PCNA is partner in hypertension guidelines update | Moderate exercise may reduce cardiovascular risks in women | Obese children on vegan diet show metabolic improvements
February 19, 2015
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PCNA is partner in hypertension guidelines update
PCNA is a partner along with the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and eight other health care groups in an initiative to update the Joint National Committee recommendations for hypertension management. A special evidence review committee will look at specific critical questions in preparation for the development of the 2016 Guideline on the Management of Hypertension. eMPR.com (2/18)
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Moderate exercise may reduce cardiovascular risks in women
A U.K. study published in the journal Circulation found middle-aged women who engaged in moderate exercise two to three times each week were 20% less likely to develop heart disease, stroke or blood clots, compared with women who did little or no exercise. Researchers also found that more frequent exercise did not further reduce heart risks. HealthDay News (2/16)
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Nursing is changing. Are you ready?
Drexel University Online, a leader in Nursing Education for over 130 years, is proud to offer dedicated nurses the opportunity to further their education, specialize their clinical skills, and advance their careers. Drexel graduates learn an advanced skillset from the same dedicated faculty as on-campus. Nurses can choose from over 30 elite specializations available online. Learn More.
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Smoking-related deaths are higher than estimated, study finds
American Cancer Society research estimates 540,000 Americans die from smoking-related causes annually, a figure that is considerably higher than the U.S. Surgeon General's estimate of 480,000 deaths. The study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggested the additional deaths may be attributed to diseases not usually linked to tobacco, such as kidney failure, intestinal disease, heart disease tied to hypertension and breast and prostate cancers. HealthDay News (2/11)
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Most CVD clinical calculators overestimate risk, study finds
Four of five cardiovascular risk calculators overestimated patient risks, researchers wrote in an online report in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The study found that the Reynolds Risk Score was an exception, but it underestimated risk in women, while the 2013 American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology risk predictor, as well as three Framingham-based scoring tools, significantly overestimated risks. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/16)
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Study links multivitamin-mineral use to lower risk of heart disease death
Women who had been taking multivitamin-mineral supplements for at least three years had a 35% lower risk of dying from heart disease over the next 18 years, compared with those who did not take them, according to a study in the Journal of Nutrition. The study, led by a registered dietitian from the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements, found the results did not hold true for women who had been taking the supplements for less than three years or for men. Reuters (2/18)
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New Cholesterol Resources For You
Help improve your patients' outcomes and encourage them to control their cholesterol with the American Heart Association's new resources. Our guide brings practical cholesterol information to patients' fingertips and our provider toolkit details the new cholesterol treatment guidelines and more. Download the new materials.
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Nurse-led walking intervention linked with lower heart risks
A nurse-led walking program for older adults was associated with modest reductions in risk factors for coronary heart disease and diabetes, researchers from St. George's, University of London wrote in the journal PLOS Medicine. Patients were assigned to standard care or a program that included consultations with a nurse about physical activity and use of an activity diary and pedometer. Nursing Times (U.K.) (free registration) (2/18)
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How Much Do You Really Need to Make? The Answer May Shock You
Rather than focus on what you can afford to pull out of the business to cover your living expenses, you need to focus on how much you need to earn at your business in order to afford the lifestyle you want to have. This is where the Personal Earnings Goal, or PEG, comes into play. Learn how to calculate your PEG and find out how much you really need to make.

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Travel grants for 2015 PCNA Annual Symposium
PCNA is offering 10 Member Travel Grants and 10 Early Career Travel Grants (for nurses in practice year 1-2). Grants include waived registration fee and three nights in the Anaheim Marriott for a value of more than $600! Submissions close March 15 at 11:50 p.m. EST. Submit your applications online.
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Controversy around 2013 Prevention Guidelines to be addressed at PCNA 21st Annual Symposium
Confused about those long-delayed prevention guidelines? Join us at our 21st Annual Symposium to hear Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones, M.D., Sc.M. (co-author of both the risk assessment and the cholesterol guidelines) demystify the clinical application of these important but hotly debated updates. Dr. Lloyd-Jones will speak about the process of developing these controversial guidelines and how to apply them in a clinical setting in his presentation titled, "What's a Clinician to do? Implications of the 2013 Prevention Guidelines." Dr. Lloyd-Jones' talk is scheduled for Friday, April 10. Please join us!
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Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

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