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1. Study: NPs, PAs, physicians provide comparable heart care quality

AANP SmartBrief | May 04, 2015

The quality of routine care for chronic cardiovascular disease provided by a nurse practitioner or physician assistant was statistically equivalent to the care provided by a physician, researchers wrote in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. About 54% of nearly 935,000 patients under the care of physicians and over 252,000 patients attended by nurse practitioners or physician assistants received care that met standards for metrics involving cholesterol control, blood pressure control, and statin and beta-blocker prescriptions and adherence. There were no statistically significant differences between the groups. HealthDay News (05/01)

2. Study assesses blood test for ovarian cancer screening

AANP SmartBrief | May 05, 2015

A 202,638-patient study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that changes in CA125 protein levels in blood can be used to predict the risk of ovarian cancer. The test detected 86% of invasive epithelial ovarian cancers. (05/04)

3. U.S. sees 79% rise in unattended home births

AANP SmartBrief | May 05, 2015

Births unattended by a doctor, midwife or other medical professional increased by 79% from 2007 to 2012 and accounted for almost 30% of all home births during that time, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. HealthDay News (05/01)

4. Nurse staffing bill is introduced in Congress

AANP SmartBrief | May 01, 2015

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Reps. David Joyce, R-Ohio, and Lois Capps, D-Calif., have proposed legislation that would require hospitals to develop staffing plans for nurses. The Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 2015 also includes the creation of a staffing committee whose members include a majority of direct-care nurses. KTVZ-TV (Bend, Ore.) (04/29)

5. AANP leadership program now accepting applications

AANP SmartBrief | May 01, 2015

AANP is pleased to announce that the AANP Leadership Program application period opened on April 27. AANP believes in the leadership abilities of nurse practitioners and is dedicated to assuring the future of the NP profession by further developing NP leadership skills. The AANP Leadership Program is a 12-month program developed for nurse practitioner leaders, currently serving in clinical, administrative, and educational roles, who demonstrate the potential to assume roles of increasing leadership both within AANP and throughout the nation. The program includes three face-to-face training sessions, three webinar sessions, and one team project in support of AANP's strategic plan. Visit AANP Leadership Program for information about this exciting opportunity. The application period closes June 1, 2015. Blank (04/28)

6. IOM committee lists 15 key metrics for tracking health improvements

AANP SmartBrief | Apr 30, 2015

An Institute of Medicine committee proposed 15 core measures that represent the most important vital signs to track when looking at improvements in U.S. health and health care. Some of the core measures are life expectancy, well-being, preventive services and access to care. "The core metrics proposed in this report would harmonize the very large number of existing metrics ... reduce redundancy and decrease the excessive burden on providers and health system," said IOM President Victor Dzau, M.D. Medscape (free registration) (04/29)

7. Underweight people may be at greater risk of dementia, study finds

AANP SmartBrief | May 01, 2015

A study in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology found that people who had a body mass index of less than 20 are 34% more likely to develop dementia than those of a healthy weight. Researchers, who analyzed data from 1,958,191 study participants between the ages of 45 and 66, also found that participants who were underweight had a 64% higher risk of the disease than participants with the median BMI of 26 or 27. Reuters (04/30)

8. Study: HbA1C rises then falls for diabetes patients who quit smoking

AANP SmartBrief | May 01, 2015

A U.K. study in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology found that adults with type 2 diabetes who quit smoking had an average 0.21% increase in HbA1C compared with those who continued smoking. However, that difference gradually declined and after three years HbA1C levels were similar for the two groups. Healio (free registration) (04/30)

9. Study shows low use of metformin in patients with prediabetes

AANP SmartBrief | May 05, 2015

A study published in Annals of Internal Medicine found that metformin is infrequently prescribed for patients with prediabetes, despite its ability to help reduce the risk of progression to type 2 diabetes. Only 3.7% of patients with prediabetes were prescribed the drug, which is included in national guidelines and has been shown to be safe, cost-effective and well-tolerated, according to lead author Tannaz Moin, M.D. Researchers said clinicians may avoid prescribing the drug because it is not FDA-approved for prediabetes. Medscape (free registration) (05/01)

10. High vitamin D levels unlikely to result in toxicity, study finds

AANP SmartBrief | May 05, 2015

Researchers looked at 25 hydroxyvitamin D levels in more than 20,000 individuals and found that levels of over 50 nanograms per milliliter did not lead to higher acute clinical toxicity. The study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings found only one case of clinical toxicity with 364 ng/mL levels of supplementation. MedPage Today (free registration) (05/04)

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