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January 9, 2013
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  Health Care News 
  • Weight, physical fitness may affect endometrial cancer survival
    Overweight and obese women with endometrial cancer had a significantly higher risk of death within five years of diagnosis than their normal-weight counterparts, according to a study of 1,400 women with the condition. But those who performed moderate to vigorous exercise more than seven hours a week before their diagnosis, regardless of BMI, had a 36% lower risk of death than those who performed little or no exercise. The findings appeared online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. HealthDay News (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sweetened drinks may raise depression risk, study finds
    Older adults who consumed at least four servings of artificially sweetened soda, fruit punch or iced tea every day had a higher risk of being diagnosed with depression in the next decade, according to a study of more than 260,000 adults ages 50 to 71 in the U.S. Regular soda drinkers also had an increased depression risk, but the link was weaker than the one between artificially sweetened drinks and depression. The study will be presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology. HealthDay News (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More evidence is needed to support BP screening in children
    Studies have linked elevated blood pressure to cardiovascular problems in adults, but less is known about the long-term effects of high blood pressure in children, and few studies have examined the pros and cons of screening children for high blood pressure, a review showed. Research must address the reliability of blood pressure tests in children, whether treatment is safe and effective, and whether screening reduces heart and mortality risks, researchers reported in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. Reuters (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gestational diabetes associated with higher medical costs
    Women who had gestational diabetes were more likely to deliver via cesarean section, and their babies were more likely to require admission to the neonatal unit, resulting in costs that were about 34% greater than for women without gestational diabetes, according to a study in Diabetes Care. Measures to help prevent gestational diabetes may offer clinical benefits while cutting costs, researchers said. DailyRx.com (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PCI outcomes in diabetes patients are improving
    Diabetes patients today may have a reduced risk of heart attack and stroke following percutaneous coronary intervention than in past decades, according to a study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Researchers also noted fewer negative hospital-related outcomes in patients. DailyRx.com (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pay may predict blood pressure risk, study finds
    In a study of wages, earning twice as much was associated with a 16% reduction in the likelihood of hypertension, according to a report in the European Journal of Public Health. Workers with the lowest pay, particularly women and adults aged 25 to 44, were more likely to have an elevated blood pressure than high earners, researchers at the University of California, Davis found. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Methotrexate shows promise for treating juvenile scleroderma
    More than 70% of juvenile localized scleroderma patients who took oral methotrexate were in clinical remission for a mean of 25 months, while 27.1% experienced remission while taking the drug, according to an Italian study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. Generally mild side effects were reported by 48.3% of respondents, but they didn't cause the patients to stop the medication. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Reminders from health departments raise vaccination rates
    Timely reminders about the vaccinations of preschool children are more efficient in boosting immunization rates when provided by local and state health departments than primary care practices, according to a study in the American Journal of Public Health. Researchers said the findings indicate that practices and public health departments should work together to recall children who need vaccinations. Healthcare Informatics online (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HPV vaccination still low among U.S. teen girls
    Only about 32% of 13- to 17-year-olds received three doses of the HPV vaccine in 2010, with coverage substantially lower among the uninsured and in some Southern states, researchers from the American Cancer Society found. They also noted an increase in the incidence rates of two HPV-related cancers, oropharynx and anus. The findings appear in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • CMS offers grants to boost Medicaid/CHIP enrollment
    The CMS on Tuesday issued a solicitation for applications for grants, funded under the Affordable Care Act, aimed at increasing the number of eligible children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. The grants of up to $1 million each are expected to be distributed in June. AHA News Now (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • An evening with Larry King at 2013 AANP National Conference
    AANP 2013 national conference attendees will have a special treat on Wednesday evening, June 19. Larry King -- the king of conversation -- sits down with a couple of our legendary NP leaders to discuss their lives, their careers and their thoughts about the future of the NP role. Larry King has interviewed more than 50,000 people over the course of his career, which started in radio, continued to television and is now making history online. With his unique, conversational approach to interviewing, he not only changed the landscape of cable television and television news in general, but he is now blazing a trail in the digital space. Make plans now to join your colleagues in Las Vegas, June 19-23 -- this is a conversation you won't want to miss. Learn more about the conference. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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