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December 27, 2012
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  • Patient adherence may prevent vascular procedure complications
    Stopping smoking and taking aspirin and statins may lower complication risks in people with blocked leg arteries who underwent a peripheral artery procedure, according to a study of more than 1,300 patients. The rate of complications six months after the vascular procedure was 7% for those who took statins and aspirin, compared with almost 16% for those who didn't. The findings appeared online in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions. HealthDay News (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis examines transfusion outcomes after myocardial infarction
    A meta-analysis of 10 studies linked blood transfusions in patients with acute myocardial infarction and anemia with subsequent MI and with an increased risk of death. However, limitations in the study mean health care providers "should not use the results of this review to justify or limit the use of red blood cells," according to an accompanying editorial in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Researchers said more studies of the risks and benefits were needed. TheHeart.org (Montreal) (free registration) (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Lack of vitamin D is more prevalent among overweight, obese youth
    Overweight, obese and severely obese children and teens were more likely to be vitamin D deficient than healthy-weight peers, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers looked at data from the 2003-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and found that more Latinos and blacks had low vitamin D levels compared with whites. WebMD (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Fertility drugs don't raise risk of uterine cancer recurrence
    Women who took fertility drugs after fertility-sparing therapy for uterine cancer were not more likely to experience recurrence than those who didn't receive fertility drugs, according to a study in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. Researchers looked at data on 141 patients and found a similar rate of five-year disease-free survival among women who did and didn't take fertility treatments. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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SmartBrief AANP Best of 2012
As 2012 draws to a close, we're going to reflect on the top stories, trends, movers and shakers that made this such an interesting year. Don't miss out! See what our editors have chosen as the Best of 2012.
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  • CDC: Obesity rates drop slightly in preschool-age children
    The percentage of obese, low-income preschoolers declined from more than 15% in 2003 to less than 15% in 2010, CDC researchers report in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The rate of extreme obesity went from 2.2% in 2003 to about 2.1% in 2010. Progress in reducing childhood-obesity rates may be related to greater breast-feeding rates and increasing awareness of the importance of exercise, researchers said. Reuters (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Misuse and overuse of ambulatory care remain steady, study finds
    Overuse and misuse of ambulatory care largely remained steady from 1998-99 to 2008-09 despite the discussion of spiraling health care costs, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Researcher Dr. Minal S. Kale said the results suggest policymakers have focused more on issues of underuse than overuse. Kale and co-authors call for the development of performance measures to limit the delivery of inappropriate care and clinical practice guidelines covering unnecessary care. Reuters (12/24), Medscape (free registration) (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Nations act against threat of drug-resistant TB
    India, the U.S. and South Africa are taking steps to address the threat of drug-resistant tuberculosis. The FDA is set to rule this week on a new treatment for drug-resistant TB, while the CDC has a faster test to diagnose drug-resistant strains. The U.S. also is acting to alleviate shortages of TB treatments. The Wall Street Journal (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Registration now open for the 2013 AANP 28th National Conference!
    This conference will be held June 19 to 23 at The Venetian® and The Palazzo® & Sands® Expo and Convention Center, Las Vegas. The largest conference for NPs of all specialties will feature an additional day of workshops on Tuesday, June 18, and includes approximately 350 concurrent sessions and 40 skill-enhancing workshops with up to 42 contact hours of continuing education. 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. So check out all we have to offer at this conference! More information is available in the registration information booklet. For the best selection of workshops and sessions, register early! Workshops have limited seating and fill quickly. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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