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1. Risk of metabolic syndrome tied to short sleep duration

ANA SmartBrief | Jul 27, 2015

People who slept for less than seven hours daily had an odds ratio of 1.23 of having metabolic syndrome, compared with 1.13 among those with a daily sleep duration of seven to eight hours. The findings in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society, based on 18 studies with 75,657 participants, also revealed that the odds ratio of having metabolic syndrome further increased with shorter sleep durations. PhysiciansBriefing.com (07/22)


2. Consolidation of hospitals, drugmakers could follow deals by insurers

ANA SmartBrief | Jul 28, 2015

The pending acquisitions of Cigna by Anthem and Humana by Aetna could lead to increased consolidation among hospitals and pharmaceutical companies. Drugmakers and health care providers could seek to buy smaller companies to increase their leverage in negotiations, experts said. Reuters (07/24) Bloomberg (07/24)


3. Study examines readmission risk among septic shock survivors

ANA SmartBrief | Jul 29, 2015

Researchers followed 1,697 survivors of culture-positive severe sepsis or septic shock and found that 32% of the survivors were readmitted within 30 days. Chronic illness burden was greater and health care-associated sepsis was more prevalent among patients who were readmitted. The findings were reported in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. PhysiciansBriefing.com (07/27)


4. Diabetes patients shouldn't skip breakfast, study suggests

ANA SmartBrief | Jul 30, 2015

Type 2 diabetes patients who skip breakfast and fast until noon experienced a 40% and 25% increase in blood glucose levels after lunch and dinner, respectively, than on the days when they ate three meals. The findings in Diabetes Care, based on 22 overweight patients with type 2 diabetes, revealed that skipping breakfast also reduces the body's ability to convert blood glucose into energy. Reuters (07/28)


5. Pentagon chooses Cerner, Leidos for EHR modernization contract

ANA SmartBrief | Jul 30, 2015

The Department of Defense has selected Leidos and Cerner for an EHR modernization contract that could last 10 years and could be worth up to an estimated $11 billion overall. The winning team also includes Accenture and Henry Schein. Health Data Management (07/29)


6. Eliminating Helicobacter pylori may cut cancer risk, review finds

ANA SmartBrief | Jul 28, 2015

Study data from Asian patients showed using antibiotics to eliminate Helicobacter pylori bacteria may reduce the risk of gastric cancer in healthy individuals. The studies, which compared an antibiotic with a placebo or no treatment, did not show any differences in the risk of death from all causes. Medscape (free registration) (07/24)


7. Study: NICU admissions increase but babies are bigger, less premature

ANA SmartBrief | Jul 29, 2015

Hospital NICU admissions increased from 6.4% to 7.8% of infants from 2007 to 2012, but data from almost 18 million births showed babies were larger in size and less premature, Dartmouth University researchers reported in JAMA Pediatrics. Researchers said the increase raises questions about NICU usage and noted lower admittance thresholds may be a factor. U.S. News & World Report (07/27) Medical News Today (07/28)


8. CT scans can cause DNA damage, cell death, study finds

ANA SmartBrief | Jul 27, 2015

A study published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Imaging found that computed tomography scans are associated with DNA damage, although cells also initiate repair mechanisms, and sometimes cellular death. The findings come from 67 patients who had heart CT scans. The team found that scans using the lowest radiation dose did not adversely affect the cells of healthy patients, and they recommend practitioners minimize use of radiation when possible. HealthDay News (07/22)


9. Data show how sleep affects employees, productivity, CEO says

ANA SmartBrief | Jul 28, 2015

Health technology company Withings analyzed data on employee sleep and how sleep affects productivity and stress. CEO Cedric Hutchings said raising awareness of the importance of sleep can change behavior, along with using sleep tracking devices and physician visits to diagnose problems, such as sleep apnea, that can raise the risk of workplace accidents. Forbes (07/23)


10. Check out the latest clinical CE courses!

ANA SmartBrief | Jul 29, 2015

ANA provides a breadth of online independent study courses that cover the topics most important to you and your career. With new courses being added on a monthly basis, ANA's Online Continuing Education helps you meet your goals for license renewal, certification or promotion in your workplace. This summer, earn CE credit and enjoy an improved and more flexible learning experience when you pursue your continuing nursing education with ANA. Find online courses on topics that matter most to you and your career at ananursece.org. Blank (06/27)




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