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October 5, 2012
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  Health Care News 
  • Diabetes raises risk of death due to pulmonary edema
    Men with diabetes were nearly three times as likely to die of pulmonary edema, while women with diabetes had a nearly fivefold increased risk of dying from the condition compared with control groups without diabetes, according to a study presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes meeting. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Teen smokers are in greater danger of premature death
    Men who started smoking as teenagers and continued the habit throughout their lives had a twofold greater risk of dying prematurely compared with nonsmokers, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researchers also said that teen smoking was associated with increased odds of developing smoking-related cancers and heart disease. Reuters (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links coffee to higher glaucoma risk
    Drinking three or more cups of coffee a day may raise a person's risk of developing exfoliation glaucoma by 66%, according to an analysis of data from the Nurses' Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. The findings were published in the journal Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. HealthDay News (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CDC: West Nile case count still rising
    The number of people infected by the West Nile virus reached a total of 3,969 cases, including 163 deaths, as of Tuesday, CDC officials announced on Wednesday. The latest case count of the epidemic for 2012 is the highest since 2003. HealthDay News (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Injection-free exenatide improves diabetes markers
    Type 2 diabetes patients who received the injection-free exenatide ITCA 650 attained significant improvements in body weight, HbA1C, fasting plasma glucose and postprandial glucose levels, with greater effects seen in those who received higher doses than those who took a lower dose. However, researchers said 40 mcg and 60 mcg doses of ITCA 650 were better tolerated compared with the 80 mcg dose. The findings were presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes meeting. Healio/Endocrine Today (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Daily low-dose aspirin linked to slower cognitive decline
    A study that included almost 700 older women found those who took a daily low-dose aspirin demonstrated less cognitive decline than those who did not follow the regimen, often used to help prevent heart attacks. University of Gothenburg researchers wrote in the journal BMJ Open that the effects were more pronounced the longer the aspirin regimen was followed but that taking the drug did not affect the risk of developing full-blown dementia. A researcher cautioned that the study did not prove a causal link and said more research is needed before any recommendations can be made to women regarding aspirin use for cognitive function. HealthDay News (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Methadone reduces HIV risk among injection drug users in study
    A systematic review and meta-analysis found that injection drug users on methadone as opiate substitution treatment had 54% lower risk of HIV compared with the usual rate of infection among injection drug users. Researchers said the result "supports calls for the global increase of harm reduction interventions" for injection drug users. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Expert: Reducing cardiovascular risks is key to diabetes care
    Recent guidelines for diabetes care did not include specific instructions to reduce cardiovascular risks but that should be a major focus of treatment, said Dr. Silvio Inzucchi of Yale University, a leader of the committee that wrote the recommendations. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AANP News 
  • State scope restrictions = Higher health care costs
    In the September Bipartisan Policy Center Report, "What Is Driving U.S. Health Care Spending? America's Unsustainable Health Care Cost Growth," several drivers of unnecessary health care spending are explored. Of interest to AANP's state practice efforts is the link drawn between state scope of practice regulations and health care costs. According to the BPC, "When an NP or PA can provide the same care to a patient safely and effectively, engaging a physician for this service is a missed opportunity to utilize a lower cost provider. Differing state licensure and insurer payment policies interfere with greater substitution of other health professionals, such as NPs and PAs, for physicians. Furthermore, the required level of physician supervision of these professionals is inconsistent across the nation. Physician oversight of work that can be performed autonomously by other professionals can lead to unnecessary repetition of orders, office visits and services, thus increasing total costs without any additional benefit to patients." Read and share this report with legislators and policy makers in your state. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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