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1. Early data suggest citrus intake may be tied to melanoma risk

ANA SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

An observational study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that participants who consumed citrus fruits at least 1.5 times a day had a 36% greater risk of developing melanoma. Researchers also reported that participants who had two to four citrus fruits every week were 10% more likely to have melanoma than those who ate the fruits less than twice a week. The study examined data from more than 63,000 women and 41,000 men. Reuters (06/29)

2. ANA opposes lifting device protocols of hospitals

ANA SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

Hospitals are now facing technical and cost challenges after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced last week it will investigate hospitals that fail to provide the equipment needed by nurses and other caregivers to lift and handle patients. To adhere to the mandate, some hospitals launched protocols that should be followed to determine when care professionals should deploy lift devices at the facilities. That stance has drawn criticism from the American Nurses Association, which wants hospitals to deploy equipment and adopt protocols so that no staffer ever moves a patient without device assistance. "There are too many opportunities for a wrong angle or a slip," ANA President Pam Cipriano said. "It is one of the key areas where nurses fear injury in the workplace because that could be career ending." McKnight's Long-Term Care News (06/28) Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (06/27)

3. ANA CEO expresses views on King vs. Burwell ruling

ANA SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

Nurses support the Supreme Court's ruling in the King vs. Burwell case as it ensures that consumers will still have access to affordable health coverage, writes ANA CEO Marla J. Weston in this blog. Nurses believe the true intent of the ACA was reflected in the Supreme Court's decision, which was critical since the monthly premiums will be manageable for people who are eligible to receive financial assistance from the government. Weston also added that continued efforts to dismantle the ACA are unproductive and it will be better if Congress focuses on finding other ways to boost health care delivery in the country. The Hill (06/29)

4. Study: Too much time spent on completing infection reports

ANA SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

A study to be discussed at the 2015 conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology showed that health care-acquired infection reporting is time-consuming and is hindering providers from effectively protecting patients from HAIs. After analyzing the laboratory test reports at Somerville, N.J.-based Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, researchers found that more than five hours daily were spent by infection preventionists to prepare their HAI reports. Researchers suggested that hospitals pay more attention to staff members' adherence to infection prevention practices instead of focusing on completing HAI reports. Healthcare Informatics online (06/26)

5. Next Navigate Nursing webinar July 15 -- Taking a Stand: Creating an Incivility-Free Nursing Environment

ANA SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

Join Joy Longo, Ph.D., RNC-NIC, on July 15 for the next Navigate Nursing webinar, Taking a Stand: Creating an Incivility-Free Nursing Environment, as she discusses the meaning of incivility. Longo will share tools and resources to help you deal with uncivil behavior in your workplace. Learn organizational and individual strategies that address best ways to intervene and create a safer work environment for yourself and others.This webinar is free for ANA members. Learn more and register! Blank (06/27)

6. Preventable risk factors tied to 50% of CVD deaths in U.S. adults

ANA SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

Fifty-four percent and 50% of heart disease deaths among U.S. men and women, respectively, ages 45 to 79, in 2010 could have been prevented if risk factors such as diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and smoking were completely eliminated, according to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Researchers also said that nearly 5% of these deaths could have been prevented if all states were able to lower the levels of those risk factors similar to states with the lowest levels, such as Colorado. Reuters (06/30)

7. Study: Gut microbiota alteration may be tied to type 1 diabetes risk

ANA SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

Researchers found a difference in the gut microbiomes between individuals with islet autoimmunity and those of autoantibody-free first-degree relatives in the abundance of four taxa. The findings suggest that intestinal microbiota alterations are tied to disease susceptibility, the researchers wrote in Diabetes. (06/26)

8. Study shows improvement in survival after diagnosis of low-grade gliomas

ANA SmartBrief | Jul 02, 2015

A study in Neuro-Oncology: Clinical Practice found that the survival rate of adult patients with low-grade gliomas has improved. Data from a U.S. cancer registry show median survival was 57 months after diagnosis in 2010, compared with 44 months in 1999. Only 30% of patients underwent tumor resection surgery, possibly because of limited availability of image guidance in such cases. HealthDay News (07/01)

9. Parkinson's disease progression slowed with exercise, study finds

ANA SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

Consistently exercising might help people with Parkinson's disease maintain health and slow the decline in quality of life, according to a study presented at the 19th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders. Patients who started exercising earlier in the disease progression and continued exercising had better results than those who started later, but exercising at least 2.5 hours a week was beneficial, regardless of when the regimen began, the researchers found. Medscape (free registration) (06/26)

10. Study: Web-based tools show promise in helping patients with chronic pain

ANA SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

A study in Pain found that Web-based tools could reduce chronic pain patients' need for frequent face-to-face doctor consultations and help them manage their conditions. Researchers revealed that the anxiety, disability and average pain levels experienced by participants significantly decreased after they received online pain management programs for eight weeks, regardless of the frequency of their office visits with clinicians. Reuters (06/26)

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