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October 16, 2012
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  Health Care News 
  • Study links diabetes to osteoarthritis, arthroplasty
    Data on more than 900 participants showed the rate of arthroplasty was 17.7 per 1,000 person-years in patients with type 2 diabetes, compared with 5.3 per 1,000 person-years in those without the condition. Duration of diabetes was also associated with increased likelihood of arthroplasty in both men and women. The findings appeared in Diabetes Care. News (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Exposure to secondhand smoke may put babies at risk for asthma
    The changes in the airway's smooth muscle cells caused by exposure to cigarette smoke were the same as the effects of inflammation in asthma, a study showed. Researchers studied cells from the airways of deceased fetuses and found that greater smoke exposure caused cell death. The study was presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists meeting. News (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sleep deprivation affects insulin resistance, study finds
    Lack of sleep resulted in a 30% reduction in insulin response in the fat cells of participants, according to a small study in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Researchers also found that sleep-deprived participants had nearly three times higher insulin rates compared with those who were well-rested, which could increase their risk of type 2 diabetes. HealthDay News (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Longer life span, lower BMI are seen among vegetarians
    Vegetarians and vegans had a longer life span, lower BMI and lower insulin resistance compared with people who eat meat, according to a study presented at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' 2012 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo. The researchers also noted that pesco-vegetarians and semi-vegetarians showed "intermediate protection" from lifestyle diseases. (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: HPV vaccination doesn't spur sexual activity in young girls
    Data on more than 1,300 preteen girls who received at least one dose of human papillomavirus vaccine showed that getting the vaccine was not linked to a significant increase in pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections or contraceptive counseling. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, was the first to show that vaccination did not alter the sexual behavior of young girls. CNN/The Chart blog (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharmaceutical News 
  • 2 more drugs may be involved in meningitis outbreak, FDA warns
    Two additional drugs from the New England Compounding Center may be tied to the multistate meningitis outbreak that already has been linked to the firm's spinal steroid injections, the FDA said. NECC's cooling cardioplegic solution, used in heart surgery, and triamcinolone acetonide, a second injected steroid, may also be involved in the outbreak based on an FDA investigation and inquiries from the CDC and state health departments. ABC News/MedPage Today (10/15), The Wall Street Journal (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Intensive ranibizumab treatment boosts DME outcomes
    Intensive therapy with ranibizumab, a monoclonal antibody that inhibits vascular endothelial growth factor, fared better than laser therapy alone or laser therapy plus ranibizumab in improving best-corrected visual acuity and foveal thickness in diabetic macular edema patients between 24 and 36 months, a study indicated. The findings in the Archives of Ophthalmology demonstrate that using anti-VEGF agents is safe and effective for treating DME, researchers noted. Medscape (free registration) (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Most voters don't want seniors to pay more for Medicare, survey finds
    A majority of voters of both parties say they're against increasing Medicare costs for seniors, according to a poll by the Pew Research Center for People and the Press. Sixty percent of Barack Obama supporters and 55% of Mitt Romney voters oppose raising seniors' Medicare contributions in order to cut the deficit, the survey found. But half of Obama backers and 53% of Romney supporters said they favored a reduction in Medicare for higher-income seniors. The questions don't apply specifically to the Medicare proposals of either candidate. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • Agency invests nearly $230M to improve primary care access
    HHS invested nearly $230 million in the National Health Service Corps this year to aid doctors and nurses while bolstering primary care access, the agency announced. Close to 4,600 loan repayment grants and scholarships were awarded to health care professionals and students, and grants to 32 states were included in the investments. (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • AANPCP GNP National Certification Exam to retire
    The AANPCP Gerontology National Certification Examination will be retired at the end of 2012 in order to meet the new regulatory model requirements of the APRN Consensus Model for role and population foci. The last day AANPCP will offer the Gerontology Nurse Practitioner examination will be Dec. 28. Applications to sit for the Gerontology Examination will not be accepted after Nov. 12 to allow time for the processing of applications. Applicants intending to apply for the Gerontology Examination are encouraged to begin the application process as soon as possible by applying online at Advance Practice Registered Nurses who are certified through American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program as a GNP will continue to be certified and credentialed as a GNP, and recognized by AANPCP, as long as recertification requirements are met and the certification does not lapse. GNPs who allow their certification to lapse will be unable to renew it without meeting current requirements for the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner. GNPs should also check with their individual State Board of Nursing for further requirements or stipulations. For more information, please visit the Certification website at or contact us at 512-442-5202. E-mail inquiries may be sent to LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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