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April 13, 2012
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  Health Care News 
  • Study: HbA1C level linked to survival in heart patients with diabetes
    An observational study in the American Journal of Cardiology showed patients with both advanced heart failure and diabetes whose glycated hemoglobin levels were higher than 8.6% had a 65.3% two-year survival rate, compared with 47.9% in those with HbA1C levels lower than 6.4%. The results suggest that patients with both conditions should aim for A1C levels between 7.2% and 8.2%, researchers said. However, patients who are not having problems with hypoglycemia or adverse medication effects should follow current guidelines pending further research, said one expert, who was not involved with the research. Medscape (free registration) (4/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Menthol cigarettes linked to higher stroke risk in study
    Canadian researchers who analyzed data on more than 5,000 smokers found that those who smoke menthol cigarettes had more than double the risk of stroke compared with those smoke regular cigarettes. The risk was more than threefold greater in women and non-blacks. The study appeared in Archives of Internal Medicine. Reuters (4/12), HealthDay News (4/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Diabetes, metabolic syndrome raise coronary calcification risk
    Patients with metabolic syndrome and diabetes face greater risk of developing coronary artery calcification, with faster progression more likely in those with either or both conditions than in those with neither, according to a study in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging. MedPage Today (free registration) (4/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study looks at maternal-fetal Staphylococcus aureus transmission
    Maternal methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonization at 34 to 37 weeks of gestation or at delivery increased the risk of babies carrying the bacteria, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers also found that infant Staphylococcal colonization peaked at 2 months of age, with a rate of 20.9%. (4/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharmaceutical News 
  • FDA updates prescribing information for finasteride
    The FDA said labels of Merck & Co.'s baldness treatment Propecia and prostate medicine Proscar will include information stating that some sexual adverse effects persist after discontinuing treatment. Both drugs, generically known as finasteride, remain effective and safe for approved indications, the agency said. Reuters (4/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Telbivudine eliminates mother-to-child HBV transfer in study
    Telbivudine therapy at 12 to 30 weeks' gestation prevented mother-to-infant hepatitis B transmission, compared with 9% transmission in the control group, in a study of 88 pregnant women with high viral loads and alanine aminotransferase levels. In the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, researchers reported that 77% of those who took the drug had normal ALT levels one month after giving birth, compared with 49% in the control group. (4/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Carilion Clinic to offer emergency care training program for NPs
    Carilion Clinic will launch a new one-year fellowship program to train nurse practitioners and physician assistants in emergency medicine. The program was created to meet the increasing need for providers specially trained to treat emergency department patients, said Kim Roe, senior director at Carilion Clinic's Department of Emergency Medicine. The Roanoke Times (Va.) (4/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Global providers use social media for care, education, report finds
    Outside the U.S., health care providers are using social-networking tools more for patient education and care monitoring than for marketing, according to a report released by IT firm CSC. U.S. providers are hesitant to reach out to patients through social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter due to the possibility of HIPAA violations, says Caitlin Y. Lorincz, an analyst with CSC's Global Institute for Emerging Healthcare Practices. "I think the U.S. really has a lot to learn from its global peers in terms of using social media in health care," she said. eWeek (4/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • CMS taps 7 states to pilot primary care services program
    The CMS Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation will use seven states to pilot the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative. The agency will tap some 75 primary care practices in every market to help assess whether comprehensive primary care services along with health IT meaningful use, data analytics and payment reform can improve health and lower costs. Health Data Management (4/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • CancerCare Workshop Series
    CancerCare, in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute: Office of Cancer Survivorship and Office of Communications and Education, LIVESTRONG, American Cancer Society, Intercultural Cancer Council, Living Beyond Breast Cancer and National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, is pleased to invite you to participate in a free, four-part workshop series. The series will take place on Tuesdays, from 1:30 p.m. -2:30 p.m. Eastern Time -- April 24, May 15, June 19 and July 17. You can listen to these workshops on the telephone or via live streaming on the Internet. This free series is made possible by support from the National Cancer Institute and LIVESTRONG and offers cancer survivors, their families, friends and health care professionals practical information to help them cope with concerns that arise after treatment ends. These workshops are free -- no phone charges apply. However, pre-registration is required. To register, and for more information, go to the CancerCare website, We are very excited to offer this telephone workshop series to you. We hope that you will join us and that you will share this information with your patients and colleagues. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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