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March 8, 2013
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  • Diabetes cost U.S. $245 billion in 2012, report finds
    According to a report from the American Diabetes Association, the U.S. cost of diabetes grew to $245 billion in 2012 from $174 billion in 2007. Direct medical costs in 2012 were $176 billion, and medical spending for diabetes patients was more than twice as high as for those without the condition. The findings appear in Diabetes Care. HealthDay News (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Younger heart failure patients show less improvement in outcomes
    Heart failure patients aged 54 and younger saw the least improvement in outcomes in terms of hospitalizations, length of hospital stay and mortality rate within 30 days of admission between 2001 and 2009, a U.S. study showed. During the study period, heart failure-related hospitalizations dropped about 37% for adults aged 65 and older, compared with 13% for adults ages 18 to 44 and 16% for patients between 45 and 55. The findings appear in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Reuters (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Brisk walking improves stroke survivors' quality of life
    Survivors of ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke who participated in a brisk outdoor walking program for three months had greater improvement in quality of life scores than a massage therapy group, a Jamaican study found. The walking group did better in six-minute endurance tests and had lower resting heart rates compared with the massage group. The findings appear in the journal Stroke. (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Americans eat fewer calories, but obesity persists
    Although daily energy intake dropped by 74 calories between 2003 and 2010, the obesity rate in women remained at 35% from 1999 to 2010 and increased among men from 27% to 35% in the same period, according to the CDC. Experts offer several possible explanations, including that people may not be getting sufficient exercise. The research appears in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Reuters (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Zinc marker can detect iron deficiency in children
    Zinc protoporphyrin levels can be used to screen children at risk of iron deficiency, U.S. researchers said. A retrospective study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics also showed that iron supplementation was linked to improvements in Zinc protoporphyrin levels. MedWire News (U.K.) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Flu vaccine strains endorsed by FDA panel for 2013-2014
    The FDA's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee endorsed a slightly different influenza vaccine composition for the 2013-2014 flu season, compared with that of the previous season. The committee recommended substituting two vaccine strains while retaining the A/California/7/2009pdm09-like virus. The committee also released recommendations for quadrivalent vaccines, noting that "global influenza virus surveillance data related to epidemiology and antigenic characteristics, serological responses to 2012-2013 seasonal vaccines, and the availability of candidate strains and reagents" were used as the basis for the recommendations. Medscape (free registration) (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Nonbenzodiazepines may raise hip fracture risk in elderly
    Researchers looked at the records of more than 15,000 nursing home residents in the U.S. who suffered a hip fracture and found that in the weeks before the fracture, taking nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic drugs was associated with a 66% higher risk of fall and hip fracture, compared with medication use months earlier. The study also found users who'd been on the drugs for less than two months were more than twice as likely to suffer a hip fracture as people not using the drugs. The findings appeared online in JAMA Internal Medicine. Reuters (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Poll: Most providers recommend OTC drugs to patients
    Ninety-eight percent of health care providers including nurse practitioners recommend over-the-counter drugs to their patients, a survey by the Consumer Healthcare Products Association found. Researchers also found 84% of patients trusted their provider's OTC recommendations. (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • JAANP proudly supports Joining Forces
    Read another special article titled "Caring for Military Spouses in Primary Care" by Diane Padden and Sheena Posey. As more NPs care for military and veteran populations within the civilian sector, it is essential to explore and understand the unique challenges faced by military families. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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