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March 1, 2013
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  • Study ties coronary calcium levels to risk of stroke
    Strokes were three times more common in people with high levels of coronary artery calcification, according to a study of almost 4,200 people in Germany. "Stroke risk is tightly aligned with coronary atherosclerosis, showing the closely related nature of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease," the study's lead researcher said. The findings were published in the journal Stroke. Predicting stroke risk using arterial calcification was most accurate among patients younger than 65 and those who were otherwise considered at low risk for heart disease. HealthDay News (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Lung congestion raises risk of death in dialysis patients
    Dialysis patients with severe lung congestion were more likely to die and have heart attacks or other cardiac problems than those with mild or no congestion, according to a study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Lung ultrasounds can detect early signs of fluid retention and could help identify at-risk patients sooner, researchers found. HealthDay News (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Maternal obesity may put babies at risk for heart problems
    Scans of the abdominal aorta of babies taken within seven days of birth showed that those born to overweight or obese women had thicker arterial walls compared with those born to normal-weight women. Thickening of the arterial walls is considered an independent risk factor for developing heart problems, Australian researchers said. The findings appear in the Fetal and Neonatal Edition of Archives of Disease of Childhood. HealthDay News (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Risk of dying from heart attack increases after sibling's death
    When an adult brother or sister dies, the surviving sibling's risk of dying from a heart attack in the next one to three years increases, Swedish researchers reported in the Journal of the American Heart Association. They looked at 130,920 40- to 69-year-olds who lost a sibling between 1981 and 2002, and found that the risk of fatal heart attack was 25% and 15% greater for bereaved women and men, respectively. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links diabetes to lower prostate cancer risk
    Diabetes was associated with a 46% lower risk of prostate cancer in men with coronary heart disease and a 36% reduced risk in those who also had metabolic syndrome, compared with men with coronary heart disease without diabetes, a study revealed. Researchers also found men with diabetes without metabolic syndrome had a 57% decreased risk of prostate cancer. The findings were published in Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Disease. Renal and Urology News (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sleep deprivation triggers higher food intake in study
    Normal-weight men who lacked sleep ate larger portions of high-calorie snacks before and after breakfast, a study found. The findings on the website of the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology suggest that sleep deprivation may trigger overeating regardless of satiety. HealthDay News (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Combination lowers bleeding risk for bypass patients
    Giving tranexamic acid with the anticoagulant clopidogrel before coronary artery bypass surgery was linked with lower odds of bleeding as well as improved platelet function, according to a study in the journal JAMA Surgery. Preoperative clopidogrel by itself was associated with increased bleeding risk and greater need for transfusions. "This extra protection [provided by tranexamic acid] against impaired platelet function improved the bleeding and transfusion outcomes in patients with clopidogrel persistence to a comparable level as that in patients with clopidogrel cessation," according to the study. Healio/Cardiology Today (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FDA approves drugs for cough, dysmenorrhea
    Hawthorn Pharmaceuticals gained federal approval for its VITUZ oral solution to treat cough and upper respiratory allergies in adults. Cypress Pharmaceuticals also received final approval for its mefenamic acid capsules USP, a generic version of Ponstel Capsules, to address mild-to-moderate pain with primary dysmenorrhea. Hawthorn and Cypress were subsidiaries of Pernix Therapeutics Holdings. RTT News (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Hawaii leads ranking of states for well-being
    The annual Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index ranks Hawaii No. 1 for the fourth year in a row and West Virginia last. States were rated on overall well-being, physical health, job satisfaction and other criteria. Data showed 60% of Hawaii residents surveyed said they were thriving, compared with 45% of people in West Virginia. USA Today (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • Several states moving ahead on quality scores for health plans
    States including Oregon, Maryland and Colorado are getting a jump on quality ratings for health plans mandated under the Affordable Care Act. States will rate plans based on quality factors such as breast cancer screening rates, flu shot delivery and treatment of chronic illnesses to help consumers when they are choosing coverage. The deadline for doing so is 2016. Kaiser Health News (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • Medicaid Affordable Care Act FAQs
    The CMS has posted a set of frequently asked questions to the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services website discussing a range of issues including the Basic Health Program, the new FMAPs and how states qualify, MAGI issues and the coverage of pregnant women and children. View the FAQs. Please direct questions to LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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