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September 18, 2012
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  • Cancer bumps heart disease as leading cause of death for Hispanics
    Cancer is now the leading cause of death among Hispanics in the U.S., surpassing heart disease, according to the American Cancer Society. The greater availability of treatments such as statins has helped cardiovascular death rates fall faster than the rates for cancer, according to an epidemiologist with the American Cancer Society. Reuters (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Achieving Quality of Care
Technology Breakthroughs Turn Theory into Action

A recent survey shows that the top concerns for nursing executives are patient satisfaction/patient experience, quality of care and patient safety, and controlling costs. The quality and skill mix of the direct care staff and the deployment of those caregivers are critical to addressing these top concerns. Read More
  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • Study: Duodenal switch shows better weight-loss efficacy
    Patients who underwent a duodenal switch procedure lost more weight and gained better control of diabetes and hypertension compared with those who had gastric bypass surgery, a study in the Archives of Surgery revealed. However, researchers noted a higher rate of major nutritional deficiency in the duodenal switch group, as well as extra blood loss and longer hospital stays. Reuters (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study finds benefits for children with older mothers
    Children with older mothers were less likely to be admitted to a hospital or be involved in an accident than those with younger mothers, according to a U.K. study reported in the British Medical Journal. Children born to mothers over 40 also were more likely to receive vaccinations by 9 months and less prone to social and emotional problems. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technologies 
  • HHS says public health app using Twitter launched
    HHS officials announced the launch of the MappyHealth application that uses Twitter. The online tool, which nabbed the top prize in a technology challenge by the agency's Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, helps public health officials leverage data gained using the app to determine potential health emergencies in an area and other health trends. Government Health IT online (9/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Many hospitals express interest in new info exchange tools
    Around 71% of hospitals in the U.S. plan to acquire new health information exchange tools, according to a study conducted by CapSite. The health care technology research company also expects a continuous increase in the market adoption of HIE solutions in the next two years as health care providers advance toward the second stage of meaningful use, said Gino Johnson, CapSite general manager and senior vice president. Healthcare IT News (9/14), Healthcare Informatics online (9/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Transitional care may boost outcomes after stroke, heart attack
    Transitional care interventions used at hospitals can help stroke and myocardial infarction patients, a study found. The programs were linked to reduced length of stay for stroke patients and lower mortality rates after myocardial infarction, according to a meta-analysis in the Annals of Internal Medicine. (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Wednesday -- ANA Leadership Institute Webinar on Strategic Thinking
    Explore strategic thinking from the perspective of leadership and discuss how it applies to the various roles you may fill throughout your nursing career. Learn strategies to enhance your professional value while aligning with the needs of a rapidly changing organization. Enroll now for the ANA Leadership Institute's new webinar series and receive two contact hours per webinar of continuing nursing education credit. REGISTER NOW for Wednesday's webinar on Strategic Thinking. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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