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January 25, 2013
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  Health Care News 
  • CDC: New norovirus strain spreads in U.S.
    A new norovirus strain, first detected in Australia last March, is spreading across the U.S., causing 141 of the 266 norovirus outbreaks reported from September through December, CDC officials said. They also reported a rise in outbreaks of sickness caused by the consumption of raw milk. The findings appear in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. USA Today (1/24), WebMD (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Reducing salt intake improves vascular function, study finds
    A University of Colorado report found that patients with moderate hypertension who restricted their salt intake reversed their vascular endothelial dysfunction. The study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology said limiting salt had benefits for macrovascular and microvascular functions. MedWire News (U.K.) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links snoring with early signs of cardiovascular disease
    Snorers without sleep apnea had thicker carotid arteries than nonsnorers, according to a small study to be presented at a meeting of the Triological Society. Carotid arterial thickness among snorers in the study was comparable to that of people who smoke or those who have diabetes or hypertension. "Our study adds to the growing body of evidence suggesting that isolated snoring may not be as benign as first suspected," lead study author Dr. Robert Deeb said. MedicalDaily.com (1/24), Newstrack India/Asian News International (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fatty liver raises risk of metabolic syndrome plus diabetes
    Men with fatty liver were more than 12 times as likely to develop metabolic syndrome with type 2 diabetes, while fatty liver was associated with a more than tenfold increased risk of the conditions in women, a study in Diabetes Care found. Women with fatty liver were also more than twice as likely to develop metabolic syndrome with coronary artery calcification, researchers noted. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Poor blood glucose control increases fracture risk in study
    Despite having higher bone mineral density, type 2 diabetes patients with poor blood glucose control had a 47% to 62% increased risk of fracture compared with those without diabetes and those with good glucose control, researchers found. The results were published in Diabetes Care. DailyRx.com (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Neb. NP studies exercise compliance in heart failure patients
    University of Nebraska nurse practitioner Bunny Pozehl is studying how well heart failure patients adhere to exercise regimens to determine whether working with an exercise specialist helps. She says while working with a specialist may seem like an obvious benefit, it might not be enough to help heart failure patients, who can be fearful of too much exertion, establish exercise habits. Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Study rejects link between lupus drugs, lymphoma risk
    Patients with lupus who were treated with immunosuppressive drugs including cyclophosphamide were at no greater risk of developing lymphoma, researchers in Canada found. The study, which involved 75 lupus patients with lymphoma and almost 5,000 cancer-free lupus patients, will be published in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. Nurse.com (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • First botanical drug gets FDA nod
    Napo Pharmaceuticals has received federal approval for crofelemer, an orally administered herbal botanical, to address diarrhea in HIV patients. Crofelemer is the first botanical drug to be approved by the FDA, according to this report. Natural News (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Certified nurse coaches can help people prevent, manage disease
    Nurses can now be trained and certified as a health coach, which can improve their ability to help patients make behavioral changes that prevent or manage chronic disease. Barbara Dossey, co-director of the International Nurse Coach Association, said people know they have to eat healthy and exercise, and nurse coaches can help them make the change. NurseZone.com (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AANP News 
  • Nominations for 2013 election close tomorrow
    The 2013 AANP nominations process closes on Saturday. Members in good standing for the 12 months prior to Nov. 26, 2012, (the date that nominations opened) are eligible to submit their name for consideration. Take a few minutes now to review the positions available for election in 2013 and think about how you might be able to join with others in charting the direction for the new AANP. The following positions will be on the ballot: 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. Learn more and begin the nomination process. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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