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Study: Many women aren’t being screened for gestational diabetes

BY Michael Johnsen

MADISON, N.J. — Nearly one-third of pregnant women are not being screened by a laboratory test for gestational diabetes mellitus (gestational diabetes), according to a study of more than 900,000 American women published online Tuesday on the Obstetrics and Gynecology site.

The study, conducted by scientists at Quest Diagnostics, suggests that a large number of women are not being screened according to medical guidelines and unknowingly may put themselves and their babies at risk for complications from gestational diabetes. According to the report, only about 1-in-5 women who developed gestational diabetes while pregnant were screened for diabetes within six months of completing their pregnancy.

"We were particularly alarmed to find that women who develop the condition while pregnant are not being screened for diabetes postpartum, despite overwhelming evidence that they are at great risk for developing diabetes later in life," stated Jon Nakamoto, medical director at Quest Diagnostics.

The investigators found that in the study population, 4.9% of women screened between the ages of 18 and 40 years — or about 41,000 women nationally — had gestational diabetes. Women weighing more than 275 lbs. during their pregnancy were 12% less likely to be screened, but 348% more likely to have gestational diabetes than those weighing between 100 lbs. and 124 lbs. Women with a maternal weight of between 250 lbs. and 274 lbs. were 6% less likely to be screened, but 300% more likely to have gestational diabetes than women in the low-weight group.

The positivity rate for gestational diabetes in Asian-American women was 8.7% compared to 4.1% for African-American women. Hispanic-American women had a positivity rate of about 5.4%, Caucasian-American women 4.2%.

The study now is online and expected to appear in the January 2011 print issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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Horror has a home in ‘Paranormal Activity 2’

BY Allison Cerra

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Paramount Home Entertainment is bringing a chilling story to DVD and Blu-ray this winter.

"Paranormal Activity 2," follows the success of its predecessor, but this time, viewers get a glimpse of how a demonic presence began haunting Katie, Micah and their family in this terrifying prequel.

The "Paranormal Activity 2" Blu-ray/DVD combo ($29.99) and standard DVD ($19.99), available Feb. 8 at retail, both offer the original theatrical version of the film, plus exclusive, never-before-seen found footage, including an extended, unrated version that was too intense for theaters. The Blu-ray/DVD Combo also includes a digital copy of the unrated version.

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GreatCall expands reach with D&H Distributing

BY Allison Cerra

SAN DIEGO — GreatCall announced a new partnership with D&H Distributing, which now will carry GreatCall’s line of Jitterbug J cell phones.

Through the deal, GreatCall’s products now will reach 20,000 independent consumer electronics stores nationwide.

“With such a wide-reaching network through D&H, more consumers will have the choice and availability to purchase the Jitterbug J handset and GreatCall services at their neighborhood retailer,” said Ryan Jones, VP sales at GreatCall. “Working with an industry leader, such as D&H, brings our potential customers more convenient access to our unique and award-winning wireless services and apps that are easy to use and always supported by 24/7 customer service.”

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