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Coke, AAFES team up on NCAA contest for troops

BY DSN STAFF

DALLAS — The Army and Air Force Exchange Service on Tuesday teamed with Coca-Cola to give military shoppers a chance to be a part of the 2012 NCAA Final Four Weekend in New Orleans.

Shoppers who visit their local Exchange can become eligible for a chance to win 1-of-5 grand prizes consisting of a trip for two to the 2012 NCAA Final Four Weekend, a value of $3,500 per winner.

Military shoppers can enter the Exchange/Coke NCCA contest from March 11 to 24.

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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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