USPSTF recommends wider diabetes screening | Study renews debate over cardiovascular risk calculator | Study: 5 healthy habits linked to lower stroke risk in women
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October 9, 2014
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USPSTF recommends wider diabetes screening
Draft recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force call for diabetes and blood glucose screening for people 45 and older and younger adults with risk factors. The guidelines, updated from 2008, are similar to those made by other medical groups and include recommendations for diet and exercise interventions for at-risk patients. Medscape (free registration) (10/6)
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Study renews debate over cardiovascular risk calculator
Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital wrote in JAMA Internal Medicine that the cardiovascular risk calculator from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association overestimates event rates compared with observed risk, even after adjusting for statin use and revascularization. AHA President Elliott Antman said other publications have validated the tool and the overall cholesterol guidelines. "In addition, we continue to receive positive feedback from health care providers who use the guidelines as a tool to drive discussions with their patients about appropriate care," he said. Medscape (free registration) (10/7), NEJM Journal Watch (10/8)
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Study: 5 healthy habits linked to lower stroke risk in women
Women who adopted five healthy habits -- eating a healthy diet, being physically active, moderate alcohol consumption, not smoking and having a healthy body weight -- were 54% less likely to suffer a stroke compared with those who reported none of these habits, according to a study published in Neurology. The findings, based on data from almost 32,000 women in Sweden, showed the odds of suffering a stroke decreased steadily as the number of healthy lifestyle habits increased. HealthDay News (10/8)
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Liraglutide plus basal insulin improves diabetes outcomes
Data on type 2 diabetes patients revealed those who used liraglutide as an add-on to basal insulin attained better glycemic control, weight loss and systolic blood pressure with or without metformin, compared with those in the control cohort. The findings were presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes meeting. Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (10/2)
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Fewer heart disease deaths help boost U.S. life expectancy
Average life expectancy for a baby born in 2012 is 78.8 years, according to the CDC, a new high credited partly to fewer deaths from heart disease, cancer and chronic illness. The figure is a one-month increase over the 2011 estimate, and eight of the top 10 sources of mortality decreased, including a 1.8% drop in heart disease-related deaths and a 1.5% decrease in cancer mortality. Bloomberg (10/8)
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Study: Remote monitoring shows promise in cutting readmissions, care costs
A Geisinger Health Plan study found that telemonitoring of congestive heart failure patients using case managers may reduce care costs and readmission rates. The study team included three registered nurses and the data will be published in Population Health Management. The study used a Bluetooth-enabled scale to transmit patient data. (10/3)
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PCNA Update
New on-demand ACS patient medication adherence course offered
Adherence to professional guidelines by health care professionals in the management of patients with acute coronary syndrome remains suboptimal despite the fact that the implementation of professional guidelines into treatment strategies has been shown to improve outcomes in patients with ACS post-hospitalization. Patient adherence to therapy is also suboptimal. Clinicians can improve patient adherence by learning about and addressing patient-related factors in nonadherence. Participants will learn to implement evidence-based options recommended in professional guidelines for antithrombotic therapy in ACS patients, use achieved knowledge of antithrombotic options to manage ACS patients post-hospitalization, and identify issues involving communication gaps between patient advocates and patients diagnosed with ACS. Learn more about this exciting new course.
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PCNA wants YOU to submit your abstract
PCNA is now accepting abstracts for the 21st Annual Symposium, April 8-11, 2015 at the Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim, Calif. Health care professional involved in original data-based research or quality improvement/innovative projects related to cardiovascular risk reduction and disease management are strongly encouraged to submit an abstract. Only original abstracts will be considered (not previously published or presented prior to submitting to PCNA). Submission of an abstract constitutes a commitment by the author to present a poster if accepted. During the symposium a first-, second- or third-place ribbon will be placed on winning posters and all presenters and winners will be recognized during PCNA General Sessions on Friday, April 10. Learn more and find out how to submit your abstract.
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