Many cancer patients make lifestyle, treatment changes to afford care | NYC physician tests positive for Ebola | Mother's gestational diabetes may lead to daughter being overweight
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October 24, 2014
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Many cancer patients make lifestyle, treatment changes to afford care
A survey of patients with colorectal, breast and other solid tumor cancers who sought help paying for their medical care found that 89% made lifestyle changes to help handle treatment costs. The study from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute found 39% of patients coped with expenses by adjusting their medical care, including not getting prescriptions filled or taking less medicine than their doctor prescribed. Healio (free registration)/HemOncToday (10/21)
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According to The Joint Commission, an estimated 85-99 percent of alarm signals do not require clinical intervention. Watch "A Day In The Life of Nurse Lisa" to see how Extension Engage serves as "traffic cop" between multiple clinical systems that compete for attention, interrupt workflows, and contribute to alarm fatigue.
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NYC physician tests positive for Ebola
A New York City physician who worked with Doctors Without Borders in Guinea tested positive for Ebola virus on Thursday, marking the city's first known case. Craig Spencer developed a fever Thursday, six days after he returned from West Africa and 11 days after he stopped caring for Ebola patients. Officials have quarantined several people he had close contact with and continue to assess risk. Reuters (10/24), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/24)
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Mother's gestational diabetes may lead to daughter being overweight
Girls whose mothers developed gestational diabetes during pregnancy were more than three times as likely to become overweight in childhood compared with those who had healthier mothers, a study indicated. Data also showed girls whose mothers had excess prepregnancy weight and eventual gestational diabetes had a more than fivefold increased odds of being overweight. The findings appear in Diabetes Care. HealthDay News (10/23)
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Trial in Guinea will assess effectiveness of convalescent serum against Ebola
A research team from the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium, will begin tests in Guinea next month on whether convalescent serum from Ebola survivors helps patients clear the virus. The trial of the blood and plasma therapy is being supported by a $3.7 million grant from the European Union. Reuters (10/23)
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Study shows increase in hospice use along with intensive care
An analysis of data involving nearly 7,000 older ovarian cancer patients found that access to hospice services increased in the last month of life from 1997 to 2007, as did intensive end-of-life care, including ICU admissions. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute researchers wrote in the Journal of Clinical Oncology that terminal hospitalizations declined during the study period. When patients received hospice referrals, inpatients were more likely than outpatients to enroll within three days of death. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (10/22)
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CDC to monitor all U.S. residents back from 3 Ebola-hit countries
CDC said it will monitor all U.S. residents returning from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea beginning on Monday to ensure that people infected with Ebola are isolated early in the course of their illness. CDC Director Tom Frieden said the agency will require everyone returning from the three nations to check and report their temperature and other symptoms daily to local public health departments and to coordinate with health officials if they plan to travel. HealthDay News (10/22)
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Price comparisons linked with reduced health claims payments, study finds
A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found a link between the adoption of health pricing transparency platforms with reduced claims payments for several services including advanced imaging and laboratory tests. The analysis of four years' worth of medical claims for 502,949 patients found that patients who didn't use the price comparison tools provided by employers before seeking care had higher claim payments than those who used the platforms. Healthcare Informatics online (10/22)
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IBM teams up with AirStrip, university to boost care of critically ill patients
IBM is partnering with AirStrip and the University of Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care to design mobile early warning solutions for treating critically ill patients. IBM will supply a streaming analytics tool to gather unstructured and structured data from sources including body sensors and EMRs. The platform will be intended to predict the life-threatening complication hemodynamic decompensation. mHealth News (10/23)
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Survey: People see health, work potential of wearable technology
A PricewaterhouseCoopers survey on wearable technology found more than 80% of consumers said a key benefit is the potential to make health care more convenient, while 77% felt it could make employees more efficient and productive. Data showed 70% of respondents said they expected their employer to allow the use of wearable technology but more than 80% worried it would make them vulnerable to security breaches or invade their privacy. CIO.com (10/22)
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Legislative Policy & Regulatory News
DeSalvo steps down from ONC to join HHS Ebola team
National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo has resigned from her post at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to work with the HHS' Ebola response team as acting assistant secretary for health. DeSalvo has a background in public health, including work as the health commissioner for the City of New Orleans. BeckersHospitalReview.com (10/23), Forbes (10/23)
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Tuesday webinar -- Ebola Preparedness and Response: What Every Nurse Needs to Know
The Ebola virus presents unique challenges to the U.S. health care system. Preparedness across the spectrum of care is key to effectively treating patients and protecting nurses and other health care workers from contracting Ebola while providing quality patient care. ANA has brought together a panel of health care experts for a complimentary webinar on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 1 p.m. EDT to discuss what every nurse needs to know to be prepared. Speakers include Arjun Srinivasan, M.D., associate director for Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Programs, CDC; Deena Gilland, MN, RN, OCN, vice president and chief nursing officer, Emory Ambulatory Patient Services Operations; Penny Castellano, M.D., chief medical officer for Clinical Operations, and Jackie Byrd, RN, CNS, Emory University Hospital; and Robert L. Dent, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, FACHE, vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nurse executive, Midland Memorial Hospital. Space is limited -- register today!
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Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder."
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American writer and naturalist
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