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Study links hike in number of obese Americans to higher rates of hypertension

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON A study published in the journal Hypertension has shown that rising rates of obesity are contributing to rising rates of high blood pressure.

At the same time, however, more of them are getting treatment for it.

The study, by researchers at the National Institutes of Health, analyzed patient data collected between 1998 and 2004, showing that 29 percent of adults in the United States had hypertension, compared to 24 percent during the period between 1988 and 1994. Thirty percent had prehypertension, or slightly elevated blood pressure that is a precursor to hypertension, meaning that less than half of Americans had normal blood pressure levels.

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Walgreens ships diabetes supplies for free to Medicare Part B patients

BY Jenna Duncan

DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens has announced that it ship diabetes testing supplies for free to people who have their supplies covered under Medicare Part B.

The move comes at a time when budgets are tight—especially for seniors. To make getting diabetes supplies easier and more affordable, Walgreens said, patients can pick up their testing items at one of the 6,400 stores or have supplies mailed to their home at no cost.

Those seniors who are eligible can sign up by calling 1-888-PARTB-65 (1-888-727-8265) or request a call from a Walgreens representative by logging on to https://www.walgreens.com/partb. Special Walgreens phone reps will assist with filing all of the necessary Part B claim forms and will answer any other additional questions, the company said.

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Bruno’s, Food World stores announce closings of many in-store pharmacies

BY Jenna Duncan

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. Bruno’s over the weekend announced that 22 out 40 in-store pharmacies in Bruno’s and Food World stored throughout Alabama and Florida will be closed. The closures will affect about 60 employees, the company said.

Bruno’s will sell remaining prescriptions and pharmaceutical inventories to CVS, a spokesman told the local media. CVS may also retain some of Bruno’s pharmacy employees.

No word yet on what Bruno’s will do with the remaining space in stores.  

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