MRSA strains are present on common household surfaces | Prediabetes tied to overall increased risk for cancer | Study examines salt intake perception among diabetes patients
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September 10, 2014
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MRSA strains are present on common household surfaces
An analysis of 50 households of children with active or recent community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus found that nearly half of the houses had surfaces contaminated with MRSA. Bed linens were the most frequently contaminated household surface, followed by TV remote controls and bathroom hand towels, according to the study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. Reuters (9/9)
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Prediabetes tied to overall increased risk for cancer
A meta-analysis in Diabetologia found a link between prediabetes and higher odds of developing cancer. "Lifestyle intervention (weight control, stop smoking and healthy diet, etc.) should be suggested earlier and recommended as the mainstay of treatment for prediabetes in the general population," said researcher Yuli Huang, who also said data on the effects of treatment with metformin are needed. Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (9/8)
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Study examines salt intake perception among diabetes patients
Research published in the journal Appetite revealed that 80% of responding diabetes patients were aware that processed foods such as pizza contained salt, but less than 30% knew that white bread and cheese were also high in sodium. Data also showed only 6% of participants were aware of the recommended upper limit for salt intake. Women and patients with type 1 diabetes had lower mean sodium intake than men and those with type 2 diabetes, researchers added. Reuters (9/8)
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Paternal smoking pre-conception linked to higher asthma risk in offspring
Men who smoke before becoming fathers were more likely to have children with asthma than their nonsmoking counterparts, according to a Norwegian study presented at the European Respiratory Society meeting. Researchers found that the odds of developing childhood asthma increased the longer the father smoked. HealthDay News (9/8)
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Pharmaceutical News
Study finds widespread overmedication for dementia
Many patients with advanced dementia regularly receive drugs that are unproven to treat the disease or provide comfort and that often have unpleasant side effects, a study published JAMA Internal Medicine found. The average cost for a 90-day regimen of drugs with "questionable benefit" accounts for about 35% of the patients' prescription drug spending, or about $272 per month. A cholinesterase inhibitor and memantine were the most commonly prescribed drugs that the researchers said are of questionable benefit for patients with advanced dementia. Bloomberg (9/8), The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/The New Old Age blog (9/9)
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Statins may protect against diabetes-related nerve, retina damage
Diabetes patients who took statins had lower odds of developing diabetes-related nerve and retinal damage compared with nonusers, according to a study of data involving more than 60,000 patients in Denmark. Statin use was also associated with reduced risk of gangrene, researchers reported in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. HealthDay News (9/10)
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Study links long-term benzodiazepine use to higher Alzheimer's risk
A study in BMJ found that older adults who were prescribed benzodiazepines for more than three months had a 51% greater risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease compared with nonusers. The risk of developing Alzheimer's was nearly twice as great among patients who took the drugs for more than six months. HealthDay News (9/10)
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Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies
Low lipid testing rates seen in youths before 2011 guidelines
An analysis of data on more than 300,000 3- to 19-year-olds found that 9.8% of them overall underwent lipid testing between 2007 and 2010, prior to the release of the 2011 lipid screening guidelines. Obese children and 17- to 19-year-olds were more likely to be screened than youths in other weight and age groups. The findings appear in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. News (9/8)
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U.S. sees fewer hospital-acquired infections in critically ill children
An analysis of data from 174 hospitals across 39 states found a decline in the rate of central line-associated bloodstream infections among children between 2007 and 2012. The rate of ventilator-related infections also dropped, from under two infections per 1,000 days to less than one. The findings appear in the journal Pediatrics. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (9/8)
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Health Policy and Legislative News
HHS secretary aims to improve exchange, enrollment
HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell on Monday encouraged lawmakers to focus on points of agreement regarding the nation's health care system and move beyond the partisan disagreement that has surrounded the Affordable Care Act. Burwell said she wants to improve the federally run insurance exchange and announced that HHS will award $60 million in grants to organizations that will help enroll Americans in health insurance plans. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/9)
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AANP Future Leaders Program participants announced
Participants of the first AANP Future Leaders Program have been announced. The AANP Future Leaders Program is a 12-month program designed to develop the next generation of NP leaders through a variety of initiatives that will provide a broad vision of the NP role in the current and future health care environment. The 18 participants selected for the initial program will meet in Naples during the AANP Specialty & Leadership Conference in October for two days of formal training focusing on leadership development and other components of the program.
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Talent is God-given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be thankful. Conceit is self-given; be careful."
-- John Wooden,
American basketball coach
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