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February 28, 2013
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  Health Care News 
  • Support grows for early dementia screening in elderly
    Medical experts and health organizations support early dementia screening in the elderly to raise diagnosis rates so more patients can access tailored care programs to help improve their quality of life. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force may update a 2003 guidance that did not advocate for or against screening, the Affordable Care Act will enable Medicare to include cognitive impairment in wellness visits and the Alzheimer's Association offers guidelines to help physicians evaluate cognition during office visits. The Wall Street Journal (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Newborn screening improves diagnosis of CAH
    Data from congenital adrenal hyperplasia cases in Sweden between 1910 and 2011 showed substantial spikes in diagnosed cases following the introduction of the first effective therapy in 1950 and newborn screening in 1986. Despite the previous belief that boys are more prone to delayed CAH diagnosis than girls, researchers said that the universal screening of newborns improved survival in both sexes equally. The findings appear in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology. HealthDay News (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Diabetes does not increase risk of knee surgery complications
    Knee replacement patients with diabetes did not show a higher risk of postsurgical complications than those who did not have diabetes, regardless of whether their diabetes was controlled or uncontrolled, researchers reported in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. The study was based on more than 40,000 patients who underwent total knee replacement between 2001 and 2009. HealthDay News (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nurse study finds PMS benefit in plant-based iron
    An analysis of data on 3,000 women in the Nurses' Health Study II found that those who consumed the most iron from plant-based foods or supplements had as much as a 40% reduced risk of premenstrual syndrome compared with those who ate the least. Researchers said that daily intake of more than 10 mg of zinc offered a slight protection against PMS. The findings appear in the American Journal of Epidemiology. HealthDay News (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • RYGB outperforms drugs, gastrectomy in lowering A1C
    Roux-en-Y gastric-bypass surgery fared better than sleeve gastrectomy and optimal medical therapy in reducing A1C levels and boosting insulin sensitivity and beta-cell function in patients with diabetes, according to a study in Diabetes Care. "Gastric bypass essentially was like CPR to a failing pancreas. It was able to restore its function, and this led to durable blood sugar control for these patients," said researcher Dr. Sangeeta R. Kashyap. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Study: Spironolactone may not ease heart failure symptoms
    Taking spironolactone for one year lowered blood pressure and improved heart structure and function in patients with diastolic heart failure compared with a placebo, according to a 422-patient study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The drug, however, didn't ease symptoms such as fatigue. HealthDay News (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Epinephrine should be injected in lower thigh in obese children
    Injecting epinephrine into the lower thigh of overweight and obese children with a serious allergic reaction was more effective than aiming for the upper thigh, U.K. researchers found. Delivering the medication into the muscle improves absorption and results in higher blood levels compared with injection into the overlaying fat, study author Dr. Peter Arkwright said. The study was presented at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology meeting. HealthDay News (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Antiemetic drug not tied to adverse pregnancy outcomes
    The prenatal use of ondansetron, an antiemetic for treating nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, was not linked to increased odds of still birth, preterm delivery, birth defects, or low birth weight or small-for-gestational-age babies, Danish researchers found. The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Family Practice News (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
When Talking Heart Health, Talk Almonds
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  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Cases of advanced breast cancer rise among young women in U.S.
    The incidence of metastatic breast cancer among women ages 25 to 39 tripled between 1976 and 2009, increasing by about 2% annually, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. More research is needed to look into the factors that might be behind the increase, lead investigator Dr. Rebecca Johnson said. HealthDay News (2/26), Reuters (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • AANP urges lawmakers to change scope of practice laws
    Nine months prior to the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, AANP is advocating changes to laws limiting nurse practitioners' scope of practice. "We're about to add about 30 million people to our health insurance system and there needs to be someone available to see them," AANP President Angela Golden said. NPs are uniquely positioned to address the primary care shortage, Golden said. Most NPs already practice in primary care settings, and research has showed they have comparable patient outcomes to physicians, she said. The Washington Post/Wonkblog (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • AANP unveils health policy team
    AANP is pleased to announce the creation of a new team that will lead the organization's federal health policy efforts. Based in the Washington, D.C., metro area, the team will include professionals from within AANP and policy experts from outside the organization. "With these experienced dedicated professionals leading the way, AANP has never been better positioned to advance our federal policy priorities," said Angela Golden, president of AANP. "Along with Washington health care veteran, David Hebert, our CEO, this team is leading the charge toward ensuring federal legislation and regulation meets the challenges of today's health care environment by further empowering our nation's NPs." Read the news release. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Early bird deadline is March 4
    AANP members are encouraged to register now for the 2013 AANP 28th National Conference and make a hotel reservation to stay between June 17 to 23, 2013, at the conference hotel by Monday, March 4, 2013 to be eligible for one of the two Early Bird drawings for valuable prizes. We encourage you to register early to be eligible for a drawing and for best selection of workshops and sessions! Workshops have limited attendance and fill quickly. Read the details regarding the drawings' specific eligibility requirements. The conference will be held starting on June 18 (an additional workshop day) and continue thru June 23 at The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas! Download the registration brochure for more information. Upon payment and completion of conference registration, your receipt will contain a link to AANP Housing and the access code required to make reservations at the Conference Hotel. AANP has arranged for a special conference rate of $159 per standard suite plus taxes and resort fee. This rate will be honored for reservations that occur any nights, June 15 to 25, based on availability with some restrictions. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact or call (512) 442-4262, ext. 5238. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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