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December 21, 2012
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  Health Care News 
  • Asthma tied to higher pulmonary embolism risk
    People with severe asthma face an almost nine times higher risk of pulmonary embolism than the general population, while the risk was increased 3.5 times for those with mild to moderate asthma, according to a study in the European Respiratory Journal. The study also found that oral corticosteroids can be a potential risk factor for pulmonary embolism. "This is the first time a link has been found between asthma and pulmonary embolism, and we believe these results have important clinical implications," lead researcher Dr. Christof Majoor said. News (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Scoring system may predict cardiovascular death in diabetes
    Type 2 diabetes patients with the highest coronary calcium score were more than 11 times as likely to die of heart disease than those with the lowest scores, a study indicated. The results suggest coronary calcium scoring may help providers evaluate diabetes patients at risk of cardiovascular death, researchers wrote in Diabetes Care. (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study IDs 6 risk factors for catheter-related blood infections
    Researchers identified six risk factors for hospital-acquired peripherally inserted central venous catheter-related blood stream infections, including congestive heart failure and Clostridium difficile infection, according to findings reported in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. The study reviewed data on adult patients with PICCs administered from Jan. 1, 2006, through July 31, 2008, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Diabetes diagnosis, insulin linked with increased fracture risk
    U.S. researchers found that patients with diabetes had a greater risk of fractures than those without the condition. The risk was higher among patients treated with insulin, and no association was found between fractures and undiagnosed diabetes. The study, which involved 15,140 patients, appeared in the journal Diabetes Care. (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Probiotic supplements lower risk of infant eczema, review finds
    U.S. researchers reviewed 21 studies and found that taking probiotic supplements reduced babies' risk of developing eczema. Some studies showed that at-risk children who were provided with Lactobacillus rhapsodic GG or Lactobacillus rhamnosus strain HN001 had a 50% lower risk of having the skin condition compared with the placebo group. The findings were published in the Archives of Dermatology. Reuters (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Early menopause may raise type 2 diabetes risk
    Women who went through menopause at a younger age had higher odds of developing type 2 diabetes compared with those who were older when menopause started, according to a study in Diabetes Care. The findings suggest that women who enter menopause before age 40 "may be a high-risk group to target for diabetes screening," said epidemiologist Elsa Strotmeyer, who was not involved in the study. Medscape (free registration) (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pharmaceutical News 
  • FDA warns against use of dabigatran in artificial heart valve patients
    The FDA warned providers against prescribing the anticoagulant Pradaxa, or dabigatran, to prevent stroke or blood clots in patients with artificial heart valves. The agency based its warning on the results of a European clinical trial that found patients with mechanical heart valves taking dabigatran were at greater risk for strokes, clots and heart attacks than patients on warfarin. Patients already taking dabigatran should be immediately moved to another drug, the FDA added. HealthDay News (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Less is better when it comes to aspirin after heart procedure
    Higher doses of aspirin were associated with greater bleeding risks but not better ischemia outcomes in a study that followed 2,851 people after percutaneous coronary intervention for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. The study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Interventions examined three years of data from the HORIZONS-AMI trial. Modern Medicine/Reuters (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Report: Most states unprepared for health emergencies
    Only five states met eight of the 10 key measures for public emergency preparedness, according to an annual report released by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Researchers found that 35 states, along with Washington, D.C., got a score of six or lower, with Kansas and Montana each receiving the lowest score of three. HealthDay News (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • Medicaid primary care reimbursements to rise 73% under ACA
    A Kaiser Family Foundation study found that Medicaid fees for primary care will increase by an average of 73% nationwide next year and go up more than 100% in six states including Florida, California and New York under a provision of the Affordable Care Act. The law raises low Medicaid rates to Medicare levels next year and in 2014 for vaccine administration as well as evaluation and management services. Medscape (free registration) (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • Happy Holidays from AANP
    The AANP office will be closed Monday, Dec. 24, and Tuesday, Dec. 25, for the Christmas holidays. We will reopen for business at 9 a.m. Central Time on Wednesday, Dec. 26. AANP's board of directors and staff wish you, your family and friends a happy and healthy holiday. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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--Annie Dillard,
American author

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