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December 10, 2012
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  Health Care News 
  • Severe acute kidney injuries on the rise in U.S.
    The annual rate of dialysis-requiring acute kidney injury increased by about 10% on average from 2000 to 2009, with older people, men and black people being the most likely patients, a study showed. Annual mortality for such conditions rose from 18,000 to almost 39,000 during the study period, researchers said. They wrote in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology that the incidence of these injuries surpassed that of kidney failure that needs transplant or dialysis. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hypoglycemia raises CVD, death risk in type 2 diabetes
    Type 2 diabetes patients who had mild or severe hypoglycemia showed higher rates of complications including hypertension, kidney disease and cancer than those without hypoglycemia, a study indicated. Hypoglycemia was also associated with a higher risk of heart disease, hospitalization and death in patients, researchers said. The results appear in Diabetes Care. (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • High carotenoid intake may reduce women's risk of breast cancer
    The odds of developing breast cancer were lower among women with the highest levels of carotenoids in their blood than among those with the least, according to a study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The link was more prominent among lean women and smokers. WebMD (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Aspirin may boost survival among older colon cancer patients
    Colon cancer patients aged 70 and older who took low-dose aspirin regularly had a better chance of surviving than non-aspirin users, according to a Dutch study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The impact of aspirin on survival was more pronounced among those with more advanced cancer as well as those who didn't get chemotherapy, researchers said. Reuters (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Merger to give NPs stronger voice on practice issues
    The merger of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American College of Nurse Practitioners will provide a united voice when advocating for the role of NPs. The organization will operate from a position of greater strength, unity and visibility as they continue to shape and direct policy and legislative priorities. "I think it's a great opportunity to combine resources as well as strategy so that nurse practitioners can have a strong voice, whether it's in Washington or the state capitals," said ACNP CEO David Hebert, who will lead the new American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Medscape (free registration) (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey: 20% of HDHP holders avoid preventive care
    A survey finds that almost 20% of respondents under high-deductible health insurance plans avoided going to preventive care visits, despite the fact that their plans fully cover it. High-deductible or consumer-directed plans normally don't charge out-of-pocket costs for preventive care, annual physicals or screening tests as a way to promote preventive care, but only 18.1% of the survey respondents understood this rule, researchers said in a study published in Health Affairs. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • Proposed essential health benefits regulations issued by HHS
    HHS has proposed regulations on the essential health benefits needed for state health insurance exchanges. The regulations include the 10 specific benefits categories that must be offered in the exchanges, a plan requirement to cover at least one prescription drug in each specified category or class, annual cost-sharing limits, and the minimum value calculations for employer-provided health coverage. The regulations appendix also features a proposed benchmark plan for each state. Employee Benefit News (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • 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, 2013. As of Dec. 3, 2012, more 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
  • Molecular Portrait of Breast Cancer
    A free Connect® Workshop series for people living with breast cancer, their families, friends and health care professionals, will be held 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday. Register online for this free workshop at or call (800) 813-HOPE (4673). LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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