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November 29, 2012
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  • Study links belly fat to weaker bones, higher fracture risk in men
    U.S. researchers studied 35 obese men and found that those with deep belly fat, regardless of their body mass index and age, had weaker bones than those with more fat in the thigh and buttocks area. Overall, researchers estimated that obese men with so-called beer bellies had a 25% higher risk of bone fracture than those with more superficial fat. The study was presented at a meeting of the Radiological Society of North America. WebMD (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Hyperthyroidism linked to higher risk of atrial fibrillation
    Individuals with early-stage hyperthyroidism were 30% more likely to develop atrial fibrillation than those with normal thyroid function, researchers from Denmark reported in BMJ. They noted that the likelihood of atrial fibrillation was lower among hypothyroidism patients compared with those with normal thyroid function. HealthDay News (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CDC study examines HIV cases in children, young adults
    More than a quarter of all new HIV cases in the U.S. in 2010 involved 13- to 24-year-olds, and 60% of these young people didn't even know they were infected, CDC researchers said. They noted that only a small percentage of high-school students and young adults have ever been tested for HIV. HealthDay News (11/27), Reuters (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CDC data show state rates for COPD vary
    CDC data showed rates of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease varied regionally, affecting less than 4% of people in Washington state and Minnesota but more than 9% in Alabama and Kentucky. The survey showed 62.5% of patients said COPD harmed their quality of life, and 50.9% reported taking at least one daily medication for the condition. United Press International (11/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Digoxin raises mortality risk in A-fib patients, study finds
    Atrial fibrillation patients who took digoxin had a 41% higher risk of death from all causes than those who didn't take the drug, according to a study of more than 4,000 patients. In addition, digoxin users were 35% more likely to die from cardiovascular causes and 61% more likely to die from arrhythmias than non-users. The findings were published online in the European Heart Journal. HealthDay News (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Protection offered by pertussis vaccine may fade over time
    The effectiveness of the DTaP vaccine waned each year that passed since the last dose was given among children in California involved in the 2010 pertussis outbreak, according to a CDC study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers reported that children who had not been vaccinated were nine times as likely to get pertussis as those who had received all five shots in the DTaP series. Reuters (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mixing grapefruit with some drugs can be fatal
    The number of drugs that can pose serious health risks when taken with grapefruit has increased 24% since 2008, a Canadian study found. Of the 85 medications that interact with grapefruit, 43 were linked to severe adverse effects, including cardiac arrest or even death. New Scientist (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • More U.S. adults turn to retail clinics
    Retail clinics have gained popularity among consumers, according to a study by Kalorama Information. Researchers surveyed 2,000 American adults and found that 21.3% have visited a retail clinic, up from less than 10% six years ago. Chain Drug Review (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AANP patient education toolkits
    A new set of Pediatric Medication Safety Material and other educational resources are now available from AANP. The Safety Matters toolkit includes an educational flipchart and a related patient handout, to reinforce your message. To order a free copy and/or download an electronic copy, go to the AANP Toolkit page. This material was developed in collaboration between AANP and NAPNAP, with funding from McNeil Consumer Healthcare. In addition to Safety Matters, other educational toolkits are available for download. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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