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February 5, 2013
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  • HIV patients may be more prone to certain skin cancers
    HIV-positive patients were at double the risk of developing basal cell carcinomas and almost triple the risk for squamous cell carcinomas compared with HIV-negative individuals, a study of more than 43,500 patients found. An immune system deficiency may be behind the association, researchers said. The findings appeared online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. HealthDay News (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • Flu particularly dangerous for seniors this year, CDC data show
    Although influenza is beginning to taper nationwide, the outbreak remains serious and seniors are at particular risk, CDC epidemiologist Michael Jhung reported Friday. Jhung said the rate of deaths associated with laboratory-confirmed influenza was 116 per 100,000 cases among patients older than 65. "We've still got several weeks of the season yet, so it's going to be much worse," Jhung said. USA Today (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Review links men's kidney-stone risk, vitamin C supplements
    Researchers looked at data from 23,355 men in Sweden and found that those who took high-dose vitamin C supplements were almost twice as likely to develop kidney stones as those who didn't take any nutritional supplements. The risk of kidney stones was highest among men who took vitamin C supplements at least once a day, according to the study published online in JAMA Internal Medicine. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/4), Reuters (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technologies 
  • App can expand access to nursing procedure database
    An iPad application from Lippincott Williams & Wilkins offers offline access to the Web-based Lippincott's Nursing Procedures and Skills database. The app's offline capability enables access to facility-specific procedures remotely or during disaster recovery, said Carolyn Dalton, senior digital product manager for LWW parent company Wolters Kluwer Health. Healthcare IT News (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nurse-led intervention cuts readmission rates among HF patients
    A home-based nursing program contributed to a 24% decline in all-cause readmissions among older people being treated for heart failure. Under the program, nurses visit patients within two days after they leave the hospital to begin counseling about self-management and to review drug regimens. (2/4)
  Work-Life Balance 
  • Core workouts get too much hype, experts say
    Exercises that target midsection muscles are important for strength, but University of Waterloo professor Stuart McGill says a popular emphasis on core workouts has led to "a lot of nonsense" and is really a fad. Fitness experts say a strong core is important in fitness and in everyday life, but doesn't require special equipment or training. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  From the Patient's View 
  • Reasons for taking multivitamins vary among U.S. adults
    Data on close to 12,000 adults from the 2007-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey show that 45% of Americans who took a multivitamin did so because they believed it would improve or maintain their health, while 23% did so because a doctor recommended it. Vitamin users reported better health but also more healthy lifestyles than non-users. The findings appear in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. WebMD/HealthDay News (2/4)
  Legislative Policy & Regulatory News 
  • HHS: Cutting outdated Medicare rules could save $676M yearly
    HHS proposed eliminating some outdated Medicare regulations to save health care providers and hospitals about $3.4 billion in five years, or $676 million a year. "By eliminating outdated or overly burdensome requirements, hospitals and health care professionals can focus on treating patients," HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said. Reuters (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    Care coordination is a complex concept which encompasses many aspects of care delivery, organization and quality. Nursing's holistic approach to care ensures that patients' needs are met across settings and providers and facilitates the delivery of quality care. This program provides insights, case studies and strategies to advance nursing's role in the care coordination and healthcare transformation. Register now for this webinar on Feb. 20 -- free for ANA members! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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