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February 20, 2013
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  Health Care News 
  • Study compares CABG, PCI for patients with diabetes, CAD
    Patients with diabetes and coronary artery disease who underwent coronary artery bypass grafting showed a lower mortality risk compared with those who had percutaneous coronary intervention with a drug-eluting stent, a study indicated. However, the CABG patients had a higher risk of nonfatal myocardial infarction than those in the PCI group, researchers wrote in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Healio/Cardiology Today (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hydroxyethyl starch use may raise risk of death, kidney injury
    Researchers examined data from 31 trials and found that clinical use of hydroxyethyl starch for acute volume resuscitation among critically ill patients carried a higher risk of death compared with other solutions. Hydroxyethyl starch also raised the risk of severe kidney injury and the need for red blood cell transfusions. The findings appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Higher diabetes risk is seen in men who sit more
    Data on 63,048 Australian men showed those who reported spending more time sitting were 12% to 19% more likely to develop diabetes than those who sat less than four hours a day. The results were published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hip implants fail more often in women than men, study finds
    U.S. researchers looked at more than 35,000 hip replacement surgeries and found that the rate of implant failure five years after the procedure was higher in women than men. The findings, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, suggest that gender differences in outcomes for hip replacements should be considered in patient management as well as device development. HealthDay News (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study ties prenatal caffeine intake to lower birth weight
    Daily consumption of 200 to 300 milligrams of caffeine during pregnancy increased the risk of having babies born small for gestational age by 27% to 62%, according to a study in the journal BMC Medicine. The researchers noted that caffeine from any source appeared to lower birth weights. The Guardian (London) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Diet and exercise curb weight gain in obese pregnant women
    Obese pregnant women who underwent weekly weight-management sessions gained 7 pounds less during pregnancy and had lost all of their pregnancy weight at three weeks post-delivery compared with those in the control group, a study showed. Another study revealed that 78% of obese pregnant women who followed a calorie-restricted diet and exercise program met the Institute of Medicine's guidelines on gestational weight gain, compared with 30% of the control group. The results were presented at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine meeting. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ASH Clinical Hypertension Review Course
March 15-16

The American Society of Hypertension, Inc. (ASH) is sponsoring its CLINICAL HYPERTENSION REVIEW COURSE at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Jersey City. The ASH Review Course will offer practical applications to assist NURSE PRACTIONERS in bringing hypertensive patients to their blood pressure goals, and is accredited for 18.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Register here!
  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Study: Aspirin doesn't lower total stroke incidence in women
    An analysis of data from the Women's Health Study found that regular use of low-dose aspirin didn't reduce overall incidence of stroke or improve functional outcomes after a stroke compared with a placebo in a randomized trial. Low-dose aspirin use, however, was associated with lower risk of transient ischemic attacks. The study appeared in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AANP News 
  • AHCA appoints nurse practitioner to advisory board
    AANP member Stan Whittaker, Board Chair of the Florida Association of Nurse Practitioners, has received an appointment to the Agency for Health Care Administration's Medical Care Advisory Committee. Federal law requires each state to establish a committee to serve in an advisory capacity on issues pertaining to Medicaid. Members may be asked to review or provide input on issues pertaining to Medicaid, including rules and regulations. In his work with FLANP's policy committee, Whittaker has reviewed agency rules that impact consumer access to care. He has also attended policy meetings at the Agency for Health Care Administration to advocate for patients through removal of practice barriers of NPs. Whittaker is the first NP appointed to this board. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • "Nurse Practitioners Are In"
    A Knowledge@Wharton article titled "Nurse Practitioners Are In -- and Why You May Be Seeing More of Them" states that "despite continuing protests from some physician groups, the role of nurse practitioners in U.S. health care is expanding and will likely change both the costs and type of care experienced by millions of Americans." Read the full article. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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