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Survey says many healthcare professionals don’t have time to discuss insomnia

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON Six-in-10 healthcare professionals in the United States do not think they have enough time to discuss insomnia with their patients during regular office visits, according to a survey.

The National Sleep Foundation and drug maker Sanofi-Aventis U.S. polled 301 healthcare professionals online, with help from WB&A Market Research. They found that 82 percent of those polled think the professional and patient have the responsibility of initiating the conversation about insomnia during office visits. Another 80 percent think their patients try OTC sleep aids often to treat insomnia.

“It’s important for both healthcare professionals and patients to discuss sleep issues during a routine exam including the consequences of insomnia such as increased risk of automotive crashes, decreased work performance, depression or mood changes,” medical director Helene Emsellem of the Center for Sleep and Wake Disorders said. “While we are encouraged by some of the survey results, it’s clear that much more needs to be done to raise awareness of insomnia as a serious medical condition.”

About 30 million Americans have chronic insomnia.

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Take Care opens three clinics in New Orleans area

BY Antoinette Alexander

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. Take Care Health Systems, which is owned by Walgreens, announced on Monday that it has opened three retail-based clinics in New Orleans, marking the first Take Care Clinics in the state of Louisiana.

Additional locations are slated to open in New Orleans in early 2009.

“We are excited to bring high-quality, affordable care to the citizens of New Orleans,” said Peter Miller, Take Care Health Systems’ president and chief executive officer. “We have watched this city overcome incredible obstacles in the past few years and we feel that its residents will greatly benefit from the increased access to health care offered by Take Care Clinics. Nearly one million patients have been treated at Take Care Clinics nationwide and we are proud to expand into New Orleans as part of our continued growth.”

Last year, Walgreens celebrated the opening of its 6,000th pharmacy location nationwide in New Orleans and has historically maintained a strong presence in the city.

Take Care Health Systems currently manages 312 clinics in 18 states.

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Medicine Shoppe teams with ADA on American Diabetes Month activities

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK A retail pharmacy chain and the American Diabetes Association are collaborating to mark American Diabetes Month with free cards listing healthy recipes for people with diabetes.

Medicine Shoppe will distribute the cards, partially funded by Bayer HealthCare, listing 10 recipes that the ADA has approved as safe for diabetics, including chicken, turkey, potato, sausage and vegetable dishes.

The cards, titled the “Live Health Nutritional Recipe Cards,” list nutrition information and serving sizes for each recipe.

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