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December 18, 2012
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  • Heart groups release guidelines on severe heart attack
    The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have updated guidelines on treating ST-elevation myocardial infarction. When percutaneous coronary intervention is not available, anti-clotting drugs should be administered if safe before transfer to a hospital where angioplasty-stent treatment can be performed. Providers should begin cooling procedures in advance of or during cardiac catheterization to minimize brain injury. The guidelines appeared online in the journal Circulation and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. HealthDay News (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IVF twin pregnancies carry greater risk of complications than single births
    Twin pregnancies through in vitro fertilization resulted in more complications such as premature birth and low birth weight compared with two separate IVF singleton pregnancies, Swedish researchers found. Risks for breathing problems, sepsis or jaundice were higher among twin babies, while preeclampsia and C-sections were more likely among women carrying twins, according to the study in the journal Fertility and Sterility. Reuters (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Low insulin linked to depression risk in women, study finds
    Women who had the lowest rates of insulin release were more than twice as likely to develop symptoms of depression as those with higher levels, according to a study in Diabetes Care. However, fasting glucose levels were not linked to depressive symptoms in men or women, researchers said. DailyRx.com (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Research examines vitamin D levels, daytime sleepiness
    Progressively lower vitamin D blood levels were associated with progressively higher levels of daytime sleepiness among those with normal vitamin D levels, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. However, researchers noted higher vitamin D levels were linked to greater prevalence of daytime sleepiness among black patients who were deficient in the vitamin. HealthDay News (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharmaceutical News 
  • FDA OKs flu vaccine targeting four strains
    The FDA has granted GlaxoSmithKline approval for its Fluarix Quadrivalent intramuscular injections to protect adults and children at least 3 years old from flu virus subtypes A and B. The formulation protects against four strains of influenza. Three-strain formulations "have helped protect millions of people against flu, but in six of the last 11 flu seasons, the predominant circulating influenza B strain was not the strain that public health authorities selected," said GSK's Dr. Leonard Friedland. Reuters (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FDA OKs raxibacumab shots for inhalational anthrax
    The FDA awarded Human Genome Sciences approval for raxibacumab to treat inhalational anthrax. "Although antibiotics are approved to prevent and treat anthrax infection, raxibacumab is the first approved agent that acts by neutralizing the toxins produced by B. anthracis," said the FDA's Dr. Edward Cox. HealthDay News (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Survey: Rise in health care costs to slow down in first half of 2013
    The estimated cost increases for health insurance plans will likely drop to less than 10% through the first two quarters of next year, a Buck Consultants survey found. Insurers reported an expected increase in drug costs of 10.1%, and pharmacy benefit managers reported an expected increase of 4.1% based on continued movement to generic treatments. BenefitsPro.com (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Sebelius: 18 states plan to run health insurance exchanges
    In a blog post Monday, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said 18 states are planning to operate their own health insurance exchanges. "The marketplace will provide consumers and small businesses one-stop shopping for health insurance with better information about plan benefits, quality and cost -- simplifying the process for buying health insurance," Sebelius wrote. The remaining states can decide by Feb. 15 if they want to partner with the federal government to establish exchanges. Reuters (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Sen. Daniel Inouye remembered
    Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii died of respiratory complications on Monday at age 88. A devoted, strong advocate for nursing and a champion for inclusive patient care and human dignity, he leaves a legacy of honor and service not only to the people of Hawaii but to the nation. At the time of his death he was the longest-serving U.S. senator, third in line to the presidency and chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee. AANP's thoughts go out to the Inouye family as we remember a true hero and friend to the nursing profession. Read The Washington Post's obituary for Sen. Inouye. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Make a difference -- run for AANP elected office
    The 2013 Call for Nominations is open now through January 26, 2013. AANP and ACNP members in good standing for the 12 months prior to November 26, 2012 (date that nominations opened) are eligible to submit their name for consideration in the 2013 election. Take a few minutes now to review the positions available for election 9n 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. Learn more and begin the nomination process. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars program call for applications
    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Nurse Faculty Scholars (NFS) Program has issued the 2013 Call for Applications. Application deadline is Feb. 12. The goal of the RWJFNFS is to develop the next generation of national leaders in academic nursing through career development awards for outstanding junior nursing faculty. The program aims to strengthen the academic productivity and overall excellence of nursing schools by providing mentorship, leadership training, and salary and research support to young faculty. Up to 12 awards of up to $350,000 each over three years will be available in this round of funding. Find out how to apply and find more information about the program. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AANP CE Center welcomes ACNP members
    The AANP CE Center wishes to welcome and acknowledge members of ACNP by opening many of our CE Programs in advance of the official AANP/ACNP merger date of Jan. 1. As of Dec. 3, greater than 50 programs are open to all at no charge so that the ACNP members, as well as our NP friends who are not AANP or ACNP members, can give the CE Center a try. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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There are two things that one must get used to or one will find life unendurable: the damages of time and injustices of men."
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