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Ralphs, Food 4 Less raise more than $177K for breast cancer research, treatment programs

BY Allison Cerra

LOS ANGELES Thanks to the generosity of their customers and team members, supermarket partners Ralphs and Food 4 Less Thursday announced that they raised $177,300 to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure affiliates in the communities their stores serve through a breast cancer fundraising program held at their stores from Aug. 31 to Nov. 7, 2009.

Ralphs and Food 4 Less will donate the funds to Susan G. Komen for the Cure affiliates in California, Las Vegas and Chicago.

The success of the Komen fundraising campaign was the result of customers and team members joining together in making donations to help in the fight to find a cure for breast cancer. The fundraising campaign ran from Aug. 31 through Nov. 7, 2009, at all Ralphs and Food 4 Less stores in Southern California, southern Nevada, Illinois and Indiana; and Foods Co. stores in central and northern California.

“The overwhelming support we received throughout our fundraising campaign only strengthens our commitment to work toward the day when a cure for breast cancer is found. Our donation in excess of $177,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure reflects the spirit of giving shown by our customers and team members,” said Mike Donnelly, president of Ralphs Supermarkets.

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Adherence to HIV therapy may cut healthcare costs, study finds

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK Increased adherence of HIV therapy may be cost-effective, according to a new study.

Researchers studied 6,833 HIV-infected adults in a South African HIV cohort who started antiretroviral therapy between Aug. 6, 2000, and April 20, 2006. The purpose of the study was to determine the effect of antiretroviral therapy adherence on direct healthcare costs among adults in a resource-limited setting.

The study, led by Jean Nachega, M.D., Harvard School of Public Health, and colleagues found high antiretroviral therapy adherence was associated with lower mean monthly direct healthcare costs, particularly reduced hospitalization costs. Although medication costs were higher for patients who took their drugs as prescribed, overall average monthly costs for those with the best adherence were $63 a month lower than for those with the worst adherence rates.

The findings were published in the Jan. 5 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. 

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My Girl’s radiation cream now available at oncology boutiques, all-natural stores and pharmacies

BY Allison Cerra

BOSTON Breast cancer patients looking for a natural burn cream to protect their skin from the effects of radiation therapy can now purchase My Girl’s radiation cream in eight states.

The cream now is available in oncology boutiques, all-natural stores and pharmacies in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Maine, Florida, Georgia, Virginia and West Virginia.

The calendula-based burn cream reduces pain and itching and decreases inflammation that may occur as a result of radiation therapy.

My Girl’s radiation cream has won praise from cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy as it fills a void for those seeking a non-greasy, hypoallergenic burn cream that contains no alcohol, fragrance, artificial preservatives, toxic chemicals, mineral oil, petroleum or parabens.

 

For more information, visit http://www.radiationcream.com.

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