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October 9, 2012
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  • Analysis finds vitamin C supplements lower blood pressure
    People with hypertension who took high doses of vitamin C supplements lowered their blood pressure, Johns Hopkins researchers reported. Systolic and diastolic pressure dropped 4.85 mm Hg and 1.67 mm Hg on average for patients with high blood pressure, according to a review of 21 clinical trials that used an average dose of 500 milligrams per day for a median time period of eight weeks. FoodConsumer.org (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tomatoes may protect men from stroke, study finds
    Tomatoes may reduce a man's risk of stroke, according to a study of more than 1,000 men ages 46 to 65 in Finland. Researchers found that participants with the most lycopene had a 55% lower risk of stroke than those with the least. The difference was larger for ischemic strokes. The study was published in the journal Neurology. WebMD (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Arrhythmia may play a role in hypoglycemia-related deaths
    The use of continuous glucose monitoring revealed a higher than reported frequency of hypoglycemia in 29 type 2 diabetes patients, 17 of whom experienced couplets of arrhythmia during hypoglycemic episodes, while 10 had triplets and five had bouts of ventricular tachycardia. The findings presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes meeting shed light on the risk of sudden death in diabetes patients with heart disease during hypoglycemia, researchers said. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Better glucose control seen with interval walking
    Type 2 diabetes patients who underwent interval-walking training showed better maximal oxygen consumption, blood glucose levels and insulin sensitivity compared with those who did continuous-walking training or were in the control group, a study presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes meeting revealed. Researchers also found interval walkers lost almost 9 pounds on average, while those in the CWT group did not lose weight after the intervention. Medscape (free registration) (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sucrose-sweetened drinks raise fat levels, study finds
    Overweight participants who consumed sucrose-sweetened drinks such as regular cola showed higher fat levels at six months compared with those who drank other beverages, according to a small study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers said those who drank regular cola increased liver fat by 132% to 143%, skeletal muscle fat by 117% to 221% and visceral fat by 24% to 31%. Blood triglycerides increased 32%, and total cholesterol was up 11%, researchers added. FoodConsumer.org (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharmaceutical News 
  • 3 years of allergy shots offer long-term protection
    Three years of immunotherapy is enough to provide children and adults long-term protection against asthma and other allergies, Polish researchers reported in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Taking the shots for just three years instead of the recommended three to five years also lowered the total health care costs by 33% to 41%. United Press International (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • More U.S. children with abdominal pain are getting CT scans
    The rate of CT scan use among children sent to emergency departments due to abdominal pain rose from less than 1% to more than 15% between 1998 and 2008, a study in Pediatrics revealed. Researchers also noted a lower number of CT scans conducted on black children and the uninsured compared with other children. Reuters (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • A look at changes under Calif.'s new health insurance laws
    California Gov. Jerry Brown signed health care insurance measures into law last week that will provide information on reduced-cost plans for those who lose insurance, set minimum coverage standards for insurers taking part in the state's health insurance exchange, and ban unauthorized people and businesses from claiming to represent the exchange. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • AANP Foundation Combined Federal Campaign
    We are excited to announce that American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Foundation is included as a giving option in this fall's Combined Federal Campaign. Our donation number is 19886 on your pledge form. Your donation will help provide Scholarships and Grants to NPs who excel in their academic pursuits. Together we can impact the quality and accessibility of health care today and tomorrow for all Americans. Your gift to our Scholarship and Grant fund makes all the difference in helping highly qualified NP students be a force in the health care arena. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer
    A free two-part Connect® Workshop series for people living with metastatic breast cancer, their families, friends and health care professionals, will be held on Thursdays, Oct. 11 and 25 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register online for this free workshop at www.cancercare.org or call (800) 813-HOPE (4673). LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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