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Fresh & Easy forges ahead with expansion

BY Allison Cerra

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Fresh & Easy has forged ahead with its expansion plans by opening its eighth and ninth Southern California stores.

The two stores, located in in San Dimas and Camarillo, opened this week. So far, Fresh & Easy stores have generated more than 210 new jobs in Southern California.

As previously reported by Drug Store News, the retailer’s expansion plans also include store openings in northern California — Fresh & Easy is slated to open about 11 stores in the region through the end of April.

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‘Glee’ Encore shows off hit musical numbers from first season

BY Allison Cerra

LOS ANGELES — The most talked about musical performances on the hit TV series, "Glee," is arriving on Blu-ray and DVD from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Featuring a set list that includes back-to-back musical performances from the series’ first season, including songs by Lady Gaga, Madonna and more, "Glee" Encore is a perfect part companion.

"Glee" Encore will hit retail April 19.

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Study: Hemoglobin A1C may not effectively diagnose kids with diabetes

BY Allison Cerra

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A convenient blood-glucose test commonly used to diagnose diabetes and prediabetes may not be the best way to diagnose children, according to a new study.

A team of researchers from the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital evaluated hemoglobin A1c test results of 1,156 obese and overweight adolescents, ages 12 to 18 years, and discovered that exclusively using the test for diagnosing diabetes in children and adults could lead to missed cases, based on current American Diabetes Association guidelines. According to current ADA guidelines, individuals without symptoms would be classified as having diabetes if HbA1c values reach 6.5% and as having prediabetes if HbA1c values reached between 6% and 6.4% on two separate tests. The U-M researchers suggested that the cut-off point may need to be lower for kids.

"We found that hemoglobin A1c is not as reliable a test for identifying children with diabetes and prediabetes compared with adults," said Joyce Lee, lead study author and pediatric endocrinologist at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. "Using this test in children may lead to missed cases."

Until more definitive studies are available, it’s premature to use HbA1c for children, authors concluded.

The study was published online ahead of print in the Journal of Pediatrics.

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