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Kan. Gov. appoints Take Care NP to board of nursing

BY Antoinette Alexander

TOPEKA, Kan. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has appointed Take Care nurse practitioner Serena Stutzman, an Olathe, Kan., resident, to the Kansas State Board of Nursing.

The KSBN oversees the education, licensing and practice of more than 40,000 registered and licensed nurses in Kansas. The board, made up of 11 members, including six registered nurses, sets and enforces government regulatory policy to establish a higher quality of care for patients.

“I am extremely honored to receive recognition from such a prestigious organization. As a board member, I look forward to serving consumers across Kansas,” stated Stutzman, who has more than 20 years of healthcare experience. “My passion for nursing comes from the opportunity to help others on a daily basis. As a board member, I will work diligently to ensure safe and effective care for the citizens of Kansas.”

Stutzman was recommended for the board position by the Kansas State Nursing Association; Kansas State House Minority Leader Dennis McKinney; Walgreens senior vice president and president of Walgreens Health and Wellness division Hal Rosenbluth; Take Care Health Systems president and chief executive officer Peter Miller; and Take Care Health Systems chief nurse practitioner officer Sandra Ryan.

Stutzman has been a nurse practitioner for seven years and received her degree from the University of Kansas Medical Center. She was one of the original nurse practitioners hired to staff Take Care Clinics when they opened in 2005, helping establish the retail health model in the Kansas City metro area. Prior to Take Care Health Systems, Stutzman worked as a family nurse practitioner in many settings, including family practice, urgent care in a large hospital/multi-clinic organization, a safety-net clinic as a provider and as a staff nurse in the telemetry unit and emergency department.

“Serena’s passion and commitment to nursing and her community is evident, and we’re thrilled to see her dedication recognized by Governor Sebelius,” stated Take Care Health’s Miller. “We’re confident that she will be able to uphold the same ethics, standards and care with the board that she has given to patients and fellow colleagues at Take Care Clinics.”

Take Care Clinics operates walk-in health care clinics located at 191 Walgreens stores in 14 states, including 12 in the Greater Kansas City area.

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Gestational diabetes results in increased risk for Type 2 diabetes

BY Drew Buono

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Gestational diabetes is a known risk factor for Type 2 diabetes. Denice Feig of the University of Toronto and her team looked at 633,449 women who gave birth in Toronto between 1995 and 2002. A total of 21,823 (3.3 percent) of the women were diagnosed with gestational diabetes.

While just 2 percent of the women who didn’t have gestational diabetes went on to develop Type 2 diabetes during the 9-year follow-up period, 19 percent of those with gestational diabetes did, the researchers found.

Moreover, they say the strongest risk factor for Type 2 diabetes was gestational diabetes, which increased risk more than 37-fold.

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Russian antihistamine appears effective against Alzheimer’s

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK A study that lasted a year and a half has found that an antihistamine developed in the former Soviet Union may be able to stabilize Alzheimer’s disease.

The study, presented at the International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease, found that the drug Dimebon could stabilize the disease for at least the time of the study. Researchers tested the drug against a placebo in 183 patients in Russia who had mild to moderate Alzheimer’s.

Conditions of patients who received the placebo deteriorated, while those of the people who received Dimebon improved or deteriorated only slightly.

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