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Diabetes Alert Day on March 24

BY Michael Johnsen

ALEXANDRIA, Va. The American Diabetes Association is sponsoring its 21st Annual American Diabetes Alert Day next week on March 24. The Diabetes Alert Day is a one-day, “wake-up” call to inform the American public about the seriousness of diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association encourages people to take the Diabetes Risk Test and find out if they, or their loved ones, are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Already, 23.6 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes and nearly one-quarter of those do not know they have it. One in five Americans is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

For many, diagnosis may come seven to ten years after the onset of the disease. Therefore, early diagnosis is critical to successful treatment and delaying or preventing some of its complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and death.

Everyone should be aware of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes. People who are overweight, under active (living a sedentary lifestyle), and over the age of 45 should consider themselves at risk for the disease. African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and people who have a family history of the disease are at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes.

On Diabetes Alert Day, the American Diabetes Association will “Sound the Alert” about the dangers of diabetes. To help people better recognize their own risk for type 2 diabetes, the American Diabetes Association encourages the public to take the Diabetes Risk Test which requires users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for diabetes. The Diabetes Risk Test shows users whether they are at low, moderate, or high risk for diabetes. If they are at high risk, they are encouraged to schedule an appointment with their healthcare provider.

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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to receive prestigious health care award

BY Allison Cerra

BETHESDA, Md. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will be honored in Washington, D.C., for remarkable leadership in improving the quality of care for people living with cystic fibrosis, by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

The NCQA is a private, not-for-profit organization devoted to improving the quality of health care by elevating the issue to the national level. Each year, the organization presents Health Quality Awards to individuals and organizations that show an ongoing commitment to improving the quality of health care. Previous award recipients include Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and actress and advocate Mary Tyler Moore.

The Foundation was among the first health organizations to publish health outcomes data for its accredited care centers. The data is updated annually so people with CF can track the progress of their individual care centers.

“We are honored to receive the Health Quality Award from NCQA for driving improvements in care for people with cystic fibrosis,” said Bruce Marshall, M.D., VP clinical affairs for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. “Increasingly, we’re learning that quality improvement efforts when applied to a chronic disease can have a dramatic impact on patients’ lives.”

The Foundation supports and accredits a nationwide network of more than 115 care centers, which provide vital treatments and resources to patients and families. In 2002, the Foundation launched its quality improvement program to accelerate improvement in care. Since that time, key indicators of health for people with cystic fibrosis — including lung function and nutritional status — have increased across the Foundation’s care center network. Improved lung function and nutrition leads to added years of life.

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Take Care opens clinic in Chicago

BY Antoinette Alexander

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. Take Care Health Systems, which is owned by Walgreens, has announced the opening of a new clinic in the Chicago area.

With the new opening, the clinic operator now has 35 clinics in that market.

In total, Take Care Health now has 340 clinics in 35 markets throughout 19 states.

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