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October 2, 2012
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  Health Care News 
  • Study links sitting with risk of chronic kidney disease
    Women who sat for less than three hours per day had a 30% lower risk of chronic kidney disease, compared with women who sat more than eight hours, U.K. researchers said. The study in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases found men also were at increased risk, although it was lower than for women and was reduced by regular exercise, such as a half-hour of walking. WebMD (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • For older people with diabetes, alcohol is tied to higher A-fib risk
    In a study of adults age 55 and older, patients with a history of heart disease or advanced diabetes who drank moderately faced a greater risk of atrial fibrillation than those who consumed less alcohol. The findings, based on an analysis of data from more than 30,000 people from 40 countries, was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. HealthDay News (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chocolate may cut stroke risk, study finds
    A study of 37,103 Swedish men between ages 45 and 79 found the men who ate about 2 ounces of chocolate per week were 17% less likely to suffer a stroke compared to those who ate little or no chocolate. The study, which was reported in the journal Neurology, also cited results showing that for men and women, high chocolate consumption cut stroke risk by 19%. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharmaceutical News 
  • HPV vaccine Gardasil safe for teens, young women
    A study involving almost 190,000 girls and women ages 9 to 26 found no new safety concerns with Merck & Co.'s human papillomavirus vaccine Gardasil. Fainting and rare cases of skin infections, the only observed side effects, were expected and benign, according to researchers. The findings appear in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Reuters (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Apixaban is safer and better than warfarin in preventing stroke
    A study found that anticlotting drug apixaban was better and safer and tended to cause less skull bleeding than anticoagulant warfarin in stroke prevention among atrial fibrillation patients. Researchers said apixaban showed a 21% relative decrease in stroke or systemic embolism incidence compared with warfarin. "With new oral anticoagulants, such as apixaban, we might not need risk scores to guide treatment decisions for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation," study author Dr. Renato Lopes said. HealthDay News (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FDA authorizes use of irbesartan for hypertension
    The FDA approved Zydus Cadila's hypertension treatment irbesartan in 300-, 150- and 75-milligram tablets. "The group now has 72 approvals and has so far filed 150 [abbreviated new-drug applications] since the commencement of filing process in fiscal 2003-04," the drugmaker said. Business Standard (India) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Health care utilization in U.S. drops, report finds
    The average number of visits to a medical provider among working-age adults dropped from 4.8 in 2001 to 3.9 in 2010, a Census Bureau report found. Most respondents described their health as either excellent or very good. "The decline in the use of medical services was widespread, taking place regardless of health status," Census Bureau's Brett O'Hara said. Despite that, the average household spent 3.1% more on medical services last year, but spending on pharmaceuticals fell 2.3%. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Economix blog (10/1), (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  AANP News 
  • CMS National Provider Call
    CMS will hold a National Provider Call on Medicare Provider Enrollment on Oct. 10 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The call will review Revalidation, Billing for Ordered/Referred Services and PECOS Enhancements. Learn what you can expect and how to prepare for this process. For more information and to register, go to the National Provider Calls website. Registration is open until noon ET the day of the call. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • National NP Week Resource Guide available
    National NP Week 2012 will be held Nov. 11-17. A resource guide is available to help you plan activities and initiatives that can build awareness of the vital role of the NP as a provider of high-quality, comprehensive, patient-centered care. The guide contains a wealth of information such as a press release, proclamation, community activities, talking points, guidelines for media interviews, posters that you can download and print for use in your practice site or at community events, as well as radio public service announcements, a letter from AANP President Angie Golden, and other materials that will be helpful in planning fun and informative events. Have a great week, and let us know how you celebrate National NP Week 2012. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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