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Study: Metformin with insulin associated with a higher risk of all-cause death

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO — A study published Wednesday on JAMA‘s website found that diabetes patients taking metformin had a higher risk of all-cause death when insulin was added to their treatment as compared to when sulfonylureas were added to treatment.

"Among patients with diabetes who are receiving metformin, the addition of insulin compared with sulfonylurea was associated with an increased risk of a composite of nonfatal cardiovascular outcomes and all-cause mortality," wrote Christianne Roumie of the Nashville VA Medical Center. "These findings require further investigation to understand risks associated with insulin use in these patients and call into question recommendations that insulin is equivalent to sulfonylureas for patients who may be able to receive an oral agent."

According to the study, there was a moderately higher rate of death associated with patients who were treated with insulin and metformin. There was no statistical difference in the rate of cardiovascular death in those patients who had added insulin to their metformin regimen vs. those who had added sulfonylurea. 

Roumie concluded that there was no advantage to receiving insulin compared to a sulfonylurea medication, and that there was some risk in treating with the combination of metformin plus insulin.

 

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E.Price says:
Jun-13-2014 09:21 am

Glad to hear that diabetes drugs are being studied, especially metformin. Doctors all over the world say things like, It's a gray liver drug. Is that supposed to make me feel confident that it won't kill me?! Knowledge is power, and with obesity up so high in the US, diabetes drugs are in high demand. Keep up the good work!

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Rite Aid to kick off 21-day celebration for latest version of Wellness store in Beverly Hills

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. — In preparation for the grand re-opening of the Rite Aid located at 300 North Canon Dr. in Beverly Hills, the company on Thursday announced it will kick off the celebration by hosting 21 days of special events for customers.

“Rite Aid is proud to have been a part of the Beverly Hills community for nearly 20 years,” stated Bill Romine, Rite Aid SVP operations, western division. “We are looking forward to introducing our newly remodeled store to our customers and community and these special events are the perfect way for us to do so.”

Starting Sunday, June 15 and running through Saturday, July 5, every day at the store, Rite Aid will host a free event for customers. Events will include free health screenings, product demonstrations, sampling and refreshments, as well as appearances from Julie G., beauty-blogger and founder of the Julie G. nail enamel line; Eddie Funkhouser, celebrity makeup artist and expert product developer; Galit Strugano Wigdor, beauty expert and founder of Girlactik Beauty; Gabriel Almodovar, celebrity makeup artist for Maybelline New York; Sam and Nic Chapman, YouTube beauty gurus and the experts behind Real Techniques makeup brushes and America’s favorite fitness expert Denise Austin, among others. 

 

Visit Riteaid.com/BeverlyHills for a complete schedule of events and appearances.

Rite Aid acquired the North Canon Drive location through the company’s acquisition of the Thrifty PayLess drugstore chain in 1996. The location recently underwent a complete remodel, making it the first Rite Aid to feature a new version of Rite Aid’s wellness store format. The scope of the project included a total remodel and enlargement of the pharmacy, the redesign of several key departments, including beauty and over-the-counter medicines, and the addition of a Fresh Day Café and patio area, where customers can enjoy Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf beverages, fresh baked goods, sandwiches and Rite Aid’s Thrifty ice cream.

 

 

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Meals to Heal available through Walgreens

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Meals to Heal on Thursday announced that it is working with Walgreens to provide Meals to Heal services to cancer patients and others with chronic conditions in accessing customized nutritional meals and nutrition support services.

“By providing affordable access to Meals to Heal’s convenient, easy-to-use meal delivery solution, we are helping both patients and caregivers maintain wellness and peace of mind during their, and their loved one’s, time of illness,” stated Susan Bratton, CEO, Meals to Heal. “We are thrilled to collaborate with Walgreens, one of the pre-eminent health and wellness companies in the world, and believe that their patient care goals are synergistic with Meals to Heal’s mission of making easier and less stressful the lives of people with chronic conditions and their caregivers.”

Meals to Heal provides home delivery of individually customized meals in the 48 contiguous United States as well as other nutritional resources including telephonic nutritional counseling by a team of oncology-credentialed registered dietitians and safe, evidence-based nutrition information and resources. The company’s meals include heart healthy and diabetic friendly options and are appropriate for patients with cancer and other chronic conditions and who need assistance with meal preparation due to fatigue and lack of energy.

Meals to Heal’s weekly nutrition solutions are available for order on Walgreens.com at a 10% discounted price.

 

 

 

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