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February 5, 2013
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  Health Care News 
  • Flu particularly dangerous for seniors this year, CDC data show
    Although influenza is beginning to taper nationwide, the outbreak remains serious and seniors are at particular risk, CDC epidemiologist Michael Jhung reported Friday. Jhung said the rate of deaths associated with laboratory-confirmed influenza was 116 per 100,000 cases among patients older than 65. "We've still got several weeks of the season yet, so it's going to be much worse," Jhung said. USA Today (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calcium supplements raise men's risk of death from heart disease
    Taking 1,000 milligrams of calcium supplement per day increases a man's risk of dying from heart disease by 20%, but does not have the same effect in women, according to an analysis in JAMA Internal Medicine. Calcium from diet, however, was not associated with an increased risk. The study was followed more than 388,000 men and women age 50 to 71. HealthDay News (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Review links men's kidney-stone risk, vitamin C supplements
    Researchers looked at data from 23,355 men in Sweden and found that those who took high-dose vitamin C supplements were almost twice as likely to develop kidney stones as those who didn't take any nutritional supplements. The risk of kidney stones was highest among men who took vitamin C supplements at least once a day, according to the study published online in JAMA Internal Medicine. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/4), Reuters (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study finds disparity in prescriptions for heart drugs
    Americans without health coverage are 6% to 12% less likely than those who have insurance to be prescribed drugs for heart disease, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Patients treated at clinics where many uninsured patients receive care were the least likely to be prescribed heart drugs. Reuters (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharmaceutical News 
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Report maps psychiatric drug use in the U.S.
    Use of antipsychotics, antidepressants and stimulants is 40% greater in parts of the southern U.S. than in other regions, researchers wrote in the journal Health & Place, while patients living in the western U.S. are least likely to take psychiatric medications. "Our work suggests that access to clinical care and pharmaceutical marketing may be critical for understanding who gets treated and how they get treated," said Marissa King of Yale University. HealthDay News (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • Care providers go for "bundled payments" to cut Medicare costs
    More than 500 hospitals and other health care groups have opted to receive "bundled payments" from Medicare in a three-year program under the Affordable Care Act. The alternative to the fee-for-service model makes a single Medicare payment for an "episode of care." The project is a test to determine whether the model can reduce Medicare costs. Forbes (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  AANP News 
  • AANP conference brochure available online
    The 28th National Conference will be held June 19 to 23 at The Venetian, The Palazzo, and Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. The 2013 AANP National Conference Registration Brochure is available. Featuring an additional day of workshops on Tuesday, June 18, the conference includes approximately 350 concurrent sessions and 40 skill enhancing workshops with up to 42 contact hours of continuing education. Register early for the best selection of workshops and sessions! Workshops have limited seating and fill quickly. Upon completion of registration and payment, your receipt will contain a link to AANP Housing and the Access Code required to make reservations at the conference hotel, The Venetian and The Palazzo. 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 for any nights June 15 to 25 based on availability with some restrictions. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact or call (512) 442-4262, ext. 5238. Join us at the 2013 AANP National Conference as we continue to shape the future and celebrate the past! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Loretta C. Ford Award for Advancement of the NP Role in Health Care
    In recognition of Dr. Ford's 2011 induction into the National Women's Hall of Fame, the AANP Fellows invite nominations of NPs for the 2013 Loretta Ford Award. Criteria include participation in health policy; development/clarification of NP role/scope; and/or advancing NP practice and/or patient outcomes. Find the details. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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