Study: Trouble with daily tasks may be risk factor in heart failure | Study links higher whole-grain intake with lower coronary risks | Report IDs top causes of pediatric deaths globally
 
February 27, 2015
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Study: Trouble with daily tasks may be risk factor in heart failure
Elderly heart failure patients who had trouble with daily activities were more likely to die or be hospitalized than those who did not find the tasks difficult, researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., reported in Circulation: Heart Failure. The study, which included questionnaire responses from 1,000 people, showed about 60% reported difficulty doing at least one activity. Reuters (2/25)
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Study links higher whole-grain intake with lower coronary risks
A meta-analysis says the highest dietary intake of whole grains was significantly associated with a lower risk of coronary heart disease compared with the lowest intake, researchers from China reported in the American Journal of Cardiology. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (2/25)
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Report IDs top causes of pediatric deaths globally
Data from the Global Burden of Disease study revealed lower respiratory infections were the leading cause of death for children under age 5 in 2013, followed by malaria, diarrhea and nutritional deficiencies. Measles was seventh on the list, responsible for more child deaths than drowning, road injuries or AIDS. The findings appear in The Lancet. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/Wonkblog (2/25)
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ADHD tied to risk of premature death
A Danish study in The Lancet found people diagnosed in adulthood with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder faced more than four times the risk of premature death, while those diagnosed before age 6 were about two times more likely die early compared with their healthier peers. Data also showed female ADHD patients had higher mortality rates than male patients. Medical News Today (2/26)
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97% of co-infected patients respond to hepatitis C treatment in study
A trial involving patients with both hepatitis C and HIV has found that 97% responded to a 12-week regimen of the hepatitis C drugs daclatasvir and sofosbuvir, according to findings presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle. In a group that received an eight-week regimen, 75% responded to the treatment. Reuters (2/26)
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Study: Most health care Web page visits disclosed to other entities
A study by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication found that information about 91% of health care Web page visits can be collected by third parties, including online advertisers and Google, which are not subject to health data privacy regulations. "Clearly, there is a need for discussion with respect to legislation, policies and oversight to address health privacy in the age of the Internet," lead researcher Timothy Libert said. BeckersHospitalReview.com (2/26), Naked Security blog (2/26)
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CDC consortium aims to eliminate malaria from Hispaniola
The CDC has launched a consortium of international health organizations whose goal is the elimination of malaria from Haiti and the Dominican Republic on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. The consortium will receive $29.9 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and additional funding through the CDC Foundation. American City Business Journals/Atlanta (2/26), The Jamaica Observer/Caribbean Media Corporation (2/27)
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Health Policy and Legislative News
Nullified ACA tax credits would create a tidal wave of cancellations, price hikes
Millions of people will cancel their health insurance plans and premiums will rise significantly for those who remain in the individual market if the Supreme Court invalidates tax credits for plans sold through the federally run exchange, experts say. Kaiser Health News (2/26)
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CMS says 1.2M people switched health plans through HealthCare.gov
About 1.2 million people who used HealthCare.gov to enroll in an insurance plan for 2014 used the site to switch plans for 2015, CMS officials say. More than 1 million logged in to review their plans but did not switch, and nearly 2 million took no action and had their plans automatically renewed. CNBC (2/25), The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (2/25)
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Medical bill burdens have lessened in U.S.
Data from the National Center for Health Statistics showed the number of Americans under 65 who were in families with medical bill burdens declined from 56.5 million in 2011 to 48 million in the first six months of 2014. Researchers said the Affordable Care Act and a recovering economy may have contributed to the decrease in medical bill-paying problems. HealthDay News (2/26)
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Limited space available for Health Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.
Remaining registration slots are filling up fast for the AANP Health Policy Conference, March 29-31. Register now to guarantee the opportunity to hear and learn from Washington, D.C., insiders such as keynote speaker and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Bob Woodward. Did you know that this year's AANP Health Policy Conference is taking place during the National Cherry Blossom Festival? What a great time to be in our nation's capital! Learn about health policy in the shadow of the dome of the U.S. Capitol, and use your free time to stroll through the beautiful cherry blossoms. Whether you are a seasoned advocate or a novice in the legislative arena, AANP strongly encourages all to attend. View the Draft Conference Agenda. The 2015 Health Policy Conference provides a unique opportunity to earn up to 20 hours of continuing education (CE), pending approval by AANP; learn the current legislative environment; develop skills and insight necessary to advocate effectively at the federal level; meet with your elected officials and staff on Capitol Hill to promote patient health through the elimination of federal barriers to practice; and network with NPs from your state or region who are interested in creating advocacy coalitions. To find more information regarding the conference or to register, please visit the Health Policy Conference webpage.
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Additional CE now available in JNP for AANP Members!
AANP members can get bonus CE credit for the article "Creation of a National Policy on Perinatal Depression" in the February issue of JNP. A new national policy represents the intersection of mental health and physical health of mothers, children, and fathers and the social health of the family. Go to the AANP CE Center for details.
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