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October 10, 2012
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  Health Care News 
  • Higher intensity exercise helps lower odds of metabolic syndrome
    Regular fast walks reduced the risk of metabolic syndrome by half and jogging cut it by 40%, while an hour of walking had no effect, Danish researchers reported in the journal BMJ Open. The study suggests that exercise intensity rather than duration is key in preventing metabolic syndrome. HealthDay News (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Higher vitamin K1 intake reduces type 2 diabetes risk
    A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that participants who had higher intake of vitamin K1 were 51% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than were those who had lower or unchanged intake. Data also showed a 17% decrease in type 2 diabetes risk for each additional intake of 100 micrograms phylloquinone/d. (U.K.) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Diabetes raises HCC, malignancy risk in hep C patients
    Patients with chronic hepatitis C virus infection and type 2 diabetes had a nearly twofold increased risk of developing hepatocellular carcinoma and other malignancies including pancreatic and gastric cancers following interferon therapy, a study showed. However, maintaining mean HbA1C levels of less than 7.0% was associated with lower HCC risk, researchers reported in the journal Hepatology. Healio (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Retinal exams can detect child abuse injuries, study shows
    Retinal hemorrhages in the middle layer of the eyes were more common in victims of abuse, according to eye examinations of 114 children with head injuries. The Scottish study in the journal Pediatrics found 93% of children who had been abused had more than 25 of these injuries. HealthDay News (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • APRN: Nurses have role in teaching patients about antibiotics
    At the National Summit on Overuse, leaders called on health care providers to lower the rates of antibiotic prescriptions for upper respiratory infections, heart vessel stent use, blood transfusions, early inductions of labor and the use of tympanostomy tubes. Advanced practice nurse Irena Kenneley of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland said nurses can take a bigger part in telling patients when antibiotics are and aren't needed. (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Two Easy Steps for Assessing Homebound Status
This guide helps clarify the factors to consider when determining a patient's homebound status, and important step in deciding if home health care is the right choice. Includes a Two-Step Quick Reference sheet, explanation of common questions and patient case studies. Free download.
  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Botox works against incontinence, study says
    A randomized trial involving 247 women with urgency urinary incontinence showed that a single injection of Botox, or onabotulinumtoxinA, is as effective as a daily regimen of anticholinergics for six months. Researchers found no difference between Botox injection and oral anticholinergics on quality-of-life improvement and frequency of urgency incontinence episodes. Medscape (free registration) (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Better diabetic neuropathy pain relief seen with duloxetine
    Treatment-resistant diabetic neuropathy patients who received duloxetine treatment experienced better pain relief and showed lower Brief Pain Inventory Modified Short Form scores than those who took pregabalin, a study showed. The duloxetine/pregabalin combination, though not superior to monotherapy, showed efficacy and was safe and well-tolerated, researchers reported at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes meeting. Medscape (free registration) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Aspirin may protect women from ovarian cancer
    Researchers analyzed data from 756 women with epithelial ovarian cancer and 1,564 controls in Denmark and found that regular aspirin intake lowers a woman's risk of developing ovarian cancer. The study, reported in the journal Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, found that non-aspirin pain relievers such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and acetaminophen weren't associated with a reduction in risk. The Times of India/Asian News International (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Deaths from HIV/AIDS drop for most groups
    The use of highly active antiretroviral therapy helped lead to a sharp decline in the number of Americans dying from HIV/AIDS related causes between 1993 and 2007, according to a new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Rates remained the same for the least-educated black women. Factors in the discrepancy include access to care and length of time before starting treatment. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • HHS office to review ACA grants, drug shortages, REMS
    The HHS Office of Inspector General's 2013 work plan includes reviews of Affordable Care Act grants to states for health insurance exchanges as well as grants to establish nonprofit insurance plans. The OIG will also look into how health care providers handle drug shortages and adherence to risk evaluation and mitigation strategies. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • Living with Prostate Cancer
    A free Connect® Workshop for people living with prostate cancer, their families, friends and health care professionals will be held on Friday from 1:30 to 2:30 pm Eastern Time. Register online for this free workshop at or call (800) 813-HOPE (4673). LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Access JAANP's latest issue
    The October issue of JAANP is now available online. Read new research on women's experiences before, during and after a diagnosis of ovarian cancer. AANP members have full access to all articles by logging on to the members-only area of LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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