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AADE: Kentucky now requires licenses for diabetes educators

BY Allison Cerra

CHICAGO — The American Association of Diabetes Educators supported new legislation that was passed in the state of Kentucky that required licensure for all diabetes educators.

The licensing requirement, AADE said, will demonstrate and communicate a standard of care and ensure that people have an appropriate comfort level and respect for the discipline.

The bill was signed by Kentucky state governor Steve Beshear on Wednesday.

"Ultimately, we think that this law will make it easier for people with diabetes to get the information they need to effectively manage their disease," said Martha Rinker, AADE’s chief advocacy officer. "Diabetes education has been proven to mitigate the severe complications that are associated with diabetes."

The AADE is advocating for licensure in all 50 states.

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Study: Significant decline in pack-a-day smokers

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO — Between 1965 and 2007, the number of people with a pack-a-day habit significantly declined, as did the number of people who smoked 10 or more cigarettes a day, according to a study in the March 16 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

During this period, California consistently has led the United States in using public policies to reduce cigarette smoking. There were faster declines in smoking prevalence in California, compared with the remaining United States, as well as in lung cancer rates, according to background information in the article.

"The intensity of smoking [i.e., the number of cigarettes smoked per day], not just prevalence, is associated with future health consequences," noted lead author John Pierce of the University of California San Diego.

The researchers found that in 1965, the prevalence of high intensity (20 or more cigarettes per day) of smoking among California adults did not differ from the remaining United States; prevalence of high-intensity smoking in California was 23.2%, compared with 22.9% in the remaining United States. These smokers represented 56% of all smokers. By 2007, this prevalence was 2.6%, or 23% of smokers in California, and 7.2%, or 40% of smokers in the remaining United States.

The population prevalence of moderate-intensity smoking (10 or more cigarettes per day) in 1965 was 11.1% in California and 10.5% in the remaining United States; in 2007, the prevalence in California was 3.4%, compared with 5.4% in the remaining United States.

The researchers suggested that one of the reasons why the decline in moderate-intensity smoking has been greater in California than in the remaining United States is its comprehensive tobacco control programs.

The authors noted that, as expected, the large decline in the prevalence of pack-a-day smoking has been reflected in declines in lung cancer deaths in California and the United States.

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QVC goes Irish for St. Patrick’s Day showcase

BY Allison Cerra

WEST CHESTER, Pa. — St. Patrick’s Day is here, and QVC has kicked off its celebration with 24 hours of Irish programming that will feature an extensive assortment of authentic Irish goods, many of which were created especially for QVC.

During the event, which began at midnight EST on March 17, QVC will offer jewelry, fashion, home decor and other products from Ireland-based brands. The world-renowned singing group Celtic Thunder also is scheduled to perform several times throughout the broadcast, the company reported.

This year, the lineup of new products is scheduled to include the first-ever three-set perfume sampler from international fragrance house Fragrances of Ireland, as well as pieces from Belleek that are exclusive to QVC. New merchandise from Boyne Valley Weavers, Tipperary Crystal, Waterford, Bewley’s Tea and Coffee Co., and Connemara Marble, to name a few, also are scheduled to launch during QVC’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration.

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