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December 14, 2012
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  Health Care News 
  • Fainting may predict future cardiovascular risk
    A single fainting episode raises the risk of being admitted for a heart attack or stroke later in life by 74%, according to a Danish study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The chances of needing a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator in the future were five times greater for people who fainted, researchers said. HealthDay News (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Preemies, small babies at greater risk for esophagitis
    The risk of developing esophagitis during childhood was higher among babies born prematurely or small for their gestational age, according to a Swedish study in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The link between premature birth and the disease was more pronounced among male patients than females aged 9 and younger, while the opposite was seen for the association with SGA, researchers said. Healio (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lifestyle habits put cardiovascular disease progress at risk
    Increasing rates of high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes may reverse gains made in reducing cardiovascular disease in the U.S., according to an American Heart Association report in Circulation. The report said 68% of adults are overweight or obese, one-third do not engage in leisure-time physical activity and only 53% of people with hypertension have it under control. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Can Your Hospice Patients Go Home for the Holidays?
Only 4 in 10 people who are eligible for hospice care in the United States receive it. We've created this hospice patient eligibility kit to help health care providers understand the hospice eligibility requirements, the many diagnoses that can qualify a patient for hospice, and the ways that hospice can work with you to care for patients with a life-limiting illness.
  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Lower ICC risk seen in diabetes patients on metformin
    Metformin-treated patients with diabetes showed a lower risk of intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma compared with diabetes patients not taking the drug, researchers reported in Hepatology. Biliary tract disease, cirrhosis, diabetes and smoking were associated with an increased risk of ICC onset, researchers noted. Healio (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Metformin-imeglimin combo boosts glucose control in diabetes
    Type 2 diabetes patients who used imeglimin as an add-on to metformin treatment showed better fasting plasma glucose and proinsulin/insulin ratio compared with those on metformin-placebo therapy, according to a study in Diabetes Care. Metformin-imeglimin treatment was generally well-tolerated and showed a similar safety profile to that of metformin-placebo treatment, researchers said. News (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Sterility isn't needed for antiseptic skin preps, experts say
    Antiseptic skin preparation products don't need to be sterile, and making them so wouldn't mean a significant drop in infections, producers, experts and health care providers said at an FDA hearing. Stricter regulations could disrupt both producers of antiseptic products and health care providers, speakers said. The agency is looking at methods to decrease the chances of contamination and infection. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Vision impairment cases increase as diabetes rates rise
    A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found a 20% increase in the number of vision loss cases in the U.S. in less than a decade, coinciding with an increase in the number of people who had diabetes for at least 10 years. While the study didn't show a causal relationship, other risk factors for nonrefractive vision loss became less prevalent over the study period. Reuters (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • Primary care shortage creates greater need for NPs
    A shortage of primary care providers, which is expected to deepen once the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented, is prompting states to review restrictions that limit nurse practitioners' scope of practice. AANP said it supports team-based care models when they reflect the needs of patients but does not support the idea that the team must be physician-led or linked to NP licensure or practice regulations. (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sponsored Poll 
  • To what extent do you and your colleagues use electronic health records?
    The results of this poll will appear in an AANP SmartBrief special report on the Best of 2012 on Dec. 21.
Daily in patient care.
Occasionally in patient follow-up.
Do not have an EHR system.

  AANP News 
  • Dr. Shalala to be opening keynote speaker at AANP National Conference
    AANP is thrilled to be opening its 28th National Conference with the keynote speaker Dr. Donna Shalala, who will share her insight into the Institute of Medicine report The Future of Nursing, Leading Change, Advancing Health. Dr. Shalala, president of the University of Miami and the HHS secretary from 1993 to 2001, was chair of the IOM Committee. You don't want to miss hearing this leader in the national health care community. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Registration now open for the 2013 AANP 28th National Conference!
    This conference will be held June 19 to 23 at The Venetian® and The Palazzo® & Sands® Expo and Convention Center, Las Vegas. The largest conference for NPs of all specialties will feature an additional day of workshops on Tuesday, June 18, and includes approximately 350 concurrent sessions and 40 skill-enhancing workshops with up to 42 contact hours of continuing education. Upon completion of registration and payment, your receipt will contain a link to AANP Housing and the Access Code required to make reservations at the conference hotel, The Venetian and The Palazzo. 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 for any nights June 15 to 25, based on availability with some restrictions. So check out all we have to offer at this year's conference! More information is available in the registration information booklet. For the best selection of workshops and sessions, register early! Workshops have limited seating and fill quickly. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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