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December 19, 2012
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  Health Care News 
  • Lifestyle changes lead to diabetes remission in study
    More than 11% of diabetes patients who underwent an intensive diet and exercise program attained partial disease remission at one year, compared with only 2% in the non-intervention group, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Patients with diabetes for a shorter duration, those who lost more weight and those who had stronger fitness gains showed greater improvements in blood glucose, researchers said. Reuters (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Poor diet may influence polyp growth in Lynch syndrome patients
    A study from the Netherlands found that people with Lynch syndrome, which confers a genetic predisposition to colorectal cancer and other cancers, who ate fast food or junk-food snacks were twice as likely to develop polyps as those with lower intake of such foods. The study did not establish a cause-and-effect relationship but researcher Akke Botma of Wageningen University said it suggests eating habits may play a role in polyp development among Lynch syndrome patients. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Aerobics outperforms resistance training in weight loss
    Data on overweight and obese middle-aged participants showed those who performed aerobic exercise alone or in combination with resistance training burned more fat and lost more weight compared with those who only did resistance training alone. The results were published in the Journal of Applied Physiology. HealthDay News (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Minn. task force says NPs should practice independently
    A Minnesota Health Care Reform Task Force report called for nurse practitioners to be allowed to work independently of physicians to help address a shortage of primary care providers. Task force member Dr. Therese Zink said the reality is the state "can't afford to wait." Seventeen states, including Iowa and North Dakota, permit advanced practice nurses to practice independently. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Antibiotics not effective for most coughs, study finds
    The antibiotic amoxicillin was not better than placebo in relieving symptoms or duration of cough, according to a study published online in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Patients who took amoxicillin were also more likely to report nausea, rash and other side effects than those who received placebo. "The main message here is that antibiotics are usually not necessary for respiratory infections, if pneumonia is not suspected," said Dr. Philipp Schuetz, who wrote an editorial that accompanied the study. HealthDay News (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Long-term aspirin use may slightly raise risk of AMD
    Researchers looked at data on nearly 5,000 people and found that those who took aspirin for 10 years had nearly double the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration compared with non-aspirin users, whose risk was less than 1%. Aspirin's benefit in preventing heart attacks and stroke, however, outweighs the risk, experts say. The findings appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association. HealthDay News (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Medical home models cut health care costs, study finds
    A study by the HealthPartners Research Foundation showed that patient-centered medical homes may help reduce total and outpatient care costs for individuals with complex conditions. Researchers said PCMHs helped curb overall costs by $446 per patient in 2005 and by $184 in 2009, while outpatient expenses were lowered by $241 per patient in 2005 and $54 in 2009. Patients with complex cases were defined as those taking at least seven medications. (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • Policymakers search for solutions to high health care spending
    Health care spending accounts for nearly 25% of the federal budget and is projected to consume nearly a third of the budget within a decade unless it is curtailed. Pressure to address health care spending will continue after Congress passes a budget, which is not likely to address the problem in any significant way. The Wall Street Journal (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sponsored Poll 
  • In your state and in your practice, can you provide care to the full extent of your training and license?
    The results of this poll will appear in an AANP SmartBrief special report on the Best of 2012 on Friday.

  AANP News 
  • JAANP Future Issues information on Early View
    Check out what is coming in future issues by accessing Early View. There are normally 25-30 articles posted online ahead of print in Early View. Articles posted in Early View are considered fully published and can be cited with the DOI number, which is prominently displayed in the citation information. There is no need to wait for articles to appear in print with JAANP Early View. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Registration now open for the 2013 AANP 28th National Conference!
    This conference will be held June 19 to 23 at The Venetian® and The Palazzo® & Sands® Expo and Convention Center, Las Vegas. The largest conference for NPs of all specialties will feature an additional day of workshops on Tuesday, June 18, and includes approximately 350 concurrent sessions and 40 skill-enhancing workshops with up to 42 contact hours of continuing education. Upon completion of registration and payment, your receipt will contain a link to AANP Housing and the Access Code required to make reservations at the conference hotel, The Venetian and The Palazzo. AANP has arranged for a special conference rate of $159 per standard suite plus taxes and resort fee. This rate will be honored for reservations for any nights June 15 to 25, based on availability with some restrictions. So check out all we have to offer at this year's conference! More information is available in the registration information booklet. For the best selection of workshops and sessions, register early! Workshops have limited seating and fill quickly. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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