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November 28, 2012
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  • Statin therapy plus exercise cuts death risk in dyslipidemia patients
    Middle-age and older patients with dyslipidemia who took statins and exercised regularly to reduce their cholesterol levels had an up to 70% lower risk of dying compared with their least physically fit counterparts on statin therapy, according to a study of more than 10,000 veterans in the U.S. The most physically fit patients had the lowest risk of dying. The study appeared online in The Lancet. MedPage Today (free registration) (11/27), HealthDay News (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Daily soda consumption may increase prostate cancer risk
    Drinking one normal-sized soft drink a day raised men's odds of developing a more aggressive form of prostate cancer by about 40%, Swedish researchers found. They also said that a diet rich in carbohydrates was linked to a 31% greater risk of having milder forms of prostate cancer. The findings appear in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Preeclampsia linked to cardiac death risk in women
    Women who developed preeclampsia in their first pregnancy had a higher risk of death from cardiovascular disease later than those who did not have the condition, according to a study in BMJ. Single-child mothers who experienced preeclampsia also were at significantly higher risk than mothers of multiple children who developed the condition during their first pregnancy, researchers said. HealthDay News (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Alzheimer's appears to develop differently in women, men
    MRI scans of 109 patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease indicated that brain atrophy started earlier in women than in men. Although female patients had smaller hippocampi than their male counterparts a year before diagnosis, men lost volume more quickly after that, researchers said. The findings were presented at a meeting of the Radiological Society of North America. Diagnostic Imaging (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Autism risk may be tied to exposure to traffic pollution
    Children who had high exposure to traffic-related pollutants while in the womb or in their first year of life had a higher risk of autism than those exposed to less traffic pollution, a study in the Archives of General Psychiatry found. WebMD (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Help Your Patients Go Home for the Holidays
This guide helps clarify the factors to consider when determining a patient's homebound status, an important step in deciding if home health care is the right choice. Includes a Quick Reference sheet, explanation of common questions and patient case studies. This short PDF can empower physicians to ensure their patients receive the care they truly require.
  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Study links benfluorex to valvular regurgitation in diabetes
    Diabetes patients who were on benfluorex treatment showed higher rates of cardiac murmurs and mild left heart valve regurgitation compared with those who did not take the drug, a study in the journal Circulation found. Researchers also observed a higher risk of combined aortic and mitral regurgitation in benfluorex-treated patients. Modern Medicine/Reuters (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Obese children, teens on metformin show reduced BMI
    Obese children and adolescents with hyperinsulinemia and/or impaired fasting glucose or impaired glucose tolerance who took metformin daily for six months attained significant reductions in BMI compared with those in the placebo group, a study found. Improvements in fasting glucose, alanine aminotransferase and adiponectin-to-leptin ratio were also seen in metformin-treated patients, researchers noted. The findings appear in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Healio/Endocrine Today (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Underage drinking in U.S. is still prevalent, SAMHSA says
    More than 26% of 12- to 20-year-olds said they consumed alcohol in the month before they participated in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health between 2008 and 2010, according to a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration report. Almost 9% of the respondents reported purchasing their own alcohol the last time they drank. Researchers found that Vermont had the highest rate of underage drinking, while Utah had the lowest. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Multiple myeloma treatment
    A free Connect® Workshop series for people living with multiple myeloma, their families, friends and health care professionals, will be held on Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register online for this free workshop at or call (800) 813-HOPE (4673). LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Continuing education (CE) free to AANP members
    The AANP CE Center is adding new CE activities weekly. Currently, there are 93 active programs for a total of 97.85 contact hours with 21.85 hours of pharmacology credit. Some of the more recent additions include: Challenges of Treating Chronic Pain Patients in ER and Inpatient Settings; Changes in the Treatment of Inpatient Hyperglycemia: What Every Nurse Practitioner Should Know About; Regulatory Investigation of Pain Management by NPs; and Clinical Utility of Inflammatory Markers and Advanced Lipoprotein Testing: What Does the Evidence Show? Please check the CE Center often for newly added programs. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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