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  THIS JUST IN January 2011  
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New year, new healthcare

New U.S. health insurance rules are designed to help those caught in Medicare's prescription drug "doughnut hole," offer seniors more preventive care, and limit how much of customers' money health-insurance companies can keep for overhead and profit.


Dietary supplements came under more scrutiny in 2010

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration spent much of 2010 issuing statements and recalls regarding dietary supplements discovered to contain undeclared drug ingredients. Studies have shown that some supplements may increase potentially lethal risks to patients and contain varying amounts of active compounds between brands.


New therapy helps sleep apnea

A continuous positive airway pressure therapy reduced fatigue and increased energy in patients with obstructive sleep apnea, according to a trial led by Lianne Tomfohr and colleagues at San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego.



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Earn CE credit by reading these peer-reviewed, continuing education articles from The Nurse Practitioner and taking the tests.

Atrophic vaginitis: signs, symptoms, and better outcomes
Annabelle Reimer, MN, BScN, RN, Laura Johnson, MN, BN, RN, ENP

Atrophic vaginitis is a common finding in women with low estrogen states. Many women believe their symptoms are expected signs of aging. NPs can provide therapeutic options to improve vaginal health and quality of life.

Earn 2.6 Contact Hours and 1.0 Pharmacology Credit



Management of exercise-induced bronchospasm in adolescents with asthma
Kathy J. Morris, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, FAANP, AE-C


  Extra Feature

23rd Annual Legislative Update: As healthcare reforms, NPs continue to evolve

The twenty-third annual Legislative Update details the legislative issues that have had the most impact on advanced practice registered nurses across the country over the last year.


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