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Sunday, January 18, 2015

1/19/15 Health News: Lack of exercise responsible early deaths ♦ Are all rattlesnakes created equal? ♦ Health outcomes improve with nurse practitioners ♦ Surviving colon cancer

Lack of exercise responsible for twice as many early deaths as obesity
A brisk 20 minute walk each day could be enough to reduce an individual's risk of early death, according to new research published today. The study of over 334,000 European men and women found that twice as many deaths may be attributable to lack of physical activity compared with the number of deaths attributable to obesity, but that just a modest increase in physical activity could have significant health benefits.Continue Reading
Are all rattlesnakes created equal? No, maybe not
New research by a team of biologists has revealed that creating antivenom is a bit tricky. That's because the type of venom a snake produces can change according to where it lives. Continue Reading
Health outcomes improve in states where nurse practitioners independently provide care
Many states do not allow advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to perform primary care duties to their full potential; however, researchers say APRNs can help relieve the shortage of healthcare workers and expand access to care for underserved populations. In a recently published study, researchers found that quality of health care is improved in states where APRNs are allowed to practice independently Cobtinue Reading
Patients with advanced colon cancer having less surgery, better survival
The annual rate of primary tumor removal for advanced stage IV colorectal cancer has decreased since 1988 and the trend toward nonsurgical management of the disease noted in 2001 coincides with the availability of newer chemotherapy and biologic treatments, according to a report  Continue Reading

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