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March 22, 2013
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  Health Care News 
  • Report predicts 18M cancer survivors in U.S. in 2022
    The number of cancer survivors in the U.S. may reach nearly 18 million by 2022, a report by the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute indicated. Prostate cancer, colorectal cancer and melanoma were the three most common forms of cancer in male patients, while breast, uterine and colorectal cancers were the most common forms in women. Medscape (free registration)/Reuters (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CDC data show low prediabetes awareness among Americans
    A CDC report revealed only 11% of 79 million Americans with prediabetes were aware that they had the condition. "We need people to understand their risk and take action if they are at risk for diabetes. We know how to prevent type 2 diabetes, or at least delay it, so there are things people can do, but the first step is knowing what your risk is -- to know if you have prediabetes," report author Ann Albright said. The findings were published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Medication poisonings among U.S. children on the rise
    A Safe Kids Worldwide report showed a 30% increase in the number of children who were taken to emergency departments following accidental medication poisoning in the past decade. The medications were prescribed to adults in 86% of the cases, and ibuprofen was the most common drug to be accidentally ingested by children. Since most of the time children picked up the drugs on a table, off of the floor or from a purse, experts recommend that parents put their medications further out of reach. USA Today (3/20), (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Study: Statins may protect hep C patients from liver cancer
    The use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs among patients with chronic hepatitis C was associated with a decreased risk of liver cancer, according to a study of around 261,000 patients in Taiwan. The reductions were modest, but the findings could address possible concerns about prescribing statins to patients with liver disease, a U.S. researcher commented. The study appeared in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Reuters (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prepregnancy pertussis vaccination may protect babies
    Getting vaccinated against whooping cough before pregnancy reduced babies' odds of having the condition by 52%, compared with babies whose mothers were not vaccinated, Australian researchers found. The study, presented at an infectious disease meeting, included 217 babies with whooping cough and 585 healthy babies. (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Estrogen eases postmenopausal joint pain, not swelling
    Data on nearly 11,000 postmenopausal women showed 23.7% of those on estrogen treatment experienced less joint pain at one year, compared with 20.8% of those in the placebo group. However, estrogen treatment was not associated with improvements in joint swelling, researchers wrote in Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society. (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • WHO: Nurses are vital to addressing noncommunicable diseases
    A World Health Organization report highlights the role of nurses and midwives in preventing noncommunicable conditions including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. "Nurses and midwives have the expertise to help individuals and communities improve health outcomes," report co-author and University of California, Los Angeles, nursing professor Linda Sarna said. (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • Ore. House backs equal reimbursement for NPs
    The Oregon House approved a bill to require insurers to pay independent nurse practitioners and physician assistants the same rate as doctors for the same services. House Bill 2902 is "very simple and straightforward. A group of health care providers are not being paid the same rate for doing the same work ... and it's wrong," state Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland, said. The bill goes next to the Senate. The Lund Report (Portland, Ore.) (3/20), (Ore.) (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • AHRQ releases toolkit to reduce hospital readmissions
    Funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) Toolkit gives hospitals step-by-step guidance on how to replicate a successful discharge process developed at Boston University Medical Center. The RED Toolkit is designed to ensure a smooth and effective transition for patients at discharge. The newly expanded toolkit provides complete guidance to implement the RED process for all patients, including those with limited English proficiency and from diverse cultural backgrounds. The toolkit can help hospitals attain the Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goal to reduce readmission rates and help avoid payment reductions for readmissions for certain conditions. Download the toolkit or order copies of the instructional manual by contacting the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse at or (800) 358-9295. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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