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Study: Too much TV may be an indicator of poor blood-glucose control

BY Michael Johnsen

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Type 1 diabetics who watch the most television have poorer blood-sugar control on average, according to a study published online Sept. 16 by the American Diabetes Association’s journal Diabetes Care.

In the cross-sectional study, self-report questionnaires were used to assess media consumption habits, physical activity and socioeconomic status in 296 children, adolescents and young adults with Type 1 diabetes.

While study authors acknowledged there could be no direct correlation between television watching and blood-glucose control, at least not with this study, they surmised on possible explanation behind possible links would be in snacking — sedentary people watching TV tend to snack more, they suggested.

Youths with Type 1 diabetes (average age 14 years) spent 2.9 hours per day watching TV and using computers; they participated in physical exercise around five hours per week. Those who watched four or more hours of TV or used the computer recorded a hemoglobin A1C of 9.3% on average, versus 8.5% for those who spent less time watching TV or surfing the Internet.

According to the Council for the Advancement of Diabetes Research and Education, the risk for macrovascular and microvascular complications in all people begins to increase at an A1C level of 6.5%, with people having A1C levels of greater than 8% experiencing significantly greater complication rates. CADRE recommends for diabetics that the A1C level be managed below 7% to reduce the risk of any microvascular complications.

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Sanofi MS drug shows good results in phase-3 trial

BY Alaric DeArment

PARIS — A drug under investigation by Sanofi for multiple sclerosis improved several measures of disease activity in patients, according to results of a late-stage clinical trial.

The French drug maker announced the publication of results from the phase-3 "TEMSO" study of Aubagio (teriflunomide) in the New England Journal of Medicine. Data showed that in the 14-mg dosage, the drug reduced the annual relapse rate, reduced disability progressions and improved several magnetic resonance imaging measures of disease activity, including new or worsening brain lesions. The study involved 1,088 people in 21 countries with relapsing forms of MS and is part of a broader clinical trial program that will include 4,000 patients in 36 countries.

"The TEMSO data demonstrate the effect of teriflunomide in terms of reducing relapse rates, disability progression and magnetic resonance imaging lesions," TEMSO study principal investigator and director of the MS Clinic at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto Paul O’Connor said. "These results, sustained over two years, provide clinically meaningful data for teriflunomide."

 


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Walmart plays up toy list, layaway

BY Gail Hoffer

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — While Toys"R"Us and Kmart were among the first retailers to release their hot toy lists, Walmart wasn’t too far behind this year, offering many of the same toys as the aforementioned companies, and even some exclusives.

"Value is a huge priority for our customers and they rely on Walmart for the right toys at great prices everyday and especially during the holiday season," said Laura Phillips, chief toy officer and SVP toys and seasonal merchandising at Walmart. "We know this economic climate is difficult for our customers and we are committed to helping them have the Christmas they want and deserve."

Walmart’s top 20 toy list includes:

  • Mattel Monster High 3-Pack*

  • Lego Mace Windu Fighter*

  • Hasbro Race Along Chuck

  • Fisher Price Dance ‘n Play Puppy

  • Hasbro Elmo Rocks

  • Fisher Price Dora’s Fiesta Kitchen

  • LeapFrog Leap Pad Explorer

  • MGA Lalaloopsy Silly Hair

  • Mattel Fijit

  • Hasbro Easy Bake Oven

  • Hasbro Cookie Pie FurReal

  • Mattel Barbie Camper

  • Hasbro Beyblades Triple Battle

  • Hasbro Star Wars FX Lightsaber

  • Hasbro Nerf Nitron

  • Fisher Price Imaginext Bat Cave

  • Spinmaster RC Real McQueen

  • Hasbro Transformers Ultimate Optimus

  • Wowee Paper Jams Pro Mic

  • Hasbro Yahtzee Flash Games

*Denotes Walmart exclusive.

In addition to revealing its top toys for holiday 2011, Walmart announced that it will offer layaway for electronics and toys. Available at all stores nationwide beginning Oct. 17 through Dec. 16, the program will be available on eligible toy and electronic gifts with a retail price of $15 or more.

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