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1. Hospital programs help staff deal with stress, loss

ANA SmartBrief | May 27, 2015

Hospitals are putting greater emphasis on programs that help staff deal with stress and emotions linked to patient care. A pilot program at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center brings health care staff together with social workers to talk confidentially about difficult cases, and an Ohio State University panel recently discussed ways to relate bad news and talked about the challenges families face when a loved one spends weeks or months in an ICU. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (tiered subscription model) (05/26)

2. Pa. group helps expand use of successful nurse-led care model

ANA SmartBrief | May 29, 2015

Pennsylvania-based Health Quality Partners is working with other organizations to replicate its successful nurse-led team model for providing coordinated care to Medicare patients in an accountable care organization demonstration project. The program uses nurse home visits combined with 30 evidence-based medical interventions for patients with chronic conditions. Over eight years, the program reduced hospital admissions, emergency department visits and mortality. (New Jersey) (05/26)

3. Study IDs factors tied to development of celiac disease in children

ANA SmartBrief | May 28, 2015

Celiac disease in children is linked to the child's sex, type 1 diabetes and maternal celiac disease, according to a Norwegian study published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The study involved 95,200 women and their 114,500 children, 650 of whom had celiac disease. (05/26)

4. Mediterranean diet tied to lower endometrial cancer risk

ANA SmartBrief | May 29, 2015

Women who regularly ate seven to nine of the components of the Mediterranean diet had a 57% reduced risk of endometrial cancer, compared with 46% in women who ate six of the components and 34% in those who consumed five, according to a study in the British Journal of Cancer. Researchers found no significant reduced cancer risk among women who ate less than five components of the diet. Medical News Today (05/27)

5. Mild hyperthyroidism tied to hip, spinal fractures

ANA SmartBrief | May 28, 2015

Subclinical hyperthyroidism, when a patient's thyroid is overactive but there are no symptoms, appears to be linked to higher hip and spinal fracture risk, according to findings published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The mechanism driving fracture risk isn't clear, but researcher Nicolas Rodondi said hyperthyroidism affects bone metabolism, which could lead to weakness in bone tissue. The study did not find a connection between hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid, and fracture risk. HealthDay News (05/26)

6. Survey highlights need for registered nurses in Ill.

ANA SmartBrief | May 28, 2015

A survey of over 50,000 registered nurses in Illinois found that a third of the state's nurses who are 55 or older plan to retire within the next five years, which would worsen the shortage of nurses. The survey found a that 26% of nurses between the ages of 26 and 34 were working toward a doctoral degree. Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (05/27)

7. Study: Many women at high risk for osteoporosis are not screened

ANA SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

Researchers found that over 42% of 65- to 74-year-old women and 57% of those older than 75 neglect osteoporosis screening, while 46% of low-risk women between the ages of 50 and 59 were tested. The findings, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, also show that many women do not take risk factors, such as small body frame and fracture history, into consideration when deciding whether to measure their bone mineral density. HealthDay News (05/25)

8. CDC data show fewer hospitals are giving formula samples

ANA SmartBrief | May 27, 2015

CDC research published online in Pediatrics showed less than one-third of U.S. maternity wards gave away baby formula in 2013, compared with almost 75% in 2007. Public health efforts have focused on discouraging free formula samples and getting more mothers to breast-feed because of the health benefits to babies and mothers. CBS News (05/25)

9. "Battle rope" training moving into mainstream

ANA SmartBrief | May 28, 2015

Heavy "battle ropes" used in athletic training are showing up in regular gyms, giving people a challenging way to work upper-body muscles. One study says 10 minutes of rope training led to higher heart rates and energy expenditures, and trainer Jonathan Ross said the workout also involves posture and coordination. Reuters (05/25)

10. CAUTI Control: Saving Lives and Health Care Costs -- New webinar June 17

ANA SmartBrief | May 27, 2015

Rates of catheter-associated urinary tract infection are on the rise. Join Chanel Trevellini, MSN, RN, CWOCN, as she explores practical tips for reducing CAUTI at your facility. During this webinar, you will learn about ANA's innovative, streamlined, evidenced-based CAUTI prevention clinical tool developed by leading experts and how you can incorporate the prevention tool into your practice. Register today! Blank (10/11)

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