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February 10, 2014

Women who take aspirin daily may reduce their risk of ovarian cancer by 20%, according to a study by scientists at the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health.

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Women who take aspirin daily may reduce their risk of ovarian cancer by 20%, according to a study by scientists at the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health. 

The study was published Feb. 6 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

February 10, 2014

As many as 86% of Americans have experienced some type of GI or digestive issue in the past year, but according to recent Mintel research, some 40% of those who suffer from gastrointestinal issues are concerned about the side effects associated with them, the company reported Friday.

CHICAGO — As many as 86% of Americans have experienced some type of GI or digestive issue in the past year, but according to recent Mintel research, some 40% of those who suffer from gastrointestinal issues are concerned about the side effects associated with them, the company reported Friday.

February 7, 2014

A new study published in the January issue of Nutrition Reviews found that the probiotic L. reuteri NCIMB 30242 (Cardioviva) was found to significantly reduce LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol.

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — A new study published in the January issue of Nutrition Reviews found that the probiotic L. reuteri NCIMB 30242 (Cardioviva) was found to significantly reduce LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol. 

Elevated LDL-cholesterol is a major risk factor in heart disease. Most adults (91%) say they care about maintaining a healthy cholesterol level for heart health, but less than half (37%) routinely get their cholesterol tested. 

February 6, 2014

As the interest in telemedicine programs continues to grow, a recent Rand study found that people who are younger, more affluent and do not have established healthcare relationships are more likely to use a telemedicine program that allows patients to get medical help for acute ailments — including prescriptions — by talking to a doctor over the telephone.

WASHINGTON — As the interest in telemedicine programs continues to grow, a recent Rand study found that people who are younger, more affluent and do not have established healthcare relationships are more likely to use a telemedicine program that allows patients to get medical help for acute ailments — including prescriptions — by talking to a doctor over the telephone.

February 3, 2014

Even as online shopping continues to grow, more U.S. shoppers are planning to make purchases from physical stores in 2014, according to a survey by Accenture. In the “seamless retailing” study, 21% of U.S. shoppers said they plan to increase their in-store purchasing, up from just 9% in last year’s study.

NEW YORK — Even as online shopping continues to grow, more U.S. shoppers are planning to make purchases from physical stores in 2014, according to a survey by Accenture. In the “seamless retailing” study, 21% of U.S. shoppers said they plan to increase their in-store purchasing, up from just 9% in last year’s study.

February 3, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating the risk of stroke, heart attack and death in men taking FDA-approved testosterone products, the agency announced Friday.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration is investigating the risk of stroke, heart attack and death in men taking FDA-approved testosterone products, the agency announced Friday. 

February 3, 2014

A desire to provide an integrated continuum of care that leads to improved outcomes and patient satisfaction has placed a renewed focus on U.S. hospitals offering on-campus retail pharmacies, according to a report by HealthLeaders Media.

NEW YORK — A desire to provide an integrated continuum of care that leads to improved outcomes and patient satisfaction has placed a renewed focus on U.S. hospitals offering on-campus retail pharmacies, according to a report by HealthLeaders Media.

February 3, 2014

Approximately 1-in-3 chronically-ill National Health Interview Survey participants are unable to afford food, medications or both, according to a study published Jan. 21 in the American Journal of Medicine.

TUCSON, Ariz. — Approximately 1-in-3 chronically-ill National Health Interview Survey participants are unable to afford food, medications or both, according to a study published Jan. 21 in the American Journal of Medicine. WIC and public health insurance participation are associated with less food insecurity and cost-related medication underuse.

January 31, 2014

Bain & Co. released findings Thursday from an online survey of 1,200 people living in New York, Munich and New Delhi that found most would readily trade premium medical care for access to healthier living options, such as more nutritious food, health education, exercise and innovative healthcare technologies.

ZURICH — Bain & Co. released findings Thursday from an online survey of 1,200 people living in New York, Munich and New Delhi that found most would readily trade premium medical care for access to healthier living options, such as more nutritious food, health education, exercise and innovative healthcare technologies.

January 31, 2014

Hy-Vee has teamed up with the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy and Ferris State University to offer rapid-diagnostic flu and strep tests in its pharmacies.

