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February 15, 2013
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  • Thousands of cancer deaths in U.S. linked to alcohol
    Alcohol is responsible for approximately 3.5% of cancer deaths in the U.S., an estimated 20,000 deaths a year, according to a study to be published in the American Journal of Public Health. On average, each case represented 18 years of lost life, and the greater the alcohol intake, the greater the risk. (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
A Practical Guide for the Care of Neurovascular Patients
With the aging population growing, healthcare for those suffering from stroke and related illnesses is increasingly important. Evidence-Based Nursing Care in Stroke and Neurovascular Conditions is a practical guide for novice, experienced and advanced practice nurses working with patients suffering from neurovascular conditions.
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  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • Experts tie chemotherapy to slight increase in AML risk
    Patients who underwent chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin lymphoma and esophageal, prostate and cervical cancers faced an increased risk of developing acute myeloid leukemia, according to a new study. However, treatment was associated with lower AML risk in patients who had ovarian cancer, myeloma, and possibly lung cancer, researchers said. The findings appear in the journal Blood. HealthDay News (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More U.S. women are using morning-after pill in past decade
    CDC researchers looked at data from the National Survey of Family Growth and found that 11% of women between ages 15 and 44 reported using the morning-after pill from 2006 to 2010, up from about 4.2% in 2002. They noted that 23% of the users were young women ages 20 to 24 and that users were more likely to be non-Hispanic white and Hispanic women than non-Hispanic black women. HealthDay News (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CDC: Synthetic pot linked to 16 cases of kidney injury
    Sixteen teens and adults aged 15 to 33 in six states were diagnosed with acute kidney injury last year following the use of synthetic marijuana products, CDC officials wrote in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. While most of the patients recovered within three days after their serum creatinine peak, five needed hemodialysis and four were given corticosteroids. Family Practice News (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Shingles vaccine could be affected by untreated depression
    Older people who were not receiving treatment for depressive symptoms had a weaker immune response to the varicella zoster virus than those who were not depressed or who had therapy, a study found. The findings, which were published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, suggest that depression treatment could be important for vaccine effectiveness, researchers said. (2/14)
  • Neurostimulation may have benefits in early Parkinson's
    Researchers tracked 251 patients with early-stage Parkinson's disease and found that those who received medication plus deep brain stimulation had improved quality of life and mobility compared with those treated with drugs alone. "The data suggest that patients can safely, and with significantly better outcome, receive neurostimulation," said senior author and neurologist Gunther Deuschl. The study appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine. HealthDay News (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study examines link between EHR use, health service referrals
    Providers using EHRs are more likely to refer women for mammograms and other preventive care, including pelvic and breast examinations, according to research in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Providers without EHRs had the lowest referral rates for all but two tests involving women's health, researchers found. (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Hospice RN Case ManagerUnitedHealth GroupTuscon, AZ
Psychiatric Advanced Practice RNKaiser PermanenteSuitland, MD
Part Time Health Coach in London, OHUnitedHealth GroupColumbus, OH
Behavioral Health Care Advocate - Telecommute - New York OnlyUnitedHealth GroupAlbany, NY
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  • Honor a nurse
    Celebrate the nurses that have changed your life. Take a moment and think about the colleague, teacher, caregiver or friend that has made a positive impact on you. Then make a donation to American Nurses Foundation and tell us who you want to honor and why. Your honoree's name will be featured on our website and in our annual report. Your gift will support ANF initiatives like disaster relief, new PTSD tools for nurses and nursing research. Honor a nurse today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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