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Darryl Strawberry helps Duane Reade celebrate 50 years

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Famed Mets baseball player Darryl Strawberry is expected to join the "One Shot At A Million" festivities today, which is part of Duane Reade’s 50th anniversary celebration.

The event will take place at Duane Reade at 40 Wall St. and Chase Manhattan Plaza from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

At the retailer’s 50th anniversary celebration, which will include a special appearance by Strawberry, the winner of Duane Reade’s 50th anniversary contest will have a chance to choose 1-of-50 bags, one of which contains a check for $1 million and the other 49 a check for $5,000.

As part of the festivities, New York deejay/rapper and producer, DJ Clue, will MC the event, which also will include a giveaway of 50 pairs of New York Mets tickets, product sampling and distribution of special offers to the public.

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Survey says 6-in-10 adults don’t eat enough fruits and veggies

BY Alaric DeArment

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Is this the nutritional Twilight Zone?

Despite the common perception that kids are always reluctant to eat their greens, a new survey by Midwest retailer Meijer found that almost 6-in-10 adults don’t think they’re eating enough fruits and vegetables, while kids seem to be eating enough.

The mass-merchandise chain surveyed about 1,300 Midwesterners, finding that 58% of adults didn’t think they ate enough produce, with 39% citing cost and 20% citing difficulties with preparation, though a mere 5% blamed taste. It wasn’t out of ignorance of daily nutritional needs; 64% and 70% correctly identified the Department of Agriculture’s recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables, respectively.

At the same time, 48% of respondents with children said their kids ate more fruit than other children, while 35% said their kids ate the same amount as their peers, and 13% said their kids ate less fruit than others. Thirty-six percent said their kids ate more vegetables than other children, while 4-in-10 said they ate the same amount as their peers, and 20% said their kids didn’t eat as many vegetables as other kids.

“Most people know they should be eating more fruits and vegetables, but they perceive them as expensive to purchase and difficult to prepare,” Meijer registered dietitian and healthy living manager Shari Steinbach said. “Fruits and vegetables are top disease-fighting foods, and consuming at least 5 cups a day can significantly reduce your risk of getting sick. Everyone should try to include at least one serving of a fruit or vegetable at every meal and for snacks.”

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FDA grants orphan drug designation to 4SC cancer treatment

BY Alaric DeArment

PLANEGG-MARTINSRIED, Germany — The Food and Drug Administration has granted orphan drug designation to a cancer treatment in mid-stage development made by German drug maker 4SC, the company said Tuesday.

4SC announced that it received the designation for resminostat, currently in phase-2 clinical trials as a treatment for hepatocellular cancer, or HCC. The FDA grants orphan drug designation to drugs for diseases that affect fewer than 200,000 people in the United States.

HCC is a liver cancer resulting from hepatitis infection and liver cirrhosis due to alcoholism. Despite its relative rarity in North America and Europe, it is the world’s sixth most common cancer and the third-leading cause of cancer-related death, with a particularly high prevalence in Southeast Asia due to high rates of hepatitis B infections in the region.

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