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October 2, 2012
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  • HPV vaccine Gardasil safe for teens, young women
    A study involving almost 190,000 girls and women ages 9 to 26 found no new safety concerns with Merck & Co.'s human papillomavirus vaccine Gardasil. Fainting and rare cases of skin infections, the only observed side effects, were expected and benign, according to researchers. The findings appear in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Reuters (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
1-on-1 Help for Your Chronically-Ill Patients
Home health nurses and therapists care for chronically ill patients where they spend most of their time—at home. Amedisys' clinicians focus on reducing preventable readmissions, improving transitions from discharge to home and providing the services your homebound patients need. Learn more about how home health care can help.
  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • Insomnia can be costly for employers
    Insomnia was estimated to be the cause about 274,000 workplace errors costing more than $30 billion, according to a study in the Archives of General Psychiatry. Researchers looked at 10,094 responses to the America Insomnia Survey and found that those with the condition had double the risk of occupational errors and accidents. Los Angeles Times/Booster Shots blog (tiered subscription model) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Intensive care yields same development outcomes in late preemies
    Children born late preterm who were placed in intensive care had the same cognitive, motor and language skills at age 3 as those not in intensive care, Queen's University Belfast researchers found. They also noted higher rates of resuscitation at birth and cesarean delivery among late preemies who received intensive care compared with the control group. The findings appear in the journal Pediatrics. News (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Decline in birth defects seen among babies conceived through ART
    Data on more than 207,000 births in Western Australia from 1994 to 2002 showed a decline in the number of babies conceived through assisted reproduction techniques who were diagnosed with a birth defect by age 6. Researchers said that improvements in clinical practice may have played a role in lowering the number of birth defects among ART babies. The findings appear in journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. Reuters (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rheumatology group issues new gout guidelines
    The American College of Rheumatology released new guidelines on how to manage and treat gout. The group recommended xanthine oxidase inhibitors, either allopurinol or febuxostat, as first-line therapy to reduce uric acid levels. A uricosuric agent such as probenecid, fenofibrate or losartan can be added if the target serum urate level cannot be achieved with xanthine oxidase inhibitors alone. The guidelines were published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research. MedPage Today (free registration) (9/29), (9/30) 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
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  • Health care utilization in U.S. drops, report finds
    The average number of visits to a medical provider among working-age adults dropped from 4.8 in 2001 to 3.9 in 2010, a Census Bureau report found. Most respondents described their health as either excellent or very good. "The decline in the use of medical services was widespread, taking place regardless of health status," Census Bureau's Brett O'Hara said. Despite that, the average household spent 3.1% more on medical services last year, but spending on pharmaceuticals fell 2.3%. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Economix blog (10/1), (10/1)
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  • Republican governors seek details in letter opposing health law
    Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, asked for more information on "aggressive" health insurance exchange deadlines and stated his group's opposition to the Affordable Care Act in a letter to the White House. "While we believe the best option is to fully repeal and replace the [law], states continue to confront numerous deadlines and face major policy decisions in the wake of the Supreme Court decision," McDonnell wrote. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Now available! Teaching IOM, 3rd Ed. and Companion Student Guide
    Teaching IOM: Implications of the Institute of Medicine Reports for Nursing Education and its companion volume, Learning IOM, make it easy for nurse leaders to understand the nursing-relevant reports and understand how they shape the profession. Both books cover 40 IOM reports, including the landmark The Future of Nursing IOM report. Now more than ever, nurse leaders must understand these important documents and know how they impact all practice areas. Learn more at and buy your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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