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December 4, 2012
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  Health Care News 
  • Committee supports delay in umbilical cord clamping for preemies
    A 30- to 60-second delay in clamping the umbilical cord leads to better outcomes for preterm infants, but research is less clear about the effects on term infants, according to an opinion by a committee of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists with help from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The opinion said the most important benefit in preterm infants is an almost 50% reduced risk of intraventricular hemorrhaging. News (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Repeat imaging may double 10-year risk of breast cancer
    An increase in the use of chest or cardiac computed tomography in young women was linked to a twofold increase in the 10-year risk of developing breast cancer, according to a retrospective analysis. "A child or young adult who underwent two cardiac or chest CTs before the age of 23 has a higher 10-year risk of developing breast cancer from these exams than her underlying risk of developing breast cancer in the same period," the authors wrote. The findings were presented at a Radiological Society of North America meeting. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Most older adults don't need supplements, data review shows
    Most adults do not need daily vitamins or supplements, even though at least half of those 65 and older take one, according to Emory University researcher Donald McCormick, whose data review is in the journal Advances in Nutrition. Registered dietitian Andrea Giancoli says food is the best source for nutrients and should be the first solution for nutritional deficiencies. WebMD (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Longer hours of sleep may lessen pain sensitivity
    Adults who slept two hours longer than usual for four nights had decreased pain sensitivity than those who kept their normal sleep schedule, according to a study in the journal Sleep. The findings failed to explain why more sleep reduces pain, but researchers said that sleep loss and pain each raise levels of inflammatory markers. WebMD (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Antidepressant use may curb frequency of epileptic seizures
    Taking antidepressants improved the mood and anxiety levels of depressed people with epilepsy and reduced the occurrence of seizures, a study found. Researchers monitored the outcomes of 100 patients on either selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors and found that 86% of them reported improvements in symptoms. The findings were presented at the American Epilepsy Society meeting. HealthDay News (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Low-dose methotrexate, cyclosporine effective for atopic dermatitis
    Methotrexate or cyclosporine given in low doses can effectively and safely treat children diagnosed with severe atopic dermatitis, Egyptian researchers found. Both treatments were well-tolerated and caused only mild, temporary side effects, according to the study published in the European Journal of Pediatrics. Healio (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Grant expands Salisbury University doctoral program for nurses
    Salisbury University's Nursing Department received a three-year grant worth $1,079,644 from the Maryland Higher Education Commission for the expansion of its doctoral program for nurses. "This is an exciting opportunity for the university to help address nursing shortages in Maryland and across the nation," department Chairwoman Lisa Seldomridge said. (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fewer health care workers looking for jobs, report suggests
    Data from the third-quarter Randstad Healthcare Employment Report showed 68% of health care workers in the U.S. reported feeling confident about their employers' futures, and fewer said they were likely to seek a new job in the coming year than in the second-quarter survey. The respondents' views about the strength of the economy were unchanged. (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 

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  AANP News 
  • AANP 2013 Call for Nominations now open
    2013 is going to be a most exciting time to help lead the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Take a few minutes now to review the positions available for election 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 Jan. 26. 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. Find more information and begin the nomination process. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Coping with stresses of caregiving
    A free Connect® Workshop series for people living with cancer, their families, friends and health care professionals will be held on Thursday from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register online for this free workshop at or call (800) 813-HOPE (4673). LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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