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  • U.K. audit finds high risk of complications in diabetes patients
    British researchers found diabetes patients had a 48% higher risk of heart attack and a 65% higher risk of heart failure than the general population. Patients with diabetes also had a 144% increased risk of requiring kidney dialysis or transplant, 210% higher risk of leg amputation and 25% higher risk of stroke, researchers said. Data came from a national diabetes audit conducted by the National Health Service's Health and Social Care Information Centre, the charity Diabetes UK, and the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership. The Guardian (London) (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Blacks are more prone to BP-related stroke, study says
    Blacks with stage 1 hypertension had a higher risk of stroke than whites, according to a study of 27,748 people in the U.S. The stroke risk related to a 10 mmHg increase in systolic blood pressure was 8% higher in whites and 24% higher in blacks ages 45 and older. The study appeared online in Archives of Internal Medicine. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Circumcision offers protection against UTI in boys, men
    Australian researchers reviewed 22 studies involving 407,902 males and found that uncircumcised boys had a 9.9 times greater risk of developing urinary tract infections between birth and age 1 compared with circumcised boys. The odds of UTI were 6.6 times and 3.4 times higher in 1- to 16-year-olds and males aged 16 and older, respectively, according to the study in the Journal of Urology. Reuters (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study suggests obese women should eat 3 meals each day
    A study to be published in the journal Obesity showed that obese women who ate three meals a day had lower fat levels in their blood than did women who ate the same calories spread over six small meals. University of Missouri researchers said eating fewer but bigger meals is better metabolically and could lower the risk of heart disease. United Press International (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Obese teens have higher risk of diabetes in adulthood
    Men and women who became obese as teens had a higher risk of developing diabetes compared with those who became obese as adults, a study in Diabetes Care found. The results underscore the importance of addressing obesity at a young age to reduce the risk of diabetes onset, researchers said. DailyRx.com (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Statins may stall progression of inflammatory breast cancer
    An analysis of the medical records of 724 women diagnosed with primary inflammatory breast cancer found that those who used statins survived significantly longer without disease progression than those who had no history of statin use. Women who used hydrophilic statins had median progression-free survival of nearly five years compared with 2.47 years for those who received lipophilic statins and 1.76 years for women did not use statins. The study was presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lower risk of major bleeding seen with rivaroxaban
    An analysis found that oral rivaroxaban was associated with fewer bleeding incidents in patients with symptomatic venous thromboembolism compared with standard therapy. The association was the strongest in older patients and those with moderate renal impairment. HemOnc Today (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • EHR data with ICD-9 claim codes may help ID diabetes
    EHR data show promise in finding and classifying more diabetes cases compared with ICD-9 claim codes alone, according to a study in Diabetes Care. Researchers found that all of the subjects with type 1 diabetes were identified with the use of an optimized algorithm, which integrated the ratio of type 1 and 2 codes with recommended prescriptions as well as autoantibody and plasma C-peptide levels data. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Opportunity for NP authors!
    The first issue of the online, quarterly, peer-reviewed CE publication brought to you by the AANP CE Center is expected late in December. A call for manuscripts for the second issue is now open and due by Jan. 2 on topics related to women's health. See the upcoming topics and the associated deadline dates below. To learn more, access the Compendium Call for Manuscripts or e-mail Compendium@aanp.org.
    • Women's Health, Jan. 2
    • Gastrointestinal, March, 29
    • Musculoskeletal, June 28
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  • Make a difference -- run for AANP elected office
    Take a few minutes now to review the positions available for election 9n 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. 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. Find more information and begin the nomination process. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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