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January 23, 2013
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  • Screen female patients for domestic violence, USPSTF says
    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has called on primary care providers to screen all women of childbearing age for indications of domestic violence and make treatment referrals if needed. Screening can identify domestic violence in 62% to 96% of cases, and data show women who are screened are more apt to discuss the issue with their providers. The recommendations appear in the Annals of Internal Medicine. HealthDay News (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prolonged sitting linked to higher death risk in colon cancer patients
    Patients with colorectal cancer who sat for six hours or more per day during leisure time had a 36% greater risk of death compared with those who sat for less than three hours, researchers at the American Cancer Society found. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, also found that patients who got the most exercise were 28% less likely to die than those who exercised less. HealthDay News (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may help stroke survivors, study finds
    Stroke survivors in the "late-chronic phase" who received hyperbaric oxygen therapy experienced improvements in brain activity, and some regained lost skills, researchers in Israel said. The improvements remained in evidence two years after therapy ended. The 59-patient study was published in the journal PLoS One. HealthDay News (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hearing loss associated with cognitive decline in study of seniors
    Baseline hearing loss among older adults was linked to 32% to 41% greater cognitive decline annually, based on test scores that measured executive and global function, compared with peers with normal hearing, according to a study to be published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. "Further research is needed to investigate what the mechanistic basis of this observed association is and whether such pathways would be amendable to hearing rehabilitative interventions," researchers wrote. (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Researchers call for increased implementation of sepsis interventions
    Some steps endorsed by the Surviving Sepsis Campaign are not being practiced in emergency departments, according to an analysis in the Journal of Emergency Nursing. "Some of the barriers to initiating the SSC guidelines can be addressed by earlier recognition of patients with sepsis and improving the processes of moving patients to the appropriate level of care," researchers wrote. The measurement of urine output and the use of blood cultures were identified as interventions in need of greater implementation. News (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Study: Methods used to manage post-TAVR patients are safe
    Warfarin plus a single antiplatelet drug or, if bleeding is an issue, warfarin alone were safe for patients following transcatheter aortic valve replacement, according to a study in the American Journal of Cardiology. "In general, we believe that patients who have indications for long-term anticoagulation should continue with this therapy irrespective of the TAVR procedure," the study's authors wrote. Healio/Cardiology Today's Intervention (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prenatal valproate use linked to lower IQ scores at age 6
    Children born to women who took valproate for epilepsy during pregnancy had lower IQ scores at age 6 than children whose mothers had used one of three other antiepileptic drugs, according to a follow-up study in The Lancet Neurology. Researchers found that valproate use during pregnancy also affected children's verbal ability and memory. Google/Agence France-Presse (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • More U.S. children don't get immunizations on schedule
    A study in JAMA Pediatrics of more than 300,000 children born between 2004 and 2008 found the percentage who were late on at least one vaccine rose from 42% to 54%. More than 1 in 8 children were undervaccinated because their parents' choices, researchers said. Reuters (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 4 days and counting
    There are only four days left until the nominations process closes for the 2013 AANP Election. Members in good standing for the 12 months prior to Nov. 26, 2012 (date that nominations opened), are eligible to submit their name for consideration. 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 following positions will be on the ballot: 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. Learn more and begin the nomination process. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The Smokers Paradox
    NP Raymond Zakhari asks the question when might it be more harmful to encourage a patient to quit smoking? Using the principles of evidence-based practice, he researched the “smokers paradox” in relation to the variable response to clopidogrel that he encountered in a patient and details his findings in this guest editorial. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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