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Kinney Drugs announces flu shot clinics, health education programs through late November

BY Antoinette Alexander

GOUVENEUR, N.Y. Kinney Drugs has announced that it is now offering in-store flu clinics, breast cancer educational programs, and diabetes education and screenings in all of its markets.

The clinics will be available at various store locations throughout the chain’s network of 87 stores in central and northern New York and Vermont. They will be available through Nov. 21. Exact locations, dates and times are available at www.kinneydrugs.com.

Both the flu and pneumonia vaccines will be free for people with Medicare Part B and many insurance programs are accepted. A registered nurse employed by Maxim Health Systems will administer the immunizations.

As part of the breast cancer education program, a panel of professionals will be on hand to answer questions and share educational information such as breast cancer prevention and the latest treatment options and technology.

In addition, patients who meet certain criteria can learn how they can obtain a free mammogram through programs sponsored by the New York and Vermont health departments. Mobile Mammography, which operates within a coach-type bus, will make scheduled stops at local Kinney Drugs stores to bring mammograms to underserved populations. Representatives from Susan G. Komen for the Cure will also be on hand at some locations.

During the month of November, the retailer is teaming up with local medical centers and hospitals to conduct diabetes screenings at select store locations. Patients will also have the opportunity to consult with a diabetic educator. They will be asked to fill out a risk assessment form and then consult with the certified dietician. They will be given their blood glucose level via finger stick blood test and information on diabetes awareness, prevention and better care.

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Medicare patients not getting cancer screenings often enough

BY Alaric DeArment

ROCKVILLE, Md. A study by researchers at the University of North Carolina shows that screening rates for certain types of cancer among older Medicaid patients lag behind national objectives.

The study, published in the Oct. 13 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine and based on documented evidence, analyzed 1,951 Medicaid recipients in North Carolina aged 50 and older and found that physicians recommended screening for colorectal, breast and cervical cancer to 52.7 percent, 60.4 percent and 51.5 percent of patients, respectively.

Respective rates of adequate screening for the three cancers were 28.2 percent, 31.7 percent and 31.6 percent.

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Report shows Philadelphia has high rate of those treated for diabetes type 2

BY Alaric DeArment

PHILADELPHIA Percentages of people in Philadelphia who receive services to treat type 2 diabetes are higher than national averages. At the same time, the percentage of working-age people with the disease is higher in the city than the national average.

These are some of the results in the Greater Philadelphia Type 2 Diabetes Report for 2008, released Wednesday by the Greater Philadelphia Diabetes Coalition, which analyzed the demographics, costs and quality of care for people in the city with type 2 diabetes. The report included data from around the city’s metropolitan area, as well as western Pennsylvania and Atlantic City, N.J.

“GPDC helped develop the Greater Philadelphia Type 2 Diabetes Report to serve as a useful resource for employers, illustrating the seirous negative impact diabetes has on the Greater Philadelphia area,” GPDC chairman Dr. Ronald Brooks said. “This report points out the need to prevent diabetes through exercise and prudent nutrition as well as the importance that people with diabetes receive optimal care, based on evidence-based guidelines.”

The report also shows that 57 percent of Philadelphia residents in 2007 were between 18 and 64 years old, higher than the national average of 52.3 percent. In Atlantic City, the rate was 59.4 percent.

It also shows that costs for care of people with Type 2 diabetes are higher in Philadelphia than in the other five markets profiled. In 2007, the average hospital inpatient charges for treating Type 2 diabetics was $95,813, almost twice as high as the national average of $49,870. Hospital outpatient charges were $6,168, while the national average was $4,673.

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