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Type 2 diabetes on the rise in children, experts say

BY Alaric DeArment

HOUSTON Despite its “adult-onset” designation, Type 2 diabetes has risen at a high rate among children, and this has experts worried.

Physicians gathered in Houston Saturday to discuss strategies for preventing and treating the disease among children and adolescents at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists’ 18th Annual Meeting & Clinical Congress.

“Type 2 diabetes is extremely complex,” pediatric endocrinologist and session monitor A. Jay Cohen said. “The rapid rise in obesity, physical inactivity and the consumption of excess calories seems to have led to the epidemic of children with Type 2 diabetes.”

The National Institutes of Health is conducting two clinical trials to identify children at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes and demonstrate the effectiveness of lifestyle intervention. In the first trial, researchers are tracking 6,400 children from sixth to eighth grade to determine if modifications in exercise programs and nutrition in the school environment can reduce the risk of the disease, measuring the children’s body mass indices, fasting glucose levels and fasting insulin levels. In the second trial, the researchers will explore the best treatment options.

“It is imperative to expose the social, behavioral and environmental factors which have led to this epidemic,” pediatric endocrinologist and study chairwoman Francine Kaufman said.

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NACDS develops Marketplace Retail Scorecard

BY Michael Johnsen

PALM BEACH, Fla. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores developed a results-driven resource for retailers attending the 2009 Marketplace conference, called the Marketplace Retail Scorecard. The scorecard focuses retailers on finding new vendors or products, identifying marketing and merchandising opportunities and resolving issues.

“Now, more than ever, retailers are ensuring that their business activities produce tangible results for their bottom lines,” stated Jim Whitman, NACDS SVP meetings and exhibits. “We urge retailers to utilize this new tool as a way to ensure that their business meetings are successful and yield results long after the NACDS Marketplace conference has taken place.”

The scorecard is divided into five “S.M.A.R.T.” deliverables — specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound — which will enable retailers to target their goals ahead of time, quantify them, conduct follow-up and plan accordingly for future business activities with suppliers, NACDS stated.

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Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation hosts annual event

BY Alaric DeArment

WELLESLEY, Mass. The New England Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation hopes to raise $1.5 million with a black-tie gala Saturday.

The chapter’s Massachusetts branch will have its 27th annual Hearts & Heroes Gala at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, paying tribute to Insulet Corp. president and CEO Duane DeSisto as honoree and giving the Nancy Jones Diabetes Champion Award to Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy.

“In the fight against diabetes, we have one vision: to find a cure,” JDRF New England Chapter executive director Heidi Daniels said in a statement. “Duane DeSisto, Insulet Corp. and Sen. Kennedy are true champions in the hearts and minds of all of us with loved ones who have Type 1 diabetes.”

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