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January 2, 2013
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  Health Care News 
  • Pediatric group issues guidelines on C. difficile infection
    The American Academy of Pediatrics released new guidelines urging providers to look for other possible causes whenever infants test positive for Clostridium difficile since they normally have high colonization rates with the bacteria. Infants should only be tested for C. difficile when there's an outbreak or when the patient has Hirschsprung disease or other severe motility disorders, the group said. "For children older than 3 years, testing can be performed in the same manner as for older children and adults," AAP said. MedPage Today (free registration) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • MRI better than CT scan at detecting brain injury damage
    Researchers studied 135 patients with mild traumatic brain injury and found that magnetic resonance imaging was more effective than early computed tomography at assessing head injuries. The findings suggest that MRI may be a better tool in predicting long-term brain damage than CT scans. The study appeared in the journal Annals of Neurology. DailyRx.com (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Respiratory viruses linked to acute otitis media in children
    Researchers conducted 96,418 respiratory viral tests in children with a history of acute otitis media and found that 48% of them were positive, mostly for respiratory syncytial virus, rhinovirus and influenza. The findings appear in the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. Healio (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Swedish study supports safety of prenatal use of SSRIs
    Rates of stillbirth and infant death were similar for women who were prescribed a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor during pregnancy and those who weren't after factors such as age and smoking were taken into account, a Swedish study found. An expert not involved in the study said its findings were limited because it looked at prescription and not ingestion. The findings appear in the Journal of the American Medical Association. WebMD (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tuberculosis drug bedaquiline wins FDA approval
    The FDA approved the use of Johnson & Johnson's Sirturo, or bedaquiline, in combination with other drugs, to treat patients with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. Sirturo, developed by Janssen Therapeutics, is the first tuberculosis drug to gain approval in 40 years. Because of the possibility of fatal heart problems, Sirturo will carry a boxed warning. Reuters (12/31), MSN/The Associated Press (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Enrollment in advanced nursing programs is on the rise
    A report from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing shows increases in nursing-school enrollments in 2012. Entry-level baccalaureate programs grew by 3.5% while RN-to-BSN programs grew 22.2%. Enrollment in master's and DNP programs, meanwhile, jumped by 8.2% and 19.6%, respectively. Nurse.com (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • HHS, states prepare for multiple ACA provisions in 2013
    The implementation of health insurance exchanges, a Medicaid pay increase for doctors and the Medicare tax increase are among the Affordable Care Act provisions the federal government and states are enacting in 2013 or preparing for in 2014. This year will be crunch time for the law because each state should have an operating exchange by Jan. 1, 2014. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • Deadline near for 2013 nominations
    The 2013 call for nominations is now open and will close on Jan. 26. AANP and ACNP members in good standing for the 12 months prior to Nov. 26, 2012, (date that nominations opened) are eligible to submit their name for consideration in the 2013 election. 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 January 26, 2013. 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. Learn more and begin the nomination process. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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