Map illustrates state-by-state prevalence of rosacea
BARRINGTON, Ill. – The term "red state" takes on a new meaning when one looks not at politics, but at the incidence of a widespread but poorly understood skin disorder that causes reddening of the face.
According to the latest data from the National Rosacea Society, residents of New England appear to have the highest incidence of the disease, while those in Hawaii appear to have the lowest. Rosacea is estimated to affect more than 16 million Americans, with the greatest prevalence — more than 10% of the adult population — found in Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut and the lowest — less than 5% — in Hawaii, New Mexico, Mississippi and Oklahoma.
Rosacea usually begins after age 30 as a flushing or redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead that may come and go, but over time becomes ruddier and more persistent. Without treatment, bumps and pimples often develop, and the nose may become swollen from excess tissue.
"While these figures provide only a rough estimate, they appear to be consistent with what is generally known about the disorder," former Food and Drug Administration director of dermatologic and dental drug products and rosacea expert Jonathan Wilkin said. "Rosacea has been found to be very common in the fair-skinned people of England, Ireland and northern Europe, so it’s not surprising to see such a high incidence in New England, the industrial Midwest and other areas with large concentrations of these ancestries."
However, while some ethnic groups may be more prone to rosacea than others, it is found among all racial and ethnic groups. According to a survey of 600 rosacea patients by the NRS, nearly 52% reported having a family member who also had the condition, and 42% indicated they were of Irish, German or English ancestry.
"In addition to genetics, a more temperate climate may also contribute to this prevalence pattern, as changes in temperature are common factors that can exacerbate the condition," Wilkin said.
Rite Aid announces winner of 2013 truck-driving contest
CAMP HILL, Pa. — A California truck driver has won an annual driving-skills contest sponsored by Rite Aid, the retail pharmacy chain said Wednesday.
William Plevney, representing the chain’s Lancaster, Calif., distribution center, took top honors in July in the Rite Aid 2013 Driver Skills Challenge, followed by Tuscaloosa, Ala., driver Lowell Lee and El Monte, Calif., driver Roger Melton.
From left to right: Rite Aid SVP supply chain Wilson Lester, William Plevney, Lowell Lee, Roger Melton
The contest recognizes drivers’ skill and safety practices based on a series of American Trucking Association format challenges designed to challenge them in maneuvering behind the wheel, safety knowledge in a written test and pre-trip safety inspections.
"The competition was a great reflection on all our talented drivers, and I just happened to come out on top today," Plevney, who has a decade of driving experience, said. "The level of skill and dedication to safety on display at the contest is what we do on a daily basis."
Walgreens partners with United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Wednesday partnered with the United Nations Foundation to help provide up to 3 million vaccines during this flu season to children in developing countries through a donation to the Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign.
Beginning Sept. 3 through Oct. 14, for every vaccine administered at any Walgreens pharmacy, Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens or Duane Reade pharmacy in New York, Walgreens will donate the value of a vaccine, primarily those for polio and measles, through Shot@Life for up to 3 million vaccines.
"We’ve developed a number of innovative programs and public-private partnerships through which we’ve helped improve immunization rates in medically underserved areas, and among other targeted populations in need across the U.S.," stated Harry Leider, Walgreens chief medical officer. "With the growing need for life-saving vaccines such as polio and measles in developing countries, we’re proud to work with the UN Foundation on this important cause that provides access to vaccine for children in need, creates greater awareness and furthers our mission to help people get, stay and live well."
Shot@Life is a movement to protect children worldwide by providing vaccines where they are needed most. The campaign is focused on educating and empowering Americans to support and advocate for decreasing vaccine-preventable childhood deaths while giving children around the world a shot at a healthy life.
The collaboration with Shot@Life builds upon Walgreens’ national and international efforts to provide greater access to healthcare services. Over the last two years, Walgreens has worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization to donate more than 400,000 doses of flu vaccine for at-risk populations in Laos and Nicaragua. In the United States, Walgreens is in its fourth year of a flu shot voucher program developed in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Through that program, Walgreens has distributed approximately 1 million flu shot vouchers to uninsured and underinsured individuals nationwide.
Correction: An earlier version of this article stated the incorrect start date. We apologize for the error.