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Lack of sleep can prompt issues controlling blood sugar among Type 1 diabetics

BY Allison Cerra

DARIEN, Ill. — A new study published in the recent issue of Sleep has found that young Type 1 diabetics may have difficulty controlling their blood-sugar levels due to lack of sleep.

Examining the sleep health of 50 Type 1 diabetics ages 10 to 16 years, researchers led by Michelle Perfect of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine found that, when compared with a control group, diabetics spent more time in a lighter stage of sleep than those without diabetes. The lack of sleep was associated with compromised school performance and higher blood-sugar levels, the researchers said. As a result, the study authors concluded that "sleep should be routinely assessed as part of diabetes management in youth with Type 1 diabetes."

“Sleep problems were associated with lower grades, poorer performance on state standardized tests, poor quality of life and abnormalities in daytime behavior,” Perfect said. “On the upside, sleep is a potentially modifiable health behavior, so these kids could be helped by a qualified professional to get a better night’s sleep.”


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Weis names new VP pharmacy

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets on Tuesday named Joseph Douglas the grocer’s VP pharmacy.

Douglas will oversee the day-to-day merchandising, operation and management of Weis Markets’ 122 pharmacies and also will direct the company’s lifestyle initiatives’ team, which focuses on health-and-wellness issues. Douglas will report to Kurt Schertle, SVP sales and merchandising.

Douglas was a 27-year Walgreens veteran, where he was VP transforming community practice.

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APhA releases pharmacy management guide

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — The American Pharmacists Association has released a new information resource for pharmacists and pharmacy students about pharmacy management, the group said.

The APhA announced Wednesday the release of "Getting Started as a Pharmacy Manager," a 171-page book for new and aspiring pharmacy managers about handling such managing issues as managing people, adhering to laws and regulations, and running a business.

The book was written by American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy director of professional alliance development Lynette Bradley-Baker. It is available from the APhA’s website for $31.50, or $25 for organization members.

The APhA also announced the publication of the 17th edition of its guide to non-prescription drugs, "Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs: An Interactive Approach to Self-Care." The new edition, which sells for $179.95, or $144 for APhA members, has a new chapter that focuses on self-care of diabetes and other disorders and two new appendices that cover safe use of non-prescription drugs, supplements and natural products during pregnancy, as well as vaccine information.


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