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AANP 2014 Coping strategies help families of teens with autism adapt

Coping strategies help families of teens with autism adapt

Greater impact of daily stressors, behavioral problems and worry about the future associated with more difficulty adapting.

AANP 2014 Educate pregnant women to prevent congenital CMV

Educate pregnant women to prevent congenital CMV

Despite being the leading cause of mental retardation and disability in children, there are currently no national public awareness campaigns on CMV.

AANP 2014 Having a survivorship plan aids NP-provided cancer care

Having a survivorship plan aids NP-provided cancer care

Coordinating with a cancer survivor's oncology team and understanding the survivorship plan can help ease care transitions.

AANP 2014 Educating at-risk patients reduces diabetes risk factors

Educating at-risk patients reduces diabetes risk factors

A reduction in weight and glycohemoglobin was seen in patients that completed a diabetes prevention course.

AANP 2014 Techniques aid safe opioid prescribing

Techniques aid safe opioid prescribing

Drug screening, risk stratification and pharmacogenetic testing should be used to guide prescribing habits.

AANP 2014 Majority of allergies can be treated in primary care

Majority of allergies can be treated in primary care

With a dwindling number of practicing allergists, primary-care clinicians should be prepared to identify and treat allergic conditions.

AANP 2014 NP-led acute care teams improve inpatient care

NP-led acute care teams improve inpatient care

Better care coordination may help reduce patient complications and length of stay.

AANP 2014 Culture shift critical to achieving evidence-based practice

Culture shift critical to achieving evidence-based practice

Mentors, infrastructure and reward system are essential components in successfully transitioning existing health care models to evidence-based practice.

AANP 2014 Pharmacology update: 2014 drug trends

Pharmacology update: 2014 drug trends

More orphan drugs approved in recent years are filling the need for treating rare disease and medical conditions.

AANP 2014 How to negotiate a fair NP contract

How to negotiate a fair NP contract

Prepare, probe and propose when discussing terms of employment.

AANP 2014 Phone reminders increase immunization rates

Phone reminders increase immunization rates

After launching a phone reminder program, Medicare recipients' PPSV immunization rates increased more than 25%.

AANP 2014 Not all probiotics are created equal

Not all probiotics are created equal

Consider the evidence base and recommend probiotics on a case-by-case basis.

AANP 2014 Be prepared to recognize STIs in women

Be prepared to recognize STIs in women

About 20 million new STIs are diagnosed each year in the United States, with half occurring in young people aged 15 to 25 years.

AANP 2014 Stay alert for intimate-partner violence

Stay alert for intimate-partner violence

Only 21% of female and 6% of male domestic abuse victims inform a healthcare provider.

AANP 2014 Glycemic control, lifestyle key in combating diabetes complications

Glycemic control, lifestyle key in combating diabetes complications

Diabetes costs exceed $254 billion annually, with 18% of expenses attributable to complications.

AANP 2014 NPs expand access to care, educate patients

NPs expand access to care, educate patients

Federal and state legislation aimed at boosting primary care infrastructure is aiding nurse practitioner progress.

AANP 2011 Conference CT assesses plaque in diabetes

CT assesses plaque in diabetes

Only about one-third of the coronary plaque detected showed calcification.

AAPA Annual Meeting Encourage heart-healthy dietary choices

Encourage heart-healthy dietary choices

Offering specific recommendations may be more beneficial to patients than food plate/pyramid nutritional guidelines.

AAPA Annual Meeting Understanding shifts in Medicare preventive services

Understanding shifts in Medicare preventive services

Changes in the Affordable Care Act place greater emphasis on preventive medicine in primary care.

AAPA Annual Meeting Ortho-trained PAs shorten hospital stays

Ortho-trained PAs shorten hospital stays

Introducing a single full-time orthopedic trained PA in the hospital setting benefited patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty.

AAPA Annual Meeting Take a patient-centered approach to resolve work conflicts

Take a patient-centered approach to resolve work conflicts

Having open patient-centric conversations can help redirect focus and encourage cooperation in health-care settings.

AAPA Annual Meeting PAs, NPs shoulder bulk of blood/marrow transplant patient care

PAs, NPs shoulder bulk of blood/marrow transplant patient care

Advanced practice practitioners covered the majority of direct, first-line care at four Seattle facilities.

AAPA Annual Meeting Many PAs noncompliant with HIV screening recs

Many PAs noncompliant with HIV screening recs

Since 2006, the CDC has recommended all patients aged 13 to 64 years be screened for HIV regardless of risk factors.

AAPA Annual Meeting Needlestick accidents at work: What to do next

Needlestick accidents at work: What to do next

Following several procedures can help prevent HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C infection after accidental exposures.

AAPA Annual Meeting Electrical nerve stimulation brings headache relief

Electrical nerve stimulation brings headache relief

Approximately 23% of adults and 5% to 10% of children complain of treatment-resistant chronic recurring headaches.

AAPA Annual Meeting Toolkit helps detect postpartum-depression risk

Toolkit helps detect postpartum-depression risk

A standard-of-care toolkit can help educate patients about PPD, increase diagnosis rates.

