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Reports: Insurers, employers support YMCA diabetes program

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — The YMCA is sponsoring a diabetes-control program that some say could slow the disease’s spread, according to published reports.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the program has been shown in research to potentially reduce the incidence of the disease through a combination of exercise, dieting and individual counseling. The research has led employers and insurers to provide funding for the program and enroll participants, including UnitedHealth Group; the Y receives reimbursement for people enrolling people in a year-long diabetes prevention course, and receives more money if patients lose 5% to 7% of body weight.

In June 2012, the nonprofit group received a Health Care Innovation Award of nearly $12 million over three years from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to conduct a demonstration project in 17 communities around the country to deliver the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program to 10,000 Medicare enrollees.


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Cascades makes short list for innovation awards

BY Alaric DeArment

CANDIAC, Quebec — Cascades has been named a finalist in the 2013 Edison Awards, the company said Monday.

The company said its antibacterial paper towels made the short list in the awards’ "Consumer Packaged Goods: Cleaning Solutions" category. Award winners will be named on April 25 at the Edison Awards Annual Gala in Chicago.

"We are honored to be considered for such a renowned award, among so many other great innovations," Cascades Tissue Group CEO Suzanne Blanchet said. "While our antibacterial paper towel is a groundbreaking innovation, it also makes good common sense for human health."

 

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Almost 3-in-4 consumers supplement

BY Michael Johnsen

As many as 72% of consumers use vitamins and dietary supplements, according to an online survey of more than 900 AccentHealth viewers conducted in late 2012. The most likely to report supplement use included women and all consumers older than 55 years.

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