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CDC: Young people face multiple health challenges

BY Alaric DeArment

ATLANTA Increases in obesity, higher injury rates and lack of health insurance are just three of the challenges that young adults aged 18 to 29 in the United States face, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The report, “Health, United States: 2008,” is the 32nd edition of the annual report, prepared by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. 

Highlights of the report, which includes a special section on young adults, include: 

  • Obesity rates have tripled, to 24%, between the periods between the early 1970s and 2006
  • Smoking rates among young women declined between 1997 and 2006 by nearly 20%, but not among young men; in 2006, 29% of young men were smokers
  • In 2005, accidental injuries, homicide and suicide accounted for 70% of deaths among young adults
  • Between 1999 and 2004, nearly 9% of those aged 20 to 29 reported depression, anxiety disorder or panic disorder in the past 12 months
  • In 2006, 34% of those aged 20 to 24 lacked insurance, compared to 21% of 18- and 19-year-olds and 29% of those aged 25 to 29
  • Between 2004 and 2006, 17% of those in the 18-29 group reported needing but not receiving medical care, prescription medicines, mental health care or eyeglasses due to lack of money

The report also revealed a number of trends among older adults. 

  • In 2006, life expectancies for men and women were 3.6 years and 1.9 years higher than in 1990, respectively, due to declines in death rates from heart disease, stroke and cancer
  • Between 2003 and 2006, 65% of men and 80% of women 75 and older had high blood pressure or were taking medication to treat it, compared to 36% of adults aged 45 to 54
  • Increased use of cholesterol-lowering drugs had partially contributed to a decline in the percentage of the population with high cholesterol
  • About 25% of adults 60 and older had diabetes between 2003 and 2006
  • Obesity rates remain high, but are not increasing as rapidly as before; more than a third of adults 20 and older were obese in 2005 and 2006

 

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Supervalu recalls private-label peanut products

BY Alaric DeArment

MINNEAPOLIS Amid the ongoing recalls of peanut products across the country, a large supermarket operator announced Saturday that it had taken several private-label products off its shelves.

Supervalu said it was recalling trail mix and fruit and nut trail mix products sold under the private labels of Albertsons, Jewel-Osco, ACME and Shaw’s stores.

The move follows recalls of hundreds of products by Peanut Corporation of America, including all products produced at its Plainview, Texas, processing plant.

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MinuteClinic joins Health Net Federal Services/TRICARE North

BY Antoinette Alexander

MINNEAPOLIS MinuteClinic, which is owned by CVS Caremark, has become a participating provider in Health Net Federal Services/TRICARE North network for military families.

“We believe MinuteClinic can help to increase access to care and provide cost-savings for families when it’s needed most,” stated Chip Phillips, MinuteClinic president. “We look forward to working with Health Net Federal Services to extend care to TRICARE North beneficiaries through our convenient locations, which include many healthcare centers near military bases and government installations.”

TRICARE is the uninformed services healthcare program for active duty service members and their families, retired service members and their families, members of the National Guard and Reserve and their families, survivors, and others who are eligible.

Nearly 1.5 million TRICARE healthcare beneficiaries now have in-network access to MinuteClinic locations in 13 states: Connecticut; Indiana; Massachusetts; Maryland; Michigan; St. Louis, Mo.-area; North Carolina; New Jersey; New York; Ohio; Pennsylvania; and Virginia.

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