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December 13, 2012
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  Health Care News 
  • Study IDs cardiac death risk factors in postmenopausal women
    An analysis of data from the Women's Health Initiative found that postmenopausal women had a greater risk of sudden cardiac death if they were obese, older, smokers or black; had an elevated pulse or white blood cell count; or had a history of heart failure, diabetes or high blood pressure. The findings appeared in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Concussions in children may have lingering effects
    Children who suffered concussions showed changes in their cognitive functioning and brain structure two weeks after their injuries, according to a study in the Journal of Neuroscience. Although other concussion-related symptoms waned after three months, brain scans revealed that children with concussions still had structural changes in the white matter. (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Even light smoking raises sudden cardiac death risk among women
    Light-to-moderate cigarette smoking was associated with nearly double the risk of sudden cardiac death among women, with long-term smokers at greater risk, data from the Nurses' Health Study revealed. However, smoking cessation helped women with heart disease lower their risk of sudden cardiac death to mirror that of a nonsmoker within 20 years, researchers reported in Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology. (12/11), WebMD (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Another study links breast cancer, diabetes onset
    Postmenopausal women who had breast cancer were more likely than those without the disease to develop diabetes, with a steady increase in diabetes risk from 7% at two years following cancer diagnosis to 21% at 10 years, according to a study in Diabetologia. However, diabetes risk was higher in the first two years after cancer diagnosis and then declined in women who underwent chemotherapy, researchers noted. (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Physical activity extends life expectancy, researchers find
    Participation in at least two and a half hours of moderate activity a week added almost six years to black women's life expectancy, Canadian researchers found. They said that white men who were physically active at age 20 were expected to have an extra two and a half years of life compared with inactive peers. The findings appear in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. HealthDay News (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pharmaceutical News 
  • FDA review warns of possible cardiovascular risk with Chantix
    An updated FDA review found that the smoking-cessation drug Chantix was associated with higher risk of myocardial infarction, stroke and death compared with placebo, although the difference in risk was not statistically significant. Chantix was also linked to depression and suicidal tendencies, but recent studies showed that the drug did not raise the risk of psychiatric conditions. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Data from EHRs hold promise for diabetes detection, classification
    EHR data show promise in finding and classifying more diabetes cases, compared with ICD-9 claim codes alone, according to a study in Diabetes Care. Researchers found that all of the subjects with type 1 diabetes were identified with the use of an optimized algorithm, which integrated the ratio of type 1 and 2 codes with recommended prescriptions as well as autoantibody and plasma C-peptide levels data. News (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AANP News 
  • Nominations now open for 2013 AANP 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 January 26, 2013. 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. Find more information and begin the nomination process. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • December JAANP available online
    The December issue of JAANP is now available online. Read about the findings from the AANP National Sample Survey related to acute care NPs; continue advancing your knowledge about evidence-based practice (EBP) with part 3 of the EBP series; learn more about how the military health system supports childhood vaccinations; read about NP research on postpartum depression and team group visits in underserved populations. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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