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Study shows people with disabilities smoke nearly 50 percent more

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA Smoking prevalence among people with disabilities is nearly 50 percent higher than among people without disabilities (29.9 percent vs. 19.8 percent), according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study found that in 2004, smoking prevalence for people with disabilities is highest in Delaware (39.4 percent) and lowest in Puerto Rico (16.5 percent).

The study found that about 70 percent of people with disabilities who smoke and had visited a doctor in the last year had been advised to quit smoking. However, more than 40 percent of those advised to quit reported not being told about the types of tobacco-cessation treatment available.

The data was culled from the 2004 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System from the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the two U.S. territories for which data were available—Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The BRFSS is an ongoing, state-based, random-digit-dialed telephone survey of the civilian, non-institutionalized U.S. population aged 18 years or older. 

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Rep. Waxman issues letter regarding pediatric cough and cold medicines

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., on Wednesday issued a letter addressing the Consumer Healthcare Products Association’s pending public comments on the labeling of pediatric cough and cold products before a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee meeting to be held later this month.

Waxman criticized CHPA’s advocacy of a ban on marketing products to children under the age of two even as several CHPA members have products targeting infants on the market.

In response, CHPA has issued a moratorium on advertising nonprescription medicines to children under the age of 2. “CHPA’s member companies are no longer advertising or promoting these medicines for infants and are individually working on their own transition plans to address the recommendations put forth in our background materials for the upcoming FDA advisory committee meeting,” stated Elizabeth Funderburk, CHPA director of communications and media relations, on Thursday.

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Rite Aid to begin selling Lindora diet products in Southern California

BY Michael Johnsen

COSTA MESA, Calif. As part of its partnership with Rite Aid, Lindora Medical Clinics announced Wednesday that Rite Aid will be selling its line of diet-related products in approximately 400 locations in Southern California. The items include a selection of protein bars, shakes, nutritional supplements, weight loss program books, instructional DVDs and the newly-introduced “Weight Loss Starter Kit,” all of which were previously items only available online or to those enrolled in Lindora’s medically-supervised weight control program.

“Partnering with Rite Aid enables us to distribute our line of healthy living and weight control products on a much broader scale,” stated Lindora president and chief executive officer Cynthia Stamper Graff.

Items include:

  • High-Protein Snack Bars ($12.50 for package of 7)
  • Protein Beverages ($8 – $12)
  • High Protein Foods ($10 – $12)
  • The Lindora Weight Loss System ($39.95)

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