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1. Study: Blood thinners frequently prescribed to A-Fib patients who may not need them

AANP SmartBrief | Apr 15, 2015

A study in JAMA Internal Medicine found that about 25% of patients with atrial fibrillation at low risk of stroke receive prescriptions for blood-thinning drugs. Such treatment is not recommended for low-risk patients because blood thinners also carry a risk of excessive bleeding. Researchers, who looked at almost 11,000 atrial fibrillation patients below the age of 60, also found that men, older patients and overweight patients lacking risk factors for stroke were more likely to be prescribed blood thinners. HealthDay News (04/14)


2. Medicare reimbursement change signed into law

AANP SmartBrief | Apr 17, 2015

President Barack Obama has signed a measure that he said strengthens Medicare "because it starts encouraging payments based on quality, not the number of tests that are provided or the number of procedures that are applied but whether or not people actually start feeling better." The bill also eliminates the 21% cut in Medicare payments that was due to take effect this month. Reuters (04/16) Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The (04/16)


3. FAANP announces 2015 Fellows

AANP SmartBrief | Apr 15, 2015

The Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners recently selected 70 nurse practitioner leaders, as well as one Honorary Fellow (FAANP (H)) for induction to FAANP in June 2015 (view 2015 FAANP Fellows). The new FAANP members will continue the tradition of impacting national and global health through their outstanding contributions. AANP will honor this year's FAANP inductees at a ceremony, followed by a soiree on Thursday, June 11, 2015, during the AANP National Conference at the Hilton Riverside New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans. AANP established the FAANP program in 2000 to recognize nurse practitioner leaders who have made outstanding contributions to health care through clinical practice, research, education or policy. Fellows of AANP are visionaries and, as such, hold an annual think tank to strategize about the future of nurse practitioners and health care. The new Fellows will continue to demonstrate leadership and contribute to the mission of AANP. The FAANP program was established by AANP in 2000 to recognize NP leaders who have made outstanding contributions to health care through NP education, policy, clinical practice or research. Blank (04/14)


4. Inverse association seen between statin use, pancreatic cancer risk

AANP SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

A study in the journal Cancer found a 34% lower risk of developing pancreatic cancer among statin users and a link between the duration of statin use and reduced cancer risk. PhysiciansBriefing.com (04/15)


5. Higher testicular cancer risk seen with muscle-building supplements

AANP SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

Yale University researchers surveyed 900 male participants and found that men with a history of taking muscle-building supplements had a higher risk of developing testicular cancer. Men who took supplements at least once per week for a month were 65% more likely to be diagnosed with cancer, while those who took supplements for at least three years had a 156% higher likelihood of the disease. The study was published in the British Journal of Cancer. United Press International (04/13)


6. Report lists ways to protect brain function throughout aging

AANP SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

An Institute of Medicine report suggests reducing or managing heart disease risk factors and being physically active can help people protect their brain function as they age. Being socially and intellectually active, getting enough sleep and quitting smoking also are important, and the report recommended people talk with their clinicians about any medications or medical conditions that may affect cognition. HealthDay News (04/14)


7. More U.S. teens are using electronic cigarettes

AANP SmartBrief | Apr 17, 2015

The use of electronic cigarettes tripled among middle- and high-school students from 2013 to 2014, CDC researchers wrote in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The increase marked the first time e-cigarettes exceeded the popularity of other tobacco products among teens. HealthDay News (04/16)


8. Should DNP students be required to publish? Student perspective

AANP SmartBrief | Apr 17, 2015

In the April "Point/Counterpoint" section of JNP, Sylvida Davis argues that being required to submit for publication prepares the DNP student as a clinician-researcher, shows proficiency and competence in DNP essentials, and contributes to the profession. Tara Kelly points out there aren't enough journals to handle the load and early publication may not be right for some projects. Read their discussion. Blank (04/17)


9. Study finds link between sleep patterns, toddler's behavior

AANP SmartBrief | Apr 15, 2015

A Norwegian study of 32,662 pairs of mothers and children found that toddlers often had emotional or behavioral problems at the same age if they got less than 13 hours of sleep each night. The findings, published in JAMA Pediatrics, also revealed that children are at a greater likelihood of having emotional or behavioral problems when they reach age 5 if they slept less than 10 hours or woke three or more times every night at 18 months. Reuters (04/13)


10. Sleep apnea linked to cognitive decline, but CPAP appears to help

AANP SmartBrief | Apr 17, 2015

Older people with sleep apnea started showing signs of cognitive impairment about a decade earlier than those without the condition, a study in Neurology showed. Researchers found that the use of continuous positive airway pressure mitigated the effect, delaying the onset of mental decline by an average of 10 years. Reuters (04/15) New York Times (tiered subscription model), The (04/15)




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