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October 4, 2012
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  Health Care News 
  • Study: Eating fish is better than omega-3 supplements for heart
    A Harvard Medical School study of more than 20,000 male physicians showed that while eating fish regularly reduced the likelihood of developing heart failure, the results for taking omega-3 supplements were less clear. Alice Lichtenstein of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at Tufts University said the study helps show that more support is needed to modify the diets of people at risk for heart disease. Reuters (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Indoor tanning linked to greater likelihood of skin cancer
    U.S. researchers analyzed 12 studies involving more than 9,000 nonmelanoma skin cancer patients and found indoor tanning bed use was linked to a higher risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. "We could prevent hundreds of thousands of cancers each year by avoiding tanning beds," lead investigator Dr. Eleni Linos said. The findings appear in the journal BMJ. HealthDay News (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CMS to rule on chronic pain treatment payment for nurse anesthetists
    A CMS decision on whether to allow nurse anesthetists to bill Medicare for providing chronic pain treatment is expected by Nov. 1. The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists said that board-certified pain doctors are in short supply. "If you're saying I can't treat chronic pain, you're telling me I'm a fireman but can only put out fires in the living room and bathroom," one nurse anesthetist said. The Wall Street Journal (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Homebound Status in Plain Language
This guide helps clarify the factors to consider when determining a patient's homebound status, and important step in deciding if home health care is the right choice. Includes a Quick Reference sheet, explanation of common questions and patient case studies. This short PDF can empower physicians to ensure their patients receive the care they truly require. Learn more.
  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Studies back linagliptin's efficacy in glucose control
    Four studies presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes meeting showed linagliptin alone or in combination with other diabetes drugs or basal insulin treatment significantly improved blood glucose levels without increasing the risk of hypoglycemia or weight gain in adults and elderly patients with type 2 diabetes. One study also showed linagliptin therapy reduced albuminuria in type 2 diabetes patients with early nephropathy. Healio/Endocrine Today (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study finds beta blockers may not reduce heart risks
    Heart attack patients taking beta blockers to reduce the risk of a second attack did not benefit in terms of mortality or nonfatal heart attack and stroke rates compared with people not on the drugs, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The results were similar for patients with coronary artery disease but no history of heart attack. The risk of death or nonfatal heart attack and stroke were higher, however, for patients with risk factors for coronary artery disease. The findings were based on an observational study of 44,708 patients. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Statin therapy may lower glaucoma risk, study finds
    Older people with high cholesterol who took statins for two years were 8% less likely to develop open-angle glaucoma than those who didn't take the drugs, according to an analysis of records of more than 500,000 elderly Americans. The findings appeared in the journal Ophthalmology. HealthDay News (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Infertility treatment may harm women with multiple sclerosis
    Women with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis who received infertility treatments had sevenfold greater incidence of flareups and ninefold increase in enhanced disease activity compared with women who do not receive fertility treatment. The small study was published in the journal Annals of Neurology. WebMD (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • More Americans are insured, but fewer use employer-based plans
    The number of people with health insurance is trending upward, while the number of people under employment-based coverage is trending down, according to an analysis by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. The coverage rate for non-elderly Americans increased by about a half-percentage point in 2011 to 82%, but employment-based coverage among the same age group was down to 58.4%, compared with 69.3% in 2000. United Press International (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • Seniors to consider Medicare Part D options during enrollment
    The enrollment period for Medicare Part D runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, and most of the top 10 plans will see percentage increases in the double digits. Seniors should shop around, columnist Mark Miller writes. He offers several tips, including checking on a plan's formulary and finding out whether a plan has a preferred delivery network. Reuters (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • AANP CareerLink has it all
    Whether you are a nurse practitioner or are looking to fill NP positions in your organization, get guidance on finding the best fit to suit your needs. Prepare yourself with the right tools and knowledge to be well positioned, well organized and well managed. AANP CareerLink is the official online career center for AANP and provides a diverse listing of opportunities for job seekers and places employers’ jobs directly in front of our talented members. Visit to interact with the premier NP career resource. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • RWJ Foundation releases call for health policy fellows
    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows program is an outstanding opportunity for exceptional midcareer health professionals and behavioral and social scientists with an interest in health and health care policy in Washington, D.C. Fellows participate in the policy process at the federal level and use that leadership experience to improve health, health care and health policy. Application deadlines: Letters of reference, Nov. 7, 3 p.m. Eastern Time; application, Nov. 14, 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Find more details and information regarding the application process. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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