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October 24, 2012
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  • USPSTF says women shouldn't use HRT to prevent chronic disease
    Postmenopausal women should not be prescribed hormone replacement therapy to prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease and osteoporosis, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said. Although recent studies revealed that estrogen alone and estrogen plus progestin lower risk of fractures, these treatments increase the likelihood of stroke, blood clots, gallbladder disease and incontinence. The recommendations were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Reuters (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links diabetes to higher Barrett's esophagus risk
    A population-based, case-control study presented at the American College of Gastroenterology meeting revealed type 2 diabetes patients were at an increased risk of developing Barrett's esophagus, with a stronger association seen in men than in women. Researchers also found BE patients were more likely to have a higher BMI compared with the control group. Healio (10/22), BeckersASC.com (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bean intake helps lower blood glucose rates in diabetes
    Type 2 diabetes patients who ate a cup of beans or lentils daily showed greater improvements in blood glucose levels at three months compared with those who ate more whole-wheat items, a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine indicated. Participants on the bean diet also had a reduced estimated 10-year risk of heart attack and stroke, researchers noted. Reuters (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Regular green tea consumption cuts cancer risks
    Researchers who analyzed data from a 10-year study of more than 69,000 Chinese women found that older women who regularly drank green tea had a 14% lower risk of developing colon, stomach and throat cancers than women who didn't consume green tea. The study appeared in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Reuters (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Parental stress may increase childhood obesity risk
    Parents with a higher number of stressors were more likely to have obese or overweight children than those with fewer stressors, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. However, researchers found that parental stress did not significantly affect children's fruit and vegetable intake or their physical activity levels. WebMD (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Antiviral drugs may protect hep C patients from liver cancer
    An analysis of data from 13 studies found that patients with chronic hepatitis C infection who received antiviral treatments, such as interferon, pegylated interferon and ribavirin, had a 47% lower risk of developing liver cancer than those who did not receive antiviral drugs. The study was published online in BMJ Open. OnMedica (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Statins show promise in preventing esophageal cancer in study
    Statins could help stave off esophageal cancer, according to a study presented at a meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology. An examination of the data from 13 trials found a 41% decrease in the risk of esophageal adenocarcinoma in patients with Barrett's esophagus and a 28% decline in the odds of developing esophageal cancer. Researcher Dr. Siddharth Singh said the benefit was even better in patients using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or aspirin as well as statins. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Eisai's seizure drug gets FDA nod
    Japanese drug firm Eisai received FDA approval for its Fycompa tablets, or perampanel, to treat partial seizures in patients with epilepsy aged 12 and older. A boxed warning will include details about possible changes to patients' mental states, including increased anger and anxiety. Reuters (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Report: Hospital quality varies significantly by state
    A Healthgrades report said the quality of hospital care varies significantly among states but Arizona, California, Illinois and Ohio have the highest care ratings for coronary artery bypass graft, heart attack, pneumonia and sepsis. The report, which analyzed data from CMS, said patients treated at the best hospitals have a 55% lower risk of death and a 42% lower risk of complications. USA Today (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • Some Medicare patients will benefit under proposed policy changes
    Under the Obama administration's proposed policy changes, more people with chronic conditions, including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, stroke, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease, may qualify for Medicare coverage of outpatient therapy, nursing home stays and home health care. Whether someone's condition is expected to improve or not, Medicare would pay for services if they are necessary to "maintain the patient's current condition or prevent or slow further deterioration" as part of a possible settlement of a class-action lawsuit. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • Safety Matters: Pediatric Medication Safety material
    AANP, in partnership with NAPNAP, has developed a new toolkit to educate parents and caregivers about pediatric medication safety. The Safety Matters toolkit includes an educational flipchart and a related tear-sheet to reinforce your message. To order a free copy and/or download an electronic copy, go to the AANP Toolkit page. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • National NP Week
    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. 7-13. Contact editor@aanp.org and let us know how you celebrate NP Week 2012. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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