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1. Nurse practitioners' ranks nearly double in past decade

AANP SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

An AANP report found that the number of licensed nurse practitioners in the nation increased to 205,000 in 2014 from 106,000 in 2004. AANP President Ken Miller said the trend underlines the continuous demand for accessible and high-quality patient care. (01/21)

2. Measles outbreak grows to 70 cases

AANP SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

Health officials have documented 70 measles cases in an outbreak that appears to have originated at Disneyland in California but has now reached four other states and Mexico. Most of those infected had not been vaccinated. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (01/21) ABC News (01/22)

3. Study: NSAIDs, triptans among drugs found effective in treating acute migraine

AANP SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

A review of current literature found several drug classes to be effective against acute migraine. The list includes many nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, dihydroergotamine, triptans and butorphanol nasal spray. The combination medications acetaminophen/aspirin/caffeine and sumatriptan/naproxen were also found effective. The findings, published in the journal Headache, will be used by the American Headache Society in the creation of new migraine treatment guidelines. HealthDay News (01/20)

4. NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program

AANP SmartBrief | Jan 23, 2015

The 2015 NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program application cycle is now open and will close on Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. This program helps address the shortage and distribution imbalance of nurses across the country by offering loan repayment assistance to registered nurses and advanced practice nurses working at health care facilities and nurse faculty employed at accredited schools of nursing. The 2015 application cycle is expected to be very competitive. Applicants are encouraged to apply early. This year, some loan information can be automatically populated by the National Student Loan Data System. Available resources include the Application and Program Guidance, Application Checklist and the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Application and Program Guidelines Webinar. NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Application Webinar (Pre-Recorded). Event description: This webinar covers eligibility requirements, the online application process, and resources for those considering applying to the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program. Access link: NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Application and Program Guidelines Webinar Blank (01/23)

5. Distinct brain pattern seen in veterans with TBI, researchers say

AANP SmartBrief | Jan 23, 2015

Scientists have observed a distinct pattern of broken connections in brain scans of Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans who suffered traumatic brain injuries but who died from causes unrelated to combat. Researchers said they found a "neural signature" in blast victims that was different from brain patterns seen in car accident victims. Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The (01/19)

6. BMI, waist circumference do not always agree, study says

AANP SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

A study in the American Journal of Cardiology found disagreement between BMI and waist-circumference measures in about 30% of patients. Canadian researchers said variability in visceral adiposity within BMI categories may be the reason. Higher visceral adiposity and liver fat and cardiometabolic risk profiles that were more adverse were strongly associated with rising waist circumference tertiles in each BMI category, researchers found. (01/19)

7. Study: Timing of first gluten exposure may not affect celiac disease risk

AANP SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2015

Data from the Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young study showed that the time at which gluten is introduced to an infant's diet may not be linked to the risk of celiac disease or celiac disease autoimmunity by age 5. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, included research centers in the U.S., Finland, Germany and Sweden. Medscape (free registration) (01/19)

8. Registration open for the AANP 2015 National Conference

AANP SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

You are invited to join your colleagues as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of nurse practitioners at the AANP 2015 National Conference in New Orleans, June 9 to 14. The star-studded opening general session on Wednesday, June 10, features Grammy award winner Naomi Judd, "Speaking from the Heart" on her years as a registered nurse, years that helped prepare her for the extraordinary life she has led and the life lessons she has learned. Enlightened by her unique experience, Ms. Judd will share her thoughts on health care today as we celebrate the impact NPs are having in advancing access to care and improving patients' lives. The grand opening of the exhibit hall follows the opening session -- launching the 2015 National Conference in a style befitting the Crescent City -- with a procession complete with jazz musicians playing and a reception featuring a taste of some New Orleans cuisine. Overflowing with excitement and opportunity, the conference includes approximately 260 sessions, 40 skill enhancing workshops, up to 37.75 contact hours of continuing education, and an exhibit hall filled with the latest products and services for NPs and NP students. This is definitely a conference you won't want to miss. More information is available on the conference website and in the registration information booklet. Upon completion of registration and payment, your receipt will contain a link to the AANP Housing Block reservation site as well as the AANP Housing Code required to make your reservation. Blank (01/21)

9. Fall rates for elderly increase, study finds

AANP SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

University of Michigan Medical School research found self-reported falls among adults ages 65 and older during the previous two years increased between 1998 and 2010, from approximately 28% to about 36%. The study in JAMA Internal Medicine said the increase was higher than what would be expected for this aging population. HealthDay News (01/19)

10. Study links H. pylori infection to reduced MS risk in women

AANP SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

An Australian study in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry tied infection with the stomach bacteria Helicobacter pylori to decreased chances of developing multiple sclerosis. Researcher Allan Kermode said the findings support the theory that MS risk may be suppressed by some early diseases. HealthDay News (01/20)

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