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Eileen Myers joins The Little Clinic

BY Antoinette Alexander

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — The Little Clinic has appointed Eileen Myers as director of prevention and health management. She will be responsible for leading the health-and-wellness initiatives and for overseeing the rollout of an expanded scope of services for the clinic operator.

Myers most recently worked as a private practice dietitian, counseling patients with weight and eating disorder issues. She also has been a consultant, providing motivational interviewing and behavior change strategy expertise for business and industry organizations. She has worked closely with The Little Clinic for three years as a consultant on scope of services and SmartPath Prevention programs.

"We are pleased to officially welcome Eileen Myers to our team," stated Ford Brewer, chief medical officer for The Little Clinic. "Her work with The Little Clinic over the past three years has been an asset as we continue to provide quality, affordable health care to our customers."

The Little Clinic currently operates healthcare clinics inside select Kroger stores in Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio; King Sooper in Colorado; Fry’s Food Stores in Arizona; and Publix supermarkets in Georgia and Florida.

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More than 6% of American women developed gestational diabetes in 2008

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — More than 6% of women who gave birth in hospitals in the United States in 2008 had diabetes or developed gestational diabetes during pregnancy, according to a new analysis by the federal government’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

The agency found that more than a quarter million women, or 6.4%, who gave birth had the conditions that can produce risks for the mother and the baby, including risk of preterm birth and miscarriage and risk of the baby having low blood sugar, jaundice or overly large body size. Gestational diabetes usually disappears after delivery.

The analysis was based on data in the report “Hospitalizations Related to Diabetes in Pregnancy, 2008,” which uses data from the 2008 Nationwide Inpatient Sample, a database of hospital inpatient stays in all short-term, nonfederal hospitals.

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Study: Drug interactions may be imminent among antidepressant users

BY Allison Cerra

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Many older Americans prescribed antidepressants may be taking medication that could adversely interact with the antidepressant, a new study found.

The Thomson Reuters study — sponsored by Sanofi-Aventis and published in the American Journal for Geriatric Psychiatry — found that there are more challenges in prescribing antidepressants to older Americans. Among 39,512 new antidepressant users ages 65 years and older, 25.4% were prescribed antidepressants and another medication that could cause a major interaction, while an additional 36.1% had potential moderate interactions. The remaining 38.5% of respondents had minor or no interactions.

What’s more, the study found, the likelihood that users would have to switch antidepressants because of adverse interactions between medications was 19.5%. Many side effects reported by patients included insomnia, somnolence and drowsiness.

"We found a concerning degree of potentially harmful drug combinations being prescribed to seniors. These findings reinforce the need for clinicians to be aware of potential drug-drug interactions and the importance of close patients monitoring," said Tami Mark, the paper’s lead author and director of analytic strategies at Thomson Reuters.

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