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February 7, 2013
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  • Study raises concerns about chronic disease among boomers
    Despite their longer life spans, adults born between 1946 and 1964 are at greater risk of diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol than those born a generation earlier, a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine shows. Baby boomers are also less likely to exercise and more prone to obesity, researchers wrote. Experts warn of the high health care costs that accompany such chronic diseases but say boomers can still make changes to improve their health. ABC News/Medical Unit blog (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Diabetes patients might benefit most from Mediterranean diet
    The Mediterranean diet was associated with a mean weight loss of 4 pounds at six months in adults with type 2 diabetes, while other diet plans studied did not yield similar results, according to an analysis of 20 studies comparing seven popular diets in diabetes patients. Researchers also noted a 4% to 10% increase in good cholesterol and a reduction of as much as 9% in triglycerides in patients who were on the Mediterranean, low-carb or low-glycemic diet. The results appear in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Reuters (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study examines marijuana use by stroke patients
    Urine samples collected from 160 stroke patients between ages 18 to 55 showed that 15.6 of them tested positive for cannabis use, almost double the rate for other hospital patients. The findings, scheduled to be presented at the American Stroke Association conference, revealed a link between cannabis use and stroke, but do not establish a causal relationship. (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Research finds more heart attack, stroke deaths in winter
    The number of fatal heart attacks and strokes was significantly higher in winter than in summer, regardless of climate, according to a study published in the journal Circulation. The study assessed mortality in seven different climate regions across the U.S., including Southern California and Massachusetts, finding no statistical difference between any of the sites. Experts speculated that a number of factors could play a role including weather, seasonal infections and holidays. The Washington Post (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sun exposure may lower rheumatoid arthritis risk, study finds
    An analysis of data from the Nurses' Health Study involving about 235,000 participants found that older women with the highest estimated levels of solar ultraviolet B exposure had a 21% lower risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis than those with the least levels. Sunlight's beneficial effect, however, was not evident in younger women. The study appeared online in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. WebMD/HealthDay News (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Declines in cancer seen among blacks
    Cancer rates have dropped among blacks in the U.S., although they remain at greater risk of dying from cancer than whites, a report showed. Black men had a 15% higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer than white men, while black women had a 6% lower cancer risk compared with white women, researchers wrote in the CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. HealthDay News (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Interferon alone may not be best 2nd treatment
    Interferon monotherapy may not be the best retreatment for patients with hepatitis C and chronic liver disease who relapse after initial therapy or do not respond to it at all, according to a study from the University of California at Los Angeles. Researchers said study data showed higher risk of all-cause mortality among patients, and they also found evidence of more pain and adverse effects among the group treated with interferon. The researchers said their findings also raise questions about common biomarkers including sustained viral response, because levels improved even when outcomes did not. Medscape (free registration) (1/30), (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Diabetes drug for adults may help obese youths lose weight
    Severely obese youths who received exenatide injections twice a day for three months lost about seven pounds more than the placebo group, according to a study in JAMA Pediatrics. Initially approved by the FDA for adults with type 2 diabetes, exenatide showed potential "in terms of weight reduction and cardiovascular risk control," lead author Aaron Kelly said. Reuters (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • HHS secretary calls for acceptance of new payment models
    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius called for wider acceptance of new payment models among health care providers, adding that the models can help curb the fast rise of health care costs and spending. Sebelius also praised changes in Medicare and Medicaid coverage, saying, "History shows that innovations in how we pay for care often can begin with Medicare and then spread to the private insurance industry." MedPage Today (free registration) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • Assess the 2009 influenza pandemic's impact
    The 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic resulted in an 18% surge in hospital emergency department encounters, but did not have a significant impact on overall admissions, a new study published online in Medical Care found. Ten percent of the hospitals in the study experienced a surge in admissions, and patients in those facilities had worse outcomes for heart attack and stroke during periods of the surge. These hospitals also had worse outcomes for acute cardiac illnesses before the pandemic, suggesting a link between daily hospital operations and disaster preparedness. The study, requested by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, was a collaborative effort involving AHRQ, CDC, NIH, the Office of the HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, and academic experts. Access the abstract on PubMed. A reprint copy is available by sending an e-mail to In addition to this study, AHRQ published a new statistical brief showing that hospital emergency department visits for influenza increased from 491,900 in 2008 to 1,281,700 in 2009 and that hospital admissions for influenza rose from 88,300 to 163,200. Access the statistical brief, "Emergency Department Visits and Hospital Inpatient Stays for Seasonal and 2009 H1N1 Influenza, 2008-2009." LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AANP CareerLink is the pulse of the job market
    The job selection on AANP CareerLink is unique from other online job board. Employers turn to AANP CareerLink first and more often because it is tailored to our qualified NP member audience. The results? Over 1,000 nurse practitioner jobs across a variety of specialties that you can’t find anywhere else online. Visit to browse and apply to our exclusive jobs! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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