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March 18, 2013
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  • Many A-fib patients undertreated, study finds
    A study of 10,061 atrial fibrillation patients treated in 2010 and 2011 found that 68% received drugs to help regulate heart rates and 32% were given treatments designed to control heart rhythms. Data also showed that 1 in 4 patients were not given anticoagulants to reduce their long-term stroke risk. "Many patients out there that aren't treated probably should be treated," the study's lead researcher said. Reuters (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Graveyard shift linked to higher ovarian cancer risk in study
    Women who worked night shifts were 49% and 24% more likely than day-shift workers to develop early-stage ovarian cancer and advanced ovarian cancer, respectively, according to a study in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Higher risk for the cancer was seen among women aged 50 and older if they had a history of working night shifts, researchers said. (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links coffee, green tea consumption to lower stroke risk
    People who drank at least one cup of coffee or at least two cups of green tea per day had a 32% lower risk of intracerebral hemorrhage compared with people who rarely drank either beverage, according to a study published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers looked at the drinking habits of more than 83,000 adults in Japan and found that those who drank at least one cup of coffee or two to three cups of green tea daily were 20% and 14% less likely, respectively, to suffer a stroke. United Press International (3/18), News (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study examines link between cochlear implants, memory skills
    Researchers studied 54 children with cochlear implants and found they lagged normal-hearing peers in verbal short-term memory and working memory, researchers report in the journal Ear and Hearing. Verbal short-term and working memory capacity predicted outcomes in speech and language tests. Focused interventions might improve memory development in children with cochlear implants, the researchers said. MedWire News (U.K.) (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharmaceutical News 
  • FDA: Parents should know what's in cold, allergy meds
    Too much antihistamine, an active ingredient found in children's cold and allergy drugs, can lead to sedation, agitation or even breathing difficulties, FDA officials warned. Other active ingredients in allergy and cold drugs, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen, can result in severe health issues for children if taken in excess. News (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Higher mortality rates persist among diabetes patients, study finds
    Researchers found what they termed a "non-significant increase in mortality over time," among patients with prediabetes and diabetes, even as death rates for those without the conditions dropped. The study compared two groups of patients, one from 1988 to 1994, the other from 1999 to 2002. The mortality rate of patients with prediabetes grew from 11.19 to 14.02 deaths per 1,000 person-years, while the rate among diabetes patients grew from 20.34 to 20.82, according to a study in Population Health Metrics. Death rates among people without either condition fell over the same period, from 7.81 to 6.04. (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • Feds could step in to help some states run insurance exchanges
    If some states that were given conditional approval to set up health insurance exchanges are not be able to meet the Oct. 1 deadline for open enrollment, the federal government may need to get involved, HHS official Gary Cohen said. "I'm absolutely confident that every state will have an exchange that will be functioning and ready. The type of exchange may be different," Cohen said. Reuters (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • AANP president is panelist on Pro Health Care Briefing tomorrow
    AANP President Angela Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP, will join a prestigious panel tomorrow for the Pro Health Care Breakfast Briefing sponsored by Politico. Panel members joining Angie to discuss scope of practice include Wanda Filer, director, American Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors; Dan Hawkins, senior vice president, Public Policy and Research, National Association of Community Health Centers; Terie Norelli, president of the National Conference of State Legislatures and speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives; and Donna E. Shalala, former secretary, Department of Health and Human Services. The discussion will stream live on starting at 8 a.m. Eastern Time. Please participate by submitting questions via Twitter and referencing the #ProHCBB hashtag. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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