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Ketchikan Nurses, members of the Alaska Nurses Association, support the 4th of July Kid’s Parade.  [Read More... ]



People age 80 and older who underwent a hip or knee replacement procedure had an increased risk of suffering a heart attack shortly after than those who didn't get the surgery, according to a Dutch study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. However, researchers found that those younger than 60 didn't have a higher cardiovascular risk following the surgery. Yahoo!/Reuters (7/23)




U.S. researchers found that continuous positive airway pressure is just as effective for treating mild and moderate sleep apnea and daytime sleepiness as it is for severe obstructive sleep apnea. The study appeared in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. DailyRx.com (7/22)



A study presented at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society revealed undergoing laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy with ileal interposition and stapling helped diabetes patients attain remission and reduce medication requirements. Significant improvements in BMI and hypertension were also observed. InternalMedicineNews.com (7/20)




The World Health Organization recommended a concept called pre-exposure prophylaxis, or use of HIV drugs by HIV-negative people at high risk of acquiring the virus. "WHO is encouraging countries wishing to introduce [pre-exposure prophylaxis] to first establish small projects to help public health workers to better understand and realize its potential benefits," the U.N. agency said. Reuters (7/20)



Almost 18,000 whooping cough cases and nine deaths have been reported in the U.S. so far this year, setting the country on pace for the highest rates of the disease in the last 50 years, CDC officials said on Thursday. In Washington state alone there were more than 3,000 cases of whooping cough, prompting officials to declare an epidemic. WebMD



Jul
19
2012
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Surveys from 2006 to 2010 of 345,076 women ages 18 to 44 found that 7.6% of pregnant women said they had at least one drink of alcohol in the past month. College graduates and women ages 35 to 44 had the highest rates of alcohol use among pregnant women, CDC researchers said. Reuters (7/19)



Data on 866 men with type 2 diabetes showed those who were physically fit -- whether they had left ventricular hypertrophy or not -- had a lower mortality risk than those who had low physical activity levels. The findings were presented at the Endocrine Society's annual meeting. InternalMedicineNews.com (7/19)




Heart attack, stroke and high blood pressure were more common among women who reported having high-stress jobs, according to a study published in PLoS One. The analysis was based on data about 22,000 health professionals in the Women's Health Study. MyHealthNewsDaily.com (7/18)



Vitamin E intake from diet and supplements significantly reduced the likelihood of developing liver cancer in patients ages 40 to 70, a Chinese study found. Researchers said the link between vitamin E intake and liver cancer seemed stronger in women and was consistent in patients with and without liver disease or a family history of liver cancer. The findings appear on the website of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. MedPage Today




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