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March 5, 2013
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  Health Care News 
  • Weight-loss surgery cuts mortality risk in obese diabetes patients
    Bariatric surgery was associated with a 25% reduction in mortality risk in obese type 2 diabetes patients, a diabetes expert stated at the American Diabetes Association's advanced postgraduate course. Dr. John Bantle, professor of medicine and director of the division of endocrinology and diabetes at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, recommended laparoscopic gastric bypass, saying some forms of surgery do not show high efficacy and others may pose health risks. (free registration) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Many women experience postpartum anxiety, study shows
    Anxiety after giving birth was more common in mothers than postpartum depression, particularly among first-time mothers and those who had cesarean sections, a study in the journal Pediatrics showed. Researchers noted that this type of anxiety was associated with shorter breast-feeding time as well as use of unplanned health care within the initial two weeks following childbirth. (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study finds MRSA infection linked to season, age
    Children face a higher risk of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection during the summer, while older people are at greater risk of infection in winter, a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology showed. Although the findings failed to explain the seasonal- and age-related risk patterns, researchers suggest increased antibiotic use in the winter could play a role. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Widespread flu activity is declining in U.S., CDC says
    CDC officials reported on Friday that the number of states with widespread flu activity dropped as of last week, from 22 to 12. Despite the slowdown, the CDC won't declare the season officially over until there are several consecutive weeks of flu activity below the 2.2% baseline, CDC's Lyn Finelli said. USA Today (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharmaceutical News 
  • FDA staff: Calcitonin salmon may carry cancer risk
    A link between osteoporosis treatments containing calcitonin salmon and cancer risk is possible, according to briefing documents from FDA staff reviewers. The reviewers raised questions about the drugs' usefulness in preventing bone breaks due to osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, the reviewers said. An FDA panel is set to discuss the products on Tuesday. Reuters (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Diclofenac raises odds of cardiovascular events, study finds
    Patients who used diclofenac to relieve arthritis pain faced a 39% higher risk of heart attack and were 40% more likely to suffer cardiovascular events compared with people who did not use the drug. "When doctors prescribe [non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs], they need to consider the patient's risk profile. Particularly for patients with higher risk of cardiovascular events, a doctor should either advise against NSAID use or recommend one that has a relatively low cardiovascular risk," the researchers wrote in PLoS Medicine. (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • NPs advocate changes to help fill primary care shortage
    The primary care shortage, which is expected to worsen once the health care law is fully implemented, is driving nurse practitioners to seek to remove barriers to practice. Nurse practitioners are lobbying state legislators to remove restrictions. There are about 155,000 nurse practitioners in the U.S., and they could help fill the need for primary care, AANP said. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • HHS to negotiate drug prices under bill reintroduced by 8 Dems
    Eight Democrats in Congress reintroduced legislation to form Medicare prescription drug plans as alternatives to privately administered plans under Medicare Part D. The authors said the bill, which includes HHS negotiation of drug prices, is needed because of "confusing private prescription drug plans, marketing practices and formulary changes that have made deciphering among Part D plans very difficult." Blog (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • Did you know that the 2013 PQRS could potentially mean penalties for you and your practice?
    Avoid the 1.5% penalty and qualify for a 0.5% bonus by reporting PQRS measures with PQRIwizard. PQRIwizard, an online CMS qualified registry for PQRS participation, helps guide you through a few easy steps to quickly collect, validate and report your PQRS data to CMS. The data collection tools are easy to use, whether your practice uses a paper-based system or an electronic medical records system -- either key in your data or upload it! Some providers may be able to qualify for the incentive, and avoid the penalty, by reporting as few as 20 patients! The 2013 PQRIwizard will launch in the Spring of 2013. AANP Members are eligible for a $50 discount so be sure to look for the launch announcement during the month of May! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Opportunity for NP authors
    Do you have a practice focus on gastrointestinal or musculoskeletal issues and have a desire to publish an article for CE? If so, we currently have an open call for manuscripts for the upcoming issues of our new online, peer-reviewed CE publication, NP Professional Practice Compendium. See the table below for topics and associated deadlines. To learn more about the requirements and the process for submission, access the Compendium Call for Manuscripts or e-mail We plan to announce the topics for the fall and winter edition soon. Gastrointestinal: March 29. Musculoskeletal: June 28. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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