Report urges pregnant women to avoid eating tuna | Lifestyle intervention linked to better diabetes outcomes | Study: Older and obese women can reduce heart risk through exercise
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August 25, 2014
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Report urges pregnant women to avoid eating tuna
Federal officials recommend that pregnant women consume up to 12 ounces of fish each week, but Consumer Reports says mercury levels in 20% of light canned tuna samples were double the amount the FDA considers average. The dangers of mercury in seafood are not limited to pregnant women and children because anyone can experience problems from consuming too much of it, Consumer Reports said. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (8/21), HealthDay News (8/21)
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Lifestyle intervention linked to better diabetes outcomes
A study in Diabetes Care showed overweight and obese patients with type 2 diabetes who underwent an intensive lifestyle intervention promoting exercise and diet changes had lower utilization of prescription drugs, 11% fewer hospitalizations and hospital stays that were 15% shorter over a decade than those treated under standard care. HealthDay News (8/21)
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Study: Older and obese women can reduce heart risk through exercise
Postmenopausal and obese women who engaged in high-intensity exercise had a lower risk of atrial fibrillation compared with women who did not exercise, Stanford University researchers reported in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Data from the Women's Health Initiative also indicated that high BMI and low levels of physical activity were both linked to heart rhythm problems. MedPage Today (free registration) (8/22)
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Vision loss tied to higher mortality risk among seniors
A study in JAMA Ophthalmology involving more than 2,500 people ages 65 to 84 found that declining vision is linked with higher death risk. The study team said that the correlation may be attributed to a decline in the ability to do basic daily functions such as using a phone or shopping. HealthDay News (8/21)
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Acute hemodialysis may not benefit some patients, study finds
A study by University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers found that hemodialysis is associated with increased mortality for patients with sudden kidney failure, based on an analysis of the records of 2,131 patients. "It is impossible to draw conclusions based on an observational study, but I do wonder whether it is time to do a clinical trial on the timing and delivery of acute hemodialysis in the context of acute renal failure and critical illness," Dr. Amber Barnato said. American City Business Journals/Pittsburgh (8/20)
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Black women with low birth weight have higher diabetes risk
Data on more than 21,000 black women revealed those born with low birth weight had 13% higher odds of developing type 2 diabetes, while those with very low birth weight had up to 40% higher odds of diabetes. The findings were published in Diabetes Care. HealthDay News (8/21)
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Immunization with 2 polio vaccines yields better outcomes in children
Among children who were previously given live-attenuated oral poliovirus vaccine, those who received a booster of injected inactivated poliovirus vaccine showed the best improvement in immune response to the virus, a study found. Researchers found lower viral shedding in the IPV group than in those who got an extra dose of oral vaccine. The findings appear in the journal Science. (Canada)/The Canadian Press (8/21), (8/21)
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Bristol-Pfizer's Eliquis wins FDA nod for DVT, pulmonary embolism
The FDA has approved the use of Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer's Eliquis, or apixaban, for the treatment of patients who are at risk for or already suffering from deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. The drug was previously cleared for use in atrial fibrillation patients who have a risk of stroke or dangerous clots. Bloomberg Businessweek/The Associated Press (8/21)
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NP offers tips on how to make vaccination easier for kids
Nurse practitioner Rita John offers tips on how parents can make vaccinations less scary for children. John, who serves as director of the pediatric primary care nurse practitioner program at Columbia University's School of Nursing, said it helps to explain the health benefits of vaccination in an age-appropriate way. "Children need to know that vaccines aren't a punishment or something negative, vaccines are something that keeps them from getting sick," she said. HealthDay News (8/22)
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U.S. tightens control of hydrocodone combo drugs
The Drug Enforcement Administration on Thursday said it would tighten control of hydrocodone combination drugs by rescheduling them from Schedule III to Schedule II. The change means prescriptions for such drugs can cover only a 90-day period instead of the previous 180 days. "Today's action recognizes that these products are some of the most addictive and potentially dangerous prescription medications available," DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart said. USA Today/The Associated Press (8/21), Reuters (8/21), The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (8/22)
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2014 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Champion
Has your practice or health system successfully worked with patients to reduce high blood pressure and improve heart health? If so, you might be a 2014 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Champion! If you have achieved a hypertension control rate of 70% or above for your total patient population, please share your success story and enter the Hypertension Control Challenge by Oct. 10 for a chance to win. Learn more. Together, we can improve blood pressure control nationwide and ultimately save lives by preventing heart attacks and strokes. AANP is proud to partner with Million Hearts®, a national initiative launched by HHS to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes in the U.S. Nurse practitioners play a major role in the prevention of heart disease and will work with Million Hearts® to achieve its goals of reducing the number of people who need treatment and improving the lives of those who do.
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AANP 2014 grants and scholarships
AANP is pleased to announce that our 2014 Grants and Scholarship application period is now open. These scholarships and grants are open to candidates who are AANP members and will complete their NP program in spring 2015. Recipients can receive up to $2,500 in funds. Applications will be due Oct. 1, with awardees announced in late November. Learn more about our grants and scholarship program, access eligibility criteria and begin the application process.
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