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February 8, 2013
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  • Stroke survivors more likely to contemplate suicide
    Stroke survivors were more likely to have suicidal thoughts compared with heart attack, diabetes and cancer patients, according to an analysis of the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. The study, presented at the annual meeting of the American Stroke Association, also found that 17% of stroke survivors suffer from depression. "Given the high prevalence of suicidal thoughts among stroke survivors, perhaps regular screening for suicidal ideation, in addition to depression, is warranted," lead investigator Dr. Amytis Towfighi said. HealthDay News (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Surgical delivery of clot-busting drug has benefits, study finds
    Researchers tracked 96 patients with intracerebral hemorrhage and found that those who underwent surgery to receive the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, directly in their brains recovered faster than those who received standard therapy. Patients who received tPA were discharged an average of 38 days earlier and their blood clots dissolved faster. The study appears in the journal Stroke. HealthDay News (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Family history of stroke may not prompt lifestyle changes
    A study of African-Americans living in the Stroke Belt of Alabama found that awareness of a family history of stroke did not motivate lifestyle changes that reduce cardiovascular risks, Georgia State University researchers reported at the International Stroke Conference's State of the Science Stroke Nursing Symposium. Nurse practitioner and researcher Dawn Aycock said health care providers must understand the importance of a family history and reinforce the need for regular screenings, diet and exercise as well as the need to control cholesterol and blood pressure. Medscape (free registration) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links red meat intake to higher chance of GDM
    Pregnant women who were in the highest quintile of red meat intake before pregnancy were significantly more likely than those in the lowest quintile to develop gestational diabetes mellitus, according to a study in Diabetes Care. However, consuming foods rich in vegetable protein, such as nuts, may help reduce the risk, researchers said. Medscape (free registration) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pharmaceutical News 
  • FDA issues warning against deceptive flu products
    The FDA has released a report warning the public against fraudulent flu products that carry unproven claims about curing, treating or preventing the flu. The warning covers drugs, nasal sprays, devices, foods and dietary supplements. The FDA said it has yet to approve any over-the-counter treatment that can cure or prevent the condition, and there are no approved generic formulations of Tamiflu or Relenza. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Nerve-stimulating device may benefit some migraine sufferers
    People with migraines who used an electric nerve stimulator daily for three months experienced a decline in the number of average monthly headaches from seven to five, a study in the journal Neurology found. The device may benefit some migraine patients, but it remains uncertain if it is effective among those with very severe or very frequent migraines, lead researcher Dr. Jean Schoenen said. Reuters (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • Bill would create a National Nurse for Public Health position
    House lawmakers introduced the National Nurse Act to name the U.S. Public Health Service's chief nurse officer as the National Nurse for Public Health to work alongside the surgeon general. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, who is a registered nurse, said nurses "play a critical role in health promotion and disease prevention." The Hill/Floor Action blog (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week
    The 16th Annual Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week), sponsored by the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance, is scheduled for April 14 to 20. OHANCAW is a weeklong series of events promoting awareness of this potentially life-threatening disease, highlighted by a day of free oral cancer screenings held at medical offices throughout the country. According to a brand new Harris Interactive survey, 71% of Americans say they have not been examined by a medical professional for oral, head and neck cancer. Given the rise in oral cancers related to human papillomavirus, screening for and early detection of this disease is more important than ever. The Alliance is urging you to participate by conducting a free screening at your medical practice, clinic, hospital or university. For more details, promotional materials including posters, T-shirts and media kits, and registration information, please visit www.OHANCAW.com and follow OHANCAW on Facebook and Twitter. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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