The Little Clinic opens four clinics in Kroger stores
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. The Little Clinic has announced the opening of four clinics within Kroger stores in the Cincinnati area and Farragut, Tenn.
The three new clinics within the Cincinnati area are located in Kroger stores in Madeira (opened March 9), Deerfield Township (opens March 16) and Montgomery (opens March 23).
“The Little Clinic fills a niche within the healthcare industry for today’s busy consumer,” stated Lisa Loscalzo, EVP business development for The Little Clinic. “Our clinics provide a convenient, easily accessible, and affordable solution for the everyday health needs of busy moms and families, working professionals, small business owners and basically anyone who has to fit healthcare needs around daily life activities through extended hours, evenings and weekend availability.”
The Little Clinic, which is based in Brentwood, currently manages clinics in nine states.
Lack of sleep can increase risk of diabetes, study shows
BUFFALO, N.Y. Insufficient sleep every night can increase the risk of diabetes, a new study shows.
Researchers at the University of Buffalo in New York found that people who sleep less than six hours a night are 4.5 times more likely to have elevated blood sugar than those who get six to eight hours of sleep. A fasting glucose level of more than 100 is known as prediabetes.
The researchers presented their findings at the American Heart Association’s 49th annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention.
The findings were based on data from a six-year follow-up of patients who took part in the Western New York Health Study, conducted between 1996 and 2001. The 91 people who started out with normal fasting glucose levels but later developed pre-diabetes were compared to those who maintained normal glucose. The study participants were placed into three groups: those who slept less than six hours, those who slept more than eight hours and those who slept between six and eight hours.
“This study supports growing evidence of the association of inadequate sleep with adverse health issues,” said study lead author Lisa Rafalson. “Genetic susceptibility is always a possible explanation for this finding, but it is more likely that pathways involving hormones and the nervous system are involved in the impared-sleep [and] fasting glucose association.”
PhRMA: White House Healthcare Summit “offers opportunity for input into reform”
WASHINGTON An organization that represents the drug industry said Thursday that the White House’s healthcare summit in Dearborn, Mich., part of a series that will include several cities, “offers opportunity for input into reform.”
“Through a series of White House health reform summits taking place in Dearborn and other cities across the country over the next two months, a diverse group of stakeholders – including patients, physicians, industry, labor and government – will be openly discussing key elements needed in a comprehensive healthcare reform package,” said Billy Tauzin, president, CEO Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. “These discussions are critical to help ensure that healthcare reform remains a top national priority this year and does not fall by the wayside.”