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February 6, 2013
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  • Biennial mammograms for older women backed by large study
    The risk of having breast cancer detected at a late stage was no higher for older women who received mammograms every two years rather than annually, according to a study of more than 140,000 women ages 66 to 89. Annual mammograms were associated with an increased risk of false positives. The study appeared online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. WebMD/HealthDay News (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study supports link between blood type and clot risk
    People with the AB blood type face a 4% greater risk than people with blood type O of developing blood clots in the veins, according to a study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. People with Factor V Leiden and a clot-promoting prothrombin genetic mutation had clotting risks that were seven and 11 times greater, respectively, than for people without. Researchers said ABO blood typing should be part of all risk-screening protocols. Time.com/Healthland blog (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Dementia risk is lower for those who are more fit at midlife
    People who are more physically fit at middle age have a lower risk of dementia later, according to research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The study included about 19,500 people who were followed for an average of 25 years and found that participants with the highest fitness levels at midlife had a 36% lower risk of developing dementia compared with those who had the lowest fitness levels. Medscape (free registration) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prenatal exposure to air pollution tied to lower birth weight
    Pregnant women exposed to increased levels of particulate air pollution were more likely to give birth to smaller babies, according to a study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Every 10-microgram increase of pollution particles per cubic meter of air was linked to an 8.9 gram decline in infant birth weight, researchers said. MyHealthNewsDaily.com (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Ramipril improves walking ability of PAD patients, study finds
    Researchers followed 212 people with peripheral artery disease and found that those who received the blood pressure drug ramipril walked 4 minutes longer on treadmill and got an extra 75 seconds of pain-free walking, on average, than those who took placebo. The improvement may sound relatively small but it surpasses the benefits of two FDA-approved drugs intended to improve PAD patients' walking ability, a researcher said. The findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. HealthDay News (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Reasons for taking multivitamins vary among U.S. adults
    Data on close to 12,000 adults from the 2007-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey show that 45% of Americans who took a multivitamin did so because they believed it would improve or maintain their health, while 23% did so because a doctor recommended it. Vitamin users reported better health but also more healthy lifestyles than non-users. The findings appear in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. WebMD/HealthDay News (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • HHS: Cutting outdated Medicare rules could save $676M yearly
    HHS proposed eliminating some outdated Medicare regulations to save health care providers and hospitals about $3.4 billion in five years, or $676 million a year. "By eliminating outdated or overly burdensome requirements, hospitals and health care professionals can focus on treating patients," HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said. Reuters (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • Health insurance coverage
    The CMS and IRS each issued proposed rules related to the Affordable Care Act's shared responsibility provision and eligibility for exemptions. Starting in 2014, the individual shared responsibility provision calls for each individual to have basic health insurance coverage, known as "minimum essential coverage," qualify for an exemption, or make a shared responsibility payment when filing a federal income tax return. The two rules outline the nine categories of individuals who are either entirely exempt from the requirement to maintain minimum essential coverage or who are exempt from the associated tax penalty. The CMS proposed rule (CMS-9958-P) proposes eligibility standards related to the categories of exemptions that will be handled by the exchange, a verification and eligibility determination process for these categories of exemptions, an option for state-based exchanges to use a federally-managed service for conducting eligibility determinations for exemptions and other procedures. In addition, this rule proposes that certain coverage be designated as minimum essential coverage by the secretary, and outlines requirements that other types of coverage must fulfill to be recognized as minimum essential coverage. The CMS rule can be found here, and the IRS rule can be found here. A fact sheet about the rules can be found here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AANP Fellows Mentorship Program
    The AANP Fellows invite members to apply to in the 2013 FAANP Mentorship. This one-year program connects motivated, less-experienced NPs with AANP Fellows who are leaders and willing to share their expertise through a formalized mentorship. More details. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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