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1. AANP releases 2015 National Nurse Practitioner Compensation Survey

AANP SmartBrief | Jun 26, 2015

2015 marked the fourth iteration of the National Nurse Practitioner Compensation Survey, which provides current and essential data related to nurse practitioner compensation and benefits. Findings indicate that annual income for full-time NPs is up 10% since 2011. The report is free for AANP members, who can access it on the AANP website. Non-members can purchase the report in the online AANP research store. Blank (06/25)

2. CMS unveils guide to help providers prepare for ICD-10

AANP SmartBrief | Jun 26, 2015

The CMS has released a guide designed to help providers prepare for the ICD-10 transition. The Quick Start Guide lays out five steps to readying for the new coding system and notes that it's not too late to get ready, but it's essential for practices to start now. Health Data Management (06/25)

3. Obama: After Supreme Court ruling, ACA firmly entrenched

AANP SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

President Barack Obama said the Affordable Care Act is "woven into the fabric of America" after surviving another challenge in the Supreme Court and dozens of attempts at repeal. Republicans in Congress said they will continue to push for repeal. Reuters (06/26)

4. Study: Gut microbiota alteration may be tied to type 1 diabetes risk

AANP SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

Researchers found a difference in the gut microbiomes between individuals with islet autoimmunity and those of autoantibody-free first-degree relatives in the abundance of four taxa. The findings suggest that intestinal microbiota alterations are tied to disease susceptibility, the researchers wrote in Diabetes. (06/26)

5. Early data suggest citrus intake may be tied to melanoma risk

AANP SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

An observational study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that participants who consumed citrus fruits at least 1.5 times a day had a 36% greater risk of developing melanoma. Researchers also reported that participants who had two to four citrus fruits every week were 10% more likely to have melanoma than those who ate the fruits less than twice a week. The study examined data from more than 63,000 women and 41,000 men. Reuters (06/29)

6. Noncarcinogenic chemicals may trigger cancer when combined, study finds

AANP SmartBrief | Jun 26, 2015

Researchers from 28 countries looked at 85 chemicals that were known to be individually safe to humans and found that combinations of 50 of these chemicals may result in cancer at levels of routine exposure. "Every day we are exposed to an environmental 'chemical soup,' so we need testing that evaluates the effects of our ongoing exposure to these chemical mixtures," study lead author William Goodson III said. The findings were published in the journal Carcinogenesis. The Guardian (London) (06/23) HealthDay News (06/23)

7. Scientists identify genetic mutation linked to obesity, diabetes

AANP SmartBrief | Jul 02, 2015

Scientists at Imperial College London used DNA sequencing to investigate the cause of a young woman's extreme obesity and found that she carried two copies of a mutation that blocks production of the carboxypeptidase-E protein, which is involved with regulating appetite and insulin and other hormones. Obesity and diabetes are serious, inherited disorders, said study leader Alex Blakemore. "[S]ufferers should not be stigmatized for their condition. They should be offered genetic counseling and specialized lifelong support to allow them as healthy a life as possible," he said. Medical News Today (06/30)

8. Health Wagon gains international coverage

AANP SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

The Health Wagon, a nurse-managed clinic in southwest Virginia, has earned international attention. This short documentary was aired during prime time and viewed by millions of people in Australia. Congratulations to AANP Fellows Dr. Teresa Gardner and Dr. Paula Hill-Meade on their continued success providing vital health care services to patients in Appalachia. Blank (06/29)

9. DOD, VA set guidelines for statin use, CVD screening

AANP SmartBrief | Jun 26, 2015

New dyslipidemia management guidelines from the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments recommend screening for cardiovascular disease in men older than 35 and women older than 45 and recommends against routine dyslipidemia screening beyond CVD risk assessments. The guidelines also recommend that moderate doses of statins be prescribed for secondary prevention before higher doses are prescribed. MedPage Today (free registration) (06/23)

10. Study: Cefazolin tied to drug-induced liver injury

AANP SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

A 1,212-patient study found that a single dose of cefazolin taken before surgery may cause drug-induced liver injury (DILI) with jaundice and pruritus appearing one to three weeks after exposure. The antibiotic was also found to be the sixth most common but underestimated cause of DILI. The findings were published in the journal Clinical Gastroentology and Hepatology. Family Practice News (07/01)

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