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January 30, 2013
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  • Erectile dysfunction tied to heart disease risk
    Researchers looked at data on more than 95,000 men ages 45 and older and found that those with moderate or severe erectile dysfunction had an up to 50% higher risk of being hospitalized for heart problems. Having a history of heart disease further increased the risk of hospitalization. The study was published in the journal PLoS Medicine. HealthDay News (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lower hypoglycemia risk seen with closed-loop delivery system
    A dual-hormone closed-loop delivery system fared better than traditional pump treatment in improving glycemic control and curbing hypoglycemia risk in diabetes patients, researchers wrote in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The system also helped increase how long patients spent at target plasma glucose levels, they added. Healio/Endocrine Today (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study supports lumpectomy plus radiation in early breast cancer
    Women with stage I or II breast cancer who underwent lumpectomy with radiation had a greater chance of surviving than those treated with mastectomy, an analysis of 112,154 cases found. A greater rate of death due to heart disease and other illnesses may indicate the mastectomy group was in poorer health, but a researcher said the findings should reassure women who choose lumpectomy. The study will be reported in the journal Cancer. (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BP, cholesterol control may curb admissions in diabetes
    Data on 26,636 type 2 diabetes patients showed those with poor control over A1C, systolic blood pressure and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, as well as those with only good A1C control, had the highest rate of cardiovascular disease-related hospitalizations after 5.6 years. Those whose three risk factors were well-controlled had the lowest hospitalization rates. The findings appear in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. News (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Pregnant women should be vaccinated against whooping cough
    In response to a spike in the number of pertussis cases last year, the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that teenage and adult women get a booster dose of TDaP vaccine during each pregnancy. The updated childhood and adolescent immunization schedule published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and the journal Pediatrics suggested that mild allergic reactions to eggs should no longer be a barrier for flu vaccination. HealthDay News (1/28), WebMD (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Few migraine medications for adults are effective in children
    Data from 21 trials of migraine drugs for adults showed that only topiramate and trazodone significantly reduced the frequency of headaches among children and teens who experience regular migraines. Placebos alone yielded good outcomes in children, effectively reducing headaches per month from between five to six to just three, researchers reported in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. Reuters (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Some nursing schools put focus on doctoral programs
    Some nursing schools are focused on doctoral rather than master's programs for training advanced practice nurses, said Susan Kimble, clinical associate professor and MSN and DNP program director at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing. Judith Fitzgerald Miller, dean of the University of Missouri's Sinclair School of Nursing, said advanced practice nurses will need doctorates "in this complex health care environment." The Kansas City Nursing News (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Changing roles lead more nurses toward advanced degrees
    The need for more primary care providers and an unstable economy are among the factors driving nurses in Indiana and other states to seek advanced degrees and to work in settings such as outpatient clinics, home care and community health centers. The need for nurses with advanced degrees will further increase under the Affordable Care Act, said Kimberly Harper, director of the Indiana Center for Nursing. "When more people have access to insurance, there will be an increase in people seeking care, especially primary care," Harper said. Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Ind.) (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • Reps call for FDA to reclassify hydrocodone drugs
    Reps. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., and Edward Markey, D-Mass., have urged the FDA to reclassify painkillers containing hydrocodone from Schedule III to Schedule II. The move would limit the quantity of pills that could be dispensed at one time and would mandate a written prescription for the frequently abused drugs. The Hill/RegWatch blog (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • Vaccine conversations with parents
    These materials will help health care professionals (HCPs) stay current on vaccine topics; strengthen communication with parents; and share up-to-date, easy-to-use information about vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases with parents. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    There are normally 25-30 articles posted online ahead of print in Early View. Articles posted in Early View are considered fully published and can be cited with the DOI number, which is prominently displayed in the citation information. There is no need to wait for articles to appear in print with JAANP Early View. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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