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December 26, 2012
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  Health Care News 
  • Diabetes care standards update blood pressure, glucose guidance
    People with diabetes should have their blood pressure assessed during every primary care visit, and a treatment goal of up to 140 mm Hg may be appropriate for some patients, according to the American Diabetes Association's annual Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes guidelines. The standards also suggest a patient-specific schedule for blood glucose monitoring in diabetes patients on multiple-dose insulin or insulin pump therapy. The guidelines appear in the January issue of Diabetes Care. Healio/Endocrine Today (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links hepatitis C viral response to improved survival
    Patients with hepatitis C and advanced liver fibrosis who achieved sustained viral response for six months after treatment had a nearly four times lower risk of death from all causes than those whose viral load was not suppressed for at least six months. The rate of liver transplantation and liver failure was also significantly lower among those who had sustained viral response than those without it. The study, which involved 530 patients, appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association. HealthDay News (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Flu season arrives early in U.S., health officials say
    Flu activity has increased in December, with 12 states reporting high flu activity, the CDC reports. New York City and five states reported moderate flu activity, while 33 states reported low activity. The U.S. flu season is off to an early start, but it is too soon to tell how severe the season will be, CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said in a statement. HealthDay News (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Low maternal vitamin D levels linked to low birth weight
    Women with low vitamin D levels during the first 26 weeks of pregnancy were more likely to have babies who weighed less than their peers, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The researchers studied preserved blood samples of 2,146 pregnant women who participated in the Collaborative Perinatal Project from 1959 to 1965. Results would likely be different in a modern-day study, the researchers said. (12/22), (India)/Asian News International (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pharmaceutical News 
  • FDA OKs use of Varizig to ease effects of chickenpox
    Cangene's Varizig has been approved by the FDA to reduce the severity of chickenpox symptoms within four days after exposure to varicella zoster virus among individuals at high risk for chickenpox. High-risk patients include newborns, pregnant women, premature babies, children less than a year old, those with compromised immune systems and those without viral immunity, according to the agency. News (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
SmartBrief AANP Best of 2012
As 2012 draws to a close, we're going to reflect on the top stories, trends, movers and shakers that made this such an interesting year. Don't miss out! See what our editors have chosen as the Best of 2012.
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Survey: Americans find health care access the most urgent problem
    A new survey conducted by Gallup shows that 23% of Americans find access to care to be the most urgent health problem in the U.S., followed by health care costs at 19%. Gallup noted that the efforts of the Affordable Care Act in addressing those two issues may not be felt until full implementation of the law in 2014. (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • More Affordable Care Act changes start next week
    Individuals earning more than $200,000 in wages and married couples earning more than $250,000 will pay an additional payroll tax of 0.9% starting Tuesday, as more provisions of the Affordable Care Act kick in. Other changes that take effect with the new year include a decrease in the Medicare Part D drug-coverage gap, a 2.3% medical-device tax and a $2,500 limit on flexible spending accounts. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • Call for nominations -- deadline Jan. 26
    The 2013 Call for Nominations is open now through Jan. 26. AANP and ACNP members in good standing for the 12 months prior to Nov. 26, 2012, (the date that nominations opened) are eligible to submit their name for consideration in the 2013 election. Take a few minutes now to review the positions available for election in 2013 and think about how you might be able to join with others in charting the direction for the new AANP. The AANP Nominations Committee released the 2013 Call for Nominations on Nov. 26. The Call closes on Jan. 26. The following positions will be on the ballot in 2013: Board of Directors -- Executive Committee -- Treasurer, and Regional Directors for Regions 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11. State Representative positions for election in 2013 are: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York (N), New York (S), North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. There are two positions open on the Nominations Committee. Learn more information and begin the nomination process. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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