NEW YORK — Hy-Vee has teamed up with the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy and Ferris State University to offer rapid-diagnostic flu and strep tests in its pharmacies.

Hy-Vee stores in Omaha and Papillion are among 60 sites throughout three states that will have pharmacists trained to administer these tests, the results of which are available shortly after the test is given. In addition to the testing, pharmacists also will be able to fill prescriptions to treat identified illnesses, if needed, under protocol set by prescribing physicians.

January 31, 2014

The National Community Pharmacists Association has highlighted a recent Consumer Reports magazine survey, which gave independent community pharmacies high marks for overall customer satisfaction and the best ratings of any pharmacy provider in such categories as “speed and accuracy”; “courtesy and helpfulness”; and “pharmacists’ knowledge.”

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association has highlighted a recent Consumer Reports magazine survey, which gave independent community pharmacies high marks for overall customer satisfaction and the best ratings of any pharmacy provider in such categories as “speed and accuracy”; “courtesy and helpfulness”; and “pharmacists’ knowledge.”

January 28, 2014

Americans by and large have lousy diets, pharmacist and supplement expert James LaValle, CEO of Integrative Health Resources, told DSN Collaborative Care recently. Over a lifetime, those nutrient-poor diets contribute to the development of such chronic disease states as obesity, hypertension and diabetes.

Americans by and large have lousy diets, pharmacist and supplement expert James LaValle, CEO of Integrative Health Resources, told DSN Collaborative Care recently. Over a lifetime, those nutrient-poor diets contribute to the development of such chronic disease states as obesity, hypertension and diabetes. The medicines prescribed to treat those conditions then further deplete essential vitamins and minerals.

January 28, 2014

The Council for Responsible Nutrition helped to tone down the conclusions of a recent study reported by Reuters Health that found vitamin supplements marketed for infants and children contained more than the recommended amount of individual vitamins.

NEW YORK — The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Monday helped to tone down the conclusions of a recent study reported by Reuters Health that found vitamin supplements marketed for infants and children contained more than the recommended amount of individual vitamins. 

January 28, 2014

Merchandise returns in 2013 cost retailers in the United States more than $267 billion in lost sales. That’s one of the findings contained in the Retail Equation’s "2013 Consumer Returns in the Retail Industry" study.

IRVINE, Calif. — Merchandise returns in 2013 cost retailers in the United States more than $267 billion in lost sales. That’s one of the findings contained in the Retail Equation’s "2013 Consumer Returns in the Retail Industry" study, which analyzes results from the National Retail Federation’s annual survey on merchandise returns and the "2012 Canadian Retail Security Survey" from the Retail Council of Canada National Retail Federation.

January 28, 2014

Women who are deficient in vitamin D in the first 26 weeks of their pregnancy may be at risk of developing severe preeclampsia, a potentially life-threatening disorder diagnosed by an increase in blood pressure and protein in the urine, according to research by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

PITTSBURGH — Women who are deficient in vitamin D in the first 26 weeks of their pregnancy may be at risk of developing severe preeclampsia, a potentially life-threatening disorder diagnosed by an increase in blood pressure and protein in the urine, according to research by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health released last week.

January 27, 2014

Eighty percent of U.S. consumers use the Internet when they shop. The fourth annual research study of shopper behavior, conducted by Cisco Consulting Services, revealed the percentage of “uber-digitals” shoppers, who regularly use their smartphones for their shopping decision-making, nearly doubled to 18% of the sampled population.

NEW YORK — Eighty percent of U.S. consumers use the Internet when they shop. The fourth annual research study of shopper behavior, conducted by Cisco Consulting Services, revealed the percentage of “uber-digitals” shoppers, who regularly use their smartphones for their shopping decision-making, nearly doubled to 18% of the sampled population.

January 24, 2014

People with higher levels of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil also may have larger brain volumes in old age equivalent to preserving one to two years of brain health, according to a study published in the Jan. 22 online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

MINNEAPOLIS — People with higher levels of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil also may have larger brain volumes in old age equivalent to preserving one to two years of brain health, according to a study published in the Jan. 22 online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. 

