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Take Care Clinics add concussion education to physicals

BY Antoinette Alexander

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Take Care Clinics, which is owned by Walgreens, has introduced a new concussion education component as part of its annual camp, back-to-school and sports physicals, the clinic operator announced on Thursday.

Concussion rates in youth sports have doubled over the past decade, driving heightened concern and greater awareness among parents, athletes and administrators nationwide, the company stated. This is what prompted the clinic operator to help address the ongoing need for prevention and information.

Take Care Clinics, located at more than 370 Walgreens stores, have been providing physicals since 2006. The camp, back-to-school and sports physicals, regularly $60, are available at the reduced price of $39 through Sept. 30 as part of a limited offer. Physicals are performed by nurse practitioners and, in select locations, physician assistants, and are routine health physical examinations for school-aged children. All camp, back-to-school and sports physicals at Take Care Clinics will now include concussion education to help families prevent and recognize concussion symptoms, at no extra cost.

“These physicals represent a valuable opportunity for families to meet with a trusted healthcare professional who can screen patients for undetected health conditions, identify children that may be at risk for injury and provide important health and wellness information and advice,” stated Heather Helle, divisional VP for Walgreens consumer solutions group. “The inclusion of concussion education and awareness as part of our annual physicals follows our recent overall expansion of healthcare services, and is another way we’re providing comprehensive care as part of our mission to help people get, stay and live well.”

According to the American Journal of Sports Medicine, high school athletes sustain an estimated 300,000 concussions per year, and for young people ages 15 to 24 years old, sports are the second leading cause of traumatic brain injury behind automobile accidents.

“Helping parents and athletes to know the signs of concussion symptoms and how to tell when immediate medical attention is needed is crucial, and our nurse practitioners and physician assistants can play an important role in providing this information,” added Sandy Ryan, chief nurse practitioner officer and clinical advocate for Take Care Clinics.

As part of the concussion education, patients receive take-home materials with information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stressing the importance of concussion prevention, recognizing symptoms reported by athletes, and warning signs all parents and guardians should understand.


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Costco posts strong comps, total sales in June

BY Alaric DeArment

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Costco Wholesale Corp. reported sales of $9.9 billion for the month of July, an 8% increase over July 2012, the club retailer said Thursday.

For the 44-week period that ended Sunday, sales were $87.05 billion, also an 8% increase over the same period last year. For the month and the 44-week period, same-store sales rose 6%.

Sterne Agee analyst Chuck Grom said that not counting the effects of foreign exchange rates and gas prices, the company’s total same-store sales increased by 6.25%, higher than the firm’s 5% forecast.

"Recall that we were modestly concerned that extreme weather conditions on the West Coast toward the end of the month would weigh on results along with a few less multi-vendor-mailer days this year (vs. last June)," Grom wrote. "Clearly our concerns were unwarranted in retrospect."


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Survey: Consumers need to take a break from social media

BY Michael Johnsen

LOS ANGELES — More consumers are considering taking a break from their social media platforms, in large part because there are too many of them, according to a MyLife.com national survey on social media behavior released Tuesday. According to the MyLife 2013 Connecting and Communicating Online: State of Social Media study, 42% of online adults manage multiple social networking profiles — a number that jumps to 61% for those 18-34. More than half of all respondents (51%) belong to more social networks or visit their networks more frequently than two years ago. The average adult also manages 3.1 email addresses, up from 2.6 last year. And 68% manage different sets of friends, family, colleagues and contacts across multiple social networks. 

As many as 52% of respondents have either taken or considered taking a “vacation” from one or more social networks in the past year. Yet 56% experience anxiety around missing an important event or status update if they don’t keep an eye on their social networks, a condition coined "FOMO" (fear of missing out). 

“It’s universally accepted that people are living much of their lives online — their ‘Internet identities’ are their true identities, and they are spending an increasing amount of time managing all their connections and communications across multiple services, leading consumers to feel overwhelmed,” stated Jeff Tinsley, CEO of MyLife. 

Other notable findings from the survey include:

  • Personal and professional online behavior — email is still relevant and LinkedIn adoption is on the rise;
  • Beyond calls/texts to their mobile phones, 57% stay in touch with friends through personal email accounts, more than via social networks (47%) or landline calls (37%);
  • LinkedIn adoption has increased among social networkers – 29% in 2013 vs. 22% in 2012;
  • Foursquare is the social network leveraged least among respondents;
  • Men prefer Twitter and Instagram while Pinterest is key among women;
  • While YouTube is the third most popular social network among men (29%), only 10% of women have a YouTube account;
  • Women (55%) are more likely to use social networking sites to reconnect with people from the past than men are (42%); and
  • For women aged 45-54, this increases to 63%. 

 

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Jul-15-2013 07:44 am

People are now relying more on internet whether it is for shopping, booking tickets, getting results,etc. When you get everything sitting at home why would you want to go out and stand in queue and wait for your turn to come. property preservation services

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