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Prilosec OTC, John Madden recognize New Orleans Saints offensive line

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — The National Football League’s New Orleans Saints offensive line has been selected as the winner of the 2011 Madden Protectors Award, presented by Procter & Gamble’s Prilosec OTC and Hall of Fame coach John Madden, in honor of the NFL’s best offensive line, during a press event in Indianapolis.

Accepting the trophy on behalf of the New Orleans Saints were offensive linemen Jahri Evans, Carl Nicks, Zach Strief, Brian De La Puente and Jermon Bushrod.

“The offensive line doesn’t always catch the fans’ attention, so Prilosec OTC and I created this award to recognize the guys who provide the critical run blocking and pass protection,” Madden said. “All season long, these five guys proved they had the mental and physical toughness that enabled the Saints offense to put up big numbers on the ground and in the air.”


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Study: In Type 2 diabetics not on insulin, self-monitoring has no impact on disease

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICHESTER, England — Self-monitoring blood glucose levels in Type 2 diabetics not on an insulin regimen may contribute little to managing the disease, according to an analysis published online last month by The Cochran Library.

"Based on a best-evidence synthesis, there is no evidence that [self-monitoring blood glucose] affects patient satisfaction, general well-being or general health-related quality of life," concluded lead author Uriëll Malanda, of the VU University Medical Center, Department of General Practice, EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research in Amsterdam, Netherlands. "More research is needed to explore the psychological impact of [self-monitoring blood glucose] and its impact on [diabetics’] specific quality of life and well-being, as well as the impact of [self-monitoring blood glucose] on hypoglycemia and diabetic complications."

According to the analysis, it was assumed that patients with Type 2 diabetes who are not using insulin would be using the glucose values to adjust their diet and lifestyle. "Pooled results of studies including patients diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes for at least one year show that self-monitoring of blood glucose has a minimal effect in improving glucose control at six months, which disappears after 12 months follow-up," Malanda wrote. "The clinical benefit resulting from this effect is limited."

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P&G, Larry the Cable Guy sending three tailgate winners to the Super Bowl

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble and comedian Larry the Cable Guy on Wednesday awarded a pair of Super Bowl tickets to three winners of the Prilosec OTC "A Better Way to Tailgate" challenge.

Participants submitted photos showcasing creative tailgate set-ups and food spreads, along with a recipe to accompany their “food spread” entry, to TailgateFan.com/contest.

“These top three showed that they can go beyond wimpy cans of onion dip and frilly toothpicks,” Larry the Cable Guy said. “After drooling over their food and checking out their set ups, Prilosec OTC and I knew that they had prevailed over the others in our football fiesta face-off.”


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