The CDC has reported a case of Zika infection in a person who provided care to a Utah man who acquired the virus while traveling and died in June. The caregiver has recovered, and health officials are trying to determine how the virus was transmitted since it is not known to be circulating among mosquitoes locally and the case is not believed to involve sexual transmission.
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A study in the journal Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases found a 72% increase in new cases of advanced prostate cancer in the US from 2004 to 2013, with a 92% increase among men ages 55 to 69. The rise may be due to the disease becoming more aggressive or a reduction in screening rates, according to lead researcher and urologist Edward Schaeffer of Northwestern University.
Obese teens were able to walk faster and with less pain, and had improved pre-walk resting heart rates, six months after having weight-loss surgery, researchers wrote in JAMA Pediatrics. Researchers said improvements were maintained at one and two years after surgery.
Nurses are in a position to help their organizations achieve the so-called triple aim of improving the patient experience, improving population health and reducing the per capita cost of health care through the framework of the nursing process, writes M. Anne Longo, former senior director of the Center for Professional Excellence/Education at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Nurses assess and diagnose wounds, partner with physicians on care planning, implement care plans and use data to evaluate progress, Longo writes.
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has launched a three-year, $9 million Ebola Biosafety and Infectious Disease Response Training program that will provide eight groups with funding to prepare first responders to protect themselves and others against infectious diseases. The Emory University School of Medicine's Department of Emergency Medicine received $375,000 as part of the initiative.
A report from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission found a 17.9% increase in the number of computer and math science positions in hospitals from 2010 to 2014. MedPAC analyzed data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and suggested this growth may be tied to hospitals' efforts to implement EHR systems.
Professionals can lower their stress simply by creating art, according to a study led by Girija Kaimal. The researchers found that people benefit from the stress reduction of artistic endeavors regardless of their skill levels.
More than half of respondents to a recent poll said they have access to a workplace wellness or health improvement program, but only 40% said they participate in one. Experts say wellness programs, workload management programs and policies for paid time off can reduce work-related stress, which has been linked to higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and mental health problems.
Delegates to the Republican Party convention will vote on a platform that promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act, turn Medicaid into a capped state block-grant program, transform Medicare into a "premium support model," and give people younger than 55 years old an "income-adjusted contribution toward a plan of their choice, with catastrophic protection." The platform also promises to roll back state insurance benefit mandates, limit non-economic damages for medical malpractice, allow health insurance to be sold across state lines and expand health savings accounts.
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