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March 20, 2013
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  • Report: One-third of American seniors die with a form of dementia
    A report published by the Alzheimer's Association finds that 1 in 3 U.S. seniors dies with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia. The rate of Alzheimer's-related deaths jumped 68% from 2000 to 2010, while deaths caused by heart disease and other major illnesses have dropped, the report finds. "Urgent meaningful action is necessary, particularly as more and more people age into greater risk for developing a disease that today has no cure and no way to slow or stop its progression," Alzheimer's Association president Harry Johns said. HealthDay News (3/19), Google/Agence France-Presse (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Palliative consultations occur late for heart patients
    Patients suffering from heart failure receive palliative care consultations only late in their illness, according to a study of 1,320 patients in the Journal of Cardiac Failure. Although the Seattle Heart Failure Model predicted a median one-year survival rate for most of the patients receiving the consultations, the actual survival time from consultation to death was a "remarkably short" 21 days. "This suggests that this cohort was identified by their clinician for PCC when they were acutely and seriously medically ill and in their later stages of dying," the research team wrote. MedWire News (U.K.) (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ABI's screening benefits unclear, USPSTF says
    It remains unclear whether patients would benefit from use of ankle brachial index to predict heart disease risk and screen for peripheral artery disease, according to a draft statement from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. "The Task Force calls on the research community to prioritize studies that examine whether using the ABI to screen for PAD and assess the risk of cardiovascular disease leads to better health," said USPSTF co-vice chairman Dr. Albert Siu. News (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Diabetes patients on peer coaching show better A1C rates
    Low-income type 2 diabetes patients who received peer coaching attained a 1.1 percentage point reduction in A1C at six months, compared with 0.3 percentage points in those who had usual care, a study in the Annals of Family Medicine indicated. Researchers also found that 22% of patients in the coaching group achieved A1C levels below 7.5%, compared with 7.5% of patients in the usual-care group. Medscape (free registration) (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Black children get fewer antibiotic prescriptions
    Data on more than 200,000 children who visited a doctor's office in southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey showed that black children were about 25% less likely to receive an antibiotic prescription for respiratory infections than their non-black peers. However, researchers found that black children were less likely to be diagnosed with conditions that would require antibiotic use, including tonsillitis, compared with non-black children. The findings appear in the journal Pediatrics. Reuters (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Community-based intervention may lower diabetes risk
    Almost 50% of participants who underwent a community-based lifestyle initiative guided by health workers lost at least 5% of their body weight and lowered their risk of type 2 diabetes, compared with 15% of the group that received standard care, a follow-up study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine revealed. The Inquisitr (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharmaceutical News 
  • High-dose statins may raise kidney damage risk, study finds
    People who took high doses of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs had a 34% greater risk of being hospitalized for acute kidney injury within the first 120 days of treatment than those who took lower doses, a large study in Canada found. "The lowest dose of statin required to achieve therapeutic goals should be prescribed," study author Colin Dormuth said. The findings were published online in the journal BMJ. HealthDay News (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Insurers: Hospital care prices drive rising health care costs
    A study by America's Health Insurance Plans found that increases in the prices of inpatient hospital care are contributing to rising health costs. Inpatient hospital care prices have gone up 8.2% annually from 2008 to 2010, and New York, Texas and Tennessee had the biggest annual increases among states. "To make health care coverage more affordable for consumers and employers, there needs to be a much greater focus on the underlying cost of medical care," AHIP President and CEO Karen Ignagni said. (3/18), Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Meet the Candidates
    AANP members have the opportunity to review candidates running for office in the upcoming 2013 election. "Meet the Candidates" provides information about a candidate's background, qualifications and goals for the position they are seeking. AANP members eligible to vote in this election will receive electronic notification and instructions for voting when the balloting site opens on March 26. Voting is conducted electronically only and closes at midnight Pacific Time on April 9. Take time to learn about the candidates so that you can make informed decisions when voting for AANP leadership. If you have any questions, please contact LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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