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August 7, 2012
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  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • Study links low vitamin D levels with higher risk of death in seniors
    Seniors with low levels of vitamin D had a 30% greater risk of death than did those with higher levels, according to an analysis of data from a survey of more than 4,300 people older than 60. The risk of dying was higher among frail seniors. The findings appeared on the website of the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. HealthDay News (8/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Having children may improve mothers' visuospatial memory
    A recent study suggests that mothers may have sharper memories than women who have never been pregnant. First-time mothers performed better on visuospatial memory tests than women who had never been pregnant, according to a study presented at the American Psychological Association meeting. Researcher Melissa Santiago, a doctoral student at Carlos Albizu University in Miami, said the improvement in the ability to be aware and remember details in immediate surroundings may stem from the need for mothers to have the ability to assess their environment for potential hazards to their children. (8/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • White children are more likely to get CT scans than minorities
    U.S. researchers assessed more than 42,000 children who suffered a minor head injury and found that white children were more likely to get CT scans than black and Hispanic children. The finding does not suggest that minority children are getting worse treatment, but rather that white children could be receiving unnecessary care, researchers said. The study was published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Chicago Tribune/Reuters (free registration) (8/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Liver donations from severely obese adults put children at risk
    Children who received livers from adult donors with a body mass index higher than 35 had a higher risk of graft loss and death than other pediatric recipients, U.S. researchers wrote in the journal Liver Transplantation. However, they found that the BMI of young donors did not raise children's mortality risk following transplant surgery. HealthDay News (8/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technologies 
  • CDC report finds more U.S. women are breast-feeding
    CDC data show that 76.9% of U.S. women breast-fed their babies in 2009, up from 74.6% in 2008, the biggest annual increase seen over the previous decade. The CDC's "Breastfeeding Report Card -- United States, 2012" found that 47.2% of women were still breast-feeding at six months, compared with 44.3% the year before, and that more hospitals and birth centers supported healthy breast-feeding practices. Medscape (free registration) (8/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hospitals look for ways to quiet the noise
    Medical equipment companies are working to reduce monitor noises that disrupt patient sleep but the biggest obstacle to achieving a quieter hospital may be the approach to patient care, which often still includes waking patients to do nonurgent procedures, according to Dr. Pauline Chen. While hospitals are starting campaigns to reduce noise levels, the Veterans Affairs New Jersey Health Care System goes a step farther to ask patients about their sleep patterns and offer sleep aids, such as masks, sound machines, warmed blankets and aromatherapy. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Well blog (8/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Work-Life Balance 
  • Initiatives help health care professionals get into shape
    Health care professionals try to practice what they preach to patients about obesity and healthy lifestyles, using initiatives like Patient Promise at Johns Hopkins or the ANA's Healthy Nurse program to get in shape and adopt healthy behaviors. The University of Maryland Medical Center has a "Step Up to Good Health" program that promotes walking and weight-loss contests and makes it easier for staff to bicycle to work. The Sun (Baltimore) (8/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative Policy & Regulatory News 
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Nurse PractitionerProvider Health ServicesUS - AR - Hot Springs
Nurse PractitionerProvider Health ServicesUS - AR - Magnolia
Health Care SurveyorState of Wyoming - Healthcare Licensing & SurveysUS - WY - Cheyenne
Director of Nursing, DON. Ellensburg. WA.Prestige Care Inc US - WA - Ellensburg
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  ANA News 
  • Plan to attend the 7th Annual ANA Nursing Quality Conference™
    The ANA Nursing Quality Conference™ brings together nursing professionals from across the globe with a passion and commitment for improving nursing quality. This is your opportunity to meet them, share experiences and connect with others. Feb. 6 to 8, Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Stay up to date at! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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