Shrinking brain volume is a sign of Alzheimer's disease as well as normal aging.

January 24, 2014

Researchers from Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Massachusetts General Hospital have demonstrated that aspirin intake correlates with halted growth of vestibular schwannomas, also known as acoustic neuromas, a sometimes lethal intracranial tumor that typically causes hearing loss and tinnitus.

BOSTON — Researchers from Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Massachusetts General Hospital have demonstrated that aspirin intake correlates with halted growth of vestibular schwannomas, also known as acoustic neuromas, a sometimes lethal intracranial tumor that typically causes hearing loss and tinnitus.

January 24, 2014

Social media-savvy adults with health conditions would be willing to share their health data online if it helps clinicians improve care, helps other patients or advances medical research, according to a recent survey by PatientsLikeMe, a patient network and real-time research platform.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Social media-savvy adults with health conditions would be willing to share their health data online if it helps clinicians improve care, helps other patients or advances medical research, according to a recent survey by PatientsLikeMe, a patient network and real-time research platform.

January 23, 2014

For patients in the early stages of multiple sclerosis, low levels of vitamin D were found to strongly predict disease severity and hasten its progression, according to a new study led by the Harvard School of Public Health investigators in collaboration with Bayer HealthCare.

BOSTON — For patients in the early stages of multiple sclerosis, low levels of vitamin D were found to strongly predict disease severity and hasten its progression, according to a new study led by the Harvard School of Public Health investigators in collaboration with Bayer HealthCare. The findings suggest that patients in the early stages of MS could stave off disease symptoms by increasing their vitamin D intake.

January 22, 2014

According to an economic impact analysis released Tuesday by Martin Kennedy, a former professor of economics who spent seven years on the faculty of Middle Tennessee State University, adopting a prescription requirement for pseudoephedrine products in Tennessee would result in an influx of more than 497,000 additional physician office visits at a direct cost of $44.3 million annually.

WASHINGTON — According to an economic impact analysis released Tuesday by Martin Kennedy, a former professor of economics who spent seven years on the faculty of Middle Tennessee State University, adopting a prescription requirement for pseudoephedrine products in Tennessee would result in an influx of more than 497,000 additional physician office visits at a direct cost of $44.3 million annually.

January 22, 2014

An IRI MarketPulse survey found that shopper sentiment dropped in fourth quarter 2013, and this gloomy attitude is spilling over into 2014 across all age groups.

CHICAGO — After a year of sluggish economic growth in 2013, it is no surprise that consumers are beginning the new year with a conservative outlook. An IRI MarketPulse survey released Wednesday found that shopper sentiment dropped in fourth quarter 2013, and this gloomy attitude is spilling over into 2014 across all age groups. 

It is particularly evident among millennials, who reported a 10-point decline since third quarter 2013 and have consistently struggled since the economic downturn began.

January 22, 2014

A new study from researchers at Ohio State University is reporting that older patients who receive written information on shingles were almost three times more likely to get vaccinated than those that didn’t receive a similar communication.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A new study from researchers at Ohio State University is reporting that older patients who receive written information on shingles were almost three times more likely to get vaccinated than those that didn’t receive a similar communication. The study is also one of the first to show that using a patient’s electronic medical record coupled with pharmacist intervention markedly improves preventative care of shingles over the current standard.

January 22, 2014

A research study published this month in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics demonstrated the effectiveness of a sterol/stanol ester softgel capsule for lowering low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in individuals with high cholesterol levels.

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. —  A research study published this month in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics demonstrated the effectiveness of a sterol/stanol ester softgel capsule for lowering low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in individuals with high cholesterol levels. 

January 22, 2014

A new NPR/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health poll found that Latinos in America see diabetes as the biggest health problem for their own families.

BOSTON — A new NPR/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health poll released Tuesday found that Latinos in America see diabetes as the biggest health problem for their own families.

Nearly 1-in-5 (19%) Latinos said diabetes is the biggest health problem facing their families. The next most cited problem, cancer, is mentioned by just 1-in-20 Latinos (5%). Diabetes was the biggest health problem reported by both immigrant (16%) and non-immigrant Latinos (22%).