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Annual physicals occur just prior to BTS season

BY Michael Johnsen

Nearly 8-out-of-10 viewers who bring their child to the doctor’s office for a physical are doing so one to three months before school starts, according to an online survey of more than 500 AccentHealth viewers conducted in July. The majority of viewers indicated they begin their shopping about one month before school starts — either after or overlapping the timing for back-to-school physicals. To see more Patient Views, click here.

Patient Views is an exclusive consumer insights feature that appears regularly in DSN magazine, as well as the daily e-newsletter DSN A.M. If you could ask more than 6,000 patients anything at all, what would it be? Send your questions to reder@lf.com.

Source: AccentHealth. To view the demographic breakdown of participants, click here.

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Reports: Most drugs safe for breast-feeding mothers, babies

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — A new report by the American Academy of Pediatrics indicates that it is safe for women to take the medications and vaccinations they need while breast-feeding.

According to HealthDay News, the AAP worked with the Food and Drug Administration to produce the report, which is about proposed changes to drug labels. As part of the changes, the section, currently titled "Nursing Mothers," would be changed to "Lactation" and include more information about how a drug might be transferred to breast milk, and any potential harm it might cause to a baby.

The report also refers women and their doctors to a database maintained by the U.S. National Library of Medicine called LactMed, which contains information on more than 450 drugs. There are more than 3,000 unique pharmaceuticals available, but most have not been studied in breast-feeding women.

 

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Peapod expansion shows growth in online grocery shopping

BY Alaric DeArment

Peapod is opening nine new pickup locations at Stop & Shop stores around Massachusetts and Rhode Island as part of an expansion push in New England, bringing its total number of sites in those states and Connecticut to 27.

The way Americans shop for groceries is undergoing a rapid and dramatic change. Supermarkets will likely continue to exist for a long time, but a growing amount of shopping for food is happening online.

While it’s the largest online grocer in the country, Peapod isn’t alone. Its competitor in the New York market, FreshDirect, controls about 80% of the New York market for online grocery shopping, and Amazon appears to be looking to move in as well, as it already has on the West Coast.

But there’s a lot of innovation in online grocery shopping, too. Last month, Peapod formed a deal with Viroqua, Wis.-based Harvest Moon Farms to deliver organic and heirloom vegetables to customers in the Chicago area. Part of the deal included funding from Peapod for early crop seeds and other supplies, and the company said it would allow customers to buy boxes of produce without having to buy farm shares or be locked into a weekly commitment.

Also last month, one of Peapod’s sister companies, the Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn, introduced a pickup point at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, which allows customers to order items online from wherever they’re vacationing and then pick them up upon arrival.

According to a 1,650-person survey released last year by the Food Marketing Institute, 46% of shoppers report never or rarely purchasing groceries online, but 54% say they occasionally do. Online purchases of grocery items typically include such items as health and beauty products, home and pet products, while "very few" shoppers — about 4%, to be exact — purchase fresh foods and produce.

Meanwhile, consumers reported 2.2 weekly grocery trips in 2012, compared with 1.7 in 2011. However, the increases in patronage were in warehouse clubs, drug stores, dollar stores, ethnic food stores and convenience stores, while traditional supermarkets, supercenters, discount stores and limited-assortment stores saw fewer visits.

 

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