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February 19, 2013
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  Health Care News 
  • Diabetes patients show improvements in disease care
    Nineteen percent of diabetes patients in 2010 met or exceeded three measures of good disease care, compared with only 2% in previous decades, according to a study in Diabetes Care. Researchers found nearly 53% of patients attained an A1C of less than 7%, while 51% were able to achieve their blood pressure goals and 56% met their cholesterol goals in 2010. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IVF doesn't increase women's cancer risk, study finds
    In vitro fertilization and other fertility treatments yielded similar odds of developing breast or endometrial cancer, according to a study in the journal Fertility & Sterility. Researchers found that exposure to IVF treatments were linked to a slightly raised risk of ovarian cancer, but the difference wasn't large enough to rule out chance as a cause. Reuters (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Higher heart risk seen with increased troponin rates in diabetes
    More than a fifth of stable diabetes patients examined showed slight elevations in cardiac troponin I levels and had a 50% increased risk of major adverse cardiac events over three years, researchers found. The results, published in Diabetes Care, "imply that any detectable cTnI level should warrant consideration for more globally aggressive risk-reduction efforts, including closer evaluation and long-term monitoring, and such intervention efforts may focus beyond glycemic-control measures," said researcher Dr. W.H. Wilson Tang. Medscape (free registration) (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Blood vessel damage found in brains of people with Alzheimer's
    Researchers compared the brains of people with and without Alzheimer's disease and found that those with Alzheimer's had greater areas of blood vessel damage than those without the condition. They also found blood vessel damage in people suffering from mild memory problems. The study appeared online in JAMA Neurology. HealthDay News (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Research ties income inequality to hospital readmissions
    States with the highest level of income inequality had an additional 40,000 hospital readmissions over three years compared with other states, a study in BMJ found. Researchers found no evidence that greater divides between rich and poor were substantially linked to increased mortality risk. HealthDay News (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Exercise may help prevent depression and anxiety, study shows
    A study of 850 adults who had bariatric surgery found that the more they exercised, the lower their risk of depression or anxiety, University of Pittsburgh researchers reported in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research. Those who were most likely to avoid depression or anxiety were active for 3.2 hours daily, had at least 8 minutes of high-level activity and/or walked 4,750 steps or more each day, researchers said. (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Study: Finasteride doesn't boost prostate cancer survival
    Taking finasteride didn't improve survival for men with prostate cancer compared to a placebo, according to a study presented at the annual Genitourinary Cancers Symposium. Researchers tracked 18,000 men and found a similar rate of all-cause mortality between men who took finasteride and those who took a placebo. HealthDay News (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • CDC: Flu activity continues downward trend
    CDC data from the week ending Feb. 9 showed that flu activity in many states continued to drop. Eleven states and New York City reported high levels of flu activity, and 10 states reported moderate activity. Adults aged 65 and older account for more than half of total flu-related hospitalizations, and 64 children have died so far this flu season, the CDC said. News (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • HHS offers grants to boost prenatal care
    HHS on Friday introduced an initiative, Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns, aimed at lowering the number of premature births under Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Communities with high rates of premature birth will be given funding to improve prenatal care. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  AANP News 
  • Be an early bird!
    AANP members are encouraged to register now for the 2013 AANP 28th National Conference and make a hotel reservation to stay between June 17-23 at the conference hotel by March 4 to be eligible for one of the two "Early Bird" drawings for valuable prizes. We encourage you to register early to be eligible for a drawing and for best selection of workshops and sessions! Workshops have limited attendance and fill quickly. Find the details of the drawings' eligibility requirements. The conference will be held starting on June 18 (an additional workshop day) and continue through June 23 at The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas! Download the registration brochure for more information. Upon payment and completion of conference registration, your receipt will contain a link to AANP Housing and the access code required to make reservations at the Conference Hotel. AANP has arranged for a special conference rate of $159 per standard suite plus taxes and resort fee. This rate will be honored for reservations that occur any nights June 15-25, based on availability with some restrictions. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact or call (512) 442-4262, ext. 5238. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The Million Hearts ABCS
    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
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