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January 29, 2013
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  Health Care News 
  • Treatment guidelines issued for type 2 diabetes in children
    The American Academy of Pediatrics, in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association and other groups, is releasing its first-ever guidelines on managing type 2 diabetes in children. The recommendations, published in the journal Pediatrics, advise screening all obese children for diabetes, encouraging a healthy diet and physical activity, and using early aggressive treatment with medication for some children. Time.com/Healthland blog (1/28), The Wall Street Journal (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Deep-fried foods linked to prostate cancer risk in study
    Men who ate deep-fried foods such as french fries or fried chicken once a week or more were up to 37% more likely to develop prostate cancer than those who ate deep-fried foods less than once a month, according to a study of about 3,000 men. Fried foods also were associated with a slightly higher risk of developing more aggressive prostate cancer. The findings appeared online in the journal The Prostate. HealthDay News (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Folic acid supplementation doesn't boost cancer risk, analysis finds
    An examination of 13 trials involving nearly 50,000 individuals found no significant difference in the incidence of cancer between those who received folic acid supplements for five years and those who took placebos. Folic acid was not associated with a greater likelihood of developing certain types of cancer, either, including cancers of the colon, prostate, lung or breast. Reuters (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Higher diabetes rates seen in Alzheimer's patients
    Patients with Alzheimer's disease showed higher rates of clinically diagnosed and medically treated diabetes compared with the general population, a Finnish study indicated. However, the difference in diabetes rates between the two groups was small, researchers wrote in Diabetes Care. DailyRx.com (1/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tracking platelet volume after PCI may help assess risk, study finds
    Mean platelet volume that rises over time after percutaneous coronary intervention may be linked to mortality risk, according to a study in The American Journal of Cardiology. Researchers who examined data on 1,512 patients found mortality was significantly higher among the patients whose MPV rose over time, compared with those whose MPV levels dropped or were stable. "Monitoring the MPV after coronary revascularization might play a role in risk stratification," researchers wrote. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pharmaceutical News 
  • FDA warns of liver injury risk from tolvaptan
    Otsuka America Pharmaceutical's kidney drug Samsca, or tolvaptan, may cause irreversible and potentially deadly liver injury, and providers should promptly conduct liver tests on patients reporting symptoms, according to the FDA. Otsuka informed the FDA that three trial participants who took tolvaptan developed liver problems, and their conditions improved after they stopped taking the drug. Medscape (free registration) (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NSAIDs may put children at risk for kidney damage
    U.S. researchers found that in more than 1,000 pediatric cases of kidney damage, 3% were tied to use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Although most of the patients were teens, four were younger than age 5, according to the study in the Journal of Pediatrics. Researchers noted that dehydration also seemed to be connected to kidney damage. HealthDay News (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Prevalence of smoking varies across U.S., CDC finds
    A CDC report found that Utah had the lowest number of smokers, while Kentucky had the highest. Although states have funds to promote a smoke-free environment, all states failed to spend the total amount of dollars the CDC recommends for anti-smoking programs, the agency said. Twenty-four states were reported to have inadequate smoke-free laws, while six states had no laws that prevent secondhand smoke exposure. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • Senator urges action on final Sunshine Act regulations
    Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has asked the Obama administration to issue the long-awaited final rules on the Sunshine Act, saying the delays "are disrupting the considerable efforts of the pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers that are already investing in systems to comply with the law." The law requires device and drug firms to report financial ties with doctors. MassDevice.com (Boston) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • Go Red on Feb. 1
    On Friday, Feb. 1, join your colleagues across the country in recognition of the 10th National Wear Red Day to shine a spotlight on heart disease in women. Over the years, women and men have worked together as part of the movement -- saving more than 627,000 women's lives. However, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. While 1 in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, heart disease causes 1 in 3 deaths each year. Visit GoRedForWomen.org for more information or call (888) MY-HEART. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AANP Fellows Mentorship Program
    The AANP Fellows invite members to apply to in the 2013 FAANP Mentorship. This one-year program connects motivated, less-experienced NPs with AANP Fellows who are leaders and willing to share their expertise through a formalized mentorship. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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--Florence Nightingale,
British social reformer, nurse and statistician


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