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February 11, 2013
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  Health Care News 
  • Experts find higher stroke risk with Southern diet
    People who reported eating Southern fare -- such as fried, salty and processed foods -- almost daily were up to 30% more likely than those who consumed less of such foods to suffer stroke, a study showed. Researchers also found that those who ate the most fruits and vegetables had a 15% to 26% lower risk of stroke than those who ate them only once a week. The findings were presented at the American Stroke Association meeting. HealthDay News (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Frequent blood glucose monitoring may boost diabetes management
    Data on more than 20,000 type 1 diabetes patients showed those who checked their blood glucose levels three or four times daily had an HbA1C of 8.6%, compared with 7.6% in those who checked 10 times daily. Researchers said public and private insurers should not limit test strip supplies for diabetes patients. The findings were published in Diabetes Care. Reuters (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CDC: Flu season appears to be waning
    CDC officials report that in much of the U.S., flu season is starting to wind down, according to data from the week ending Feb. 2. Widespread flu activity was reported in 38 states, down from 42, and mortality attributed to influenza also was down. Nineteen states recorded high levels of flu activity, the agency said. USA Today (2/8), U.S. News & World Report (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bleeding stroke may raise risk of seizures, epilepsy in children
    U.S. researchers assessed 73 pediatric survivors of bleeding strokes and found that about 60% of the babies and 43% of the older children had seizures during the stroke or within a week following the stroke. The study, to be published in the journal JAMA Neurology, showed that 13% of the patients were diagnosed with epilepsy within two years. HealthDay News (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: Stress at work not tied to increased cancer risk
    A meta-analysis of 12 studies involving 116,000 17- to 70-year-olds found that job stress was not significantly associated with higher odds of developing breast, colorectal, lung or prostate cancers. Finnish scientists said that research that has shown a link between work stress and cancer could have done so by chance or because of factors not involving work stress. The findings appear in the journal BMJ. HealthDay News (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ASH Clinical Hypertension Review Course
March 15-16

The American Society of Hypertension, Inc. (ASH) is sponsoring its CLINICAL HYPERTENSION REVIEW COURSE at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Jersey City. The ASH Review Course will offer practical applications to assist NURSE PRACTIONERS in bringing hypertensive patients to their blood pressure goals, and is accredited for 18.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Register here!
  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Aspirin plus clopidogrel lowers risk of stroke recurrence
    Researchers tracked 5,170 minor stroke or transient ischemic attack survivors in China and found that those who received aspirin and clopidogrel were 32% less likely to suffer a second stroke in 90 days than those who took aspirin alone. The two groups both had comparably low rates of intracerebral bleeding, death and myocardial infarction. The study was presented at the International Stroke Conference. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Health exchanges are favored by 55% of the public, poll finds
    Fifty-five percent of U.S. adults see the creation of state-based health insurance exchanges as a top priority for state leaders, according to a survey by the Harvard School of Public Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Kaiser Family Foundation. The public is not divided on the issue because "people like the idea," Kaiser Family Foundation CEO Drew Altman said. United Press International (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • Ore. Senate supports extending NP dispensing to urban areas
    The Oregon state Senate has approved a bill that would give more nurse practitioners the power to dispense drugs in urban counties. State Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-Gresham, who introduced the bill, said that nurse practitioners have been dispensing drugs in rural areas with good results. The bill "provides better access for patients, particularly those with transportation issues or who are seen after normal business hours," Monnes Anderson said. The Lund Report (Portland, Ore.) (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • AANP president issues challenge
    Angela Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP, president of the AANP board of directors, issued a challenge for NPs on Sirius XM's Dr. Radio. As part of AANP's support for the Million Hearts initiative, she asked that NPs share tips for blood pressure control and success stories of how they helped patients reduce high blood pressure. E-mail to share! Do you know the Million Hearts ABCS for heart health? Aspirin for people at risk, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol optimization and Smoking Cessation. AANP and Million Hearts challenge NPs to share their blood pressure control success stories by e-mailing LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • JNP now an official publication of AANP
    JNP: The Journal for Nurse Practitioners is now an official publication of AANP. "We welcome the addition of JNP to our extensive membership benefits," said AANP president Angela Golden. "Since patients are the ultimate beneficiaries of the knowledge and skills of NPs, AANP is pleased that we now have two peer-reviewed journals available for our members." Published 10 times a year, JNP provides a highly credible resource to help NPs stay current with the clinical and policy concerns affecting their day-to-day practice. In addition to peer-reviewed clinical articles, JNP features continuing education opportunities and opinions and commentary on pressing legislative, regulatory and clinical practice issues. JNP is published by Elsevier, a global provider of scientific, technical and health care information products and services. AANP members now have access to both JNP and JAANP as a benefit of their membership. Read more about the journals. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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