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PAs ranked as top job by US News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report
As the U.S. job market improves, U.S. News & World Report recently released the 2016 Best Jobs rankings to help job seekers at every level take advantage of new opportunities and make smarter career decisions. Healthcare related jobs dominate the list of the 100 Best Jobs and PAs are in the top 10 — placing at #5 for "Best 100 Jobs" and #4 for best in healthcare. See what U.S. News Report has to say about the promising future for PAs.
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Applications open for AAPA Awards
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Do you know an exceptional PA who demonstrates exemplary service to the PA profession and the community? AAPA's Awards recognize PAs who have worked tirelessly on behalf of patients and the profession. Among the categories are the Humanitarian Award, Military Service Award, Preceptor of the Year and the Eugene A. Stead Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award. Applications are due by Feb. 15. Apply today.
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Be recognized as a Distinguished Fellow
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Stand out — become a Distinguished Fellow of AAPA! Learn more about how you can be a part of AAPA's special recognition program, representing the very best in the profession.
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CLINICAL PRACTICE
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After heart surgery, house calls by PAs help
HealthDay News
Heart surgery patients who receive home visits from PAs are less likely to be readmitted to the hospital, a new study finds. They also have lower overall healthcare costs, the researchers said. The study followed nearly 1,200 people after heart surgery. In the week after leaving the hospital, some patients received two home visits from cardiac surgery PAs involved in their care, while those in a "control" group received no visits.
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Smokers with STEMI more apt to see intramyocardial bleed
MedPage Today
Smoking was tied to intramyocardial hemorrhage following reperfusion of ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), a study found. STEMI patients with smoking habits were more than twice as likely as their nonsmoking counterparts to have baseline intramyocardial hemorrhage (OR 2.17, 95 percent CI 1.17-4.00), reported Rolf Symons, MD, of University Hospitals Leuven in Belgium, and colleagues in European Heart Journal.
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Fecal immunochemical test screening effective at 4 years
Medscape
The fecal immunochemical test (FIT) is highly effective for annual colorectal cancer screening programs for average-risk patients, according to results of a study published online Jan. 26 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. FIT offers several advantages over guaiac-based fecal occult blood tests for colorectal cancer and has a sensitivity of 79 percent for a single use, but its utility has not been evaluated for repeated screenings over time.
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HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGY
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Powerful handheld microscope to spot cancer cells during surgery
Medgadget
Biopsies and tumor removals typically require sending intra-operative tissue samples to the pathology lab for evaluation under a microscope. This takes time and is often detrimental to the patients, resulting in the removal of healthy tissues, longer time under anesthesia and other concerns. Researchers at University of Washington, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Stanford University, and the Barrow Neurological Institute have been working on a hand-held microscope that would be able to let surgeons assess tissues right inside the OR.
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Clinicians embrace 3-D printers to solve unique clinical challenges
JAMA
For a young child with epilepsy, the daily chore of taking pills can be difficult, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's August approval of a 3D-printed quick-dissolving version of levetiracetam may ease that burden. The approval is the latest evidence that 3-D printing is taking off in medicine as a way to overcome patient-specific challenges. In addition to manufacturers, clinicians themselves are increasingly collaborating with designers and engineers to use 3-D printers to tackle unique clinical challenges.
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PHARMACEUTICAL NEWS
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PD-1 blockade for mismatch repair-deficient GI tumors shows responses
Targeted Oncology
Mismatch repair-deficient gastrointestinal tumors are highly responsive to checkpoint blockade with anti–PD-1 therapy. Treatment with the anti–PD-1 agent, pembrolizumab, produced an objective response rate of 47 percent in a phase II trial of patients with noncolorectal GI cancers, reported Dung T. Le, MD, at the 2016 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium. Mismatch repair-deficient tumors harbor thousands of mutations that may produce neoantigens that can be recognized and targeted by T cells, leading to the hypothesis that immune augmentation with PD-1 blockade could be highly effective in mismatch repair-deficient tumors.
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Epilepsy drug may help against MS
San Diego Union-Tribune
Phenytoin, one of the oldest and most commonly prescribed epilepsy drugs, reduces damage from a complication of multiple sclerosis, according to a patient study. Damage from optic neuritis was reduced by 30 percent in the study of 86 patients, according to the study, published in the Lancet Neurology. The study was led by Raj Kapoor, MD, from the University College London Institute of Neurology in England. If results are confirmed, it could mean that the drug could be useful not only in alleviating vision impairment, but damage in the rest of the central nervous system.
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Screening for depression recommended for adults, including pregnant and postpartum women
Medical Xpress
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is recommending screening for depression in the general adult population, including pregnant and postpartum women, and that screening should be implemented with adequate systems in place to ensure accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and appropriate follow-up. The report appears in the Jan. 26 issue of JAMA. This recommendation is a USPSTF grade B recommendation, meaning that there is high certainty that the net benefit is moderate, or there is moderate certainty that the net benefit is moderate to substantial.
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Mechanical stimulation shown to repair muscle
Harvard Gazette
Muscle regeneration through mechanical stimulation may one day replace or enhance drug- and cell-based regenerative treatments, according to a new study by a team of engineers and biomedical scientists at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The study suggests that mechanically driven therapies that promote skeletal muscle regeneration could augment or replace methods currently being used.
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Fiber-rich diet may boost lung function
MedPage Today
Low dietary fiber intake was associated with reduced lung function, suggesting that eating a diet rich in fiber may protect against lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and even asthma, researchers said. In an analysis of National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) data, adults with the highest fiber consumption were more likely to have normal lung function and they were less likely to have airway restrictions compared with adults whose diets contained the least fiber.
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