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March 11, 2013
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  Health Care News 
  • Study links GDM to higher type 2 diabetes risk
    Gestational diabetes was associated with an increased future risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a South Korean study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Researchers said up to 50% of Asian women with gestational diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within eight years of having a baby. Regular blood glucose monitoring after pregnancy is key for women who had gestational diabetes, the lead researcher said. (U.K.) (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Heart failure risk seen among black breast cancer survivors
    U.S. researchers looked at more than 26,000 breast cancer survivors and found that black women had the highest rate of heart failure compared with others. While the risk of heart failure was greater for black women than white women in the study, the risk of death was the same after the disease developed. The study was presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting. News (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NIH still recommends 2-step method in detecting GDM
    An independent NIH panel has recommended the continued use of the current two-step method in diagnosing gestational diabetes in U.S. women, as more studies may be needed to consider a one-step approach proposed by the International Association of the Diabetes and Pregnancy Study Groups. "The panel is particularly concerned about the adoption of new criteria that would increase the prevalence of GDM, and the corresponding costs and interventions, without clear demonstration of improvements in the most clinically important health and patient-centered outcomes," the panel said. Family Practice News (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
What Comes First: The Food or the Nutrient?
A special symposia to discuss how food synergy can help determine nutrition strategies for the 21st century. Speakers: David R. Jacobs, Jr., David L. Katz, W. Elaine Hardman, Barbara Shukitt-Hale and Penny Kris-Etherton. Boston Convention Center, April 19. 9.00am - 12.30pm Attendance is free. CPE units available. Registration required.
  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Study: Flu shot lowers hospitalization risk in elderly
    The risk of flu-related hospitalization during the 2011-12 flu season was 71.4% lower among all adults who received a shot and 76.8% lower among people ages 50 and older, according to a study. "This study is reassuring in light of recent reports that flu vaccination can be less effective in older adults," said study lead author Keipp Talbot. The findings appeared in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. United Press International (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Immunity declines in years following last DTaP vaccine shot
    The number of pertussis cases among Minnesota and Oregon children who received the full series of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis shots increased over a six-year period, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Although the findings showed that the protection offered by the vaccine is waning, "getting the five doses on time is still the best protection you can give your kid," lead researcher Sara Tartof said. Reuters (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Data mining IDs previously unreported drug interaction
    A study that used Internet data mining techniques found a side effect of combining paroxetine and pravastatin before it was detected by the FDA's Adverse Event Reporting System. Analysis of Web queries entered by 6 million Internet users in 2010 found that patients taking both drugs are more at risk of hyperglycemia than those taking just one of the two therapies. The approach offers a valuable tool for public health, researchers said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • 6 N.C. universities adding DNP programs
    Educational opportunities are increasing in North Carolina for nurse practitioners, and educational requirements eventually are expected to follow. Three-year doctor of nursing practice degree programs have been approved at six state universities. As health care evolves, it makes sense to train nurses more broadly, said Leslie Sharpe of the North Carolina Nurses' Association Council of Nurse Practitioners The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hospitalizations rise for congenital heart conditions
    Data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample of congenital heart disease cases from 1998 to 2010 showed that adult admission volume increased 87.8% compared with 32.8% for pediatric admissions over the second half of the study. The extent of medical comorbidity rose for both pediatric and adult patients, but was greater among adults, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. News (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • Report: Costs of drugs to rise under ACA's rules
    An abundance of new rules springing from the Affordable Care Act will raise the prices of prescription drugs, according to the National Center for Policy Analysis. "Drug coverage is expanding rapidly and heightened regulatory scrutiny will prevent drug plans managers from holding down costs for consumers with programs such as creating exclusive networks and encouraging mail-order prescriptions," said Devon Herrick, a senior fellow at the center. The Hill/RegWatch blog (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • CDC clinician conference call is Wednesday
    A conference call for clinicians interested in obtaining additional information about the management and treatment of patients with fungal illness associated with the fungal meningitis outbreak has been scheduled for Wednesday at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. CDC medical officer Dr. Tom Chiller will lead the call along with Dr. Anu Malani from St. Joseph’s Mercy Medical Center in Michigan. Additional details about the call can be found on CDC's website. Call-in number: (888) 942-8615. Participant pass code: 2368838.
  • Health insurance marketplaces
    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced that more states are moving forward to implement the health care law and establishing health insurance marketplaces. HHS conditionally approved Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire and West Virginia to operate state partnership marketplaces, which will be ready for open enrollment in October, bringing the total number of states conditionally approved to partially or fully run their marketplaces to 24 states and Washington, D.C. "HHS will continue to work collaboratively with all states to build the marketplace," Sebelius said. "Working together, we will be ready in seven months when consumers will be able to use the new marketplace to easily purchase quality, affordable health insurance plans." Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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