People who lose weight after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes have better control of their blood pressure and blood sugar, and are more likely to maintain that control even if they regain their weight.<br> A Kaiser Permanente study published online in the American Diabetes Association journal followed more than 2,500 adults with type 2 diabetes for four years. Those who lost weight within an average of 18 months after diagnosis were up to twice as likely to achieve their blood pressure and blood sugar targets as those who didn’t lose weight.
Back in the good, old days — say, last year — when prices were reduced on just about anything, people would buy. Gee, I’ve always wanted a wireless doorbell. But now that fear is pervasive, consumers and investors turn and run when they see a sale — odd, isn’t it? But stocks and bonds are currently on sale, and shrewd investors will defy their fear — and buy.
Retailers beware: Consumers are spending a considerable amount of time researching products before they buy. Shoppers search both online and off-line for product information, buying guides, opinions and reviews of products before completing their purchases at local stores, according to a study by Krillion and the e-tailing group. The study shows that the majority (67 percent) of today’s Web-savvy shoppers spend more than 30 percent of their total shopping time researching products on the Web.
Several weeks after the holiday season, retailers are seeing no slowing in consumers’ use of gift cards. According to a National Retail Federation survey conducted by BIGresearch, consumers have plenty of money left on their gift cards: shoppers said they had spent less than half the value (37.3 percent on average) by the second week in January.
Money has more than face value — it has time value. Keep this in mind when paying taxes. Mark Patterson, tax partner at Stockman Kast Ryan, said one of the main areas he considers for clients needing to accelerate deductions is the alternative minimum tax.
While every county in Colorado has double-digit percentages of uninsured, figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau show that rural counties fare far worse than their urban counterparts. The numbers show that Saguache County, with 37.8 percent uninsured, and San Juan, with 37.6 percent, lead the state. El Paso County’s uninsured rate is 17 percent, or 86,827 people.
One country’s distress may be another’s opportunity. While the U.S. real estate market has seen double-digit price decreases along some parts of the west coast, Florida or Las Vegas, European investors are keeping an eye on prime American real estate. One new Colorado luxury project, for example, recently made its way to a Danish investors’ […]
New rules issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will allow medical researchers access to millions of Medicare prescription drug benefit claims. The rules limit studies to the commercial parts of the program, but will allow researchers to study the safety and effectiveness of medications among the elderly and disabled. Clinical trials often exclude the very old, patients with multiple chronic conditions and those taking multiple medications.
Three years after Medicare Part D prescription drug programs became part of the Medicare services, beneficiaries are becoming savvier about the program and its benefits.
As Colorado’s Commission on Health Care Reform continues to travel throughout the state discussing its proposals and preparing for a January deadline to report to the legislature, research shows that similar efforts in other states have significant “unintended consequences.” A study by Milliman Inc. reveals that other states have had to repeal or change their health care initiatives because of these consequences.
Studio 182 has gotten a makeover of its own after 10 years. The hair design and skin care salon now has a new name — Lotus Salon and Spa. Owners Melissa Jamison, Kim Nuss and Danielle Morrison kept the same people but moved to the top level of the Country Club Corners campus at Highway 115 and E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.
Adult obesity rates continue to rise in 37 states, including Colorado. But the state is still the thinnest in the nation, according to a report from Trust for America’s Health. The annual survey shows that no state posted a decrease in its rates. Mississippi, as in other surveys, ranked highest at 31.7 percent, while Colorado was lowest at 18.4 percent. Despite the lowest ranking in the nation, Colorado’s rate grew from 17.6 percent during a single year.