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Rite Aid-sponsored walk raises more than $600,000 for diabetes association

BY Michael Johnsen

PHILADELPHIA More than $600,000 was raised for the American Diabetes Association Saturday as men and women from across the country climbed more than 1,000 stairs and walked 10 miles throughout Philadelphia in the first Step Up to Fight Diabetes fund-raising challenge that was sponsored by Rite Aid. The Step Up event raised mondy for research, education and advocacy efforts of the association.

During Step Up, participants went on a “climbing tour” of Philadelphia beginning at Temple University’s Liacouras Center and ending at the well-known Philadelphia Museum of Art—running up those steps was immortalized by Sylvester Stallone in the film Rocky.

“Diabetes is the fastest-growing disease in America and the incidence of the disease is four percent higher in Philadelphia than the national average,” stated American Diabetes Association chief executive officer Larry Hausner. “Our hope is that Step Up can spread awareness about diabetes and raise money for a cure.”

Other Step Up to Fight Diabetes sponsors included Merck, AstraZeneca and the Temple University Health System Transport Team.

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IRI hosts town meetng for Wal-Mart suppliers

BY Drew Buono

CHICAGO Information Resources Inc. is a hosting a Wal-Mart Supplier Town Hall Meeting to show the latest innovations in product assortment and space planning solutions to help suppliers grow their business with Wal-Mart.

IRI will address its partnership with Bentonville Software Associates that will align the customer data and space planning processes that use each company’s software. Wal-Mart relies on these companies to help their suppliers improve category performance and reduce internal labor costs. The software from the companies also streamlines data integration, sales forecasting, as well as evaluates profitability and out of stocks.

The meeting will take place on Oct. 30th in Rogers, Ariz. From 8-11:30 a.m. CST.

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Educational children’s book about hemophilia published by Bayer and BioRx

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI Bayer HealthCare and BioRx, a specialty pharmaceutical company, have joined together to publish a children’s book about hemophilia.

Written by Chris Perretti Barnes, the mother of a young boy with hemophilia A, I AM NATE is the second in a series of books intended to educate children about hemophilia.

“For children living with hemophilia, learning and talking about hemophilia and inhibitors can be overwhelming, confusing, and scary,” said Barnes. “I AM NATE can help parents open up lines of communication with their child and begin a discussion in a friendly, fun, and safe way. It is wonderful that both Bayer and BioRx value educating youth in the hemophilia community.”

Hemophilia is an inherited blood disorder characterized by prolonged or spontaneous bleeding, especially into the muscles, joints or internal organs that effects about 17,000 Americans. Deficient or defective blood coagulation proteins, known as factor VIII or IX, cause the disease. The most common form of the disease is hemophilia A, or classic hemophilia, in which the clotting factor VIII is either deficient or defective. Hemophilia B is characterized by deficient or defective factor IX.

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