Whooping cough epidemic hits Washington state | Study: Low adiponectin level increases asthma risk in women | Visual attention problems may predict children's risk for dyslexia
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April 9, 2012
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Whooping cough epidemic hits Washington state
The number of whooping cough cases reached epidemic levels in Washington state with 640 cases reported in 23 counties as of March 31, compared with 94 at the same time last year, according to the state's Department of Health. In a news release, health officials said that the numbers could put the state "on-pace to have the highest number of reported cases in decades." CBS News/Healthpop blog (4/4), CNN/The Chart blog (4/4)
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Study: Low adiponectin level increases asthma risk in women
An analysis of data from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults study found that middle-aged women with low blood adiponectin levels had a twofold higher risk of developing asthma. The risk was particularly high among those who smoked. The findings appeared online in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (4/6)
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Visual attention problems may predict children's risk for dyslexia
Italian researchers assessed the visual spatial attention of children for three years and found that those with visual attention deficits also experienced reading problems. They said that simple visual attention activities would be helpful for the early detection of dyslexia. The findings appear in the journal Current Biology. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (4/5)
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Cognitive therapy reduces severity of psychotic symptoms
U.K. researchers found that combining cognitive therapy with monitoring isn't more effective than monitoring alone in lowering the risk of developing psychosis among high-risk individuals, but it can significantly reduce the frequency and severity of symptoms among those who developed the condition. The study appeared online in BMJ. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (4/6)
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Men who skip breakfast are more likely to develop diabetes
Data on about 30,000 men showed that those who regularly skipped breakfast were 21% more likely to develop diabetes, despite having a healthy diet and body weight, than those who do not skip their morning meals. The findings appear in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Yahoo!/Indo-Asian News Service (4/7)
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Diabetes plus MI raises in-hospital mortality in patients
A study presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology revealed diabetes patients hospitalized for myocardial infarction were more likely to experience in-hospital stroke, recurrent MI, and heart failure or pulmonary edema than MI patients who did not have diabetes. Researchers also found diabetes patients with MI face an 18% higher risk of in-hospital mortality than those without diabetes. Family Practice News (4/5)
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Pharmaceutical News
Updated label touts Victoza's superiority for type 2 diabetes
Novo Nordisk said the FDA is updating labeling for Victoza to include a clinical finding that the type 2 diabetes medicine is superior to Merck & Co.'s Januvia in terms of glucose control and weight loss. The label also reflects approved use of Victoza in combination with basal insulin. Reuters (4/6)
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HIV-positive patients on ART have increased heart risk
Patients with HIV who were on antiretroviral therapy and did not have known cardiac disease had higher arterial inflammation compared with individuals without the disease, according to an FDG-PET study presented at a meeting on retroviruses. This increased arterial inflammation in patients on ART could lead to increased cardiovascular disease, said researcher Dr. Steven Grinspoon from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. "Strategies to target this inflammation, in addition to targeting traditional risk factors, including potential strategies to reduce monocyte activation, may be useful and should be investigated," Grinspoon said. Family Practice News (4/5)
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Sales of 2 addictive painkillers continue to grow, analysis finds
An analysis of Drug Enforcement Administration records found that sales of the painkillers hydrocodone and oxycodone have soared in areas of the U.S. where the drugs were not as prominent before. The trend is attributed to an aging population with pain and clinicians' willingness to prescribe, said Gregory Bunt, medical director at New York rehabilitation clinic Daytop Village. Addiction is also a factor, as users become physically dependent and start "doctor shopping" to get more prescriptions. MSNBC/The Associated Press (4/5)
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Allscripts enhances EHR access with Wand mobile app
Allscripts officials recently launched Wand, an application for iPad that enables EHR users to connect to the most-used features of the company's Professional and Enterprise technologies. User experience designers and developers applied the Human Performance Modeling technique in creating the app's interface to allow clinicians to access patient status and appointment lists, get medical data quickly and transmit electronic prescriptions to pharmacies. Healthcare IT News (4/5)
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Health Policy and Legislative News
Senators press CMS to finalize sunshine law by June
Sens. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, wrote a letter to CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner asking the agency to release its final rule on the Sunshine Act no later than June so partial collection of data can begin. The legislation mandates that payments made by drug and medical device firms to doctors and other health care providers be reported to the CMS. MassDevice.com (Boston) (4/6)
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AANP 2012 election results
Congratulations to the winners of the AANP 2012 election. The two-year term of office begins on June 20 at the close of the 2012 AANP Annual Membership Meeting in Orlando. View the results of the election here.
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AANP 27th National Conference -- register now!
The theme of the AANP 27th National Conference -- Your Patient's Health Starts With You! -- resonates throughout the conference's keynotes, general sessions and concurrent sessions. Dr. James O. Prochaska, internationally recognized for his work as a creator of the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change that integrates stages, processes and levels of change, will provide the opening keynote Enhancing Your Patients Health and Well-Being at Each Stage of Change. Friday afternoon's General Session, Be the Best You Can Be: Take Charge of Your Professional Health, will focus on the many facets of professional health. AANP leaders will assist nationally known image consultant Janet Cargill to explore this topic. Dr. Holly Atkinson will provide Sunday's closing keynote, The Five Keys to Best Health, focusing on how to achieve maximum health in this informative, funny and inspirational session. With degrees in both medicine and journalism, Dr. Atkinson is chief medical officer and senior medical correspondent for HealthiNation and a frequent medical correspondent on national broadcast networks. The conference will be held June 20 to 24 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. A copy of the registration brochure is available here. If you are not an AANP member, we encourage you to join while registering for the conference to take advantage of the great member registration discounts! Register for the conference.
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