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April 24, 2012
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  Health Care News 
  • Study: Thyroid problem raises risk of dying, atrial fibrillation
    Patients with subclinical hyperthyroidism had a 68% greater risk of developing atrial fibrillation, making them at higher risk for stroke, according to an analysis of 10 studies. Researchers also found that patients with the thyroid problem were at 24% greater risk of premature death and 29% greater risk of death from heart-related conditions. The findings appeared online in Archives of Internal Medicine. HealthDay News (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Premature babies benefit from early milk feeding, study finds
    University of Oxford researchers examined 400 premature babies and found that initiating milk feeds within the first 24 to 48 hours following birth would be beneficial. They also found no statistical significant difference in the number of preemies who suffered severe bowel disorders including necrotising enterocolitis. The findings appear in the journal Pediatrics. BBC (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Researchers advise pediatric providers on radiation dosing
    An evaluation of data for more than 350,000 U.S. children found that 42.5% had undergone at least one radiologic test in three years. The review, published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology, also found that on average, a pediatric patient will have undergone seven radiologic tests by the age of 18. Pediatric providers need to have a basic knowledge of radiation dosing and risks and how to reduce them, as well as how to discuss the issue with patients and families, researchers said. (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links impaired fasting glucose to severe ED in men
    Data on 3,451 men with sexual dysfunction showed those with impaired fasting glucose faced a greater risk of severe erectile dysfunction, reduced penile blood flow and overt hypogonadism than those who had normal blood glucose levels. Men with IFG also had a higher overall cardiovascular risk than their normoglycemic counterparts. The findings appear in The Journal of Sexual Medicine. News (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ohio NPs shoulder growing primary care patient load
    There are 16 nurse practitioners in Crawford County, Ohio, providing primary health care to a growing number of patients as more physicians graduate medical school and enter specialty practices. NP Cindy Barlage says she wanted to do more for patients, to "not only be part of their treatment but to also be able to diagnose and educate them on their illness and treatments." Telegraph-Forum (Bucyrus, Ohio) (4/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Migraine guidelines cover prevention treatments
    The American Academy of Neurology and the American Headache Society released new guidelines on treatments to prevent migraines. The guidance lists drugs that can reduce the frequency and severity of migraine attacks, as well as appropriate migraine medications for people with conditions such as epilepsy and depression. The guidelines appear in the journal Neurology. HealthDay News (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Herpes zoster vaccine is safe for shingles prevention
    The herpes zoster vaccine prevented shingles in patients without causing cardiovascular risk or other serious adverse effects, according to a study of 193,083 adults published in the Journal of Internal Medicine. Lead researcher Hung Fu Tseng said the study "supports the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices' recommendation and reassures the general public that the vaccine is safe." Medical News Today (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Aspirin reduces Asian women's risk of lung cancer, study finds
    Asian women who took aspirin at least twice weekly had a much lower lung cancer risk regardless of their history of tobacco use, a study published in Lung Cancer found. Lead researcher Wei-Yen Lim said there could be factors besides education, age, and fruit and vegetable intake that could explain the reduced risk. Chicago Tribune/Reuters (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ARB-treated women have higher risk of new-onset diabetes
    Hypertensive women who were prescribed angiotensin receptor blockers were 93% more likely to develop new-onset diabetes compared with those who received angiotensin-converting-enzyme inhibitors, a study in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension revealed. More study is needed, but the findings may aid in decision-making among clinicians, the lead researcher said. (U.K.) (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • 4 free mobile apps to track users' health and fitness
    A range of free iOS and Android applications is available to help users keep track of their health and fitness. The applications include The Eatery, which enables users to take pictures of their meal and assess its general healthfulness, and the CardioTrainer, which helps exercisers monitor their progress during workouts. PCWorld (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • CMS says health care law will save Medicare $200B through 2016
    The Affordable Care Act will save Medicare enrollees $208 billion through 2020 and the federal government $200 billion through 2016, according to data from a CMS actuary report. "In some instances, the private sector is leading to improve the way care is delivered," said Rick Gilfillan, director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. USA TODAY (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • Implications of REMS for NPs
    Complete this CE program captured during the 2011 AANP National Conference to learn about Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies, particularly proposed rules regarding prescribing long-acting and sustained-release opioids. Implications of REMS is approved for 1.25 pharmacology contact hours. Take advantage of this newly released CE activity and explore other available programs at AANP's CE Center. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Advances in the Treatment of Metastatic Colorectal Cancer
    A free Connect® Workshop for people living with metastatic colorectal cancer, their families, friends and health care professionals, will be held on Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register online for this free workshop at or call (800) 813-HOPE (4673). LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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