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March 6, 2013
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  • CDC warns of deadly, antibiotic-resistant bacteria
    CDC data show that in the first half of 2012, 4% of U.S. hospitals and 18% of nursing homes had at least one case of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, a deadly bacteria resistant to even the strongest antibiotics. The CDC urged facilities to stop the spread of the bacteria by enforcing infection-control policies, grouping CRE patients together, alerting hospitals when these patients are transferred and using antibiotics judiciously. USA Today (3/5), HealthDay News (3/5), The Washington Post (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study supports screening to reduce advanced colon cancer risk
    A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed people who underwent colonoscopy in the past 10 years were 71% less likely to develop advanced colon cancer than those who did not receive screening. Researchers found those who had sigmoidoscopy had a 50% reduced risk of colon cancer, but they noted sigmoidoscopy was associated with prevention of advanced tumors on only one side of the colon. Reuters (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Diabetes patients have higher depression, anxiety risks
    Data on 2,981 adults showed those with osteoarthritis or diabetes had a twofold increased risk of long-term depressive or anxiety symptoms than those who had other chronic physical disorders. The findings were published in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dietary fiber has digestive and heart benefits, NP says
    Adding fiber to the diet helps the digestive system and promotes heart health, says nurse practitioner Jody Gilchrist of the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Soluble fibers increase satiety and reduce cholesterol, while insoluble fiber can help prevent constipation by adding bulk to the digestive system. Gilchrist advises increasing fiber consumption gradually and drinking lots of water. HealthDay News (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Special Program: Hypertension for the Primary Care Clinician at ASH 2013
The American Society of Hypertension, Inc. (ASH) is holding its 28th Annual Scientific Meeting, May 15 - 18, 2013 at the San Francisco Marriott. The program is designed to enhance the translation of basic and applied research into effective treatment strategies and includes a special 2-day program on Hypertension for Nurse Practitioners. Register here!
  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Study rejects link between newer RA drugs, higher shingles risk
    Researchers looked at data on nearly 60,000 people with autoimmune diseases and found that those who took anti-tumor necrosis factor drugs and disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs were no more likely to develop shingles. More than 10 milligrams of corticosteroids daily, however, was linked twice the risk of shingles. The findings appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association. HealthDay News (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Poll: Americans back government efforts to boost health
    About 80% of Americans support government initiatives that aim to reduce childhood obesity, while 84% say the government should help diabetes patients better manage their condition, a survey in Health Affairs indicates. The survey also found that 84% said the government should make it easier to afford fruits and vegetables, 89% said children should get more lessons on the health risks of obesity, and 88% said schools should provide least 45 minutes of physical education daily for children. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/Booster Shots blog (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 22 patient safety measures backed by AHRQ
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality published in a supplement in the Annals of Internal Medicine 10 strategies for improving patient safety that should be adopted immediately and an additional 12 strategies that are encouraged. Among those strongly encouraged for immediate use are preoperative and anesthesia checklists, hand hygiene, and interventions for reducing urinary catheter use. News (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AANP News 
  • March issue of JAANP now online
    The latest issue of JAANP includes new research about contraceptive decision-making; an ACNP intensivist team model to enhance care delivery in an ICU; the impact of organizational climate in primary care settings on NP practice; provider adherence to obesity treatment guidelines in primary care; and new research on tissue-selective estrogen complex in the management of menopausal symptoms. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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