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December 31, 2012
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  • Governors' report supports NPs' scope of practice
    Nurse practitioners and physicians offer comparable quality of care in terms of patient satisfaction, prescribing accuracy, preventive education and time spent with patients, according to a review of the literature by the National Governors Association. "The Role of Nurse Practitioners in Meeting Increasing Demand for Primary Care" found that increasing use of nurse practitioners would not lower quality of care and that it could lead to greater access to care. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chance of sudden cardiac death rises with prediabetes
    An analysis of data on 2,641 middle-aged men found sudden cardiac death was 1.51 times as likely for those with prediabetes than those with normal glucose levels. For men with type 2 diabetes, the risk was 2.86 times greater. The results appear in Diabetes Care. DailyRx.com (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Weak heart may raise depression risk in men, study finds
    Having poor cardiovascular health at age 18 increases by nearly twofold a man's risk of being admitted for major depression later in life, according to a study of more than 1 million men in Sweden. Data showed that the poorer the cardiovascular fitness, the greater the risk of depression. The findings appeared in the British Journal of Psychiatry. DailyRx.com (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Intensive care linked to higher dementia risk in seniors
    Stays in the intensive care unit were associated with increased risk of dementia in seniors, according to a study in the journal Critical Care. Researchers examined 25,368 Medicare patients and found that 17.8% developed dementia during the course of the study. Those with certain infections or short-term cognitive issues or those who received dialysis in the ICU faced higher likelihood of developing dementia. The association may highlight a need to more closely monitor certain patients for memory problems. DailyRx.com (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Children's hospitals are increasingly handling severe chronic diseases
    Records from 28 urban children's hospitals show a significant increase in hospitalizations from 2004 to 2009, with chronically ill children registering greater increases in admissions than those without a chronic condition. Patients with a severe chronic condition involving at least two body systems had the highest increase in hospitalizations, according to a study in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Analysis: Baby boomers to benefit from health care overhaul
    Baby boomers nearing retirement stand to benefit the most from the health care law, according to this article. The Affordable Care Act will prevent coverage denial for those with pre-existing conditions, remove lifetime and annual dollar limits, and limit the ability of insurers to charge people more based on their age. Although there is no guarantee of lower costs, exchanges will provide a competitive one-stop marketplace for health insurance. USA Today (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Happy 2013 from AANP
    The AANP office is closed today, Dec. 31, and tomorrow, Jan. 1. The AANP Board of Directors and staff wish you and your family and friends a happy, healthy and safe holiday. We will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 9 a.m. CST as the "new" AANP -- American Association of Nurse Practitioners. We thank you for your past support and look forward to working with you in 2013. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Call for nominations -- deadline Jan. 26
    The 2013 Call for Nominations is open now through Jan. 26. AANP and ACNP members in good standing for the 12 months prior to Nov. 26, 2012, (the 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 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. Learn more information and begin the nomination process. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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