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Teel rejoins Raley’s as CEO

BY Allison Cerra

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. Raley’s board of directors Wednesday announced that Michael Teel, grandson of the regional supermarket founder, Tom Raley, will lead the chain as CEO.

“He knows the market; he knows the company,” said the co-chairman, Jim Teel. “The board and the family welcome Michael back with our full, 100% support.”

Michael led the company from 1996 to 2002, and returned with the message that he is focused on the family’s goal of keeping the company privately held and staying true to Raley’s core values.

“This is a special company. We are unique in how our employees offer service to our customers. I value that strength, and see it as essential to who we are,” Michael Teel said. “As a leader, my role is to foster this unique quality and allow it to thrive.”

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Adherence to HIV therapy may cut healthcare costs, study finds

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK Increased adherence of HIV therapy may be cost-effective, according to a new study.

Researchers studied 6,833 HIV-infected adults in a South African HIV cohort who started antiretroviral therapy between Aug. 6, 2000, and April 20, 2006. The purpose of the study was to determine the effect of antiretroviral therapy adherence on direct healthcare costs among adults in a resource-limited setting.

The study, led by Jean Nachega, M.D., Harvard School of Public Health, and colleagues found high antiretroviral therapy adherence was associated with lower mean monthly direct healthcare costs, particularly reduced hospitalization costs. Although medication costs were higher for patients who took their drugs as prescribed, overall average monthly costs for those with the best adherence were $63 a month lower than for those with the worst adherence rates.

The findings were published in the Jan. 5 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. 

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My Girl’s radiation cream now available at oncology boutiques, all-natural stores and pharmacies

BY Allison Cerra

BOSTON Breast cancer patients looking for a natural burn cream to protect their skin from the effects of radiation therapy can now purchase My Girl’s radiation cream in eight states.

The cream now is available in oncology boutiques, all-natural stores and pharmacies in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Maine, Florida, Georgia, Virginia and West Virginia.

The calendula-based burn cream reduces pain and itching and decreases inflammation that may occur as a result of radiation therapy.

My Girl’s radiation cream has won praise from cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy as it fills a void for those seeking a non-greasy, hypoallergenic burn cream that contains no alcohol, fragrance, artificial preservatives, toxic chemicals, mineral oil, petroleum or parabens.

 

For more information, visit http://www.radiationcream.com.

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