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November 13, 2014
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Hypertensive young adults may not get advice on lifestyle changes
A study of 500 young adults with hypertension found only 55% received counseling on making lifestyle changes to control their blood pressure within a year of diagnosis, University of Wisconsin researchers reported in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. The research showed women, patients who regularly saw a physician, those with a family history of hypertension and patients diagnosed with high cholesterol were more likely to get lifestyle counseling. HealthDay News (11/10)
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NAFLD linked to sixfold incidence of coronary plaque
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, which affects up to 30% of Americans, was associated with six times the incidence of "advanced high-risk coronary plaque," according to a study of 445 patients assessed with coronary CT angiography. The development of plaque was "independent of traditional cardiovascular risk factors and the extent and severity of coronary artery disease," according to the authors of the study, which was published in Radiology. HealthImaging.com (11/4)
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Study rejects link between lipid-lowering drugs, cancer risk
A study involving 1,359 patients found use of lipid-lowering drugs ezetimibe plus simvastatin was not linked with increased odds of developing cancer or dying from the disease compared with a placebo. The findings appear in the American Journal of Cardiology. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (11/12)
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Face-to-face, virtual diabetes care yield similar results
Diabetes patients who participated in virtual disease communities attained reductions in blood glucose and blood pressure levels similar to those who got face-to-face group care, according to a study in JMIR Research Protocols. The virtual interventions were led by a nurse practitioner and a registered dietitian. Health Data Management (11/7)
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PCNA Update
This is National NP Week
PCNA would like to wish a happy National NP Week to the more than 192,000 nurse practitioners who provide health care to millions of patients across the United States. National Nurse Practitioner Week is held annually to celebrate these exceptional health care providers and the contributions they make to the health of millions of Americans. The confidence that patients have in NP-delivered health care is evidenced by the more than 916 million visits made to NPs every year. National Nurse Practitioner Week, Nov. 9-15, is also a time to remind lawmakers of the importance of removing outdated barriers to practice so that NPs will be allowed to practice to the full extent of their experience and education and so that patients are allowed full and direct access to all the services NPs are educated and certified to provide. Nurse practitioners are informed, in touch and involved, making them the health care providers of choice for millions and a solution to the primary care crisis in America.
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November 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 United States. Topics include Stable Ischemic Heart Disease (SIHD) Risk Stratification, Long-Term Management of the ACS Patient, and Familial Hypercholesterolemia. Watch for programs in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas, Nov. 15; and San Francisco, Nov. 15. Find the complete list of program dates and content.
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Whoever is happy will make others happy too."
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