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April 19, 2012
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  Health Care News 
  • FDA: Batches of generic ultrasound gel are contaminated
    The FDA issued a safety communication advising hospitals, clinics and health care providers to immediately stop using Pharmaceutical Innovations' Other-Sonic Generic Ultrasound Transmission Gel, lot numbers 060111, 090111 and 120111, due to a risk of bacterial infection. The lots were found to have been contaminated with Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Klebsiella oxytoca. News (4/18), MedPage Today (free registration) (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pancreas-kidney transplant doesn't boost survival in type 2 diabetes
    Data on 6,416 type 2 diabetes patients revealed those who underwent simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplantation had an 82% five-year survival rate compared with 75.5% in those who had deceased-donor kidney transplantation alone. However, researchers said the difference was related to younger donor and recipients ages in the SPK group. The study also found that the five-year death-censored graft survival was 86.2% in SPK recipients and 82.6% in those who had DDKA, a non-significant difference. The findings appear in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Renal and Urology News (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Mediterranean diet, exercise improve metabolic syndrome
    People with metabolic syndrome who follow a Mediterranean diet plus a moderate- to high-intensity exercise regimen have greater improvement in health-related quality-of-life measures and lose more weight compared with those on the diet who do not exercise, according to a Spanish study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. Olive Oil Times (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Testosterone supplements may benefit heart failure patients
    A meta-analysis showed improved breathing and exercise capacity among patients with moderate to severe chronic heart failure after taking testosterone supplements. Researchers failed to find any significant side effects from taking the supplements. The findings appear in the journal Circulation: Heart Failure. (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links liver insulin resistance to CVD risk in men
    Finnish researchers found that liver insulin resistance index was more closely linked to total cholesterol, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein and total triglyceride levels than whole-body insulin sensitivity in men. The findings in the Journal of Internal Medicine suggest that liver IR index may serve as a cardiovascular disease marker in men, researchers said. News (4/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Helicopter transport boosts survival odds for trauma patients
    Severely injured patients who were transported to trauma centers via helicopter had a higher chance of survival than those taken by ambulance, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Although it remains unclear why medical helicopters improved survival, lead author Dr. Samuel Galvagno Jr. of the University of Maryland School of Medicine cited speed and the on-board care team as possible factors. Reuters (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Fibrates increase risk of kidney damage, research finds
    A study in Annals of Internal Medicine found that new fibrate users were more likely to visit a kidney specialist or be admitted to a hospital due to high serum creatinine levels, a sign of kidney damage, than patients who take another cholesterol drug, ezetimibe. Out of almost 20,000 fibrate users, slightly more than 9% experienced at least a 50% rise in serum creatinine levels compared with 0.3% of more than 60,000 ezetimibe users. The risk of dialysis for severe acute kidney injury was same for the two groups. (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Mobile app manages patients, aids provider collaboration
    NIIT Healthcare Technologies recently confirmed the availability of its MASH mobile platform, equipped with a secure messaging feature that clinicians can use to communicate with each other. The iPad platform was designed to boost alliance among providers, lessen accounts receivable time and accelerate the check-in time of patients by 80%. Patients can also use the application to find their way around medical facilities, pay their bills and make appointments. (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • FDA: Providers must stop buying drugs from unlicensed sources
    The FDA issued warning letters to providers in 12 states urging them to stop buying drugs from foreign or unlicensed sources that sell illegal medications. "These medical practices are putting patients at risk of exposure to medications that may be counterfeit, contaminated, improperly stored and transported, ineffective, and dangerous," according to the agency. Medscape (free registration) (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • Fun in Orlando
    When you join us in Orlando for AANP's 27th National Conference, June 20 to 24, at the Orange County Convention Center on International Drive, you will be right in the heart of local restaurants, hotels, theme parks, shopping, entertainment and more. Home to six major theme parks and 22 additional attractions, the I-Drive Resort Area is perfect for a visit packed with fun. Register now for the conference! Workshops have limited seating and are filling quickly. Upon payment and completion of registration, your receipt will contain a link to AANP Housing and the Access Code (attendee code) for viewing of hotel options and booking online at one of the various conference hotels within AANP Block. AANP has arranged for discounted conference rates at all conference hotels. These rates will be honored for reservations that occur any nights, June 16 to 26, based on availability. Register for the conference. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Treatment of Lung Cancer
    A free Connect® Workshop for people living with lung cancer, their families, friends and healthcare professionals, will be held on Friday from 1:30 to 2:30 pm Eastern Time. Register online for this free workshop at or call (800) 813-HOPE (4673). LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AANP CareerLink is nationwide
    Whether you're actively searching or just curious, AANP CareerLink is the place to see available opportunities. New opportunities are added frequently and not one is to be missed! Sign up for Job Alerts and link yourself to opportunities matching your location and discipline preferences. Every time a new opportunity is added you will instantly receive an e-mail with a link to the opportunity. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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