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HHS offers grants to chronic disease management programs

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON The Department of Health and Human Services is offering $27 million in grants to chronic disease management programs that seek to aid older Americans.

The Communities Putting Prevention to Work Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, will allow 45 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia to provide self-management programs to older adults with chronic diseases build statewide delivery systems and develop the workforce that delivers these programs.

“Prevention activities can strengthen the nation’s healthcare infrastructure and reduce healthcare costs,” said said HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “These new grants will provide an important opportunity for states, tribes, territories and communities to advance public health across the lifespan and to help reduce or eliminate health disparities.”

Chronic diseases include such conditions as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

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Consumers deem cough-cold season ‘slightly worse’ than last year, survey shows

BY Michael Johnsen

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. More people felt the 2009-2010 cough-cold season was “about the same” or only “slightly worse” than the year prior, a recent national survey of 1,017 Americans sponsored by Matrixx Initiatives found.

A little less than half, 42%, characterized this past year’s season as about the same historically with regard to illness levels, and 21% suggested it was slightly worse in large part because of the H1N1 pandemic hype.

 

“While this year’s flu pandemic thankfully proved less severe than initially expected, it’s important to remember that preparation and early treatment are the best defenses against the common cold, which can strike year round,” stated Tim Tucker, immediate past president of the American Pharmacists Association. “Unlike most cold medications that just mask symptoms, zinc products … can reduce the duration of [a] cold if taken within the first 24 to 48 hours after the onset of symptoms.”

 

 

The perception of heightened illness rates may have been lacking this season, but almost everyone prepared for the worst this year, the survey found. The Zicam Cold & Flu Report revealed that 95% of people said they took proactive steps to stay healthy and combat cold and flu.

 

 

The top things people did to proactively prepare themselves to stay healthy this year included: frequent hand washing (85%); avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth (46%); liberal use of antibacterial gel (34%); avoiding shaking hands during cold and flu season (31%); and frequently sterilizing commonly used items in the home and office (26%).

 

 

Consumers’ biggest concern about getting the flu or a cold was feeling lousy (36%), followed by getting others sick (19%).

 

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Report: Identigene gains popularity

BY Michael Johnsen

DAYTON, Ohio Approximately 100,000 of Identigene’s over-the-counter paternity testing kits have been sold since their introduction in drug stores in the spring of 2008, Doug Fogg, chief executive of Sorensen Genomics, makers of Identigene, told the Dayton Daily News for an article published Sunday.

Check out the full article here: http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/dayton-news/over-the-counter-paternity-tests-are-big-sellers-625432.html.

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