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Survey: More than 3-in-4 Americans experience foot pain

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The American Podiatric Medical Association on Monday reported that while 77% of Americans experienced foot pain, only a third of them sought care from a podiatrist. 

Half of all adults said that foot pain had restricted their activities — like walking, exercising, working or playing with grandchildren — in some way. For those with chronic foot pain, that number jumps to 83%. People noted they would exercise more (39%) and participate in more activities (41%) if it weren’t for their foot pain.

"It’s not surprising to see how many people are affected by foot pain, when survey results show that we view our feet as the least important body part in terms of our overall health and well-being," stated APMA president Frank Spinosa. "Our feet are literally and figuratively the furthest things from our minds."

While foot ailments are widespread, familiarity and experience with the podiatrists who treat them is considerably lower. Most adults would speak with their primary care physician (60%) or do a Web search (48%) to answer questions about foot health before considering a visit to a podiatrist.  

The study surveyed 1,000 US adults ages 18 years and older. 

 

 

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Target names SVP, new business integration and operations

BY Antoinette Alexander

MINNEAPOLIS — Target has hired Peter Glusker as SVP new business integration and operations, effective May 19. In this role, Glusker will lead the integration of new acquisitions into Target.

“Over the past year, Target has acquired companies, including Chef’s Catalog, Cooking.com and DermStore, which complement and extend our assortment and content for guests,” stated Casey Carl, president of multichannel for Target. “We’re excited to welcome Peter to Target, where he will focus on unlocking the full value of these and future strategic acquisitions.”

Glusker joins Target from Gilt Groupe, where he served as vice chairman and CEO of Gilt Groupe Japan. Previous roles at Gilt Groupe included head of business development and international operations. Prior to that, Glusker held digital media leadership roles with CBS and Viacom.

“I was drawn to this opportunity because I see a new level of energy coming from Target — from a renewed commitment to speed and innovation to the desire to try things that have never been done before,” Glusker said. “I’m looking forward to joining this incredible company at such an exciting time in retail.”

 

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Study: Vitamin C could improve baby’s lung function in women who smoke through pregnancy

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO — Supplemental vitamin C taken by pregnant smokers improved measures of lung function for newborns and decreased the incidence of wheezing for infants through 1 year, according to a study published by JAMA that was released Sunday. The study was released early online to coincide with its presentation at the American Thoracic Society International Conference.

The researchers found that newborns of women randomized to vitamin C, compared with those randomized to placebo, had improved measures of pulmonary function. Offspring of women randomized to vitamin C had significantly decreased wheezing through age 1 year (21% vs. 40%). There were no significant differences in the 1-year PFT results between the vitamin C and placebo groups.

"Although smoking cessation is the foremost goal, most pregnant smokers continue to smoke, supporting the need for a pharmacologic intervention," stated lead author Cindy McEvoy of Oregon Health & Science University. Other studies have demonstrated that reduced pulmonary function in offspring of smokers continues into childhood and up to age 21 years. "This emphasizes the important opportunity of in-utero intervention," she said. "Individuals who begin life with decreased PFT measures may be at increased risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease."

"Vitamin C supplementation in pregnant smokers may be an inexpensive and simple approach — with continued smoking-cessation counseling — to decrease some of the effects of smoking in pregnancy on newborn pulmonary function and, ultimately, infant respiratory morbidities, but further study is required," McEvoy concluded.

More than 50% of smokers who become pregnant continue to smoke, corresponding to 12% of all pregnancies. Smoking during pregnancy adversely affects lung development, with lifelong decreases in pulmonary function. At birth, newborn infants born to smokers show decreased pulmonary function test results, with respiratory changes leading to increased hospitalization for respiratory infections and increased incidence of childhood asthma, according to background information on the article. In a study involving primates, vitamin C blocked some of the in-utero effects of nicotine on lung development and pulmonary function in offspring.

 

 

 

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