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Cardiac issues seen in patients with poorly controlled diabetes

BY Michael Johnsen

ALEXANDRIA, Va. A study included in the May 2009 journal Diabetes Care, a journal published by the American Diabetes Association, demonstrated preclinical abnormalities of cardiac structure and function in adolescent girls with Type 2 diabetes, despite the short duration of diabetes.

The learnings highlight the potential high cardiovascular risk occurring in adolescent Type 2 diabetes, the authors concluded.

As part of the research, 19 adolescent girls were recruited, eight with Type 2 diabetes and 11 with Type 1 diabetes, from a hospital diabetes service and 20 control subjects without diabetes from the schools of the diabetic subjects.

The groups were similar in age and height, but significant differences in body composition were observed. Subjects with Type 2 diabetes had larger left ventricular dimensions and left ventricular mass, which persisted when indexed to height. Diastolic filling was impaired in both diabetic groups, and systolic longitudinal function was lower in the Type 2 diabetic group. Half of the group with Type 2 diabetes met the published criteria for LVH and left ventricular dilatation; 25% had evidence of elevated left ventricular filling pressure in association with structural abnormalities.

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SDI: Rx antivirals drop close to 60%

BY Michael Johnsen

PLYMOIUTH MEETING, Pa. SDI’s Vector One: National shows that for the week ended May 8, the number of new antiviral prescriptions dispensed at retail pharmacies was 118,578 — a 59% drop compared with approximately 277,000 new prescriptions the week before.

Tamiflu accounted for 90% of the market’s new prescriptions last week, SDI stated Tuesday

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Drugstore.com sees increase in consumer visits

BY Michael Johnsen

BELLEVUE, Wash. Drugstore.com on Wednesday reported a 75% increase in the past year in the number of consumers visiting its coupon, sale and clearance pages for nonprescription health and beauty products.

The number of orders coming from customers searching for bargains is up more than 90% year-over-year, the online druggist reported.

“We see more and more consumers looking for ways to save money on products they use every day, and drugstore.com is focused on finding new ways to offer even more value. In fact we just lowered prices on more than 2,000 products,” stated David Lonczak, VP and chief marketing officer for Drugstore.com. “Since the beginning of the year, we’ve also seen more customers taking advantage of our drugstore.com dollars program, one of the highest value customer loyalty programs in the industry, offering 5% back toward a future purchase.”

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