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October 12, 2012
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  • Group therapy curbs depression in women with diabetes
    Depressed women with type 2 diabetes who participated in a nurse-delivered group therapy program showed significant improvements in depression, trait anxiety and anger expression compared with those who received usual care, according to a study in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine. However, researchers did not observe significant differences in fasting glucose and HbA1C improvements between the two groups. (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links magnesium intake to lower risk of colon cancer
    An analysis of studies that included about 339,000 people found that every 50-milligram increase in daily magnesium intake led to a 7% reduction in the risk of colon cancer, Chinese researchers reported in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Previous research linked increased magnesium to a reduced risk of colorectal cancer and stroke. Dietary sources of magnesium include green, leafy vegetables; meat; grains; milk; and starches. NutraIngredients (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Quitting smoking improves survival for lung cancer patients
    Researchers looked at the medical records of 4,200 lung cancer patients in the U.S. and found that those ages 84 and younger who had quit smoking more than a year before their diagnosis lived longer than those who continued to smoke. The study appeared online in the journal Cancer. Reuters (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Transplant, lymphoma patients at greater risk of melanoma
    Individuals who received an organ transplant or were diagnosed with lymphoma had a 2.5 times greater risk of developing melanoma than average, and those who do get melanoma were more likely to die, according to an analysis by Mayo Clinic researchers of large studies. The findings appear in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Oncology Nurse Advisor online (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • West Nile outbreak in U.S. continues to spread
    CDC officials announced on Wednesday that the number of West Nile cases continued to increase since last week, reaching a total of 4,249, including 168 deaths. Half of the cases were classified as neuroinvasive disease, while the other half were considered non-neuroinvasive. HealthDay News (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharmaceutical News 
  • FDA warns about risk of abusing Endo's painkiller Opana
    The FDA warned that people who abuse Endo Pharmaceuticals' prescription pain treatment Opana ER, or oxymorphone hydrochloride extended-release, by injecting it into their bloodstream, are at risk of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, a blood disorder that could cause kidney failure or death. Problems only happen when the oral drug is abused and intravenously injected, the agency said. Reuters (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Metformin shows efficacy regardless of renal status
    A study of more than 50,000 type 2 diabetes patients revealed those who received metformin showed a lower risk of all-cause mortality compared with those who took insulin and oral hypoglycemic agents. Researchers also found that metformin-treated diabetes patients with renal impairment did not have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, all-cause mortality or acidosis/serious infection. The findings appear in the British Medical Journal. Modern Medicine/Drug Topics (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • More Americans drink diet beverages, CDC data show
    More men and women consumed diet drinks in 2010 than in 2000, CDC researchers said, but overall only 20% of people are choosing diet beverages on any given day. Data showed sugar intake from regular soda dropped from 150 calories per day in 2000 to 91 calories in 2008. USA TODAY (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Video demonstrates NPs' commitment to Joining Forces
    Watch AANP's exciting and informative new video featuring nurse practitioners and Capt. Paul S. Hammer, MC USN, Director, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) sharing important tips to accurately diagnose and treat patients with conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Watch the video. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Increase quality in nursing facilities
    The CMS announced seven cooperative agreement awards partnering with 145 nursing facilities to implement the Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents. The initiative will test models to improve the quality of care and help reduce avoidable hospitalizations among nursing facility residents by funding organizations that provide enhanced on-site services and supports to nursing facility residents. Total costs for these potentially avoidable hospitalizations for Medicare-Medicaid enrollees for 2011 were estimated to be between $7 billion and $8 billion. Through the Initiative, CMS will partner with seven organizations to improve care for long-stay nursing facility residents. CMS issued a Request for Applications on March 15. Learn more about this initiative. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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