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March 13, 2013
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  Health Care News 
 
  • Apnea treatment outcomes good for trained nonspecialists
    Sleep apnea patients treated by primary care nurses and doctors with appropriate training had outcomes comparable to those treated by specialists, researchers in Australia found. "We're suggesting that with the right training and motivation (sleep apnea) can be taken care of at the primary care level with the help of specialists," the study's lead author said. The findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Reuters (3/12), HealthDay News (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Better diabetes management seen with Chronic Care Model
    The Chronic Care Model, which gives patients tracking systems and self-management skills, showed efficacy in diabetes care and helped boost patient data management and provider responses to clinical data, researchers reported in the CDC's Preventing Chronic Disease journal. Further evaluation may enable health care personnel and administrators to decide how to better coordinate the model with primary care initiatives for diabetes patients. Healio (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: PTSD patients show higher metabolic syndrome rates
    Data on 207,954 VA patients showed those with post-traumatic stress disorder had greater incidence of insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome compared with those who did not have a PTSD diagnosis. "This is a disorder that needs to be looked at and treated as a public health problem," said Dr. Ramin Ebrahimi, who discussed the findings at the American College of Cardiology meeting. Healio/Endocrine Today (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Regular aspirin use may reduce melanoma risk in older women
    U.S. researchers looked at data from the Women's Health Initiative involving almost 60,000 white women and found that those who took aspirin regularly were 21% less likely to develop melanoma than nonusers. The longer aspirin was used, the lower their risk, according to the study in the journal Cancer. The reduced risk could be attributed to the anti-inflammatory properties of aspirin, lead author Dr. Jean Tang said. Nurse.com (3/11), HealthDay News (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Antipsychotic drugs may not benefit depressed patients, study says
    Researchers analyzed data from 14 studies and found that antipsychotic drugs provide only a small benefit in improving depression symptoms and little or no benefit in enhancing the quality of life of depressed patients for whom antidepressants weren't enough. Patients who received antipsychotic medications also experienced side effects such as sleepiness and restlessness, researchers found. The study appeared online in the journal PLoS Medicine. HealthDay News (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prenatal use of diabetes drugs doesn't affect infant size
    Australian researchers looked at 478 women with gestational diabetes mellitus who were treated with either metformin or insulin and found little difference in circulating maternal and neonatal markers of metabolic status for the two groups. The study in Diabetes Care also found no differences in measures of offspring birth weight between the groups. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Poll finds decreasing satisfaction among EHR users
    The number of EHR users who said they are satisfied with the technology dropped 12% between 2010 and 2012, according to an analysis of multiple surveys involving 4,279 respondents by the American College of Physicians and AmericanEHR Partners. Issues tied to ease of use, workflows and patient care enhancement were cited as the biggest concerns surrounding EHRs. Healthcare Informatics online (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • Vt.'s Welch unveils bill to let HHS negotiate Medicare drug prices
    Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., are sponsoring legislation calling for the HHS to negotiate the prices of Medicare drugs. The Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act could reduce spending by $156 billion over a decade, Welch said. "It's just plain common sense that the federal government should put its enormous purchasing power to work to get a better deal on Medicare prescription drugs," Welch said. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • Opportunity for NP authors
    Do you have a practice focus on gastrointestinal or musculoskeletal issues? If so, we currently have an open call for manuscripts for the upcoming issues of our new online, peer-reviewed CE publication, NP Professional Practice Compendium. See the table below for topics and associated deadlines. To learn more about the requirements and the process for submission, access the Compendium Call for Manuscripts or e-mail compendium@aanp.org. We plan to announce the topics for the fall and winter edition soon. Gastrointestinal: March 29. Musculoskeletal: June 28. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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