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November 30, 2012
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  Health Care News 
  • Study links smoking, drug and alcohol abuse to early stroke
    Researchers looked at the medical records of nearly 1,200 stroke patients ages 54 and younger in the U.S. and found that in 2005, the most recent year covered, more than half of were smokers, while 1 in 5 used illicit drugs. Researchers also found that 13% of them had used alcohol or drugs or alcohol within a day of their stroke. The study appeared in the journal Stroke. Reuters (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Healthy behavior may reduce heart risks in chronic kidney disease
    U.S. researchers tracked 3,670 patients with mild to moderate kidney disease and found that those who adopted a healthy lifestyle were 35% to 45% less likely to suffer from a cardiovascular problem or death. The study, presented at Kidney Week, revealed that healthy habits did not significantly lower the odds of chronic kidney disease progression. (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CDC: 5,245 sickened, 236 dead in West Nile outbreak
    CDC officials reported Wednesday that about 5,245 people have been affected by the West Nile virus outbreak, and the death toll has reached 236. Forty-eight states and Washington, D.C., have documented cases, but the outbreak has been concentrated in 11 states with 1,714 in Texas alone. HealthDay News (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Aspirin tied to lower risk of liver cancer, death from liver disease
    An analysis of data about aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug use by more than 300,000 people appears to indicate that using aspirin was linked to a 41% lower risk of liver cancer and a 45% reduced chance of dying from chronic liver disease. Although nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug use was linked to a 26% lower risk of dying from liver disease, it did not curb the likelihood of liver cancer, researchers said. The findings appear in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Tdap vaccine as safe and effective as Td vaccine in seniors
    The tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis vaccine was comparable in safety and efficacy with tetanus and diphtheria vaccine in patients ages 65 and older, according to a study published online in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. Tdap vaccine users showed no increased risk of adverse reactions including meningitis and encephalitis compared with Td users. Seniors who received the Tdap vaccine, however, were nearly four times more likely to develop generalized reaction and anaphylaxis and were more likely to need medical attention for allergic or inflammatory reactions within six days of vaccination. MedPage Today (free registration) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HIV drugs lower risk of recurrent malaria in children
    HIV-positive children who were treated with a combination of protease inhibitors lopinavir and ritonavir were less likely to have recurrent malaria than those who received non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, a study found. Researchers looked at more than 170 HIV-positive children in Uganda and noted that the protease inhibitor group had higher blood levels of antimalarial drugs than the NNRTI group. The findings appear in the New England Journal of Medicine. HealthDay News (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Americans fall short of USDA's nutritional recommendations
    Children and elderly people appeared to have healthier diets compared with younger and middle-aged adults, while Hispanics were more likely than blacks and whites to eat healthy food items, according to a study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. However, none of the groups came close to a perfect score of 100 based on the Department of Agriculture's recommended food intake, researchers said. Reuters (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • Agency sets comment period for stage 3 MU measures
    Comments on the CMS draft recommendations for stage 3 meaningful use objectives for the EHR incentive program may be submitted until Jan. 14, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Health care groups and providers may give input on objectives for meaningful use, quality metrics, and privacy and security measures. (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • AANP 2013 election call for nominations
    2013 will be a most exciting time to help lead the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Take a few minutes now to review the positions available for election and think about how you might be able to join with others in charting the course 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. Find more information and  begin the nomination process. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Raising awareness: Late preterm birth and nonmedically indicated inductions prior to 39 weeks
    On average, more than 900 late preterm babies are born every day in the United States, for a total of about a third of a million in a year (CDC, 2009). To learn more about the impact and effect of late preterm birth and nonmedically indicated inductions prior to 39 weeks, while earning free CE, go the AANP CE Center and view this program. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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