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January 8, 2013
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  Health Care News 
  • Report finds continued decline of cancer deaths in U.S.
    Cancer mortality rates among men, women and children up to age 14 dropped every year from 2000 to 2009, continuing the downward trend that started in the 1990s, a report in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute showed. New cancer diagnoses dropped in men and remained unchanged in women, but pediatric cancer diagnoses rose by 0.6% during the study period. WebMD (1/7), HealthDay News (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Health care spending may be poised to accelerate, report finds
    Data from a CMS report showed U.S. spending on health care grew by 3.9% in 2011, marking the third year in a row of relatively small increases in spending. However, the report suggests spending growth may pick up in the coming years as the economy rebounds. The report appears in the journal Health Affairs. Reuters (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Increased A1C, BMI tied to poor cognitive function
    Elevated blood glucose levels and BMI were associated with poor cognitive function, a study in Diabetes Care indicated. Data on 1,172 participants showed those with higher A1C were 1.75 times more likely than those with lower levels to have poor digit symbol substitution test scores, while people with the highest BMI had more than a twofold increased risk of the lowest cognitive function test scores than those with lower BMI. (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links diabetes to risk of depression
    A review of 16 observational studies encompassing nearly 500,000 patients revealed depression was more common in patients with diabetes compared with those who did not have diabetes. Earlier diagnosis and treatment of depressive symptoms may help improve outcomes for diabetes and depression in patients with both conditions, researchers wrote in the journal Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. News-Medical.Net/MedWire News (U.K.) (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mich. NP wins state excellence award
    MaryLee Pakieser, president of the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners, has won the 2013 AANP Nurse Practitioner State Award for Excellence. Pakieser, who works at the Traverse City VA Outpatient Clinic, was an advocate for a proposed scope-of-practice bill. "We have 40 years of documentation and ongoing research that shows that nurse practitioners working within the scope of their education and license are equal and in some instances better than our physicians," Pakieser said. Traverse City Record-Eagle (Mich.) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Beta blockers may reduce Alzheimer's risk, study finds
    Blood pressure-lowering beta blockers could cut the risk of brain changes associated with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia, according to a study to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in March. "Levels of the Alzheimer lesions were about half or less in persons receiving beta blockers, compared with persons whose hypertension was untreated," researcher Dr. Lon White said. Beta blockers seemed to lower risk of the lesions better than other blood pressure drugs. HealthDay News (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Many people don't know all risks of obesity, survey shows
    More than 70% of people surveyed correctly identified heart disease and diabetes as two serious consequences of obesity, but only about 15% mentioned arthritis and 7% said cancer, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The survey showed that about 25% of people said it is possible to be healthy while very overweight, and 52% said they had talked with a physician about the health risks of being overweight. (Tampa, Fla.)/The Associated Press (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Navigating New Care Teams with Nurse Practitioners
    The Institute for Healthcare Improvement is offering a free audio program on Thursday, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., titled "Navigating New Care Teams with Nurse Practitioners." WIHI (the talk show offered by IHI) host Madge Kaplan will lead a guest panel in the discussion of how nurse practitioners or advanced practice nurses are being deployed and woven into new, interprofessional, team-based delivery designs. Guest panel: Susan B. Hassmiller, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, senior adviser for nursing, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Daryl Lynch, MD, vice chair ambulatory medicine, Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics (Kansas City); Cathy Rick, RN, Ph.D., FAAN, FACHE, chief officer, Office of Nursing Services, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs; Patricia Gerrity, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Director, Eleventh Street Family Health Services of Drexel University; associate dean for community programs, Drexel University College of Nursing and Health. Professions register now! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nominations close on Jan. 26
    The 2013 Call for Nominations is open now through Jan. 26. AANP and ACNP members in good standing for the 12 months prior to Nov. 26, 2012, (date that nominations opened) are eligible to submit their name for consideration in the 2013 election. Take a few minutes now to review the positions available for election in 2013 and think about how you might be able to join with others in charting the direction for the new AANP. The AANP Nominations Committee released the 2013 Call for Nominations on Nov. 26. The call closes on Jan. 26, 2013. The following positions will be on the ballot in 2013: Board of Directors -- Executive Committee -- Treasurer, and Regional Directors for Regions 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11. State Representative positions for election in 2013 are: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York (N), New York (S), North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. There are two positions open on the Nominations Committee. Learn more and begin the nomination process. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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