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October 26, 2012
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  • Diabetes with HCV elevates liver-related death risk
    Patients with diabetes and hepatitis C showed a higher mortality risk from malignant and nonmalignant liver-related causes compared with those who had diabetes or HCV alone and healthy controls, researchers reported at the American College of Gastroenterology's annual meeting. However, malignancies that were not related to the liver were associated with fewer deaths among patients with diabetes and HCV than those in the other groups. Healio (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • History of endometrial cancer raises future colon cancer risk
    Women who were diagnosed with endometrial cancer at 50 or younger were four times more likely to develop colorectal cancer, a retrospective analysis found. Diagnosis of endometrial cancer after age 65 was not associated with an increased risk of right-sided colorectal cancer. The findings were presented at the American College of Gastroenterology meeting. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ADA, AGS issue statement on diabetes care for older patients
    A consensus statement from the American Diabetes Association and the American Geriatrics Society stressed that life expectancy and comorbidities should be considered in treatment goals for older type 2 diabetes patients. "Older patients are extremely heterogeneous in terms of duration of diabetes, comorbidities, and life expectancy. Individualization and consideration of patient preferences and goals, which are important for all patients with diabetes, are especially so in this age group," said lead author and ADA Senior Vice President Dr. M. Sue Kirkman. The statement appears in Diabetes Care and the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Medscape (free registration) (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study finds link between celiac disease and fertility problems
    An online survey found women with celiac disease have more trouble getting pregnant and have higher rates of miscarriage, preterm delivery and cesarean section, researchers reported at the American College of Gastroenterology's annual meeting. The study, from Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia, also noted women with celiac disease had fewer years of fertility. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Higher diabetes risk seen in pancreatic cancer patients
    Patients with pancreatic cancer had an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared with controls, with a higher risk seen in women with pancreatic cancer than their male counterparts, according to a study in Experimental Diabetes Research. Data on 317 participants showed 35.2% of pancreatic cancer patients were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, compared with 20% in the control group. Researchers found diabetes prevalence was 44% in female cancer patients, compared with 25% among male cancer patients. (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pharmaceutical News 
  • FDA: Eye drops, nasal sprays pose a danger to children
    Tetrahydrozoline, naphazoline or oxymetazoline found in over-the-counter eye drops such as Visine and nasal sprays such as Sudafed and Afrin can cause serious harm in children when swallowed, FDA officials warned. Data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission showed that more than 4,500 children younger than age 5 were injured by eye drops between 1997 and 2009, while more than 1,100 were injured by nasal sprays. WebMD (10/25), Los Angeles Times/Science Now blog (tiered subscription model) (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Advisory panel approves meningitis vaccine for at-risk babies
    GlaxoSmithKline's bacterial meningitis vaccine, known as MenHibrix, can be used in babies facing a higher risk of meningococcal disease, the CDC's Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices said. The vaccine is recommended for at-risk infants, including those with sickle cell disease or complement component deficiency. Reuters (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Spine fracture risk 29% higher with each epidural steroid shot
    Patients who received epidural steroid injections for back pain had a greater risk of developing fractures in the spine, according to a U.S. study involving 6,000 patients. The risk of spinal fracture appeared to increase by 29% with each shot of epidural steroid. The study was presented at a meeting of the North American Spine Society. WebMD (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Details of Medicaid payment plan are still in the works
    An Affordable Care Act provision that goes into effect Jan. 1 will pay higher rates to physicians who treat Medicaid patients, but with just two months to go, health plans, physicians and states have yet to work out implementation details. Final rules for the plan are not expected until after the Nov. 6 election, and while it is assumed that primary care physicians will be included, it isn't clear whether some specialists also could qualify. Kaiser Health News/The Washington Post (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • AANP Foundation survey thanks and a winner!
    A request went out last August asking AANP members to complete a Foundation Communication Survey and over the following month approximately 2,000 responses were received. This input is very useful in guiding future Foundation activity. In appreciation to those who replied with contact information, a drawing was held for a free iPad, with Cheryl Broussard being the recipient. A genuine “thanks” is extended to all who responded. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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