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October 15, 2012
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  Health Care News 
  • Study finds no link between B vitamins and colon cancer risk
    A combination B-vitamin supplement that includes folic acid (B-9), B-6 and B-12 neither increased nor lowered a person's risk of colon cancer, according to a study of more than 5,400 older women involved in the Women's Antioxidant and Folic Acid Cardiovascular Study. The findings appeared in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. HealthDay News (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prolonged periods of sitting increase diabetes, mortality risk
    A review of 18 studies found that sitting for long periods was associated with a higher risk of diabetes, heart disease and early death, even when people exercised. Writing in the journal Diabetologia, researchers underscored the importance of lowering overall sitting hours and breaking up the time with standing or walking. BBC (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Risk of atrial fibrillation higher in obese women, data show
    An analysis of data on more than 270,000 Danish women who had given birth between 2004 and 2009 found that those who were obese faced double the risk of developing atrial fibrillation compared with normal-weight peers. The odds of AF tripled among those who were very obese. The findings were presented at a European Society of Cardiology meeting. Family Practice News (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Exercise may delay early aging in type 2 diabetes
    Exercise levels were 20% lower in type 2 diabetes patients at any age compared with the control group, increasing the risk of early aging, early disability and death, according to a study. However, boosting physical activity levels may help stave off the negative impact that type 2 diabetes has on an individual's health, researchers are reporting at The Integrative Biology of Exercise VI meeting. Medical News Today (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prenatal intake of organic food isn't tied to penile defect in study
    Mothers' consumption of organic food during pregnancy did not significantly lower male infants' odds of developing hypospadias, a birth defect of the penis, according to a Danish study in the Journal of Urology. However, researchers found that high consumption of nonorganic butter and cheese was associated with a greater risk of hypospadias. Reuters (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Sleep apnea treatment may benefit men with hypertension
    Continuous positive airway pressure therapy was associated with lower blood pressure levels among hypertensive men with sleep apnea, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. "All types of patients may benefit from this treatment, even those with other chronic medical conditions," lead researcher Dr. Bharati Prasad said. HealthDay News (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FDA expands approval of arthritis drug Actemra
    The FDA approved Actemra, or tocilizumab, to treat adults with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis who have inadequate response to one or more disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs. The drug, by Roche Holding unit Genentech, is already approved for systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Drug Store News (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Survey: Trans-fat intake has declined
    FDA researchers say consumers are eating less trans fat since a labeling requirement was established in 2003, but there is still room for progress. According to the survey, the average per-person intake between 2003 and 2006 was 1.3 grams per day, down from 6.1 grams per day between 1999 and 2002. FoodNavigator (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • Gearing up for Medicare's open-enrollment period
    Open enrollment for Medicare begins today, and beneficiaries will see Advantage plan premiums rise by about 5%, the number of plan choices increase by about 7%, the average basic premiums for drug plans go up by about 33 cents and premiums for seven out of the 10 most popular drug plans rise by double-digit percentages. Consumer advocates said beneficiaries should pay attention to premiums, copays, deductibles, plan formularies and prior approval restrictions when choosing their plans during open enrollment, which ends Dec. 7. The Lansing State Journal (Mich.)/HealthDay News (10/14), The Wall Street Journal (10/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • AANP CareerLink surpasses 1,000 jobs
    AANP CareerLink hit a milestone by surpassing 1,000 jobs on the job board this past month. Our online career center continues to grow in popularity among the nation’s top employers. Increased demand from employers looking to fill their NP positions through AANP CareerLink translates into a large and diverse selection of jobs in every part of the country. See what’s available today by visiting! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • State Award Nominations close next Monday
    There is still time to nominate a deserving NP or NP advocate for the prestigious AANP State Award for Excellence. Visit for more information and to begin the nomination process. Nominations close on October 22. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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