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May 15, 2012
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  Health Care News 
  • Laxative-free virtual colonoscopy effective at finding large polyps
    A study published in Annals of Internal Medicine found that laxative-free virtual colonoscopy is almost as effective as regular colonoscopy in detecting 10-millimeter or bigger polyps, which are most likely to develop into cancer, but it is less effective at finding smaller polyps. Researchers also found that patients who participated in the study liked virtual colonoscopy better than the regular screening method. HealthDay News (5/14), Reuters (5/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Diabetes patients have better outcomes with bypass surgery
    Diabetes patients with clogged heart arteries who underwent bypass surgery had better survival rates compared with those who had angioplasty, a study found. The results are to be presented at the American Heart Association's Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2012 in Atlanta. WebMD (5/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Early behavioral treatment works best in severely obese children
    Morbidly obese children who underwent behavioral therapy showed better response compared with their adolescent counterparts, a study found. "This means early treatment may be one way to reduce treatment failures during adolescence. For the severely obese adolescents, new treatment [methods] such as gastric banding or gastric bypass need to be developed and tested," said lead researcher Pernilla Danielsson. The findings were presented at the European Congress on Obesity. HealthDay News (5/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
FNPs caring for adolescents or children with mental health or behavioral concerns: Get national recognition for your added expertise in primary care assessment/management with new Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Specialist (PMHS™) certification from Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. PMHS: Added value for your practice and patients.

  Pharmaceutical News 
  • FDA discourages use of Novartis MS drug in stroke, heart patients
    The FDA ended a safety review of Novartis' multiple sclerosis treatment Gilenya, saying the drug should not be used in patients who had a stroke or heart problem in the past six months and those taking anti-arrhythmic heart drugs. Physicians should closely observe a patient's heart after giving an initial dose because Gilenya can temporarily lower heart rate, the agency said. The Wall Street Journal (5/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Most child deaths worldwide in 2010 are caused by infection
    About two-thirds of the 7.6 million deaths in children younger than 5 years in 2010 were caused by preventable infectious diseases, down by 2 million since 2000, according to a global study in The Lancet. Researchers said pneumonia, complications from diarrhea, malaria and meningitis were responsible for many of the preventable childhood deaths. U.S. News & World Report (5/10), RedOrbit (5/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pacifier, cup, bottle risks show up in emergency departments
    More than 45,000 U.S. children under age 4 were treated in emergency departments for injuries involving pacifiers, bottles and sippy cups between 1991 and 2010, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers examined data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System and noted that most of the injuries involved 1-year-olds who were unstable on their feet. CNN/The Chart blog (5/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • Lawmaker urges CMS to exempt small practices from stage 2 MU
    Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., has issued a comment letter to the CMS saying the goals set for stage 2 meaningful use may be too ambitious for solo or small practice providers to satisfy. Ellmers urged the agency to exempt the practices that have five or fewer providers as well as providers nearing retirement or over 60 years of age from the incentive initiative. Health Data Management (5/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • Students: Have you considered submitting your paper to JAANP?
    Click here to see the Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners call for student submissions to find out if you could get your paper published in this leading journal. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hotels near convention center still available
    Though the conference dates are drawing near, please be assured rooms are still available in AANP Housing within key hotels next to the OCCC West Building where the conference will be held. Find details regarding location, special discounts and concessions for those staying within the AANP block at these properties at this website. To confirm a reservation in the AANP block, conference attendees must contact AANP Housing (not the hotel). The link to AANP Housing and the conference registrant access code is included on the conference registration receipt e-mailed to each conference attendee upon completion and payment of conference registration. Register for conference. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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