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December 20, 2012
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  • Black and Hispanic children show higher diabetes risk
    A study in Diabetes Care revealed that children with high-risk HbA1C levels were more likely to be black, have a family history of diabetes, and have higher body mass index, waist size and fasting insulin levels than children with A1C levels of less than 5.7%. Researchers also found that impaired fasting glucose was more likely to occur in Hispanic children, those with higher BMI, waist size and fasting insulin levels, and those with hypertension and higher average triglyceride rates compared with children who had lower plasma glucose levels. News (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • COPD tied to higher lung cancer risk, study finds
    Having pneumonia and/or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease raises a person's risk of developing lung cancer, according to a study published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology. Researchers looked at data on 11,888 lung cancer cases in the U.K. and found that nearly 1 in 4 lung cancer patients had been previously diagnosed with COPD. The findings "highlight the need to consider a diagnosis of lung cancer when making new diagnoses of COPD or pneumonia," researchers said. (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CDC: Gay men account for 66% of new HIV cases
    The number of new HIV infections among young gay and bisexual men rose by 22% from 2008 to 2010, and gay men now account for 66% of all new infections, according to a CDC report. The rate of new HIV cases among black women dropped 21%, but the total number of new HIV infections held steady at around 47,500. Reuters (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chronic worriers are more in danger of developing PTSD
    Researchers assessed 1,007 young adults in southeast Michigan and found that those who were chronic worriers had a substantially higher risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder. Meanwhile, only a small number of people exposed to traumatic life events were diagnosed with PTSD. The findings appear in the journal Psychological Medicine. (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Antipsychotic therapy may lower iron levels in autism patients
    Children with autism spectrum disorders who took antipsychotics for 18 months were likely to have lower plasma ferritin concentrations, U.S. researchers found. They reported that rapid weight gain during antipsychotic therapy was linked to iron depletion. The findings were presented at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry meeting. Family Practice News (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Few Americans have ideal heart health, data show
    Only 3% of Americans have ideal cardiovascular health, while 10% have poor heart health, according to research reported in the Journal of the American Heart Association. The conclusions are based on a survey of 350,000 Americans who reported on metrics including blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI and diabetes. The percentage of heart-healthy respondents was lowest in Oklahoma, West Virginia and Mississippi and highest in Washington, D.C., Vermont and Virginia. Healio/Cardiology Today (12/19), (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More hospitalized children are surviving cardiac arrest
    The survival rate of children who suffered cardiac arrest in U.S. hospitals significantly increased from more than 14% in 2000 to more than 43% in 2009, mainly due to improved care during resuscitation, a study showed. Researchers reported in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality & Outcomes that the odds of brain impairment didn't increase among young cardiac arrest survivors. News (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AANP 2013 Election Call for Nominations now open
    The 2013 Call for Nominations is open now through January 26, 2013. AANP and ACNP members in good standing for the 12 months prior to November 26, 2012 (date that nominations opened) are eligible to submit their name for consideration in the 2013 election. Take a few minutes now to review the positions available for election 9n 2013 and think about how you might be able to join with others in charting the direction for the new AANP. The AANP Nominations Committee released the 2013 Call for Nominations on Nov. 26. The Call closes on January 26, 2013. The following positions will be on the ballot in 2013: Board of Directors -- Executive Committee -- Treasurer, and Regional Directors for Regions 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11. State Representative positions for election in 2013 are: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York (N), New York (S), North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. There are two positions open on the Nominations Committee. Learn more and begin the nomination process. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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