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ADA study shows high costs of diabetes

BY Drew Buono

ALEXANDRIA, Va. According to a study commissioned by the American Diabetes Association, diabetes is costing Americans $174 billion annually. This figure has increased by 32 percent since 2002.

Medical costs for the care of people with diabetes are estimated to be $116 billion, with a disproportionate percentage of the costs resulting from treatment and hospitalization of people with diabetes-related complications. The study also suggested that 1 out of every 5 health care dollars is spent caring for someone with diagnosed diabetes.

Considering that an additional 6 million more people are believed to have diabetes, but have not yet been diagnosed, the study estimated that the actual cost of diabetes may greatly exceed $174 billion.

“Diabetes plagues more than just the individual with the disease. It is common, it is costly, it creates numerous complications, and there is no cure. Until we start reversing current trends, through increased awareness, prevention and aggressive disease management, diabetes will continue to have an adverse impact on our society as a whole,” said R. Stewart Perry, chairman of the board of the ADA.

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FDA approves change in Claritin labeling

BY Michael Johnsen

KENILWORTH, N.J. Schering-Plough on Tuesday announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved additional labeling for Claritin that emphasizes the allergy medicine is appropriate for use to help treat both indoor (perennial) and outdoor (seasonal) allergies.

“Schering-Plough is pleased that the FDA has approved the change to the Claritin label to help us to communicate to consumers that Claritin works hard to relieve both indoor and outdoor allergies,” stated John O’Mullane, vice president of research and development for Schering-Plough Consumer Health Care.

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Forward Foods introduces Detour bar to alleviate stress

BY Michael Johnsen

MINDEN, Nev. Forward Foods on Wednesday extended its Detour bar with the addition of the Detour Yoga Bars.

The new Yoga Bar, in blueberry and peach mango flavors, includes lemon balm to help alleviate stress and promote a sense of calm while supporting strong, flexible muscle development with 11 grams of protein. 

“We listened extensively to participants of yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi,” stated Patrick Muldoon, chief executive officer of Forward Foods. “Many felt their specific needs for stress alleviation and relaxation were underserved in today’s protein bar category.”

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