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Diabetes-related hospitalizations on the rise, study finds

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK More young adults, particularly young women, are being hospitalized for diabetes-related issues, according to a new study.

The study — published online in the Oct. 12 edition of Journal of Women’s Health, led by Joyce Lee of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and colleagues — evaluated hospital discharges with a primary or secondary diagnosis of diabetes from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample between 1993 and 2006.

Lee and colleagues found that hospital discharges associated with diabetes rose 65.3% over the 14-year period, as women were about 1.3 times more likely to be in the hospital for diabetes-related issues than men; while diabetes-related hospitalizations rose 102% among adults ages 30 years to 39 years. The changes, the investigators noted, "signal a shift in the hospital burden of diabetes."

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BI, Latino Commission on AIDS launch website

BY Alaric DeArment

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. Drug maker Boehringer Ingelheim and the Latino Commission on AIDS have launched a website targeted at Latinos living with HIV, the two announced Thursday.

 

The website, MenteCuerpoHAART.com, is a Spanish-language version of an already existing English-language version, MindBodyHAART.com. The site is designed to help patients, their families and doctors understand issues affecting health care and treatment of HIV and find resources on prescribed medications and clinical trials, and communicate with medical providers.

 

 

“We face many health challenges in our communities,” Latino Commission on AIDS president Guillermo Chacon said. “It is important that we respond to the crisis of HIV/AIDS, perpetuated by the stigma, poverty, immigration status, fear, access to health care and barriers related to language.”

 

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Tiger Balm sponsors Susan G. Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Race for the Cure

BY Michael Johnsen

HAYWARD, Calif. Prince of Peace Enterprises on Thursday announced its sponsorship of the 15th annual Susan G. Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Race for the Cure under its Tiger Balm external analgesic brand.

 

“Tiger Balm stands with Susan G. Komen for the Cure in support of those who have been affected by breast cancer,” stated Kenneth Yeung, Prince of Peace president. “We are proud to sponsor the 15th anniversary of the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale race and to use our involvement to help raise awareness of this important cause among fans and users of Tiger Balm products.”

 

 

The Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Komen Affiliate’s service area covers Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties. Up to 75% of the Affiliate’s net income goes toward funding grants to local hospitals, clinics and community organizations that provide breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs for medically underserved women. The remaining net income supports the national Komen Grants Program, which funds groundbreaking breast cancer research, meritorious awards, and educational and scientific programs around the world.

 

 

Tiger Balm representatives will distribute free samples of Tiger Balm neck and shoulder rub and free workout towels featuring the Susan G. Komen and Tiger Balm logos at the race. Visitors also can receive free T-shirts with the Tiger Balm logo. Tiger Balm also is sponsoring a photo booth kiosk where individuals or groups can pose for free souvenir photos to mark the significance of the day.

 

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