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October 18, 2012
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  • Healthy lifestyle cuts death risk 37% in women with cancer
    Older female cancer patients who exercised regularly, whose weight was in a healthy range and who ate a balanced diet in accordance with the 2007 guidelines of the World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research had a 37% lower risk of dying from any cause than those who didn't follow the guidelines. Among the three factors, regular exercise had the most significant benefit. The study was to be presented at a conference of the American Association for Cancer Research. HealthDay News (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pancreas, kidney transplant ups survival in type 1 diabetes with ESRD
    Data on 630 type 1 diabetes patients with end-stage renal disease showed the overall 15-year survival rate was 50% in those who underwent a combined pancreas/kidney transplant, 30% in patients who received a single kidney from a living donor and 12% in those who had a deceased donor. The findings were presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes meeting. (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Multivitamins may protect men from cancer, study finds
    Men who regularly took multivitamins for several years had an 8% lower risk of cancer compared with placebo users, according to a study of about 14,700 male doctors aged 50 and older. Researchers, however, didn't find difference in rates of cancer-related deaths between the multivitamin and placebo users. The findings were published online in Journal of the American Medical Association. HealthDay News (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Data show calcium supplements do not raise cardiovascular risk
    Women who take calcium supplements to prevent osteoporosis do not increase their risk of cardiovascular disease, Harvard Medical School researchers said. The data came from the Nurses' Health Study and included women taking more than 1,000 milligrams of calcium daily. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pharmaceutical News 
  • SSRI use slightly increases risk of stroke
    An analysis of 16 studies involving more than 500,000 people found that those who used selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors had a slightly higher risk of intracranial and intracerebral hemorrhage than those who didn't use the drugs. The risk was higher for those who also were at risk of stroke due to other factors. The findings appeared online in the journal Neurology. WebMD (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Group issues 5 practice recommendations to improve quality
    The National Association for Healthcare Quality has offered five practice recommendations to improve provider institution quality, safety reporting and staff protection. Working toward accountability on safety and quality, ensuring accurate, comprehensive and transparent data collection, and promoting teamwork and communication were among the recommended practices. (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More U.S. youths abuse prescription painkillers, data show
    Data from the 1985-2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed the rate of young people abusing prescription painkillers is 40% higher than in previous years. The study in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that abuse of prescription pain medications has led to significant increases in the number of emergency department visits, accidental overdose-related deaths and patients seeking addiction treatment. HealthDay News (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • Calif. lawmakers discuss Healthy Families transition
    California lawmakers held a hearing on Tuesday to discuss the transfer of children under the Healthy Families program into Medi-Cal by September 2013. Despite claims that the transition could save the state $73 million annually and help streamline children's health care, disruption in the availability of children's services remains a concern among state legislators and children's advocates. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.)/The Associated Press (free registration) (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • Care About Your Care
    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is sponsoring a video contest to highlight how hospitals, primary care practices and post-acute care facilities are working together to improve care transitions and reduce avoidable hospital readmissions. Health care providers, patients and their families are encouraged to share examples of what people are doing to effectively coordinate care plans. The Transitions to Better Care video contest is part of RWJF's Care About Your Care effort. Contest organizers seek short videos that highlight what specific hospitals, primary care practices and post-acute care facilities are doing to improve care transitions and reduce avoidable hospital readmissions. Winners will receive special recognition from the RWJ Foundation, a professionally produced video describing their innovation, and the opportunity to discuss their methods with patients and health care providers nationwide. Contest winners will also receive a trip to either Washington, D.C., or New York City to participate in taping of a special webisode on effective care transitions. Submissions will be accepted through Nov. 17 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Entry guidelines and other information about the contest can be found at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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