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Kmart launches Latina scholarship fund

BY Alaric DeArment

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Kmart is launching a scholarship fund as part of its recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

The mass merchandise retailer announced Thursday the launch of the Latina Smart Fund, promoted through its Latina Smart Facebook page, which will award $25,000 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors and students currently enrolled in college, technical or trade schools.

"Kmart recognizes education is a passion point within the Latino culture," multicultural marketing director Nydia Sahagun of parent company Sears Holdings Corp. said. "Through the Latina Smart Fund, we aim to further engage and empower the Hispanic community that represents some of Kmart’s most loyal customers."

Between Sept. 15 and Oct. 31, eligible candidates can apply for the Latina Smart Fund scholarship by going to the Facebook page and submitting an essay of 750 to 1,000 words or by uploading a two-minute video of themselves answering a topical question. The most "Liked" entries will be rated by the Latina Smart Ambassadors based on originality, style and enthusiasm. The top 20 selections will advance to the final round, where a panel of experts will select one $10,000 award recipient and three $5,000 award recipients.

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LifeScan introduces talking glucose meter in India

BY Michael Johnsen

MUMBAI, India — LifeScan on Thursday kicked off the global launch of its new blood-glucose monitoring device specifically designed to make self-monitoring simple.

Called OneTouch SelectSimple, the blood-glucose monitor is the first meter to be launched with audio alerts, according to the company. There are two alerts corresponding to high and low glucose levels. These alerts automatically go off whenever the readings cross the cut-off limits. The product also has visual alerts via the use of arrows on screen, as well as a high-low alarm reference card where the patients can put down their readings and maintain a record.

“One of the key barriers to self-monitoring that still remain is the lack of confidence in self-care technology," stated Annaswamy Vaidheesh, managing director for Johnson & Johnson Medical India. "The SelectSimple system helps satisfy the previously unmet needs of a large group of people with diabetes who can now test their blood-glucose levels with ease and confidence with high levels of accuracy and precision.”



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Quitting smoking can turn that frown upside down

BY Michael Johnsen

COLUMBIA, Mo. — University of Missouri researchers earlier this week revealed evidence that showed those who quit smoking show improvements in their overall personality.

"The data indicate that for some young adults, smoking is impulsive," stated Andrew Littlefield, a doctoral student in the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Science. "That means that 18 year olds are acting without a lot of forethought, and favor immediate rewards over long-term, negative consequences."

In the study, MU researchers compared people ages 18 years to 35 years who smoked with those who had quit smoking. They found that individuals who smoked were higher in two distinct personality traits during young adulthood — impulsivity and neuroticism.

"Smokers at age 18 had higher impulsivity rates than nonsmokers at age 18, and those who quit tended to display the steepest declines in impulsivity between ages 18 and 25," Littlefield said. "However, as a person ages and continues to smoke, smoking becomes part of a regular behavior pattern and less impulsive."

Despite the evidence from this study, substance use still is a complex relationship of genetic and environmental factors, Littlefield said.

The study, "Smoking Desistance and Personality Change in Emerging and Young Adulthood," has been accepted by the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research. The study was co-authored by Kenneth J. Sher, a professor in the MU Department of Psychology.

 

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