Report: Less than half of Hispanic patients have diabetes under control
LAS VEGAS — A multi-year medical research study released Thursday that examined health issues among U.S. Hispanic/Latino groups has yielded data indicating that less than half of the participants diagnosed with diabetes had the condition under control.
“As a group, approximately one-third of Hispanics with the disease do not know they have diabetes,” stated Larissa Aviles-Santa, the study’s project director and Medical Officer with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Division of Cardiovascular Sciences. “So there is an opportunity here to take a look at clinical practices and think about how we can enhance guidelines and raise awareness amongst the Hispanic community.”
The study also revealed significant differences in the prevalence of diabetes across Hispanic groups: the disease was more common among those of Mexican, Puerto Rican and Dominican origin and least prevalent among those from South America. “This shows that talking about Hispanics as a group can be misleading,” Aviles-Santa said. “I would encourage educators and clinicians to consider Hispanics as not just one culture and one mentality, but a whole spectrum.”
The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos, spearheaded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, recruited and examined more than 16,000 participants in four cities from 2008 to 2011 to identify risk factors that play a role in the development of cardiovascular and other diseases in Hispanics/Latinos, the largest ethnic minority group in the United States. The study is ongoing.
The data was presented before the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists’ 23rd Annual Scientific and Clinical Congress.
Characters from ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Frozen’ get starring roles in new Jelly Belly collections
FAIRFIELD, Calif. — Jelly Belly Candy Co. is giving consumers a mix of whimsical fantasy and iconic sci-fi with its latest additions, which includes two of Hollywood’s biggest blockbuster films — "Star Wars" and "Frozen."
The Star Wars collection contains three 1-oz. bags and a 2.8-oz. Grab & Go bag, and each bag is filled with a "galaxy mix" of Jelly Bell beans. The mix is comprised of: Sparkling Berry Blue, Sparkling Blueberry, Sparkling Green Apple, Sparkling Sour Apple and new flavors Sparkling Grape Soda, Sparkling Wild Blackberry and Sparkling Island Punch.
The 1-oz. bag features images of a Stormtrooper, Darth Vader and Yoda. Consumers looking for more galactic flair can choose the 2.8-oz Grab & Go, which features the iconic Darth Vader (wielding a red lightsaber, of course). Both 1-oz. and 2.8-oz. bags are available beginning June 2014.
The Frozen collection, modeled after Disney’s recent hit animated film, contains an Icicle mix and includes flavors like: Sparkling Berry Blue, Sparkling Blueberry, Sparkling Cream Soda and the new Sparkling Grape Soda flavors. The 1-oz. bags, available to retailers in June, feature Queen Elsa, Princess Anna and Olaf the snowman. The 2.8-oz. Grab & Go bag features the three aforementioned characters linking arms. The Grab & Go bag is available beginning in July.
The company also announced a Frozen gift bag, which comes in a shimmering periwinkle-colored packaging and features the three main characters. The gift bag is filled with 7.5-oz of the Icicle mix and is available in August.
Canada’s Shoppers Drug Mart to kick off ‘This Summer – Only at Shoppers’ campaign
TORONTO — Canadian pharmacy retailer Shoppers Drug Mart is launching on Saturday a new campaign, dubbed “This Summer – Only at Shoppers,” to introduce hundreds of exclusive products and an interactive online portal.
“We’re all looking forward to the warmer weather and spending more time outside, especially after the winter we just had,” stated Chong Bang, SVP merchandising for Shoppers Drug Mart. “We want to help Canadians get the most out of summer by offering great new products, seasonal tips and a chance to win valuable prizes.”
The new Only at Shoppers online portal shares seasonal trends, tips and product picks from popular Canadian bloggers and experts in the realm of health, fitness, beauty and parenting. Features include articles, videos and blog posts, averaging more than 90 pieces of overall content with topics ranging from kid-friendly travel tips to easy workplace exercises.
The summer campaign will be supported in-store with POP, consumer emails and in-store radio along with owned and social media. In addition, television, radio and digital advertising will support the in-store and online contest communicating offers.