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February 11, 2013
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  • Federal report finds continued decline in teen births in U.S.
    Teen births in the U.S. declined by 8% from 2010 to 2011 with just more than 3% of girls and women age 15 to 19 giving birth, the CDC found. While rates of premature birth and low birth weight continued to drop, the infant mortality rate remained steady, researchers reported in the journal Pediatrics. Reuters (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Stroke survivors more likely to contemplate suicide
    Stroke survivors were more likely to have suicidal thoughts compared with heart attack, diabetes and cancer patients, according to an analysis of the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. The study, presented at the annual meeting of the American Stroke Association, also found that 17% of stroke survivors suffer from depression. "Given the high prevalence of suicidal thoughts among stroke survivors, perhaps regular screening for suicidal ideation, in addition to depression, is warranted," lead investigator Dr. Amytis Towfighi said. HealthDay News (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Bleeding stroke may raise risk of seizures, epilepsy in children
    U.S. researchers assessed 73 pediatric survivors of bleeding strokes and found that about 60% of the babies and 43% of the older children had seizures during the stroke or within a week following the stroke. The study, to be published in the journal JAMA Neurology, showed that 13% of the patients were diagnosed with epilepsy within two years. HealthDay News (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prenatal intake of omega-3s may not boost brain development
    Data from 11 clinical trials on the effect of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation during pregnancy on a child's brain development showed that such supplements had neither a positive nor negative effect on visual or neurological capacity. Since a majority of the trials had very few participants, excluded difficult pregnancies and failed to monitor the children long enough, Australian researchers said that more research is needed. The study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Reuters (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CDC: Flu season appears to be waning
    CDC officials report that in much of the U.S., flu season is starting to wind down, according to data from the week ending Feb. 2. Widespread flu activity was reported in 38 states, down from 42, and mortality attributed to influenza also was down. Nineteen states recorded high levels of flu activity, the agency said. USA Today (2/8), U.S. News & World Report (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technologies 
  • Endovascular therapy doesn't improve outcomes for stroke survivors
    Endovascular therapy plus intravenous tissue plasminogen activator treatment showed little advantage over IV tPA alone in terms of promoting independent living 90 days after a stroke, a study found. However, endovascular therapy was more effective than tPA alone in removing clots and re-establishing blood flow. The findings appear in the New England Journal of Medicine. Nurse.com (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Incorporating health literacy may bolster patient engagement
    A commentary in Health Affairs suggests hospitals that make health literacy a priority may improve patient engagement. Researchers outlined a model that incorporates the six structural aspects of the Care Model with strategies from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit. BeckersHospitalReview.com (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  From the Patient's View 
  • Health exchanges are favored by 55% of the public, poll finds
    Fifty-five percent of U.S. adults see the creation of state-based health insurance exchanges as a top priority for state leaders, according to a survey by the Harvard School of Public Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Kaiser Family Foundation. The public is not divided on the issue because "people like the idea," Kaiser Family Foundation CEO Drew Altman said. United Press International (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative Policy & Regulatory News 
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Hospice RN Case ManagerUnitedHealth GroupTuscon, AZ
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Psychiatric Advanced Practice RNKaiser PermanenteSuitland, MD
Part Time Health Coach in London, OHUnitedHealth GroupColumbus, OH
Behavioral Health Care Advocate - Telecommute - New York OnlyUnitedHealth GroupAlbany, NY
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  ANA News 
  • Feb. issue of American Nurse Today is available -- have you read it?
    The February issue of American Nurse Today is now available. This month feature articles include: Getting to the core of heart failure; Providing a glimmer of hope to psoriasis sufferers; and Consider nursing informatics as a career. Check your inbox or access the issue online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. ... The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them."
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