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Favorites emerging with latest toy list from Target

BY Gail Hoffer

MINNEAPOLIS — Target is the latest in a line of retailers to put out a list of what it thinks will be the top toys of the holiday season. Many of Target’s hottest toys, including FIJIT friends and the LeapFrog branded LeapPad, are also on toy lists for Toys"R"Us, Kmart and Walmart.

“The holiday season is a busy time of year and our guests are looking for gifts that will make wishes come true,” Target VP toys Stephanie Lucy said. “Target has all of the toys that kids will love, and with our expanded Toy Catalog, it’s easier than ever for gift-givers to make their choices and save at the same time.”

Although it may be a toy list latecomer, Target is going after the competition with the launch of ane expanded toy catalog. Available on Nov. 1., the catalog features eight more pages than last year, as well as a coupon insert that contains more than $350 in savings. To help busy parents stay organized during the holiday season, the toy catalog focuses on list building — complete with checkboxes next to every item, and a special tear-out list for kids to complete, the company reported.

Target’s top toys include:

  • FIJIT Friends

  • Barbie Printable Hairtastic

  • Monster High Doll 5-pack (Target exclusive)

  • Flying Fairies Doll (Target exclusive)

  • Lite Sprites Wand and Sprite

  • Disney My First Princess Doll and Toddler Dress Gift Set (Target exclusive)

  • Lalaloopsy Crumb’s Bake off- Doll with Kitchen Set (Target exclusive)

  • Nerf Vortex Nitron Blaster

  • Star Wars Ultimate FX LightSaber

  • Air Hogs Hyperactives RC Vehicle

  • Paper Jamz Pro Series Mic

  • Disney Cars 2 Charge Ups Charge ‘N’ Race Speedway (Target exclusive)

  • Lego Millennium Falcon

  • Imaginext T-Rex

  • Thomas and Friends Trackmaster Cranky and Flynn Save the Day

  • Top Toys and Games for All:

  • Games: Scrabble, Simon and Yahtzee Flash

  • Disney Hedbanz (Target exclusive)

  • Bop It! XT

  • Rock On Elmo

  • LeapFrog LeapPad

  • Elf on the Shelf Book

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Merck chairman announces retirement

BY Alaric DeArment

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. — Merck chairman Richard Clark is retiring, the company said Thursday.

Merck announced that Clark, who remained chairman of the company after stepping down as president and CEO in 2010, would retire from the company and its board of directors as of Dec. 1. Kenneth Frazier took over as president and CEO in January 2011, and the board has elected him to serve as chairman following Clark’s departure.

"I’ve been a part of Merck for more than 39 years — I always have and always will consider Merck to be an important part of my life and my extended family," Clark said. "It has been a great pleasure to work with the talented, dedicated people of Merck who are so committed to our mission of saving and improving lives around the world."


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Study: Too much TV may be an indicator of poor blood-glucose control

BY Michael Johnsen

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Type 1 diabetics who watch the most television have poorer blood-sugar control on average, according to a study published online Sept. 16 by the American Diabetes Association’s journal Diabetes Care.

In the cross-sectional study, self-report questionnaires were used to assess media consumption habits, physical activity and socioeconomic status in 296 children, adolescents and young adults with Type 1 diabetes.

While study authors acknowledged there could be no direct correlation between television watching and blood-glucose control, at least not with this study, they surmised on possible explanation behind possible links would be in snacking — sedentary people watching TV tend to snack more, they suggested.

Youths with Type 1 diabetes (average age 14 years) spent 2.9 hours per day watching TV and using computers; they participated in physical exercise around five hours per week. Those who watched four or more hours of TV or used the computer recorded a hemoglobin A1C of 9.3% on average, versus 8.5% for those who spent less time watching TV or surfing the Internet.

According to the Council for the Advancement of Diabetes Research and Education, the risk for macrovascular and microvascular complications in all people begins to increase at an A1C level of 6.5%, with people having A1C levels of greater than 8% experiencing significantly greater complication rates. CADRE recommends for diabetics that the A1C level be managed below 7% to reduce the risk of any microvascular complications.

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