CDC: Hospital-acquired infection rates declining | Sedentary lifestyle tied to twice as many early deaths as obesity | Surgery rates decline for patients with late-stage colon cancer
January 16, 2015
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CDC: Hospital-acquired infection rates declining
U.S. hospitals have made progress in reducing certain types of hospital-acquired infections but more work is needed to protect patients, according to a CDC report. Central line-associated bloodstream infections fell 46% between 2008 and 2013 and surgical-site infections were down 19% in the same period. MRSA infections fell 8% between 2011 and 2013 and C. difficile infections fell 10% during that time. Reuters (1/14), HealthDay News (1/14)
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Sedentary lifestyle tied to twice as many early deaths as obesity
A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that having a sedentary lifestyle was linked to twice the number of early deaths as being obese. However, researchers said even small increases in exercise levels may help reduce early mortality risk by up to 30%. HealthDay News (1/14)
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Surgery rates decline for patients with late-stage colon cancer
Data from more than 64,000 patients with advanced colon or rectal cancer showed the prevalence of surgery to remove a primary tumor decreased from 75% of cases in 1988 to 57% in 2010. Researchers from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center said the median relative survival rate increased from 9% in 1988 to 18% in 2009. HealthDay News (1/14)
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Rivaroxaban is safe for patients with antiphospholipid syndrome, study finds
Rivaroxaban treatment is safe and effective in preventing bleeding in patients with antiphospholipid syndrome who had previous venous thromboembolism events, according to an 18-patient study presented at a meeting of the American College of Rheumatology. No VTE events were observed after an average of 12.9 months, and two bleeding incidents were treated with conservative management. Healio (free registration) (1/14)
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Antipsychotics-related ED visits jump in young patients
A study in JAMA Psychiatry revealed emergency department visits associated with antipsychotics increased by 660% among children younger than 10, and 380% in those 11 to 18 from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s. Researchers said spastic muscles and uncontrolled, abnormal movements were the most common side effects. However, the most recent Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders update may help clinicians better identify pediatric conditions that require antipsychotics, ensuring more targeted use, researchers added. (1/14)
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Early vaccination may stave off meningococcal infections in infants
Sixty percent of meningococcal infections in infants younger than 12 months were caused by the serogroup B strain, according to a study in Pediatrics. Early immunization among infants against all three major strains and vaccinating mothers and potential carriers against meningococcal strains may help reduce the odds of infection, researchers said. (1/12)
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U.S. diabetes incidence remains stable despite rising obesity
Researchers at Harvard Medical School found diabetes incidence in the U.S. grew more in the 2000s compared with the 1970s, but remained stable in the past decade despite the increasing obesity epidemic. The results appear in Diabetes Care. News (1/14)
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Medicare spending increases with age, report shows
Medicare data from 2011 showed spending per beneficiary increased from $7,566 at age 70 to $16,145 at age 96, and then decreased for those over age 96, according to a report released online by Health Affairs. Beneficiaries ages 80 and older, who represent 24% of the Medicare population, accounted for 33% of fee-for-service spending in 2011. Health Affairs Blog (1/14)
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Health Policy and Legislative News
Tavenner to leave CMS next month
Marilyn Tavenner said today that she will leave her post as CMS administrator in February. Andy Slavitt will serve as acting administrator, agency officials said. CNBC (1/16), The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/Wonkblog (1/16), The Huffington Post (1/16), The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (1/16)
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Administration to give federal workers paid leave for birth of child
An administration official said President Barack Obama today will sign a memorandum giving federal employees at least six weeks of paid sick leave after the birth of a child and seek legislation allowing for an additional six weeks of parental leave. He also is asking for congressional approval of the Healthy Families Act, which allows workers to earn up to seven paid sick days annually, and for $2.2 billion for states to create paid leave programs. Politico (1/14)
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AANP CE Center: Did you know? Certificates and portfolio
Once you pass a post-test successfully (answer 70% or more of the questions correctly), you will be directed to complete the program's evaluation. Use the comment field to tell us what you liked about the program, issues or problems with the program, suggestions for future topics and more. Answer the evaluation questions and submit. Then you will have the option to view/print your certificate or see it in your portfolio. Your portfolio is always available to you from the left column of the AANP CE Center landing page. This captures all the activities you complete in the center as well as your AANP National Conference/Specialty Conference certificates and schedules. It also lists separate certificates for those programs that have a specific certification requirement such as the Commercial Vehicle Examiners course. This allows you to provide that certificate to other agencies as needed, separate from the conference schedule and overall conference CE totals.
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