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Study links domestic violence to chronic disease in women

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — Domestic violence has devastating effects on families, but new research also links it to chronic disease in women and calls on healthcare professionals to do more to determine whether there may be a link between the two in patients.

According to a survey sponsored by the Verizon Foundation, the Society for Women’s Health Research and MORE magazine, a significant link exists between domestic violence and many chronic health conditions, and the healthcare industry, support agencies and others should do more to recognize and act on the connection. The survey, conducted by research company GFK in August, included 1,005 women and was presented at a Capitol Hill briefing Thursday that included Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., Donna Edwards, D-Md., Kristi Noem, R-S.D., and Doris Matsui, D-Calif.

The survey found that 70% of adult women older than 21 years have a chronic health condition, but that figure rises to 81% among women who have experienced any form of domestic violence; the survey found that overall, 44% of women had experienced some form of domestic violence.

"In our efforts to improve the care of women with chronic health conditions, it’s important to identify new technology solutions to help healthcare providers and patients overcome obstacles to reducing the long-term health impacts, which includes those from domestic violence," Verizon VP global corporate social responsibility and Verizon Foundation president Rose Stuckey Kirk said. "We believe we haven’t fully utilized technology that can greatly help doctors and patients manage care."

But despite the survey’s results, only 6% of women said their doctor or nurse has made a link between domestic violence and chronic disease, and three-quarters say they have never been asked about domestic violence during a medical exam. Among elderly women, 85% have never been screened, but they are no less likely than younger counterparts to experience domestic violence.

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Dollar General announces changes to board

BY Michael Johnsen

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General Corporation on Wednesday announced the resignations of Raj Agrawal and Adrian Jones as members of its board of directors, effective Dec. 5, 2013. Agrawal, a member of KKR, and Jones, a managing director at Goldman Sachs, have served as directors of Dollar General since 2007.

The entity controlled by KKR and Goldman Sachs, which purchased the company in 2007, now owns less than 2% of the company’s outstanding common stock. Based on this reduced level of ownership, KKR and Goldman Sachs have determined to reduce or eliminate, as applicable, their representation on the company’s board of directors. Mike Calbert, a member of KKR, will continue to serve as the lead director.

"Raj and Adrian have made substantial contributions to the success of Dollar General," stated Rick Dreiling, Dollar General chairman and CEO. "Their judgment and financial acumen have benefited both Dollar General employees and shareholders, and I appreciate their support over the years. On behalf of the entire board of directors, I thank them for their service to Dollar General."

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Coca-Cola hosts ceremony to honor veterans, U.S. military members

BY Ryan Chavis

ATLANTA — As part of a week-long observance of Veteran’s Day, Coca-Cola will host a ceremony to honor the men and women who have served the country, which includes more than 3,000 veterans employed by the company.

On Thursday, Retired First Class Sergeant Michael Schiltz will provide a keynote address where he will share his story of courage in the aftermath of an accident during a military campagin in Iraq. The 82nd Airborne Division "All-American" Chorus also will be on hand to pay tribute.

“This event provides the opportunity to recognize co-workers who have served or are serving in the military,” Steve Cahillane, president of Coca-Cola Americas, said. “On this special day, we also remember the families of those serving, for their sacrifices are often deep and long as they wait patiently for the safe return of their loved ones.”

On Nov. 13, associates at Coca-Cola helped stuff more than 10,000 care packages for the USO, which will be distributed to help boost the morale of troops around the world. The packages include items like batteries, Odwalla bars and personal thank-you letters from Coca-Cola associates.

“The Coca-Cola Company has a proud history of standing behind America’s men and women in uniform, which dates back more than 70 years,” Cahillane added. “We continue that tradition today by partnering with organizations like the USO, bringing veterans into the Coca-Cola workforce and refreshing the members of the extended U.S. military family millions of times around the world each day.”

 

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