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January 31, 2013
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  Health Care News 
  • CDC: Vaccination rates for certain diseases "unacceptably low"
    CDC officials reported Tuesday that vaccination rates for certain diseases -- including pneumonia, tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis, shingles and whooping cough -- were "unacceptably low" among U.S. adults. "We are encouraging all adults to talk with their health care providers about which vaccines are appropriate for them," said HHS assistant secretary Dr. Howard Koh. Reuters (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study looks at treatment regimen in youths with type 1 diabetes
    About 51.7% of youths with type 1 diabetes transitioned to a more intensive insulin treatment in three years, while 44.7% did not change and 3.6% moved to a less intensive therapy, a study indicated. Shifting to a more intensive treatment was more likely in younger patients, non-Hispanic whites, and participants from families with private insurance and higher income and parental education levels, researchers wrote in Diabetes Care. News (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Brightly colored veggies may help prevent ALS, research shows
    Data from five studies that included more than 1 million people found that eating foods high in carotenoids, such as brightly colored vegetables, may help delay or prevent amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, according to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health. The study on the website of the Annals of Neurology said high vitamin C intake or vitamin C supplements did not affect the risk of ALS. Medscape (free registration) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Postpartum hemorrhage doesn't pose greater pregnancy risks
    Women who experienced heavy bleeding during their first childbirth were no more likely to suffer from a miscarriage and other pregnancy complications in the future, a study in the journal BJOG found. About 18% of those who had a history of postpartum hemorrhage bled heavily during their second childbirth, compared with 7% of women who didn't have heavy bleeding during their first childbirth. Reuters (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Review backs osmotic laxatives in older patients
    Evidence points to osmotic laxatives, such as polyethylene glycol and lactulose, as the best treatment for constipation in older patients, according to an analysis by researchers at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center in Toronto. The researchers didn't find sufficient support for the use of stool softeners, bulking agents, stimulants or prokinetic agents by elderly patients. MedPage Today (free registration) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • SSRI use may slightly increase risk of irregular heartbeat
    People taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors such as citalopram and escitalopram were slightly more likely to develop irregular heartbeat, a study involving more than 38,000 adults showed. SSRIs, which are used to treat depression, may extend the length of QT interval, an indicator of irregular heartbeat, researchers said. The study appeared online in BMJ. HealthDay News (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Go Red For Women campaign starts with National Wear Red Day
    Friday begins American Heart Month and is the American Heart Association's annual National Wear Red Day, part of the Go Red For Women campaign. Erica Ross of Atlanta's Go Red for Women project said heart disease still is the No. 1 killer among women, so the Go Red movement's goal is to spread awareness about women and heart disease, promote research and close the gap between survival rates for men and women. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (1/28), KHOU-TV (Houston) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Leafy greens are leading source of foodborne illnesses in U.S.
    Of the nearly 50% of foodborne-illnesses linked to farm produce, 22% were caused by leafy green vegetables, according to a CDC study in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. Meat, especially poultry, accounted for 43% of all deaths resulting from foodborne diseases, researchers said. HealthDay News (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • Health insurance tax subsidies won't apply to dependents
    Dependents who can be covered through the employer of a family member won't benefit from the federal tax subsidies for lower-income Americans under the Affordable Care Act, according to rules announced by the Obama administration Wednesday. Dependents won't be able to benefit from subsidies even if the plan's cost is beyond the means of the family, the rules said. A hardship exemption from the individual mandate will apply to some people with low incomes, while illegal immigrants are exempted from penalties for not having insurance that begin next year. The Wall Street Journal (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • Abstracts are invited for the 2nd International Congress
    Abstracts are invited for the 2nd International Congress of the German Networking group‚ Deutsches Netzwerk Advanced Practice Nursing & Advanced Nursing Practice (DNAPN). The aim of the congress is to share information on APN/ANP activities, create an awareness of the development of APN in Germany, and to facilitate international networking and collaboration. Please post your project, work, practice experience, study or other on Abstracts should include: title, background, methodology (including sample and pilot if applicable), results and recommendations. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. Please indicate if you wish to enter the competition for Most Innovative Project. The first winner will receive a price of 300 euros, and 200 euros will be awarded to the second winner. Deadline for both submission of abstracts and for entering the competition is March 31. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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