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October 19, 2012
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  Health Care News 
  • Surgery may put cancer patients at risk of dying from heart problems
    Undergoing surgery for cancer diagnosis and/or treatment was associated with a higher risk of dying from cardiovascular causes, Australian researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. Surgery may have a greater effect than stress on heart-related deaths in the weeks following cancer diagnosis. The findings were based on close to 288,000 cancer patients who died within four weeks of diagnosis. HealthDay News (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HbA1C improvements curb 5-year mortality risk in diabetes
    Data on 12,359 type 2 diabetes patients with poor glucose control revealed those who showed HbA1C improvements were less likely to die of any cause within five years compared with those who had no improvement in glucose levels. Participants with improved HbA1C were also less likely than those with poor glycemic control to develop coronary heart disease and experience fatal cardiovascular disease, researchers noted. The results were presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes meeting. (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Longer formula feeding is tied to greater leukemia risk
    Prolonged formula feeding and delayed introduction to solid foods were associated with an increased likelihood of developing pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a study found. Researchers said that the risk for ALL rose by 16% for every extra month of formula feeding. The findings, which did not show cause and effect, were presented at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting. HealthDay News (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calcium supplements may protect women from hormone disorder
    Data from the Nurse's Health Study helped show that women who regularly took at least 500 milligrams of calcium supplements had a 40% to 70% lower risk of developing primary hyperparathyroidism than those who didn't take the supplements. Women with low-calcium diets faced a greater risk of developing the hormone disorder. The findings were reported in BMJ. WebMD (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Study: Abruptly stopping risperidone could lead to relapse
    A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found Alzheimer's disease patients who abruptly stopped taking the antipsychotic drug risperidone had almost double the risk of symptom relapse as those who continued the therapy. It is recommended that patients take the drug for no more than six months, but Dr. D.P. Devanand of the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University urged caution when stopping the medication and advised clinicians to closely monitor patients. WebMD (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • CDC: Meningitis deaths rise to 20
    The latest death toll from the meningitis outbreak linked to tainted steroid injections rose to 20, CDC officials reported on Thursday. Laboratory tests have confirmed the presence of a fungus called Exserohilum rostratum in unopened methylprednisolone acetate vials packed by the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass. Los Angeles Times/Booster Shots blog (tiered subscription model) (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • CMS highlights progress of federal meaningful use program
    The federal program to offer incentives to Medicaid and Medicare providers who demonstrate meaningful use of EHRs has made strides despite some growing pains, CMS officials said. Almost 20,000 eligible professionals and about 81% of eligible hospitals have signed up for the program, and about $7.7 billion in incentive payments has been issued as of last month, officials said. Government Health IT online (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • Job postings have soared on AANP CareerLink
    We now have more than 1,000 available positions on our job board, while averaging 300 new jobs each month. Find your life's calling and explore the career center to see what's available right now. Registering with AANP CareerLink provides job seekers the perfect place to search relevant positions for their next career move. Find jobs easy and quick without the noise of sifting through irrelevant nursing jobs, visit today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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