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October 31, 2012
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  Health Care News 
  • Sugary drinks raise stroke risk in women, study says
    Women who consumed soft drinks and other sweetened beverages almost every day had an 83% higher risk of stroke than women who never or rarely drank sugary beverages, according to a study of nearly 40,000 people in Japan. The study failed to find a link between sugary drinks and stroke risk in men. The findings were published online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Reuters (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gaining weight after diabetes diagnosis raises mortality risk
    Weight gain in the first year following type 2 diabetes diagnosis was associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular and all-cause mortality, according to a Swedish study presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes annual meeting. Data on nearly 8,500 patients showed the rates of cardiovascular and all-cause mortality were 63% and 34% higher, respectively, in patients who gained weight compared with those who didn't gain weight. Family Practice News (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Some cancers don't degrade survivors' long-term outcomes
    Data from the 2010 National Health Interview Survey revealed equal or even better health-related quality of life among breast cancer, prostate cancer and melanoma survivors compared with adults without history of cancer. Cervical, blood and colorectal cancer survivors, along with patients with cancers associated with five-year survival rates under 25%, fared worse in quality-of-life measures, researchers said. The findings appear in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Teenage obesity linked to greater kidney disease risk in adulthood
    Overweight or obese teens were about three to seven times more likely to be put on dialysis for end-stage kidney disease in adulthood than their normal-weight peers, a study showed. The findings, based on more than 1.2 million 17-year-olds from Israel, were published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. WebMD (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Early weight-loss programs for children have lasting effects
    Participation in weight-loss programs at a young age was associated with slower weight gain, European researchers found. A Dutch study in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine showed that overweight or obese 3- to 5-year-olds who participated in such programs gained less weight compared with the usual-care group. Meanwhile, a Swedish study found that heavy children younger than 10 were more likely than teens to have slower weight gain after a behavioral intervention. Reuters (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pharmaceutical News 
  • CDC committee OKs amended MMR vaccine recommendations
    The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices unanimously supported new measles, mumps and rubella vaccine recommendations for certain patients with HIV and post-exposure treatment recommendations for patients, including infants, who are at risk of measles complications. The proposed changes include a recommendation for revaccination in perinatal HIV patients who were vaccinated before effective antiretroviral therapy. Medscape (free registration) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Intravitreal shots improve visual acuity in DME
    Data on 953 patients with persistent diabetic macular edema showed 28.7% of those receiving low-dose and 27.8% getting high-dose fluocinolone acetonide intravitreal injections attained significant improvements in best corrected visual acuity of ≥ 15 letters, compared with 18.9% in the sham injection group. The results were published in the journal Ophthalmology. Healio/OSN Retina (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Study compares Medicare vs. Canadian health system
    Medicare spending on the elderly in the U.S. has increased almost three times faster than that of a comparable program in Canada, a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found. City University of New York researchers found that U.S. Medicare spending for every elderly enrollee rose from $1,215 in 1980 to $9,446 in 2009, compared with Canada's increase from $2,141 to $9,292. Canada's per-senior spending is higher but covers a greater share of seniors' health costs. The study found the Canadian model would have saved the U.S. $2.15 trillion in health costs since 1980, but critics said the comparison was unrealistic and superficial. (10/30), U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • $700K grant to support aspiring NPs at university in Conn.
    The Health Resources and Services Administration awarded Fairfield University's School of Nursing in Connecticut a $700,000 grant to support students wanting to become nurse practitioners. The grant is part of a national initiative aimed at raising the number of providers to address the expected primary care gap as a result more people having health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Hartford Business Journal (Conn.) (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • GAO: Medicare gap discounts didn't shift drug prices
    Prices for brand-name prescription treatments used by Medicare patients didn't increase after drugmakers offered the government discounts to help seniors deal with "doughnut hole," the Government Accountability Office reported. Before the start of the discount program, 77 brand-name treatments increased 36% for Medicare patients within the coverage gap between January 2007 and December 2010, compared with 35% for those not within the gap. From December 2010 to December 2011, prices for both groups increased just 13%. USA Today (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • National NP Week 2012
    New materials have been added to the NP Week Resource Guide. Check out the variety of information available to help you plan activities for National NP Week 2012, Nov. 11-17. Contact and let us know how you celebrate NP Week 2012. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Elections just around the corner
    Not only is there a presidential election this year, but every seat in the House of Representatives is up for election, as well as a third of Senate seats. As you consider the candidates, ask about their health care policy priorities, and how they will impact your patients and practice. We have supportive candidates from both sides of the Congressional aisle, and we want to do what we can to support them. Information about the candidates can be found on the party websites in your state. If you are having trouble accessing that information, contact the Health Policy office at or go to the Advocacy center at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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