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November 13, 2012
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  • Fasting before cholesterol screening may be unnecessary, study finds
    Canadian researchers looked at results of cholesterol tests for more than 200,000 people and found small differences in total cholesterol and HDL cholesterol readings between those who have recently eaten and those who fasted for at least eight hours. The two patient groups had a less than 10% variance in LDL cholesterol and less than 20% variance in triglycerides. The findings appear in the Archives of Internal Medicine. WebMD (11/12)
 5 Reasons You Shouldn't Postpone a Critical Test Results Management System
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  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • Antivirals lower recurrence risk of HBV-tied liver cancer in study
    The post-surgical use of antiviral treatments, including Tyzeka or telbivudine, 3TC or lamivudine, and Baraclude or entecavir, seems to cut the recurrence risk of hepatocellular carcinoma linked to hepatitis B, according to a study presented at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases' annual meeting and published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Just 20.5% of patients who received anti-HBV nucleoside analogs had cancer recurrence, compared with 43.6% of patients who didn't receive the drugs. MedPage Today (free registration) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Type 2 diabetes control might not lower stroke risk
    Patients with well-controlled type 2 diabetes showed lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels but had higher pulse wave velocity than patients in a control group, according to a study in Diabetes Care. Researchers said pulse wave velocity was associated with white matter lesions in diabetes patients and "may represent a clinically relevant parameter in the evaluation of cerebrovascular disease risk in type 2 diabetes." News (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis finds racial disparities in survival in kidney cancer
    White patients with renal cell carcinoma were more likely to survive at least five years than their black counterparts, according to a study in the journal Cancer. A higher prevalence of localized cancer, smaller tumors and less aggressive kidney cancer among black patients, however, should point to better prognosis. Differences in surgery rates and underlying health conditions could be among the factors behind the difference, researchers said. HealthDay News (11/12)
  • Introducing fish in diet at 6 months may lower wheezing risk
    Fish intake between ages 6 months and 12 months was associated with a significantly lower risk of wheezing at 48 months, but not afterward, Dutch researchers reported in the journal Pediatrics. They said that no fish consumption during the first year of life as well as introduction of fish in the diets of babies ages 0 to 6 months correlated with greater odds of wheezing at age 48 months. News (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Infant acetaminophen use linked with childhood asthma risk
    Children who received more acetaminophen as babies had a greater likelihood of suffering asthmalike symptoms in preschool than those who were less likely to be treated with the drug, a Danish study shows. Although the findings, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, demonstrated an association between use of the drug and later asthma risk, it did not demonstrate a causal relationship. Reuters (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technologies 
  • Massage therapy may help strengthen immune systems of preemies
    Premature babies who received massage therapy sessions had natural killer cells with better killing ability than those who weren't given massages, a study in the journal Pediatrics showed. Although it remains uncertain how massages boost the immune system, the findings suggested that stress curbs the activity of natural killer cells. (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mich. hospitals report gains in quality of care measures
    Michigan hospitals worked to prevent hospital-associated infections, reduced the number of patients who left emergency departments without being seen and lowered rates of elective early births, according to a quality report by the Michigan Health & Hospital Association. Hospitals also reported NICU admissions were reduced by more than 43%. Crain's Detroit Business (free registration) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative Policy & Regulatory News 
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Clinical Nurse LeaderMinneapolis VA Medical CenterUS - MN - Minneapolis
Licensed, RNAt Home Independent CareUS - NY - Utica
Nurse Manager - Critical Care UnitColumbus Regional HospitalUS - IN - Columbus
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  ANA News 
  • Last chance to register -- Leading People Webinar on Wednesday
    Leading people involves having courage, humility, curiosity and compassion as well as creating ongoing learning through listening and sharing information. Explore ways to build positive relationships, lead in multicultural environments, and collaborate across disciplines that result in accountable and safe patient care environments. ANA CEO Marla Weston will join the panel discussion following the presentation. Register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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