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February 20, 2013
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  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • Higher diabetes risk is seen in men who sit more
    Data on 63,048 Australian men showed those who reported spending more time sitting were 12% to 19% more likely to develop diabetes than those who sat less than four hours a day. The results were published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Medical device use in NICUs linked to higher BPA levels
    Urine samples of 55 premature babies in a neonatal intensive care unit showed that those exposed to four or more medical devices in the previous three days had substantially greater bisphenol A concentrations than babies exposed to three or fewer devices. Breast milk and formula had the same total BPA levels, researchers reported in the journal Pediatrics. News (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Family instability associated with higher rates of chronic conditions
    Children whose families had been investigated by child welfare agencies were up to twice as likely to suffer from a chronic health problem as peers in the general population, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers noted that older children, boys and children using special education services were at a greater risk of being diagnosed with a chronic condition. (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Blood vessel damage found in brains of people with Alzheimer's
    Researchers compared the brains of people with and without Alzheimer's disease and found that those with Alzheimer's had greater areas of blood vessel damage than those without the condition. They also found blood vessel damage in people suffering from mild memory problems. The study appeared online in JAMA Neurology. HealthDay News (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technologies 
  • More robotically assisted hysterectomies are performed in U.S.
    The use of robotic-assisted hysterectomy for endometriosis, bleeding or fibroids increased substantially between 2007 and 2010, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The robotic procedure was more expensive and did not appear to have better outcomes or to reduce complications, including the need for transfusion, the study found, researchers said. Reuters (2/19)
  • SANE nurses train to help assault victims
    Registered nurses choose to work on the Mid-Iowa Sexual Assault Response Team because they have compassion for sexual assault victims and want to build knowledge and skills in nursing, said Shannon Knudsen, who leads the sexual assault nurse examiners who work in the program. To become a SANE nurse, RNs must have at least one year of nursing experience, complete a 40-hour course and train with an examiner. The Des Moines Register (Iowa) (tiered subscription model) (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  From the Patient's View 
  • Study shows growing heart disease awareness among women
    U.S. researchers surveyed more than 1,200 women in 2012 on the leading causes of death and found that 56% of them named heart disease as the top killer, up from 30% in 1997. However, that knowledge on heart disease remained low among black, Hispanic and younger women. The findings will appear in the journal Circulation. (2/19)
  Legislative Policy & Regulatory News 
  • CMS: Part D premiums to fall in 2014
    Medicare Part D beneficiaries will have lower premiums in 2014 and government support for Medicare Advantage plans will shrink due to reduced increases in health spending, the CMS said in a statement. Part D's standard deductible will be $310, or 4.6% lower than in 2013. Copayments are also expected to be down. Bloomberg (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ANA News 
  • Bullying in the Workplace: Reversing a Culture
    This publication is a must-read for nurses who want to increase their professional awareness of bullying in order to counter bullying behaviors and create safe workplaces. When you buy your copy, you will also be eligible to take the corresponding CE module "Bullying in the Workplace" for free. Order your copy today at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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