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CDC: More than half of Americans have yet to get a flu shot
CDC reported that only 39.7% of U.S. adults and 42% of youths have received a flu shot so far this flu season, and some people said they may skip it following reports that the current vaccine is only partially effective against the H3N2 strain. CDC and infectious disease providers encouraged the public to still get the flu shot, saying partial protection is better than none. News (12/11), News (12/11)
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Study finds no substantial migraine-breast cancer link
Previous research has suggested there is a connection between breast cancer and migraines, but a new study that used 20 years' worth of data from the Nurses' Health Study II found no connection between migraines and risk of breast cancer, except in the case of ductal-lobular breast cancer. Patients with migraines were 1.54 times more likely to develop the malignancy than other forms of cancer. The study appeared in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. (12/14)
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Better exercise, eating habits could help manage heart conditions
Improving eating and exercise habits can help patients who underwent catheter ablation stay free of heart rhythm problems including atrial fibrillation, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The study found that 87% of those who participated in an aggressive risk factor management initiative aimed at reducing lifestyle risk factors such as smoking and being overweight were alive and free of heart rhythm problems, compared with 18% in the control group. HealthDay News (12/12)
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Education level may predict stroke risk in those with memory problems
Memory lapses have been considered an indicator for risk of stroke, and a new study suggests clinicians should pay particular attention to memory complaints among patients with high levels of education. Dutch researchers found that people with higher levels of education who had memory problems had 39% higher odds of suffering a stroke than those with less education. "If in future research we can confirm this, then I would like to assess whether people who complain about changes in their memory should be considered primary targets for further risk assessment and prevention," said researcher Arfan Ikram. HealthDay News (12/11)
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CDC: Minors can buy e-cigarettes in D.C., 10 states
A CDC study released Thursday found that over 16 million children in 10 states plus Washington, D.C., can access electronic cigarettes legally. The federal government does not regulate e-cigarettes, but FDA regulations were proposed in April to prohibit the sale of the devices to people under 18. Reuters (12/11)
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CDC data show increase in illnesses from drinking raw milk
CDC data indicate that the number of foodborne-illness outbreaks linked to raw milk increased from three per year from 1993 to 2006 to 13 cases annually from 2007 to 2012. The report says more than 80% of outbreaks happened in states that allow raw-milk sales. The CDC has recommended people do not drink raw milk. Food Poisoning Bulletin (12/11)
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Employers have new options in employee mobile health
Jawbone has expanded into the employee-wellness sector with Up for Groups, which offers group challenges and lets workers and designated administrators track group members' health and fitness progress. Separately, CAIL Mobile and B2 Group partnered in developing the Activity Kit Health Solution, which includes wearable health devices for employees and storage and analysis platforms for employee health data. (12/11), FierceMobileIT (12/11)
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CMS proposes new rules for gay spouses in hospitals, hospices
The CMS has proposed that hospitals, hospices, nursing homes and other health care facilities treat gay married spouses the same as straight couples as long as their marriage is legal somewhere in the U.S. Spouses often are asked to make medical decisions, and the U.S. Supreme Court has said a law prohibiting federal recognition of same-sex marriages is not constitutional. The agency is soliciting feedback on the draft for 60 days. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/11)
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Health plan renewals surge
Consumers who want to renew a health insurance plan bought through an Affordable Care Act exchange must do so before Dec. 15 for coverage beginning Jan. 1, and insurers are fielding a surge in renewals and preparing for the legwork involved to get coverage set up after consumers enroll. Some consumers are switching plans, especially in markets with increased competition this year, but many are sticking with their 2014 plans. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/11), Reuters (12/11), The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (12/11)
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Just announced: VA Secretary Robert McDonald will keynote the 2015 ANA Quality Conference!
ANA is excited to announce that Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 ANA Quality Conference. With more than 1,700 care facilities serving nearly 9 million patients annually, the nurses of the Veterans Health Administration are critical to key developments and innovations in the quality of care provided to veterans. Secretary McDonald's address will touch on how nurses have built a customer-centric organization by working on the front lines in providing care to American's veterans. Advance rates are available through Jan. 15. Lock in your spot and register today!
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