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February 13, 2013
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  • CDC: Hospitals made steady progress in curbing some infections
    A CDC report released on Tuesday found that the rates of central line-associated bloodstream infections declined by 41% and surgical site infections fell by 17% in U.S. hospitals since 2008. However, catheter-associated urinary tract infections have not declined further since 2010, possibly due to the number of catheter days holding steady in critical-care settings. CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden called on hospitals to do more to control and track infections. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (2/12), Nurse.com (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • Prenatal intake of folic acid may reduce autism risk
    Taking folic acid supplements before conception and early in pregnancy was associated with a lower risk of having children with autism, according to a Norwegian study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The effects of folic acid on genes and DNA repair may explain its role in brain development disorders in babies, including autism, researchers said. Reuters (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Following sodium limits would save thousands of lives
    Cutting back on salt intake from current levels to 2,300 milligrams a day -- the upper end of the federal guideline -- could save 500,000 to 850,000 lives over the next 10 years, according to research published in the journal Hypertension. Even a more gradual reduction in salt content among restaurant and processed foods could save 280,000 to 500,000 lives in 10 years, largely by reducing the risks of heart attack and stroke. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • High BP during pregnancy may mean higher risk later in life
    High blood pressure during pregnancy means a greater risk of heart disease, kidney problems and diabetes later in life, even with only one or two high blood pressure readings, according to a study in the journal Circulation. Women whose blood pressure returned to normal after pregnancy were still 1.6 to 2.5 times more likely to develop subsequent high blood pressure requiring hospitalization or treatment. HealthDay News (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • High calcium intake may add to women's risk of cardiac death
    Daily dietary intake or supplementation of more than 1,400 milligrams of calcium was linked to an almost twofold increased risk of dying from heart problems, Swedish researchers reported in the journal BMJ. They noted that women whose calcium intake was less than 600 milligrams also appeared to be at increased risk. HealthDay News (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study shows inconsistency, opacity of health care costs
    A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine shows how tough it can be for consumers to obtain health care price estimates as well as how widely those costs can vary. The study requested price information for a hip replacement from more than 100 hospitals. Only about half of the hospitals provided estimates, and the figures ranged from $11,100 to $125,798. An accompanying commentary noted that quality data are needed along with price information, so consumers can assess the value of an estimate. Some observers, however, criticized the variation seen in the study, saying there is little justification for such costs. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Well blog (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Playtime may ease children's postoperative pain
    Children who played with a stuffed animal and their parents after undergoing surgery had lower pain scores compared with those in the control group, Spanish researchers wrote in the journal Pain Management Nursing. The findings suggest that the distraction of playing may have a vital role in reducing children's pain perception. DailyRx.com (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Giving employees a "nudge" increases wellness participation
    Wellness plans can use behavioral economics to drive participation, giving employees a "nudge" to get them going, says Evive Health CEO Peter Saravis. DTE Energy in Michigan used a Weight Watchers mailing aimed at couples to encourage them to keep each other committed to dieting, and the State of Nebraska sent employees a scratch-off mailer that showed how much money they would save by enrolling in a PPO option as a way to get them to act. TrainingMag.com (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Legislative Policy & Regulatory News 
  • Obama vows to contain health spending in State of the Union
    President Barack Obama promised to seek to further reduce health care spending while praising the Affordable Care Act during his State of the Union address on Tuesday. "We'll reduce taxpayer subsidies to prescription drug companies and ask more from the wealthiest seniors," Obama said. "We'll bring down costs by changing the way our government pays for Medicare." The Huffington Post (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Hospice RN Case ManagerUnitedHealth GroupTuscon, AZ
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Psychiatric Advanced Practice RNKaiser PermanenteSuitland, MD
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Behavioral Health Care Advocate - Telecommute - New York OnlyUnitedHealth GroupAlbany, NY
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