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15th annual NACDS Foundation Dinner website now live

BY Antoinette Alexander

ARLINGTON, Va. —The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation has announced the launch of the website for the 2013 NACDS Foundation Dinner, with a theme that celebrates the event’s 15th anniversary and its forward-looking focus on patient-care research and partnerships.


The website is live at dinner.nacdsfoundation.org. The NACDS Foundation Dinner will be held Dec. 3, at the Hilton New York in New York City.
Playing off of the symbolism of crystal as the traditional gift for a 15th anniversary, the event’s theme for 2013 is “Crystallize the future of patient care.”



“The NACDS Foundation is establishing itself as a committed partner with some amazing leaders in the public health arena, and the NACDS Foundation Dinner helps to make possible exciting collaboration for the good of patient care,” stated NACDS Foundation president Kathleen Jaeger. “This event contributes directly to evidence-based research, and related medication management and educational initiatives, that benefit patients, improve outcomes and advance public health.”



In one example of its timely research, earlier this year the NACDS Foundation announced three research grant awards to evaluate the impact on patient outcomes by the integration of community pharmacy-provided medication management strategies into existing patient-centered care teams, such as medical homes and accountable care organizations.

Also reflective of the NACDS Foundation’s work, this week it will announce the second class of participants in the Faculty Scholars program. The program educates assistant professors from U.S. schools and colleges of pharmacy about designing, implementing and publishing community pharmacy-based patient care research.
 

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New Anheuser-Busch brands win medals at North American Beer Awards

BY Jason Owen

ST. LOUIS — Anheuser-Busch brought home 15 medals from the North American Beer Awards last weekend, with its newest brand — Stella Artois Cidre — earning a gold medal in the cider category.

Also, Budweiser Black Crown, which was introduced in February following the brewer’s Project 12 initiative last year, won a bronze medal in the amber lager category.

Other gold medal beers for the company include Leffe Brune, O’Doul’s and Hurricane High Gravity.

“There are a number of great breweries in North America, and I’m proud to say that Anheuser-Busch won more medals than any other brewer,” said Pete Kraemer, head brewmaster for Anheuser-Busch. “We invest extra cost, time and extensive checks to produce the best and most consistent beers in the world. That’s why we are so proud of all our beers, the farmers we work with to ensure our beers get the best ingredients and the people from coast to coast and around the world who brew them.”

The North American Beer Awards is organized by the North American Brewers Association. This year more than 1,400 beers were entered by brewers of all sizes from across the country. In blind samplings, panels of judges comprised of brewmasters, beer writers and certified beer judges evaluated flights organized by style. Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded for each category at a ceremony in Idaho Falls, Idaho.


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Survey finds widespread ignorance about triglycerides’ role in cardiovascular health

BY Alaric DeArment

MADISON, N.J. — Most Americans have little understanding of the importance of managing fats known as triglycerides to maintain cardiovascular health, according to a new survey.

To conduct the survey, researchers from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind polled 600 adults aged 40 and older, finding that 54% of respondents didn’t know if it was better to have high or low levels of triglycerides, and 45% of those diagnosed as having high cholesterol didn’t know.

"Avoiding high triglyceride levels can be important for maintaining cardiovascular health, yet most consumers have little awareness of these often forgotten fats," Utah Foundation for Biomedical Research director of atherometabolic research Eliot Brinton said. "Healthcare professionals have done a fairly good job at educating patients about cholesterol, but need to do more to teach about triglycerides and their role in cardiovascular health."

Only 16% of respondents correctly said triglycerides were fats in the bloodstream, while 77% were unsure what they were, and 56% could not name a single health complication associated with high triglycerides. Meanwhile, 85% did not know the point at which triglycerides are considered high, and 75% were unaware of their total cholesterol levels, twice as many as the 37% who were unaware of their triglyceride levels.

Ignorance of products with omega-3 fatty acids and their potential role to control high triglycerides was also widespread, and nearly all participants were unaware that high doses — defined as 2 mg to 4 mg per day — of omega-3s could reduce high triglyceride levels. Among those who report using an omega-3 product, 84% report taking a dietary supplement even though the Food and Drug Administration hasn’t approved such products for lowering high triglycerides or treating or preventing any disease. More than half of participants couldn’t name any main ingredient of omega-3 supplement capsules, while 11% could state the health benefits of DHA, and 8% could state the benefits of EPA; DHA and EPA are both names of omega-3 acids. Most omega-3 products contain DHA, which has been shown to raise "bad" low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, but only 2% of participants were aware of this.

"It is troubling that so many Americans use a product about which they understand very little and which may well fail to meet their particular cardiovascular health needs," Brinton said.

 

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ctyson says:
Jun-12-2013 08:51 am

There is so much confusion about cholesterol, triglycerides,etc. that the average person doesn't know what to believe. Even physicians are having trouble keeping up with the latest information. Most people don't know where to look for the most accurate information.

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