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October 17, 2012
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  Health Care News 
  • Study links TV watching to reduced life span
    Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study showed the life expectancy of a person older than 25 was reduced by 22 minutes for every hour spent watching television. The findings in the British Journal of Sports Medicine show that a sedentary lifestyle poses adverse health effects similar to smoking and obesity, researchers said. (Australia) (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Psoriasis raises vascular risk in diabetes patients
    A study presented at the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology meeting revealed patients with comorbid diabetes and psoriasis were more likely than their psoriasis-free counterparts to develop microvascular and macrovascular complications. Data from the Thomson Reuters MarketScan medical records database showed 29.2% of patients with the comorbid conditions suffered incident microvascular conditions and 28.6% developed macrovascular complications at five years, compared with 26% and 25.7%, respectively, in the control group. Family Practice News (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Danger of early death with alcoholism particularly high for women
    A German study found that alcohol-dependent people die 20 years earlier, on average, than the general population. Annual death rates were 4.6 times greater among alcoholic women and 1.9 times higher among alcohol-dependent men. The findings appeared online in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. HealthDay News (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Regular checkups fail to lower death rates for heart disease, cancer
    Danish researchers who looked at 16 clinical trials found that general health checkups did not significantly reduce deaths caused by either cardiovascular disorders or cancer. However, they reported in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews an increased number of diagnoses tied to routine checks such as hypertension and hypercholesterolemia. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Getting more sleep improves child behavior, study finds
    Elementary-school children who went to sleep earlier than their routine bedtime were more emotionally stable and alert in class than those who went to bed later, Canadian researchers reported in the journal Pediatrics. They also found that the children who lost about 54 minutes of sleep each night appeared very tired, more impulsive and more irritable compared with their well-rested peers. CNN/The Chart blog (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Estrogen drugs show promise against MS in study
    Adding high-dose estrogen to interferon-beta therapy for multiple sclerosis could improve treatment response in some women, according to a new study reported at a European meeting on MS. Researcher Carlo Pozzilli said young females with the relapsing-remitting form of the disease who were treated for 96 weeks had fewer brain MRI lesions compared with those who received only interferon. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Zonisamide shows weight benefits, but poses risk of side effects
    About 55% of obese participants who took 400 milligrams of epilepsy drug zonisamide daily for one year lost 5% or more of their initial weight, compared with 34% in a lower-dose group and 31% in a placebo group, a study found. However, participants who took zonisamide had a higher risk of side effects than did those in the nonmedication group. The results appear on the website of the Archives of Internal Medicine. HealthDay News (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • CDC: Cholesterol levels have dropped among U.S. adults
    The average levels of total blood cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein dropped among U.S. adults between 1988-1994 and 2007-2010, while high-density lipoprotein levels rose slightly, CDC researchers found. They said that the improvements can be attributed in part to improvements in diet, including a reduction of trans-fat intake. The findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Reuters (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • People happy with their community are healthier, poll shows
    A Gallup poll of more than 353,000 people found those who are happy with their community are healthier than those who are not. The survey found people who said their community was safe for exercise scored 16 points higher on a physical health index than those who said their area was not a safe place for a workout. (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • Pa. unlikely to meet insurance exchange deadline
    Pennsylvania, along with other states, most likely will not be able to get state-run health insurance exchanges running by the federal government's January 2014 deadline, state Insurance Commissioner Michael Consedine said. The federal government would run the exchange if the states can't, and states can still create exchanges later, Consedine said. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • Blood Clot Management for Cancer Patients
    A free Connect® Workshop series for people living with cancer, their families, friends and health care professionals will be held on Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register online for this free workshop at or call (800) 813-HOPE (4673). LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • State Award Nominations close Monday
    Take a few minutes now to nominate a deserving NP or NP advocate for the prestigious AANP State Award for Excellence. Visit for more information and to begin the nomination process. Nominations close on Oct. 22. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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