Study: High-intensity training builds stronger hearts in sedentary adults | Mediterranean diet may help reduce obesity, diabetes risks | New schizophrenia patients may have higher heart risks
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October 16, 2014
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Study: High-intensity training builds stronger hearts in sedentary adults
A group of sedentary adults achieved structural growth in both left and right heart ventricles through yearlong high-intensity training regimens, according to a study in the journal Circulation. Study participants included people training to run a marathon or complete another endurance-based sporting event. Medscape (free registration) (10/14)
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Mediterranean diet may help reduce obesity, diabetes risks
Following a Mediterranean diet supplemented with olive oil or nuts may help reverse metabolic syndrome, according to a study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. However, researchers did not find a difference in the number of new cases of metabolic syndrome between study participants who followed a Mediterranean diet and controls who ate a low-fat diet. (10/14)
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Emerging Trends
Smoking tied to 14 million medical conditions in U.S.
An FDA study linked some 14 million cases of major medical conditions to smoking, an increase from the 12.7 million estimated by the CDC a decade ago. The study in JAMA Internal Medicine found chronic obstructive pulmonary disease was the most common medical condition linked to smoking, followed by heart attacks, cancer, stroke and diabetes. HealthDay News (10/13), Reuters (10/13)
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Empagliflozin improves BP, HbA1C in patients with diabetes
Data on patients with type 2 diabetes and hypertension revealed those on empagliflozin treatment attained significant improvements in blood pressure levels, HbA1C and body weight at 12 weeks compared with those in the placebo cohort. The findings appear in Diabetes Care. Medscape (free registration)/Reuters (10/14)
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Nursing in the News
NP says study supports an end to practice restrictions
States with full-practice nurse practitioners achieved better patient outcomes than states that did not have full practice, according to a study in the journal Nursing Outlook. Nurse practitioner Tom Bartol, in analyzing and commenting on the study, writes that his skills and competency did not change because he moved from a state that did not allow full practice to one that did, and he cites a Federal Trade Commission report that said removing barriers to full practice could improve access and quality of care. Medscape (free registration) (10/8)
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PCNA Update
First Global Cardiovascular Disease Nursing Leadership Forum
PCNA convened the first Global Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Nursing Leadership Forum, Oct. 12-13. The first meeting of the Forum gathered internationally recognized nurse leaders to formulate a draft master plan that addresses CVD and stroke prevention challenges encountered by nurses worldwide. In addition, strategies designed to enhance the important role for nursing in the global fight against death and disability from CVD and stroke were also addressed. The Global Nursing Leadership Forum was designed to provide the participants with background information and forum to discuss the following: 1) explore ways in which nurses across the world and global nursing organizations can support the established cardiovascular and stroke reduction goal set by the World Heart Federation -- to reduce noncommunicable (NCD) deaths 25% by 2025; 2) develop a mechanism for outreach to low income and middle income countries where nurses and organized nursing practices and presence in cardiovascular disease and stroke prevention is not established and/or less than optimal; 3) establish an international CVD and Stroke Prevention Nurse Expert Roster; and 4) establish a master plan for nursing organizations to work together to identify how to maximize the important contributions that nursing brings to CVD and Stroke prevention globally.
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October Fall Programs
The PCNA Fall Programs are a great way to earn continuing education credit, as well as network with like-minded professionals in your area. These complimentary, half-day programs take place annually in multiple cities across the U.S. Topics include Stable Ischemic Heart Disease (SIHD) Risk Stratification, Long-Term Management of the ACS Patient and Familial Hypercholesterolemia. This month, watch for programs in Jacksonville, Fla., Oct. 18; Charlottesville, Va., Oct. 18; Denver, Oct. 18; Atlanta, Oct. 25. See the complete list of program dates and content.
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Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become."
-- Reinhold Niebuhr,
American theologian
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