Report shows nearly half of Amercans will develop knee osteoarthritis
WASHINGTON An estimated 45 percent of Americans will develop knee osteoarthritis according to a Reuters report published Wednesday, citing a study in the journal Arthritis Care & Research.
Obese people are at higher risk, the report found—65 percent of those considered obese will develop knee osteoarthritis
“Simply put, people who keep their weight within the normal range are much less likely to develop symptomatic knee osteoarthritis as they get older, and thus much less likely to face the need for major surgical procedures such as knee-replacement surgery,” stated Joanne Jordan of the University of North Carolina, one of the researchers.
The study showed no significant differences in risk associated with sex, race or education level.
Safeway raises $9.7 million for muscular dystrophy
PLEASANTON, Calif. Safeway customers and employees helped the supermarket chain raise $9.7 million to help fight muscular dystrophy during an August fund-raiser.
Safeway raised the funds through donations made at checkout registers in 1,700 Safeway stores in the U.S. and Canada. A portion of proceeds from some products sold in stores was also donated. With the August funds, Safeway has raised nearly $42 million for muscular dystrophy with its month-long fundraisers.
Walgreens offers consumers advice in case of evacuations
DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens has published a short list of suggestions for anyone in areas affected by potential hurricanes, such as Tropical Storm Gustav, which, at press time, was heading toward the Gulf of Mexico and threatening to turn into a hurricane.
While the advice was simple, it may make a big difference for prescription medication takers who have to be evacuated:
- Fill the medication only after arriving at a safe location.
- Carry the medication in a waterproof bag.
- Keep a written record of all prescriptions in an “important papers” file.
Walgreens emphasized in step 2 that all prescription bottles should be taken, even if empty. The information on the bottle label will help any pharmacist refill the medicine. Heat, humidity and sunlight can degrade the effectiveness of medicine, so Walgreens reminded consumers to protect it from extreme weather conditions.
The company also reminded consumers that Walgreens’ patients could register online at Walgreens.com and print out prescription information directly from their patient profile. Walgreens operates 6,356 drugstores in 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.