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April 25, 2012
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  • Weightlifting leads to cognitive gains in older women, study finds
    Older women with mild cognitive problems who lifted weights performed better on memory tasks compared with a control group that worked only on balance and stretching, a University of British Columbia study found. Researchers reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine that another group of women who did aerobic training gained fitness but achieved no cognitive benefit. MedPage Today (free registration) (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Experts use clamp data to develop insulin resistance cutoff
    Researchers who looked at hyperinsulinemic-euglycemic clamp data found true insulin resistance in 75% of participants with a glucose disposal rate of less than 5.6 mg/kg fat-free mass + 17.7 min. The study in Diabetes Care found the homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance values showed an 89% sensitivity and 67% specificity in predicting insulin resistance in participants. News (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fewer Americans have high cholesterol despite obesity
    CDC officials reported that despite a continued rise in obesity rates, only 13.4% of U.S. adults between 2009 and 2010 had high total cholesterol levels, compared with 18.3% of adults 10 years earlier. Increasing use of cholesterol-lowering drugs played a significant role in reducing cholesterol levels, but other factors, such as reduced smoking rates, also contributed to the decline, experts said. National Public Radio/Shots blog (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Degludec fares better than glargine in glucose control
    Type 2 diabetes patients who took insulin degludec showed lower rates of overall hypoglycemic episodes per year than their counterparts who received insulin glargine, according to two Phase III studies in The Lancet. Researchers also found that patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes who were on degludec treatment had a 25% reduction in nocturnal hypoglycemia rates compared with those who took glargine. Medical News Today (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study looks at effects of low-, high-dose statins on diabetes
    Patients who were on high-dose statin treatment did not appear to have a higher risk of developing new-onset diabetes compared with their counterparts who were on low-/moderate-dose statin therapy, an analysis found. Larger prospective studies are needed to examine the risks and benefits of long-term statin use in people at high risk of diabetes, the study's lead author said. The results were presented at the World Congress of Cardiology 2012. Medscape (free registration) (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Budesonide/formoterol inhaler is effective for black teens
    A study of 742 black teens and adults diagnosed with moderate to severe asthma showed that budesonide/formoterol pressurized metered-dose inhaler had the same cardiovascular safety outcomes as that of budesonide therapy alone. However, the number of patients with a heart rate more than 100 beats per minute or an increase of 20 or more beats was greater in BUD/FM group than the BUD alone group, researchers reported at an American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology meeting. Family Practice News (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Botox has limited effect on infrequent headaches in study
    Botulinum toxin might benefit people with chronic migraines but not those with less frequent headaches, according to a study. An Allergan representative noted the FDA's approval of Botox for chronic migraines but not episodic headaches. Reuters (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • Texting parents might increase children's flu vaccination rates
    The use of text messaging to educate parents about flu vaccination increased immunization among children, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. About 44% of children whose parents were texted were vaccinated, compared with 40% of those whose parents were not texted. Yahoo!/Reuters (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  AANP News 
  • The perfect NP job is more accessible than you might think
    Here at AANP, we believe that your ability to achieve success within your field -- both professionally and personally -- is paramount to your overall happiness. Don't limit yourself to potential jobs by a referral or networking on your own. Keep all of your options open by visiting AANP CareerLink, a comprehensive online career center for nurse practitioners alike. Your perfect NP position is more accessible than you might think! Start your search at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition
    The Know Your Dose campaign is designed to education consumers and patients on how to use acetaminophen-containing medications safely. Visit to learn more about the initiative and to obtain a free education toolkit.  LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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