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January 11, 2013
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  • Unhealthy behaviors worsen outcomes for depressed heart patients
    Smoking and being physically inactive put depressed patients with heart disease at an even greater risk of death and heart attack, according to a study of 4,676 patients. Their risk of death and heart attack increased by 36.9% with smoking and 21% with physical inactivity. The findings appeared online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Review ties erectile dysfunction to increased heart, mortality risks
    The odds of cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality were 44% and 25% higher, respectively, among individuals with erectile dysfunction compared with those without the condition, an analysis by researchers in Greece found. Men with the condition were more likely to suffer from myocardial infarction and cerebrovascular problems, according to the review of 14 studies. The analysis was published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. Medscape (free registration)/ (Montreal) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • WBC counts can predict pertussis severity in babies
    Health records of 31 babies with pertussis in pediatric intensive care units in California between 2009 and 2011 revealed greater white blood cell counts and at least a 50% increase in white blood cells among those with more severe pertussis. Aside from having elevated maximum heart and breathing rates, researchers found that babies with more serious pertussis were more at risk for seizures, shock and kidney failure. The findings appear in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. HealthDay News (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • High BPA levels may put children at risk for heart, kidney problems
    Youths with the highest concentrations of bisphenol A in their urine had a greater albumin-to-creatinine ratio than those with lower levels, indicating a risk of kidney damage and future heart problems, a study showed. The findings, based on more than 700 6- to 19-year-olds included in the 2009-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, appear in the journal Kidney International. HealthDay News (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study ties vitamin D deficiency to diabetes
    People with less than 5 ug/L of vitamin D in their blood had a 22% increased risk of type 2 diabetes onset compared with those whose vitamin D levels were higher than 22 ug/L, a study in Clinical Chemistry found. Participants who were at the lowest quartile of plasma vitamin D were 35% more likely than those in the highest quartile to have diabetes, researchers also noted. (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pharmaceutical News 
  • FDA demands dosage cuts for some sleep meds
    The FDA is ordering makers of brand-name and generic sedative-hypnotic drugs, or insomnia treatments with active ingredient zolpidem, to reduce dosages for women. Studies find that high levels of the drugs remain in the bloodstream, which can raise the risk of car accidents by affecting coordination and alertness. Dosages for regular products should be lowered from 10 milligrams to 5 milligrams, while dosages for extended-release formulations should be reduced from 12.5 milligrams to 6.25 milligrams. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (1/10), The Seattle Times/The Associated Press (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Exenatide outperforms detemir in A1C reduction
    Data on 216 diabetes patients showed 44.1% of those who took exenatide once a week attained an A1C of 7% or less, compared with only 11.4% in those who had insulin detemir treatment. Researchers also found patients in the exenatide group lost about 6 pounds, compared with a gain of about 1.8 pounds in the detemir group. The results appear in Diabetes Care. (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Postoperative acetaminophen reduces morphine use among infants
    Infants who received intermittent intravenous acetaminophen after undergoing major surgery had a substantially lower cumulative morphine dose in the initial 48 hours than the continuous morphine group, a Dutch study found. Pain scores and side effects were not significantly different between the groups, researchers wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association. News (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Survey finds greater demand for advanced practice clinicians
    A survey by Sullivan, Cotter and Associates and the American Medical Group Association revealed 63% of responding medical groups saw a 17% increase in employment of advanced practice clinicians in the past year, while 53% said they plan to grow APC employment by 15% in the coming year. Physician shortages and workforce realignment contributed to the increased demand, a researcher said. Drug Store News (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  AANP News 
  • Find the job that's right for you -- right now
    Use AANP CareerLink resources to search over 1,000 NP jobs, prepare for interviews and launch your career. AANP CareerLink's powerful job search makes it easy to find the most relevant employment opportunities that match your interests. If you're looking to achieve a more advanced level of career success, register today and let AANP CareerLink help you explore your options! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • An evening with Larry King at 2013 AANP National Conference
    AANP 2013 national conference attendees will have a special treat on Wednesday evening, June 19. Larry King -- the king of conversation -- sits down with a couple of our legendary NP leaders to discuss their lives, their careers and their thoughts about the future of the NP role. Larry King has interviewed more than 50,000 people over the course of his career, which started in radio, continued to television and is now making history online. With his unique, conversational approach to interviewing, he not only changed the landscape of cable television and television news in general, but he is now blazing a trail in the digital space. Make plans now to join your colleagues in Las Vegas, June 19-23 -- this is a conversation you won't want to miss. Learn more about the conference. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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