 at
the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, features an "Ideal Home Office" in
its exhibit on Electric Lane. Duquesne Light teams up with Nancy Drew, Laurel
Design Associates and Sheri Ward, The Design Alliance, designers from the ASID
(American Society of Interior Designers) to create this home office that
includes Duquesne Light Home Services products and services that are essential
to work right ... from home. Visitors can get great ideas for making a home
office functional and a pleasant place to do business.
With today's telecommunication links, people can stay connected to their
corporate office and work from virtually any place in the world. The number
of entrepreneurs forming and operating start-ups out of their homes is
growing. Businesses are implementing new workplace practices such as
telecommuting to maximize the use of their workspace and to increase employee
satisfaction. In fact, it is estimated that 19.6 million Americans regularly
telecommute and millions more work at home occasionally. No doubt this trend
away from the traditional office to the home office will continue to grow in
years to come.
At the show Duquesne Light also introduces two new Home Services programs
to its current family of products and services designed for today's lifestyle
needs. FirstNotice(SM) is a new, innovative automatic outage notification
program especially for people who have an elderly or ill relative, travel on
business, own rental property, or spend time at a vacation home. This
telephone-based state-of-the-art solution immediately alerts Duquesne Light
and the affected homeowner or a third party of a power outage. When power is
restored, Duquesne Light immediately calls and sends an e-mail to confirm the
restoration.
ApplianceGard is a new appliance warranty service Duquesne Light will
begin to offer in April 2000. ApplianceGard provides unlimited repairs and
covers service calls, parts, and labor up to the value of the appliance, with
a $25 deductible per service call.
The exhibit also showcases a variety of other Duquesne Light Home Services
products and services that keep a home safe and sound. In the Tree Care
Services section visitors can learn about proper pruning techniques and ask
Duquesne Light arborists questions about tree care. Electrical equipment
typically found in older and newer homes and photos of appliances of the
1920's - 1930's and today are on display. A checklist is available for
attendees to evaluate the safety of their home's electrical system.
Appointments for electrical system inspections and electrical repair and
installation services can be scheduled right at the show with an on-site
estimator from Brite House Electricians.
Duquesne Light is a leader in the transmission and distribution of
electric energy, offering technological innovation and superior customer
service and reliability to more than half a million direct customers
throughout southwestern Pennsylvania.
DQE (NYSE: DQE) is a growth utility, delivering essential products
including electricity, water and gas. The Company's business lines optimize
corporate performance and shareholder value by applying leading-edge
technology and leveraging core competencies to create greater value with the
Company's customer relationships.


SOURCE Duquesne Light

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/CONTACT: Barry Kukovich of Duquesne Light, 412-393-4060/

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CCN Launches Branded Site With PlanetRx.com

Posted Tuesday, September 19, 2000 - 17:01 by BeautyCare.com
CCN Launches Branded Site With PlanetRx.com;

CCN Enrollees Enter Through http://www.ccnusa.com to Fill Prescriptions Online

SAN DIEGO, March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Employees and beneficiaries accessing
CCN, the nation's largest PPO, can now fill prescriptions online through
PlanetRx.com (Nasdaq: PLRX), a leading Internet healthcare destination for
commerce, content and community. CCN is the first PPO to enter into such a
relationship with PlanetRx.com, responding to consumer demands for more direct
and customized access to healthcare products and information.
When CCN enrollees enter through CCN's web site at http://www.ccnusa.com, they
are linked to CCN's exclusive, co-branded site on PlanetRx.com. From there,
users have access to full-service prescription services, both retail and mail
order, and will be able to use their insurance reimbursement plan to fill
prescriptions online at PlanetRx.com. They can also purchase over-the-counter
prescriptions, personal care, beauty and spa products, vitamins, nutritional
supplements and medical supplies.
Tom Main, founder of ChapterHouse, a management consulting firm
specializing in strategic planning and marketing for the healthcare industry,
said CCN is positioning itself as a leader through relationships with leading
Internet healthcare entities like PlanetRx.com.
"From an industry perspective, the healthcare market is being fueled by
strong consumer interest, legislative reform and employer disenchantment with
status-quo products," said Main, who's working with CCN on company strategy,
including major e-commerce initiatives. "New e-commerce-based products,
services and distribution channels are emerging. And CCN is a leader in the
movement to a more efficient and less expensive delivery environment."
CCN's recently revamped web site at http://www.ccnusa.com also allows users to
search for CCN providers via its POW-Providers on the Web(SM) search engine
and to print standard CCN directories through POW's DirectorEase(SM) option.
Clients and enrollees can nominate providers online, and providers already in
the CCN network can update their data from the web site as well as access
CCN's client lists.
CCN is looking at additional online operating processes, including claims
inquiry, repricing and utilization management requests.
In addition to full service retail and mail order pharmacy services,
PlanetRx.com offers over 28,000 health and beauty products, a comprehensive
library of information on health conditions, products and prescription drugs,
as well as an online community with chat rooms and message boards.
In order to use their insurance reimbursement plan to fill prescriptions
online, a user's health plan must recognize PlanetRx.com as a participating
pharmacy provider. The CCN web site lists the pharmacy benefit managers
(PBMs) and plans with which PlanetRx.com currently has contracts. If a
specific PBM or plan is not listed, the CCN enrollee can contact CCN to find
out how his or her health plan can work with PlanetRx.com.
CCN is a non-risk managed care company offering workers' compensation,
group health and auto injury management programs that reduce total claims cost
-- medical, indemnity and legal -- while improving healthcare outcomes. CCN's
network and other managed care services are utilized by Fortune 100 and
500 companies as well as other large employers, insurance carriers, labor
union trust funds and third-party administrators seeking quality, affordable
medical care for employees and clients.
More than 32 million people in all 50 states and the District of Columbia
benefit from CCN programs and services. CCN manages more than $6 billion in
healthcare costs annually. Visit CCN on the Internet at http://www.ccnusa.com.

About PlanetRx.com
PlanetRx.com, Inc. (http://www.planetrx.com), a leading Internet healthcare
destination for commerce, content, and community, delivers a convenient,
personalized, and informed health and beauty shopping experience. With
products and services ranging from prescriptions to personal care items to the
latest medical information, PlanetRx.com gives consumers the ability to manage
their own healthcare in a convenient and secure environment. PlanetRx.com is
one of four online pharmacies to have received the Verified Internet Pharmacy
Practice Sites (VIPPS) seal of approval from The National Association of
Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). Headquartered in South San Francisco, Calif., the
company operates its own pharmacy and distribution center in Memphis, Tenn.,
to ensure the highest quality customer care.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995: The statements contained in this press release that are not purely
historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of
the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including statements
regarding PlanetRx.com's expectations, beliefs, intentions, or strategies
regarding the future. All forward-looking statements included in this
document are based upon information available to PlanetRx.com as of the date
hereof, and PlanetRx.com assumes no obligation to update any such
forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and
uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from
those projected. These and other risks relating to PlanetRx.com's business
are set forth in PlanetRx.com's Form S-1, as amended and filed with the
Securities and Exchange Commission on July 8, 1999, and the other reports
filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


SOURCE CCN

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/CONTACT: Terry Merryman of CCN, 858-654-2202/

Web Site: /http://www.planetrx.com/

Web Site: /http://www.ccnusa.com /

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