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Pharmaca expands immunization offerings

BY Michael Johnsen

BOULDER, Colo. — Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy on Tuesday announced that it now is offering immunizations for influenza, whooping cough, pneumonia and shingles on a walk-in basis at all of its locations. Pharmaca pharmacists can provide the shots to any customer who requests one during open pharmacy hours.
 
“Immunizations can be vital to reducing the risk of serious illness from flu and whooping cough,” Pharmaca VP pharmacy operations Stuart Gratz said. “The Centers for Disease Control have identified the populations that can benefit most from certain immunizations, and we’re happy to be able to serve those needs.

"By offering these vaccinations at any time, we’re serving the needs of customers who feel that immunization is the best option for them — and making it most convenient for them," Gratz said. "Pharmaca has made the process even simpler by making patient intake forms available for download on [the] website. Patients can save time by filling them out ahead of time and bringing them with them when they request an immunization."

Pharmaca also will hold Vaccination Clinics every Tuesday between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. throughout the flu season.


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Study: ‘Yo-yo dieting’ represents no adverse effect to metabolism or ability to lose weight long-term

BY Michael Johnsen

SEATTLE — "Yo-yo dieting" — the repetitive loss and regain of body weight — does not negatively affect metabolism or the ability to lose weight long term, researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center reported in a new study published in the journal Metabolism.

“A history of unsuccessful weight loss should not dissuade an individual from future attempts to shed pounds or diminish the role of a healthy diet and regular physical activity in successful weight management,” stated the study’s senior author Anne McTiernan, a member of the Hutchinson Center’s Public Health Sciences Division. “We know there’s an association between obesity, sedentary behavior and increased risk of certain cancers,” McTiernan said. “The World Health Organization estimates that a quarter to a third of cancers could be prevented with maintenance of normal weight and keeping a physically active lifestyle."

The study was based on data from 439 overweight-to-obese, sedentary Seattle-area women, ages 50 to 75 years, who were randomly assigned to one of four groups: reduced-calorie diet only, exercise only (mainly brisk walking), reduced-calorie diet plus exercise and a control group that received no intervention. At the end of the yearlong study, participants on the diet-only and diet-plus-exercise arms lost an average of 10% of their starting weight, which was the goal of the intervention.

The analysis aimed to determine whether women with a history of moderate or severe weight cycling were at a disadvantage compared with nonweight-cyclers when it came to losing weight. Of the study participants overall, 18% met the criteria for severe weight cycling (having reported losing 20 or more pounds on three or more occasions) and 24% met the criteria for moderate weight cycling (having reported losing 10 or more pounds on three or more occasions).

Although severe weight cyclers were, on average, nearly 20 pounds heavier than noncyclers at the start of the study, at the end of the study, the researchers found no significant differences between those who "yo-yo dieted" and those who didn’t with regard to the ability to successfully participate in diet and/or exercise programs. The cyclers also did not differ from the noncyclers with regard to the impact of diet or diet-plus-exercise on weight loss, percentage of body fat and lean muscle mass gained or lost. Other physiological factors, such as blood pressure, insulin sensitivity and blood concentrations of such hormones as leptin (which helps make one feel full) and adiponectin (which helps regulate glucose levels) also did not differ significantly among those whose weight fluctuated and those whose did not.


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J.Tyme says:
Aug-17-2012 09:34 am

I agree with this. Diet is the most important factor. I recently bought a treadmill after reading the reviews on http://treadmillshq.com and some other sites. I have to say after exercising for a few months and changing my diet I can say I see a change. But I knew that the diet is the main thing.

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Leading retailers seek to deliver mobile wallet to consumers

BY Allison Cerra

DALLAS — A new company formed by leading U.S. retailers is looking to offer consumers a mobile commerce experience that will combine the convenience of paying at the register with customizable offers.

The group, Merchant Customer Exchange, initially is focusing on developing and deploying an m-commerce solution that seamlessly integrates a range of consumer offers, promotions and retail programs, which virtually would be available via any smartphone. Retailers participating in the MCX include such companies as CVS/pharmacy, Hy-Vee, Publix, Kmart parent company Sears Holdings, Target and Walmart, among others. Additional members are expected to be announced in the coming months.

"MCX will leverage mobile technology to give consumers a faster and more convenient shopping experience while eliminating unnecessary costs for all stakeholders," Walmart corporate VP and assistant treasurer Mike Cook said. "The MCX platform will employ secure technology to deliver an efficiency-enhancing mobile solution available to all merchant categories, including retail stores, casual dining, petroleum and e-commerce."

For additional information, visit MCX.com.

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