AAPA Annual Meeting Advise patients to eat whole grains for health

Advise patients to eat whole grains for health

More than 90% of American adults and children fall short of the daily recommendations for fiber intake.

AAPA Annual Meeting Tips for negotiating a healthy PA contract

Tips for negotiating a healthy PA contract

These simple tricks can help clinicians start their career on the right foot.

AAPA Annual Meeting PA Experts explain how to avoid malpractice

PA Experts explain how to avoid malpractice

Although PAs are less likely to be sued than physicians, they still need to be cautious when it comes to avoiding malpractice suits.

AAPA Annual Meeting Physicians often underestimate PA education

Physicians often underestimate PA education

Misconceptions about PAs highlight the need to educate physicians about PAs' roles in primary-care practice.

AAPA Annual Meeting Patients need 'pit crews, not cowboys'

Patients need 'pit crews, not cowboys'

Distinguished surgeon Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, saluted physician assistants during the opening session at the AAPA 2014 meeting.

AAPA Annual Meeting Denni Woodmansee honored with 2014 PAragon President's Award

Denni Woodmansee honored with 2014 PAragon President's Award

Advocacy efforts at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs led to more autonomy for physician assistants.

AAPA Annual Meeting Kim Zuber wins 2014 PAragon Outstanding PA award

Kim Zuber wins 2014 PAragon Outstanding PA award

Her advocacy efforts have helped earn physician assistants specializing in nephrology reimbursement at 100% of the Medicare rate.

AAPA Annual Meeting PCPs first line against HPV-related oral cancers

PCPs first line against HPV-related oral cancers

As human papilloma virus-associated oropharyngeal cancers become more prevalent, clinicians should discuss risks with patients.

AAPA Annual Meeting Drug interactions, treatment adherence key in primary HIV care

Drug interactions, treatment adherence key in primary HIV care

Women with HIV face specific health obstacles that can lead to suboptimal disease management.

AANP 2013 Be aware of health problems near fracking sites

Be aware of health problems near fracking sites

Chemical contamination, community disruption and negative psychological effects among health problems associated with hydraulic fracturing.

AANP 2013 Top barriers to NP entrepreneurship ID'd

Top barriers to NP entrepreneurship ID'd

Protocols related to physician oversight and regulations on prescribing controlled substances lead concerns among independent NPs.

AANP 2013 'Choose My Plate' effective for healthy eating at schools

'Choose My Plate' effective for healthy eating at schools

Overweight children experienced significant reductions in waist circumference.

AANP 2013 NPs lag behind other stakeholders on policy advocacy

NPs lag behind other stakeholders on policy advocacy

The AANP's vice president of state government affairs offers tips for making sure your voice is heard in Congress.

AANP 2013 Religious faith associated with better health outcomes

Religious faith associated with better health outcomes

NP's holistic approach to medicine is optimal for reaching members of faith-based communities.

AANP 2013 Physician oversight hinders NP scope of practice

Physician oversight hinders NP scope of practice

Unnecessary regulatory oversight unfairly limits NP scope of practice and may jeopardize patient safety and health outcomes.

AANP 2013 Multicomponent interventions help patients quit smoking

Multicomponent interventions help patients quit smoking

Rigorous smoking cessation counseling models can be effective in certain clinical settings.

AANP 2013 Cardiology NP honored with LifeChanger Award

Cardiology NP honored with LifeChanger Award

AANP and the Health Monitor Network recognize Christine L. Nell-Dybdahl, NP-C, MPH, MSN, of the Emory Center for Heart Disease and Prevention.

AANP 2013 Survey explores NP job satisfaction in retail clinics

Survey explores NP job satisfaction in retail clinics

Retail clinics expand access to healthcare, but may have trouble retaining a qualified NP workforce.

AANP 2013 Faculty practice models offer NPs better academic, clinical balance

Faculty practice models offer NPs better academic, clinical balance

Faculty practice models help advanced practice nurses achieve teaching, service and research goals, while enhancing the student experience.

AANP 2013 Depression screening in diabetes improves outcomes

Depression screening in diabetes improves outcomes

A depression screening tool is cost and time effective and has been shown to make a positive impact on the management of DM in the outpatient setting.

AANP 2013 Nurse practitioners vital in spearheading opioid REMS

Nurse practitioners vital in spearheading opioid REMS

NPs must be prepared to protect their patients from opioid risks, as well as themselves from potential litigation.

AANP 2013 Larry King honors nursing pioneers at AANP 2013

Larry King honors nursing pioneers at AANP 2013

Loretta Ford, PNP, FAAN, and Jan Towers, PhD, NP-C, discuss the history and future of the nurse practitioner profession with the broadcasting icon.

AANP 2013 Merger unifies NP voice on Capitol Hill

Merger unifies NP voice on Capitol Hill

More than 46,000 nurse practitioners make up one unified national American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

AANP 2013 NP medical care cost-effective, without sacrificing quality

NP medical care cost-effective, without sacrificing quality

Savings in academic preparation, stability in compensation and cost-related clinical outcomes similar to those of physicians contribute to value of NP-provided healthcare.