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Walgreens to host walkathon, health fair event

BY Michael Johnsen

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation on Wednesday announced that the first-ever Walk with Walgreens Family Fun Day & Health Fair will take place April 10 at 14 locations across Florida.

Additionally, 851 Walgreens stores throughout the state and parts of Georgia and Alabama will be selling "scannables" in the amounts of $1, $5 and $10 that customers can write their names on and help decorate the stores’ walls through April to benefit the Diabetes Research Institute.

Each walkathon location will feature a variety of activities and entertainment, like face painting and clowns, plus health booths and information and a chance to win a $500 scholarship. Brochures with registration and pledge forms are located at the checkstand of area stores, and all registrants can add their photo to a special wall in the store, the foundation stated. 

Each person who registers for the walk also will be included in the Nationwide Walk with Walgreens initiative, which is a program aimed at encouraging and inspiring the masses to bring wellness into their life through walking. The walk location with the most registrants will be treated to a performance by American Idol finalist Kevin Covais, who has Type 1 diabetes.

"Corporations take part in walkathons all the time. But for a company to organize an effort of this magnitude, it very well may be unprecedented," stated Robert Pearlman, president and CEO of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation. "We have one goal at the Diabetes Research Institute: to find a cure for diabetes. We are so thankful to Walgreens for helping us get a little closer to reaching that goal."

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Laugh it up with ‘Louie’ on DVD, Blu-ray

BY Melissa Valliant

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — If you’re looking for some comedic relief this summer, let Louis C.K. headline in your own home with Season 1 of “Louie,” the FX comedy TV series starring Louis C.K. as a successful stand-up comedian and newly single father raising two daughters in New York.

20th Century Fox will be releasing “Louie: Season 1” on Blu-ray and DVD on June 21. The DVD includes all 13 episodes, plus unaired sketches, deleted scenes, unrated comedy sketches, commentary and guest appearances from comedians Ricky Gervais, Pamela Adlon, Nick DiPaolo, Todd Barry and Matthew Broderick.

Kick back, relax and laugh as Emmy award-winning Louis C.K. adds new perspectives to dating, raising two daughters and living in New York, all through a combination of stand-up comedy and scripted stories.

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Study: Counting carbs can improve quality of life in Type 1 diabetes patients on insulin pump therapy

BY Rozanne Gelbinovich

NEW YORK — A study published online in the journal Diabetes Care, and slated for the April print issue, suggested that counting carbohydrates could lead to an improvement in quality of life and a reduction in body mass index and waist circumference in patients with Type 1 diabetes who receive continuous subcutaneous insulin infusions.

The study, "Effects of Carbohydrate Counting on Glucose Control and Quality of Life Over 24 Weeks in Adult Patients With Type 1 Diabetes on Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion: A randomized, prospective clinical trial (GIOCAR)," is the first to look at whether counting carbs specifically helps patients on insulin pump therapy.

Led by Andrea Laurenzi of San Raffaele Vita-Salute University in Milan, it involved 61 adult patients with Type 1 diabetes receiving CSII who randomly were assigned to either learn carb counting (intervention) or estimate pre-meal insulin dose in the usual empirical way (control), according to the study.

Intention-to-treat analysis showed improvement of the Diabetes Specific Quality of Life Scale score related to diet restrictions (week 24 – baseline difference, P = 0.008) and reduction of BMI (P = 0.003) and waist circumference (P = 0.002) in the intervention group compared with control subjects, according to the study.

Per-protocol analysis, including only patients who continuously used carbohydrate counting and CSII during the study, confirmed improvement of the DSQOLS score and reduction of BMI and waist circumference, and showed a significant reduction of HbA1C (−0.35% versus control subjects, P = 0.05), according to the study.

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