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December 3, 2012
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  Health Care News 
  • Throat cancer linked to HPV infection
    Chinese researchers examined 55 studies and found that 28% of laryngeal cancer patients had cancerous tissues positive for human papillomavirus infection. An analysis of 12 studies showed that cancerous throat tissues were 5.4 times more likely to test positive for HPV infection compared with noncancerous tissues. The findings appeared in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. Reuters (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Higher diabetes risk seen in overweight men who smoke
    Overweight men who smoked had a 33% increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a study in Diabetes Care. Researchers also found cigarette smoking was associated with a 48% reduced risk of autoimmune diabetes in current smokers and 58% reduced risk in heavy smokers. (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Teenage obesity tied to greater risk of end-stage renal disease
    The risk of developing end-stage renal disease in adulthood increased threefold and sevenfold among overweight and obese teens, respectively, Israeli researchers reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine. They noted that being overweight or obese during the teen years was linked to higher odds of both diabetic and nondiabetic ESRD. Renal and Urology News (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Weight doesn't affect vascular function by age 10
    Children who were overweight or obese at age 10 were more likely to have higher mean heart rates and systolic blood pressure than normal-weight peers, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researchers said that excess weight and obesity during childhood were also linked to wider brachial artery diameter, less arterial stiffness and greater endothelial function. Healio/Cardiology Today (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Liraglutide shows efficacy in boosting liver enzymes in diabetes
    Data from six Liraglutide Effect and Action in Diabetes program trials showed liraglutide and other GLP-1 analogues were safe and effective in improving liver enzymes in overweight type 2 diabetes patients. Liraglutide also fared better than placebo in reducing alanine transaminase levels in patients, researchers wrote in the journal Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Modern Medicine/Reuters (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Steroid shots may cause bone loss in older women
    Researchers tracked 28 older women who received steroid injections for their back pain and found that they lost six times more bone mass in the hip over six months than women who didn't receive such shots. The findings suggest that providers should be careful in prescribing steroid injections to older women, particularly those who are prone to osteoporosis, researchers said. The study was published in the journal Spine. HealthDay News (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Metformin may curb depression risk in diabetes patients
    Type 2 diabetes patients who were on metformin treatment had a reduced risk of mood disorders such as depression, as well as Parkinson's disease and dementia, especially if sulfonylurea drugs were used as an add-on therapy, a study from Taiwan showed. The results appear in BMC Medicine. (U.K.) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Birth rates in U.S. dip to lowest level on record
    The number of births in the U.S. dropped to a record low in 2011, to 63.2 babies for every 1,000 women of childbearing age, according to a Pew Research Center study. The low birth rate was led by a decline in the number of immigrant women giving birth and due in part to the recent recession, researchers said. Los Angeles Times/Booster Shots blog (tiered subscription model) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • Obama proposes more drug rebates in 2013 budget
    A majority of voters say they oppose deep cuts to Medicare, and few options exist for further spending reductions beyond an additional $340 billion in cuts proposed in President Barack Obama's fiscal 2013 budget. These cuts, on top of Affordable Care Act provisions that cut spending by $716 billion over a decade, include requiring drugmakers to pay rebates to Medicare in some situations and charging higher Medicare premiums for high-income beneficiaries. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • Opportunity for NP authors
    The first issue of the online, quarterly, peer-reviewed CE publication brought to you by the AANP CE Center is expected late in December. A call for manuscripts for the second issue is now open and due by Jan. 2, 2013, on topics related to women’s health. See the upcoming topics and the associated deadline dates below. To learn more, access the Compendium Call for Manuscripts or email
    Women’s Health – Jan. 2, 2013
    Gastrointestinal – March 29, 2013
    Musculoskeletal – June 28, 2013 LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Coronary Artery Disease in Women
    Are you a woman living with coronary artery disease, or looking for more information about women and coronary artery disease (CAD)? Then register today for this national patient education webinar, scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. EST! Internationally renowned cardiologist and WomenHeart Scientific Advisory Council member Dr. Alexandra Lansky, FACC, of the Yale University School of Medicine, will describe the signs and symptoms of CAD as well as treatment options. She will also provide advice for women on how to live a healthy life with CAD. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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