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January 10, 2013
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  • U.S. life expectancy, health status lag
    Americans have shorter average life expectancy than those in other wealthy nations and are more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors such as consuming high-fat, high-calorie diets, according to a report released by the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine. Researchers also said the U.S. fared poorly on metrics such as infant mortality, teen pregnancy, and obesity and diabetes when compared with 16 other countries. Reuters (1/9), WebMD (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CDC: Binge drinking is an under-recognized health issue for women
    Binge drinking remains an under-recognized women's health problem, despite being linked to serious health issues and the deaths of about 12,000 U.S. women and girls per year, the CDC said on Tuesday. Researchers assessed drinking behaviors of about 278,000 women ages 18 and older, and 7,500 high-school girls in 2011, and found that 1 in 8 women and 1 in 5 high-school girls reported binge drinking. Reuters (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Diabetes raises risk of complications following angioplasty
    Data on 6,298 heart attack patients who had their first angioplasty revealed those with diabetes had higher rates of second heart attack, stent thrombosis, repeat revascularization and death compared with those who did not have diabetes. The results were published in Diabetes Care. DailyRx.com (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Incidence of ovarian cancer declines
    An analysis of 1973-2008 data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results program found that incidence of ovarian cancer dropped among breast cancer survivors and the general population, possibly due to changes in risk factor exposure. The highest standardized incidence ratios were seen among women under 50 who had estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer. More analysis is needed of the trends, researchers said in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Regular vitamin D intake may not help ease arthritis pain
    Vitamin D supplements failed to yield significant improvements on pain measures among adults with knee osteoarthritis, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The vitamin D group and the placebo group had the same changes in knee cartilage volume as well as knee function, researchers said. Reuters (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • BP-lowering drugs plus NSAIDs may raise acute kidney injury risk
    Researchers analyzed data from two U.K. health databases and found that patients who simultaneously took a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug and a dual antihypertensive regimen consisting of a diuretic and either an ACE inhibitor or an angiotensin receptor blocker were 31% more likely to develop acute kidney injury than those who took the blood pressure drugs alone. The risk was highest during the first 30 days of treatment, according to the study published online in BMJ. MedPage Today (free registration) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • More U.S. adults seek care at retail, workplace clinics
    A poll from Harris Interactive/HealthDay showed 27% of survey respondents had sought medical care from a walk-in retail clinic or a workplace clinic in the past two years, an increase from 7% in 2008. Younger adults were more likely to seek care from such clinics, with 40% of those aged 25 to 29 doing so, compared with 15% of respondents aged 65 and older. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Make a difference in your organization
    The 2013 Call for Nominations is open through Jan. 26. Members in good standing for the 12 months prior to Nov. 26, 2012, (the date that nominations opened) are eligible to submit their name for consideration in the 2013 election. Take a few minutes now to review the positions available for election in 2013 and think about how you might be able to join with others in charting the direction for the new AANP. The following positions will be on the ballot in 2013: Board of Directors -- Executive Committee -- Treasurer, and Regional Directors for Regions 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11. State Representative positions for election in 2013 are: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York (N), New York (S), North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. There are two positions open on the Nominations Committee. Learn more information and begin the nomination process. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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