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Study: Phthalates exposure may boost diabetes risk

BY Allison Cerra

STOCKHOLM — A group of industrial chemicals commonly found in cosmetics and plastics may disrupt insulin production, particularly among seniors, according to a study published in Diabetes Care.

Researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden found that when examining 1,000 70-year-old women and men in Uppsala, as part of the PIVUS study, those that were exposed to phthalates — chemicals commonly found in cosmetics, self-care products, solid air fresheners and scented candles — had roughly twice the risk of developing diabetes — even after adjusting for obesity, blood lipids, smoking and exercise habits — compared with those with lower levels. Additionally, certain phthalates were associated with disrupted insulin production in the pancreas, the researchers found.

"Although our results need to be confirmed in more studies, they do support the hypothesis that certain environmental chemicals can contribute to the development of diabetes," said Monica Lind, associate professor of environmental medicine at the section for occupational and environmental medicine at Uppsala University. "However, to find out whether phthalates truly are risk factors for diabetes, further studies are needed that show similar associations. Today, besides the present study, there is only one small study of Mexican women. But experimental studies on animals and cells are also needed regarding what biological mechanisms might underlie these connections."


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Sam’s Club opens its doors in Lubbock, Texas

BY Allison Cerra

LUBBOCK, Texas — Sam’s Club is expanding its presence in western Texas with the opening of a newly relocated store.

The new club, located in Lubbock, Texas, measures approximately 136,000 sq. ft. — about one-third larger than the previous Sam’s Club location — and has a more convenient location for the public due to easier vehicular access in and out of the club and ample parking. The new club will open April 19.

"Historically the local Sam’s Club location draws members from a 100-mile radius surrounding Lubbock," club manager Kevin Judge said. "When members drive from New Mexico for day trips or to visit the many colleges and medical centers in the city, Sam’s Club wants to be a convenient retail destination for savings made simple. This new location gives us that added benefit."

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Clorox, NAHN introduce Hispanic Nurses Network

BY Allison Cerra

OAKLAND, Calif. — Clorox has partnered with the National Association of Hispanic Nurses to launch a new healthcare resource for Hispanic families.

Clorox and NAHN said the Hispanic Nurses Network consists of Spanish-speaking nurses in Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, who will act as healthcare advocates to share health information and educate Hispanics on how to keep their homes healthy through media interviews at local outlets and Q&A sessions at Facebook.com/CloroxLatino.

"Research shows that Hispanics are less likely than non-Hispanics to have access to preventive health services and healthcare information," Clorox marketing manager Jay Stilwell said. "Since nurses are often a family’s first stop for healthcare services, we created the Hispanic Nurses Network to serve as a resource on health and wellness matters to U.S. Hispanic families."

As part of the Hispanic Nurses Network launch, Clorox and NAHN said healthcare expert and VidaySalud.com founder/editor in chief Aliza Lifshitz also will provide support and recommendations for the Hispanic Nurses Network, as well as health content for the Clorox Latino Facebook page.

"There is nothing more important in life than being healthy," Lifshitz said. "As a doctor and as an editor in chief of VidaySalud.com, I am very well aware of the need Hispanics have for healthcare advice, and that is why I applaud this initiative and truly believe that the Hispanic Nurses Network will help people stay informed."


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