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CVS, Howard University partner to provide mobile diabetes screening

BY Antoinette Alexander

WASHINGTON In an effort to help residents discover and manage diabetes, CVS is working in conjunction with Howard University Diabetes Treatment Center and the Department of Health to offer a three-month, mobile diabetes screening and treatment program throughout the Washington, D.C. area.

The mobile unit will be at the CVS location at 845 Bladensburg Road N.E. on July 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is one of more than 20 scheduled outreach efforts. Between now and the end of September, the Center plans to test hundreds of residents in five of the city’s Wards.

Medical technicians will screen dozens of residents in each location for high blood sugar and doctors will treat those with elevated levels in the Center’s mobile unit and will give them prescriptions for free personal testing equipment through CVS.

Diabetes affects nearly 1-in-10 Americans and, of those who have it, 1-in-4 do not know they suffer from the disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the number of Americans afflicted with the disease is up 13 percent from just three years earlier.

Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure. Diabetics are twice as likely to have heart attacks and strokes as others. Diabetes causes 12,000 to 24,000 causes of blindness each year. About 82,000 people will lose a limb to diabetes this year.

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Energizer to debut mercury-free batteries this fall

BY Doug Desjardins

ST. LOUIS Energizer plans to roll out a new line of eco-friendly hearing aid batteries this fall. The company plans to debut its mercury-free hearing aid batteries on or before Oct. 1 at all major retailers.

The hearing aid batteries will come in four sizes and will be the first batteries of their kind to contain no mercury, a heavy metal that ends up in landfills when the batteries are thrown out.

“While the amount of mercury we removed was small in comparison to other mercury containing products, we’re nevertheless pleased to be taking the lead with our hearing aid batteries,” said Serge Traylor, Energizer brand manager.

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Jewel-Osco to test small-store concept

BY Drug Store News Team

MELROSE PARK, Ill. Jewel-Osco says it will open a new small-format store in the Chicago area later this year.

Dubbed “Urban Fresh,” the 16,000-square-foot store will open in the Lincoln Park section of Chicago this fall. The store will emphasize ready-to-go meals along with a selection of fresh meats, seafood and produce. Parent company Supervalu has not said whether the store would feature a pharmacy.

“The smaller-store format is an exciting complement to our larger, more traditional grocery stores,” said Keith Nielsen, president of Jewell-Osco, which currently has 32 stores in the Chicago area.

Urban Fresh will be the latest in a growing number of small-format grocery stores launched in the United States during the past year. Tesco currently has 65 Fresh & Easy stores on the West Coast and Safeway opened its first “The Market” store in Long Beach, Calif. in late May. And Wal-Mart plans to open four small “Marketside” grocery stores in Phoenix this fall.

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