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January 4, 2013
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  • Diabetic retinopathy tied to heart risks in study
    Diabetes patients with severe retinopathy were more likely to develop cardiovascular problems than those with mild retinopathy and those without the eye condition, according to a study published in Diabetes Care. Researchers also found the risk of heart trouble increased as retinopathy progressed. DailyRx.com (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study rejects link between brain injury, dementia risk
    People who suffered a traumatic brain injury with loss of consciousness were at no greater risk of developing Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia later in life, but they were more likely to suffer another brain injury, according to a study of more than 4,000 older adults. The findings appeared in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. Researchers cautioned that their study should not be confused with findings on the effects of multiple brain injuries suffered by former football and hockey players and other athletes. HealthDay News (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Alcohol-impregnated disinfection cap may lower infection rates
    Researchers looked at contamination rates among 799 patients from three U.S. hospitals and found a 52% decline in the incidence of central line-associated bloodstream infections when a 70% alcohol-impregnated disinfection cap was used, instead of a standard cleaning protocol. Systemwide use of alcohol-impregnated disinfection caps would prevent 21 CLABSIs and four deaths annually, researchers estimated. The study appeared in the American Journal of Infection Control. Nurse.com (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study evaluates costs of diabetes care
    The five-year cost of diabetes was about $26,978 per patient, not including drug expenses, and about $44,511 per patient in those older than 65 including medication costs, a study found. Diabetes costs also tend to increase when patients have worsening kidney function, proteinuria or an A1C level higher than 7.9%, researchers reported in Diabetes Care. DailyRx.com (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Weight-hypertension study supports "paradigm of prevention"
    Being overweight as an adolescent and an adult, or gaining weight during adulthood, raises the risk of high blood pressure, according to a Columbia University study in the journal Hypertension. Researchers said the data "provide further support to the prevailing paradigm of prevention, which emphasizes prevention of risk factors early in life to reduce the impact of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus, in mid and later life." MedWire News (U.K.) (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Type 2 diabetes elevates periodontitis risk in men
    Men with type 2 diabetes had a 39% increased risk of periodontitis onset than those without the disease, according to a study based on data from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. Researchers also found men with type 2 diabetes were 22% more likely to suffer tooth loss than those without diabetes. The findings were published in Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. DrBicuspid.com (free registration) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Dabigatran prevents CV events in A-fib patients
    The anticoagulant dabigatran performed safely and effectively in a group of 938 unselected patients with atrial fibrillation, according to a German study presented at a meeting. Less than 2% of the patients experienced major cardiovascular events, and 1% experienced minor cardiovascular events. Bleeding complications were experienced by 14.9% of patients, but only 1.5% faced major bleeding, the study found. Healio (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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SmartBrief AANP Best of 2012
As 2012 draws to a close, we're going to reflect on the top stories, trends, movers and shakers that made this such an interesting year. Don't miss out! See what our editors have chosen as the Best of 2012.
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Large share of ED visits made by adults with disabilities
    Nearly 40% of emergency department visits in the U.S. involved working-age adults with disabilities, NIH researchers reported in the journal Health Services Research. An analysis of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey found that the severity of a disability's limitations correlated with greater use of emergency departments as did lack of access to primary care. Nurse.com (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • HHS grants conditional approval to 8 more states
    HHS announced its conditional approval for the health insurance exchange applications of eight more states. California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Vermont and Utah will have state-run exchanges, while Arkansas will have a federal-state partnership exchange. A total of 20 states have now been given conditional approval to run health exchanges. USA Today (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • Searching for the ideal NP job?
    It's likely posted on AANP CareerLink right now! For the first time ever, we have surpassed 1,000 posted jobs on our online career center. Find the job that’s right for you by browsing this expansive list of NP jobs across the country. Browse the job listings quickly by searching with keywords, location, specialty and more. We’re confident you'll find a job that piques your interest. If not, AANP CareerLink is averaging 300 new jobs posted every month so be sure to register and keep checking back for you dream job! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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