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February 15, 2013
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  • Hemodiafiltration may improve kidney patients' survival
    Researchers tracked 906 patients with advanced kidney disease for three years and found that those who received hemodiafiltration had a lower mortality rate than those on standard dialysis. Patients on hemodiafiltration had lower rates of death due to infection and heart disease. The study appeared online in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Reuters (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study looks at human metapneumovirus in hospitalized children
    Hospital records from three U.S. counties from 2003 to 2009 showed that 6% of 3,490 hospitalized children had human metapneumovirus and 7% of 3,001 pediatric emergency department visits were linked to the virus. Children infected with the virus were more likely to have pneumonia or asthma, require oxygen treatment and have longer stays in intensive care units, researchers said. The findings appear in the New England Journal of Medicine. HealthDay News (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Higher death risk seen in TAVR patients with A-fib
    The risk of cardiovascular and all-cause mortality at one year was more than doubled in transcatheter aortic valve replacement patients who had atrial fibrillation than those without the condition, a study found. The results were published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions. Healio/Cardiology Today (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Consensus reached on 12 warning signs after bowel surgery
    A report in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons finds that poor discharge directions for colon surgery patients can lead to readmissions. Investigators assembled experts to assess postsurgical events that should raise concern and narrowed the list to 12 that most of the experts could agree on. More than 16% of patients who have colon surgery end up back in the hospital within 30 days. Two reasons cited to seek emergency care were chest pain and an inability to breathe or shortness of breath. HealthLeaders Media (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why physicians should support full scope of practice for NPs
    Allowing the full scope of practice to nurse practitioners and other nonphysicians will improve access to care and reduce costs, writes physician Amesh Adalja. Laws restricting practice should be changed, and patients should be given the right to choose their preferred health care providers, Adalja argues. Forbes (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Prescription drug costs rise 3.6%
    Figures from the Bureau of Economic Analysis show that prescription drug costs increased 3.6% last year, rising faster than inflation and other health care costs. Prices of branded treatments are driving the increase and offsetting rising use of generic drugs. USA Today (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • IOM: Tracking system needed to curb sales of fake drugs
    The Institute of Medicine has called for a national drug-tracking system following an FDA warning on counterfeit Avastin. Such a system might utilize barcodes or electronic tags to confirm the authenticity of a medication and the ingredients used during its production, an expert said. FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg lauded the report. CBS News/The Associated Press (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • AANP offices will be closed on Monday
    AANP offices will be closed on Monday in observance of Presidents Day. Offices will reopen at 9 a.m. on Tuesday. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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