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Those at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes don’t seek lifestyle counseling, research finds

BY Allison Cerra

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Many patients that are at risk of Type 2 diabetes don’t believe they require lifestyle counseling to help them curb their chance of developing the disease, according to new research published in the journal Diabetes Care.

Pooling data from 10,149 patients that participated in the Finnish National Diabetes Prevention Project, researchers led by Sanna Salmela of the University of Jyväskylä in Finland found that 36% of men and 52% of women believed they needed counseling. What’s more, those that agreed to attend supervised lifestyle intervention were more likely to report a perceived need than those who agreed on a self-initiated lifestyle change or those who refused to attend lifestyle intervention. The need was associated with actual attendance in the lifestyle intervention only among women, the authors added.

"It will be vital to find additional means to support lifestyle change," the authors concluded.

The full study results can be found here.


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Kodak reiterates innovation despite expected bankruptcy announcement

BY Allison Cerra

LAS VEGAS — Kodak is debuting its latest products, including two new cameras, at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, despite rumors that the company will be seeking bankruptcy protection.

The company showcased at CES the Kodak EasyShare wireless camera M750 and the Kodak PlayFull Dual camera. The latest EasyShare camera, which will retail for $169.95, touts 16 megapixels and allows users to instantly share their pictures with its built-in Wi-Fi, making it no longer necessary to connect to a computer to share images. In line with the EasyShare camera launch, the company also has implemented the Kodak EasyShare camera app for smartphones, including Android, Apple and BlackBerry devices, where users can share photos via Kodak Gallery sites, email or Facebook.

Meanwhile, the newest addition to the Kodak PlayFull line is the PlayFull Dual camera, which retails for $199.95 and combines a 1080p/60 fps HD video camera with a 12 megapixel digital camera. The device has an external microphone jack, built-in Xenon flash, and Share button for easy upload to Facebook, YouTube, Kodak Gallery sites, email and more.

Additional products showcased included:

  • Hero all-in-one printers that are Google Cloud Print Ready and Kodak Email Print Ready, and allow photos and documents to be printed from smartphones, laptops or tablets;

  • At-home applications, including the My Kodak Moments app and the Kodak Photo Collage Print app; and

  • On-the-go applications, including Kodak Pic Flick app, Kodak Document Print app and Kodak Gallery Mobile app.

“Kodak has been synonymous with imaging for more than 120 years. And for today’s social and mobile consumers, we continue to innovate to deliver intelligent and intuitive products that produce brilliant Kodak-quality images,” said Vince Ferraro, Kodak’s new global VP corporate marketing and consumer digital imaging group. “People trust Kodak with their memories, and we want to help them do more with those memories. Whether at home, on the go, or at retail, Kodak has a smart and simple solution to capture, create, share and print.”

Last week, Wall Street analysts said the company was expected to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Additionally, Kodak also received a continued listing standards notice from the New York Stock Exchange after the average closing price of the company’s common stock was less than $1 per share over a period of 30 consecutive trading days.

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GE Capital provides $65M credit facility to Navarro Discount Pharmacy

BY Antoinette Alexander

NORWALK, Conn. — GE Capital Corporate Retail Finance announced it is administrative agent and sole lender on a $65 million asset-based credit facility for Navarro Discount Pharmacy. The financing will be used to refinance debt and for general corporate purposes.

“GE Capital understands retailing and has a great deal of experience financing drug stores,” Navarro Discount Pharmacy CEO Juan Ortiz said. “This allowed us to secure the right capital structure to help build our business.”

Founded in 1960, Miami, Florida-based Navarro Discount Pharmacy is the largest Hispanic-owned retail drug chain in the United States with 30 stores in south Florida. Catering to the Hispanic market, Navarro’s stores feature an array of consumer goods including fragrances, electronics, health and beauty care, food and household products.
 

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