Frieden apologizes, calls for rethinking Ebola infection controls | Healthy behaviors may cut colorectal cancer risk, study says | BMI is strong predictor of early death in blacks, whites
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Frieden apologizes, calls for rethinking Ebola infection controls
CDC Director Thomas Frieden urged medical specialists on Monday to rethink how highly infectious conditions are managed in the U.S., a day after a nurse in Dallas tested positive for Ebola virus. He also apologized for his previous comments suggesting the nurse committed a breach of protocol. The Texas Nurses Association said it was wrong to assess blame before the facts are known. ANA CEO Marla Weston called for the CDC and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to be transparent about the case's details to help improve training and readiness. Reuters (10/13), KMEG-TV (Sioux City, Iowa) (10/13), The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/13)
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Healthy behaviors may cut colorectal cancer risk, study says
Keeping abdominal fat in check, maintaining a healthy weight, getting regular exercise, not smoking, limiting alcohol and eating a healthy diet may all help to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, according to a study in BMC Medicine. Researchers said data from 347,237 people estimated that up to 22% of colorectal cancer cases in men and 11% in women may have been prevented if people had followed all of the healthy behaviors. Science World Report (10/10)
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BMI is strong predictor of early death in blacks, whites
A study by the American Cancer Society says the risk of early death associated with excess weight was similar in black and white patients, even when they did not smoke or have a major disease. The findings were published in PLOS One. (10/13)
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Health benefits motivate mothers to extend breast-feeding
Breast milk's nutritional and health benefits as well as the opportunity to forge a stronger mother-child bond were the main motivators for mothers to nurse their children beyond age 1, according to a poll presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics conference. Science World Report (10/11)
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Pneumococcal vaccine protects children from antibiotic-resistant infections
The pneumococcal vaccine reduced the incidence of antibiotic-resistant bacterial pneumonia, meningitis and bloodstream infections by 62% among children younger than age 5 between 2009 and 2013, CDC researchers found. The findings were presented at the IDWeek conference. HealthDay News (10/10)
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Report: Men need better osteoporosis care, also at risk for fractures
A report from the International Osteoporosis Foundation said men account for one-third of all hip fractures and have a 37% one-year mortality rate after fracture. Author Peter Ebeling, M.D., of the University of Monash in Australia, said men need better treatment for osteoporosis and called it a "disease that for far too long has been considered to be exclusively a problem for women." Medscape (free registration) (10/9)
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Trends & Technologies
Over 600,000 veterans used VA telehealth services
The Department of Veterans Affairs reported that around 690,000 veterans, or 12% of the overall VA health care population, used its telehealth services in fiscal year 2014. Many of the telehealth patients live in rural communities where access to care is limited. Among the initiatives was the TeleAudiology program that serves more than 10,000 veterans with hearing loss. Healthcare Informatics online (10/13)
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NIH awards diabetes research grant to Penn Medicine
The NIH has awarded Penn Medicine a five-year, $3.5 million grant to establish a National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases consortium dedicated to studying new diabetes treatments. Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (10/11)
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Work-Life Balance
United Way staff improve health through daily walks
The employee walking program at the Sioux Empire United Way in Sioux Falls, S.D., has been part of the daily routine for about 10 years. Twice a day for 15 minutes employees take a break for a walk, and president Jay Powell says he's seen significant improvements in employee health and stress reduction. Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.) (tiered subscription model) (10/12)
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Legislative Policy & Regulatory News
Open enrollment period brings new options, deadlines, prices
The open enrollment period for health plans sold through Affordable Care Act exchanges begins Nov. 15 and will be marked by a streamlined enrollment process for many families, a shorter open enrollment period than last year, more plans available, and in some cases, changes in premiums. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/11)
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ANA News
2 days left -- Special call for Pathway to Excellence® commissioner: Be a nursing leader!
ANCC seeks one registered nurse currently serving as a direct-care clinical nurse in an acute or long-term care practice environment for appointment to the Commission on Pathway to Excellence, which serves as the governing body for the Pathway to Excellence® and Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care® programs. Registered nurses appointed to a commission must be full members of ANA throughout their tenure. To be considered, nomination packets must be received electronically by the designated contacts by Thursday, Oct. 16, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. The ANCC Nominating Committee reviews all nominations and prioritizes candidates for the ANCC Board of Directors, which makes the final appointments. Submit your nomination packet today.
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