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October 25, 2012
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  • Earlier HRT may protect against Alzheimer's
    Women who started hormone replacement therapy within five years of menopause had a 30% lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than those who began their therapy years later, according to a study of 1,768 women ages 65 and older. "Our results suggest that there may be a critical window near menopause where hormone therapy may possibly be beneficial," one of the researchers said. The study was published in the journal Neurology. Reuters (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Diabetes elevates PAD risk in men, study finds
    Diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol levels and smoking were associated with an increased risk of peripheral artery disease in men, a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed. Men who did not show any of the risk factors were 77% less likely to develop PAD than the other men in the study, researchers said. HealthDay News (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • West Nile epidemic linked to more than 200 deaths
    CDC officials reported on Wednesday an additional 36 deaths last week linked to the West Nile virus outbreak, bringing the total to 219. The latest count of infected people reached 4,725, with more than a third of cases coming from Texas. Reuters (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wider colonoscopy use tied to lower incidence of colon cancer
    The decline in the number of colorectal cancer cases in the U.S. between 1993 to 2009 correlates with Medicare's decision to extend the colonoscopy coverage in 2001, a study showed. The findings, published in the journal Gastroenterology, suggest a link between colonoscopy rates and lower incidence of colon cancer, but failed to prove a causal relationship. HealthDay News (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gestational diabetes more likely with thyroid dysfunction
    Women with high levels of thyroid-stimulating hormones and thyroid autoimmunity in early pregnancy were up to four times as likely to develop gestational diabetes, according to data from the Rhea study in Greece. The findings were published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Healio/Endocrine Today (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharmaceutical News 
  • 8 drugs enter FDA's watch list
    The FDA listed eight additional drugs to monitor because of new safety information or possible signs of serious risks. The treatments include Daiichi Sankyo's blood pressure drug Benicar, or olmesartan medoxomil, Roche's malaria drug Lariam, or mefloquine hydrochloride, and Sanofi's cancer drug Taxotere, or docetaxel. Medscape (free registration) (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Antibiotics aren't effective for treating coughs due to colds
    Antibiotics alone were not effective for treating coughs in children suffering from a common cold, but antitussives alone were, according to an Italian study presented at CHEST 2012. Researchers found that the rate of cough resolution in the group receiving antitussives alone was not significantly different from the antitussive/antibiotics group. Medical News Today (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • CDC: Rate of severe birth complications in U.S. is increasing
    The number of women who experienced severe complications during or after childbirth nearly doubled between 1998 and 2009, CDC researchers found. However, childbirth-related complications and deaths remained uncommon in the U.S., with an estimated 590,000 cases reported in over 11 years. The findings appear in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. Reuters (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • National Memory Screening Day
    The Alzheimer's Foundation of America welcomes health care professionals to participate as screening sites in the 10th annual National Memory Screening Day on Nov. 13. Community sites nationwide will offer free, confidential memory screenings and educational materials to the public. AFA will provide all participating sites with a comprehensive toolkit, including screening tools, marketing and educational materials, all at no cost. To sign up as a screening site visit For more information, contact Melissa Austen, AFA's National Programs Manager, at or (866) 232-8484. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
    The Together Rx Access website -- -- is a valuable resource for health care professionals to share with their patients. The website, which is updated monthly, offers information and resources that help people stay healthy, manage chronic conditions and learn about what the Affordable Care Act means for their health. For more information, visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Editor's Note 
  • Correction
    An item in Wednesday's AANP SmartBrief misstated the dates for National NP Week 2012. The week will be observed Nov. 11 to 17. SmartBrief regrets the error. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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