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December 6, 2012
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  Health Care News 
  • Higher atherosclerosis risk seen in children with HIV
    An analysis of data on 300 children and adolescents found those who were HIV-positive were more than twice as likely to develop atherosclerosis compared with their healthier peers. Researchers also found HIV-positive children require cholesterol-lowering drugs and a healthy lifestyle to reduce the risk of early death associated with cardiovascular disease. The findings were to be presented at the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging meeting. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sleep apnea's heart risk comparable to that of diabetes in study
    People with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea have similar early endothelial dysfunction and arterial stiffness as patients with diabetes, increasing their risk for cardiovascular disease, a small study found. "Our study is a signal for cardiologists, pneumologists and general practitioners to work together to actively diagnose obstructive sleep apnea, administer the appropriate treatment (continuous positive airway pressure -- CPAP) and assess arterial function," researcher Dr. Raluca Mincu said. The findings were to be presented at the annual meeting of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging. HealthDay News (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Women with sleep apnea have more severe brain damage than men
    Sleep apnea was associated with worse brain damage in women than in male patients, a study in the journal Sleep indicated, and women with the condition displayed more significant signs of depression and anxiety. "This tells us that doctors should consider that the sleep disorder may be more problematic and therefore need earlier treatment in women than men," said researcher Paul Macey. (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Study links benzodiazepines to higher pneumonia risk
    An analysis of data from a U.K. health database showed that patients who took benzodiazepines, particularly diazepam, lorazepam and temazepam, were 54% more likely to develop pneumonia than those who didn't take the drugs. People who used the sedatives also had a 22% higher risk of death within a month after being diagnosed with pneumonia, and a 32% higher risk of death within three years after diagnosis. The study appeared in the journal Thorax. News (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 10 years of tamoxifen better to prevent breast cancer, study finds
    Women using tamoxifen to prevent a recurrence of breast cancer had better protection if they took the drug for 10 years instead of the standard five, Oxford University researchers reported in The Lancet. Breast cancer experts said the data, which showed a lower recurrence rate among women who took the drug longer, also may have implications for postmenopausal women who usually take other medications to prevent a recurrence. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Statins may increase muscle pain, study shows
    Data from the STOMP trial showed patients who took high-dose atorvastatin for six months did not lose muscle strength but did have higher creatine-kinase levels, which may result in muscle pain. The study, published in the journal Circulation, supports undocumented observations that statins can increase muscle pain, researchers said. Medscape (free registration)/Heartwire (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Grant enables NP students to give health screenings at dental school
    A $265,000 grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Service Administration will allow some patients visiting Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine's clinic to be screened for diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, HIV and anemia, and receive pneumonia, flu and tetanus vaccinations. The pilot program will pair 16 nurse practitioner program students with 16 dental program students under faculty supervision. Administrators hope the program will become permanent. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • Analysis: Prescription coverage could vary greatly by state
    Basic prescription drug coverage available through health insurance exchanges will differ from state to state under the Affordable Care Act, according to Avalere Health. More than 99% of FDA-approved drugs would be covered in some states, while no more than 45% of available treatments would be covered in other states. Connecticut, New Hampshire, Arizona and Virginia are among states whose benchmarks would require more treatments to be covered, while Michigan, Maryland and California are among the states where coverage could be tighter. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (12/4), The Hill/Healthwatch blog (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • Free COPD tools and resources to AANP members
    The COPD Alliance, of which AANP is a founding member, is providing free tools and resources to help clinicians battle the nation's third-leading cause of death -- COPD. The free tools and resources, including a printable patient graphic, certified screeners, a website widget and more, can be found online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Get involved in AANP -- run for elected office
    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 AANP Nominations Committee released the 2013 call for nominations on Nov. 26. The call closes on Jan. 26. The following positions will be on the ballot in 2013: 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. Find more information and begin the nomination process. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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