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CVS Caremark Charitable Trust awards $3.3 million in grants

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust announced on Tuesday that $3.3 million in grants has been awarded to 72 nonprofit organizations across the country.

About half of these grants align with CVS Caremark All Kids Can, a program focused on making life easier for children with disabilities and for their families. The other half of the grants will provide support for medical services for the underinsured and uninsured.

While the grants fund a wide range of programs, the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust found that approximately 65% of the 2010 grant recipients will use the support to address four key areas, comprising autism and early intervention services; informational and technology tools; life and workforce skills; and access to healthcare and medical services.

"The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust is pleased to recognize organizations that are truly making an impact in their communities by offering support for children with disabilities and providing access to health care for the uninsured. This year, we are seeing a high demand for support in specific areas, including assistive technology and life skills training programs," stated Eileen Howard Dunn, VP of CVS Caremark Charitable Trust. "In today’s challenging economic climate, the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust is proud to support these organizations in addressing key initiatives that truly make a difference in the lives of children and families in the communities we serve."

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Report: Shaw’s may be pulled from sale block

BY Michael Johnsen

MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu is having difficulty divesting its New-England-based Shaw’s chain for more than $1 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, and the Minnesota grocery conglomerate may be ready to take down its "for sale" sign.

According to the report, Shaw’s has been on the block for several months with no takers. Many bids from private-equity firms actually came in below the asking price.

The 174-store Shaw’s chain was part of the $11.4 billion Albertsons buyout package in 2006. Supervalu sold off 16 Connecticut-based Shaw’s locations in February to Wakefern.

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Study: Many women aren’t being screened for gestational diabetes

BY Michael Johnsen

MADISON, N.J. — Nearly one-third of pregnant women are not being screened by a laboratory test for gestational diabetes mellitus (gestational diabetes), according to a study of more than 900,000 American women published online Tuesday on the Obstetrics and Gynecology site.

The study, conducted by scientists at Quest Diagnostics, suggests that a large number of women are not being screened according to medical guidelines and unknowingly may put themselves and their babies at risk for complications from gestational diabetes. According to the report, only about 1-in-5 women who developed gestational diabetes while pregnant were screened for diabetes within six months of completing their pregnancy.

"We were particularly alarmed to find that women who develop the condition while pregnant are not being screened for diabetes postpartum, despite overwhelming evidence that they are at great risk for developing diabetes later in life," stated Jon Nakamoto, medical director at Quest Diagnostics.

The investigators found that in the study population, 4.9% of women screened between the ages of 18 and 40 years — or about 41,000 women nationally — had gestational diabetes. Women weighing more than 275 lbs. during their pregnancy were 12% less likely to be screened, but 348% more likely to have gestational diabetes than those weighing between 100 lbs. and 124 lbs. Women with a maternal weight of between 250 lbs. and 274 lbs. were 6% less likely to be screened, but 300% more likely to have gestational diabetes than women in the low-weight group.

The positivity rate for gestational diabetes in Asian-American women was 8.7% compared to 4.1% for African-American women. Hispanic-American women had a positivity rate of about 5.4%, Caucasian-American women 4.2%.

The study now is online and expected to appear in the January 2011 print issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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