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January 3, 2013
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  • Review: Slightly obese patients show lower mortality risk
    Overweight and slightly obese participants showed a 6% lower mortality risk compared with their normal-weight counterparts, according to an analysis of almost 100 studies in the Journal of the American Medical Association. However, morbid obesity was still associated with a nearly 30% increased risk of dying, researchers said. Reuters (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Large share of ED visits made by adults with disabilities
    Nearly 40% of emergency department visits in the U.S. involved working-age adults with disabilities, NIH researchers reported in the journal Health Services Research. An analysis of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey found that the severity of a disability's limitations correlated with greater use of emergency departments as did lack of access to primary care. Nurse.com (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: Psychiatric problems tied to domestic violence
    Men and women diagnosed with mental health disorders had a greater likelihood of being victims of domestic violence than those in the general population, an analysis of 41 studies showed. The findings, published in the journal PLoS One, suggest a bidirectional link between abuse and mental health problems. HealthDay News (1/2)
  • MRI better than CT scan at detecting brain injury damage
    Researchers studied 135 patients with mild traumatic brain injury and found that magnetic resonance imaging was more effective than early computed tomography at assessing head injuries. The findings suggest that MRI may be a better tool in predicting long-term brain damage than CT scans. The study appeared in the journal Annals of Neurology. DailyRx.com (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Oral cleft defects occur in U.S.
    The CDC found that an estimated 7,000 U.S. children are born with a cleft lip or cleft palate annually. Treatment for these conditions yields excellent outcomes, an expert said. A March of Dimes report cited prenatal smoking as the biggest risk factor for oral clefts. HealthDay News (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report breaks down 5 ACO payment models
    The move to accountable care organizations presents leaders with the challenge of identifying which payment model would best help them achieve the ACO goals of better care quality and outcomes at reduced costs. An American Academy of Actuaries report describes the five common ACO payment schemes, which include one-sided shared savings and bundled payments. BeckersOrthopedicAndSpine.com (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pediatric group issues guidelines on C. difficile infection
    The American Academy of Pediatrics released new guidelines urging providers to look for other possible causes whenever infants test positive for Clostridium difficile since they normally have high colonization rates with the bacteria. Infants should only be tested for C. difficile when there's an outbreak or when the patient has Hirschsprung disease or other severe motility disorders, the group said. "For children older than 3 years, testing can be performed in the same manner as for older children and adults," AAP said. MedPage Today (free registration) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How palliative care can enhance quality of life during illness
    A palliative care team of doctors and nurses who cater to emotional and spiritual in addition to medical needs adds an extra layer of support during serious illnesses, according to Stormont-Vail Cancer Center palliative care program coordinator Robin Holthaus, a registered nurse. Palliative care team members aim to help patients achieve the highest quality of life they can. WIBW-TV (Topeka, Kan.) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative Policy & Regulatory News 
  • Women get free birth control, preventive care benefits under ACA
    Most women with private insurance now can receive free FDA-approved contraceptives and other preventive care measures without out-of-pocket costs such as co-insurance, deductibles or copayments. "Research shows that having access to these long-lasting contraceptives really does reduce the unintended pregnancy and abortion rates," the Kaiser Family Foundation's Alina Salganicoff said. While the requirement went into effect Aug. 1, many insurers' benefits are updated with the new year, she said. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ANA News 
  • Navigate Nursing Webinars -- Become a nurse leader
    ANA developed its Navigate Nursing Webinars to help you become a strong nurse leader. You have the skills, training and knowledge to deliver professional care to patients. We aim to provide you with valuable leadership resources to help you navigate your professional career. Contact hours are granted for each webinar with proof of completion. Check out the 2013 Navigate Nursing Webinar schedule. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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