Minor infections may raise short-term risk of stroke in children | Diabetes patients who lose weight show lower kidney risk | Head and neck can be site of aggressive melanoma
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August 22, 2014
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Minor infections may raise short-term risk of stroke in children
Children who suffered an ischemic stroke had a twelvefold higher chance of visiting a doctor for a minor infection within three days before the stroke than those who didn't have a stroke, according to a study in the journal Neurology. "Infections trigger activation of platelets [blood cells responsible for clotting], making them more prone to clotting," an expert said. HealthDay News (8/20)
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Diabetes patients who lose weight show lower kidney risk
Data published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology revealed about 35% of U.S. adults with diabetes exhibited some degree of kidney disease. However, patients who lost weight through diet and exercise had a 31% reduced odds of developing very high risk chronic kidney disease. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)/Reuters (8/21)
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Head and neck can be site of aggressive melanoma
A study in the journal JAMA Dermatology found that the deadliest and most aggressive melanomas are most often found on the neck and head of older men with long histories of significant sun exposure. Researchers analyzed the cell division rates of melanomas in more than 1,400 participants. A family history of melanoma as well as having had blistering sunburns were linked with lower mitotic rates. HealthDay News (8/20)
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Persistent pancreatic cancer risk seen for decades with diabetes
A review of 15 studies revealed a 30% additional risk for pancreatic cancer in diabetes patients more than two decades following diagnosis. The findings were published in the Annals of Oncology. Healio (free registration)/HemOnc Today (8/20)
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Disability risk is higher in men who regularly smoked pot as teens
An analysis involving nearly 50,000 Swedish men found that smoking marijuana more than 50 times before age 18 was associated with a 30% higher risk of going on disability between ages 40 and 59. Even men who used pot less frequently had a higher chance of being on disability in middle age. The findings appear in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Reuters (8/20)
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Pharmaceutical News
CDC updates influenza vaccine recommendations
All people 6 months and older should be given a flu shot, according to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Live nasal vaccine offers 2- to 8-year-olds better protection against flu, but certain people, including children younger than 2 years, adults older than 49 and pregnant women, should not be given this type of vaccine. The recommendations were published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. DailyRx.com (8/21)
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Combining cognitive therapy, drugs may work better for severe depression
Combining cognitive therapy with antidepressants was more effective than medication alone in helping patients with severe short-term depression, according to a study in JAMA Psychiatry. The combination, however, was not better than antidepressants alone for patients with mild or severe, chronic depression. HealthDay News (8/21)
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Acid suppressants tied to gastric bacterial growth risk
Children and teens with chronic cough who received histamine-2 receptor antagonists had a higher risk of developing bacterial growth in the stomach, according to a 99-patient study in JAMA Pediatrics. "Our results highlight that any benefit of acid suppression should be weighed against potential risk, particularly in the immunocompromised host," researchers wrote. MedPage Today (free registration) (8/21)
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Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies
U.S. sees dramatic decline in teen births
The rate of births to mothers aged 15 to 19 hit a record low in 2013, with 26.6 births for every 1,000 women in that age bracket, down from 61.8 in 1991, CDC researchers said. Asian-Pacific Islanders had the least number of teen births, while Hispanics had the most births among all racial groups. Teen birth rates were highest in the South and Southwest and lowest in the Northeast. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/Wonkblog (8/20), USA Today (8/20)
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Health Policy and Legislative NewsAdvertisement
7M people can sign up ahead of new ACA enrollment period
Enroll America said on Wednesday that nearly 7 million people can sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act before the new enrollment period starts on Nov. 15. Qualifying conditions for early enrollment include marriage, childbirth, moving and the loss of previous health coverage. The Hill (8/20)
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10,000 Steps. 28 Days. One Challenge.
Every step you take can help support a life without limits for individuals with disabilities and their families. How? United Cerebral Palsy is excited to announce the launch of Steptember, a four-week event that challenges participants to take 10,000 steps a day and fundraise along the way for individuals with disabilities. Do you want to boost your health and wellness and amplify your impact with every step you take? Get started today.
Nominations now open for 2015 AANP State Awards for Excellence
Nominations are now open for the prestigious 2015 AANP State Award for Excellence. The NP State Award for Excellence is given annually to an individual NP in each state who has demonstrated excellence in NP practice. The Advocate State Award for Excellence is given annually to an individual in each state who has made a significant contribution toward increasing awareness and acceptance of NPs. Examples of past advocate recipients have been physicians, legislators, educators, etc. NPs are also eligible for the advocate award for nonclinical practice initiatives related to leadership, precepting, policy, politics, research, education or community affairs. You do not have to be an AANP member to nominate someone or be nominated. To begin the nomination process, you must log in to MyAANP or if you do not already have a MyAANP account, register here. Deadline for nominations to be received by AANP is Oct. 20.
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