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January 24, 2013
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  Health Care News 
  • Risks for female smokers reach a new high
    Female smokers face higher mortality risk from lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease than they did two decades ago, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, demonstrating risk on par with that of men. The shift is likely explained by women starting smoking at younger ages. However, a second study in the same journal emphasized that although lifelong smokers lose about a decade of life compared to those who never smoked, quitting can help give years of life back to patients. "You're never too old to quit," said Dr. Michael Thun. WebMD (1/23), HealthDay News (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Foot ulcer recurrence caused by poor adherence
    Patients who were prescribed custom footwear often did not wear it at home, increasing the danger of foot ulcer recurrence, a study of 107 patients with diabetes, neuropathy and a recently healed plantar foot ulcer found. Adherence away from home was significantly higher than adherence at home, though more steps were taken at home, researchers reported in Diabetes Care. Healio/Endocrine Today (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Severity of pediatric SLE differs among ethnic groups
    Researchers looked at 213 Canadian children with childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus and found that 51% of Asians had severe disease, compared with 20% and 41% of white and black patients, respectively. However, no differences were seen across ethnic groups in disease activity indices, irreversible organ damage or treatment, according to the study in the journal Arthritis Care & Research. News (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 20 to 40 minutes of aerobics daily may cut diabetes risk
    Obese children who had 20 minutes or 40 minutes of daily aerobic exercise showed lower body fat and visceral fat levels and significant improvements in insulin resistance compared with those in the control group, a study indicated. The findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association demonstrate that exercise may help curb diabetes risk in patients even at modest daily levels. Medscape (free registration) (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Peginesatide may raise heart risks without dialysis
    Peginesatide, an erythropoiesis-stimulating agent, was as safe and effective as epoetin in treating patients with advanced kidney disease and anemia receiving hemodialysis, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. A second study in the same journal found that peginesatide without dialysis was as effective as darbepoetin for patients with advanced chronic kidney disease and anemia, but peginesatide was linked to higher rates of cardiovascular events and death. News (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New method shows promise for treating DVT
    Treating deep venous thrombosis with anti-clotting drugs that are delivered directly through a catheter to sites with thromboli dissolved the clots in 95% of cases and prevented rethrombosis in most patients, according to a study presented at an endovascular therapy meeting. The rate of bleeding complications was similar to that of standard DVT therapy. A larger study is being prepared to test the new treatment further, with results expected in 2016 or 2017. (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Readmission trends analyzed for heart failure, MI and pneumonia
    Most 30-day readmissions for heart failure, acute myocardial infarction and pneumonia happened within 15 days of discharge, according to a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Heart failure was the most frequent reason for readmission for heart failure and MI patients, while recurrent pneumonia was the most common reason for readmission of pneumonia patients. Overall, the reasons for readmission were diverse, according to researchers, who cited a "heightened vulnerability of recently hospitalized patients to a broad spectrum of conditions." (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • Mass. NPs urge lawmakers to remove legal barriers to practice
    Advanced practice nurses in Massachusetts asked legislators to change laws that prevent them from prescribing drugs and providing care without doctors' supervision. They also called on health insurance firms to recognize them as primary care providers, allowing them to bill for services. "The care is actually enhanced when a nurse practitioner is available to patients," nurse practitioner Sheryl Derderian said. WWLP-TV (Springfield, Mass.) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • Primary Care NP Consultation & Referral Study Recruitment
    The AANP Network for Research (AANPNR) is recruiting for an upcoming "card study" of consult and referral patterns of NPs practicing in the primary care setting. Participation in the card study involves recording only de-identified patient visit data specific to consults and referrals and summary data of patients during a three-week data collection period. To register for the study or get more information, submit the contact information form online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Searching for the ideal NP job?
    It's likely posted on AANP CareerLink right now! We have more than 1,000 posted jobs on our online career center. Find the job that's right for you by browsing this expansive list of NP jobs across the country. Browse the job listings quickly by searching with keywords, location, specialty and more. We're confident you'll find a job that piques your interest. If not, AANP CareerLink is averaging 300 new jobs posted every month so be sure to register and keep checking back for you dream job! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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