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February 1, 2013
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  • New stroke care guidelines emphasize speed
    Stroke patients should be given anticlotting drugs and other necessary treatments within one hour of arriving in the emergency department to reduce brain damage and hasten recovery, according to new guidelines developed by the American Stroke Association. To maximize its effectiveness, the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator should be given within four and a half hours after the onset of symptoms, the group said. The guidelines appeared online in the journal Stroke. HealthDay News (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Avoiding meat is better for the heart, research indicates
    Vegetarians were 32% less likely to be hospitalized or die from heart disease than those who eat meat or fish, according to a U.K. study to be published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Aside from having reduced blood pressure and cholesterol levels, vegetarians had lower body mass indices and were less likely to suffer from diabetes than nonvegetarians, researchers said. (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Obesity linked to heightened multiple sclerosis risk in girls
    The risk of pediatric multiple sclerosis was slightly greater among overweight and moderately obese teen girls than their normal-weight peers, according to a study in the journal Neurology. Extremely obese girls were three to four times more likely to the develop the condition. The link between childhood obesity and MS was not found in boys, researchers said. Reuters (1/30), (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Review finds lack of efficacy for nondrug ADHD interventions
    A review of 54 studies in the American Journal of Psychiatry showed little evidence that nonpharmacological treatments for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, such as psychological or dietary interventions, can reduce symptoms. Parents should not be discouraged because the findings only "demonstrate that what we once thought worked is more limited and more questionable," study co-author Dr. Emily Simonoff said. WebMD/HealthDay News (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Myo-inositol may lower gestational diabetes risk
    Taking myo-inositol supplements may reduce the likelihood of gestational diabetes among pregnant women at risk for the condition, according to a small study in Diabetes Care. Data on 220 pregnant women with a family history of type 2 diabetes showed 6% of those who took myo-inositol supplements in addition to folic acid developed gestational diabetes, compared with 15% of those only given folic acid. Reuters (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pharmaceutical News 
  • FDA warns against excessive use of acetaminophen
    People who take more than one over-the-counter drug containing acetaminophen and exceed the recommended daily dose are at risk of liver damage, and may develop flu- or cold-like symptoms, the FDA said. The agency also warned about the risk of combining alcohol and acetaminophen. HealthDay News (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Flu vaccine is safe for children with egg allergies, study says
    Children with a history of severe egg allergy, even anaphylaxis, did not experience an allergic reaction following the administration of trivalent seasonal influenza vaccine, U.S. researchers found. They said that a single dose of the vaccine was effective and well-tolerated and that a split dose was unnecessary. The findings appear in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Premature birth rate in U.S. continues to drop
    The rate of premature births declined for the fifth consecutive year in 2011 to 11.7%, the lowest rate in the past 10 years, according to a report released by the March of Dimes. Overall, the country was given a "C" rating on premature birth rates, and four states received an "A" for achieving the 9.6% preterm birth rate goal. News (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • Administration outlines exemptions to ACA's individual mandate
    HHS on Wednesday issued regulations that exempt people who can't purchase insurance for less than 9% of their yearly pay from the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate. Certain people in states that forgo Medicaid expansion will be exempt as well, HHS said. Proposals from HHS and the Internal Revenue Service "include rules that will ease implementation and help to ensure that the payment applies only to the limited group of taxpayers who choose to spend a substantial period of time without coverage despite having ready access to affordable coverage," according to CMS. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (1/30), Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • Opportunity for NPs to author a CE article for other NPs
    With the launch of our online, peer-reviewed CE publication, NP Professional Practice Compendium, we are looking for authors for our next issues (Gastrointestinal on March 29 and Musculoskeletal on June 28). To learn more, access the Compendium Call for Manuscripts or e-mail LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Celebrate the 10th National Wear Red Day today!
    The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Movement has been impacting the health of women for 10 years. More than 627,000 women’s lives have been saved but the fight is far from over. Now is the time to support swifter action for women's health, increased funding and more research -- all for the ultimate goal of saving women's lives. Visit for more information or call 1-888-MY-HEART. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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