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November 9, 2012
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  • CDC: Smoking rate remains unchanged from 2010 to 2011
    The number of U.S. adult smokers fell only slightly, from 19.3% in 2010 to 19% in 2011, but heavy smoking has become less prevalent, declining more than 25% since 2005, CDC officials said. They added that state funding for antismoking programs failed to meet the agency's recommendations. The findings appear in the Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report. MedPage Today (free registration) (11/8)
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  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • Study links heart failure to greater cancer risk
    People with heart failure were almost 60% more likely to develop cancer than those without the condition, U.S. researchers found. Those who developed cancer had a 46% higher risk of dying. A causal relationship wasn't shown, but the study supports greater cancer surveillance among heart failure patients, experts said. The study was to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association. HealthDay News (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Testosterone ups MI, death risk in older diabetes, CAD patients
    Older patients with diabetes and coronary artery disease who underwent testosterone replacement therapy following coronary angiography were at greater risk of myocardial infarction and all-cause mortality compared with those who did not have the treatment, researchers reported at the American Heart Association meeting. The study was based on 3,375 veterans, including 461 treated with testosterone. Healio/Cardiology Today (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Statins may improve cancer survival, researchers say
    Cancer patients receiving statins, a class of cholesterol-lowering drugs, were 15% less likely to die of cancer or of other causes than those who weren't taking the medications, according to a Danish study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. "Statin use in patients with cancer is associated with reduced cancer-related mortality," researchers said. "Our hypothesis is that by reducing cholesterol, you steal cholesterol from the proliferating cancer cells ... improving survival," lead researcher Stig Bojesen said. Reuters (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Children's brains respond differently to iron, omega-3 supplements
    Iron supplementation improved the memory and learning of children with poor iron status, particularly those with anemia, but omega-3 supplements yielded no overall benefit, a study found. Researchers noted that girls with iron deficiency who received omega-3s had lower scores in memory tests than boys. The findings, based on 321 children in South Africa, appear in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Reuters (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study examines sexual behavior of young HIV patients
    Data from the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study involving 330 patients who acquired HIV at birth found that 62% of those who were sexually active reported having unprotected sex. "Perinatally HIV-infected youth are like other adolescents across the country -- some are becoming sexually active, and they're practicing similar behaviors, including unprotected sex," a researcher said. The study was reported in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. Healio/Infectious Disease News (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technologies 
  • Report looks at the state of health insurance exchanges
    Twenty states are set to run their own health insurance exchanges, an additional 13 states are expected to partner with the federal government to jointly operate an exchange and at least one-third are likely to have a federally operated marketplace, Avalere Health says in a report. Governors have the authority to decide which type of exchange to implement, although Missouri voters on Tuesday approved a measure that bars the governor from instituting an exchange without the approval of the Legislature or a voter referendum. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hospital wellness plans encompass employee health, finances
    More urban and community-based hospitals are using a two-pronged wellness approach, focusing on employee physical health and reducing stress related to finances, writes James Revels in MedCity News. He says financial wellness leads to higher productivity and morale but it can be difficult to determine return-on-investment. (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Work-Life Balance 
  • Longer shifts affect patient and nurse satisfaction, study finds
    Nurses who worked for 10 hours or more per shift were at 2.5 times greater risk of experiencing burnout and job dissatisfaction compared with those with shorter shifts, according to a University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing study published in Health Affairs. As the number of nurses working more than 13 hours increased, patients' dissatisfaction with the care they received increased. (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative Policy & Regulatory News 
  • Medicare nudges beneficiaries toward better-performing plans
    Medicare officials are working to shift beneficiaries to better coverage by sending letters informing seniors whose plans were rated below three stars three years in a row of the low ratings. The letters were sent to about 375,000 Medicare Advantage members and 150,000 drug plan members, and plans have also been warned of possible future cancellation. USA Today/Kaiser Health News (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Clinical Nurse LeaderMinneapolis VA Medical CenterUS - MN - Minneapolis
Licensed, RNAt Home Independent CareUS - NY - Utica
Radiology RN / Travel NursingTrustaffConcord, CA
RN Nurse Case Manager - Work from homeUnitedHealth GroupDetroit, MI
Labor and Delivery RN / Travel NursingTrustaffDenver, CO
PA/NPSouthwest Medical AssociatesLas Vegas, NV
Nurse Manager - Critical Care UnitColumbus Regional HospitalUS - IN - Columbus
Area Clinic Manager/Center Support Manager (LPN/RN)JSA HealthcareUS - FL - St. Petersburg
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  ANA News 
  • Advance your education and your career
    By pursuing a bachelor's or advanced nursing degree, RNs can operate from a broader knowledge base for the benefit of patients and families and further advance their careers. Take the next step in your professional development and register for RN-to-BSN classes or graduate-level courses. Through agreements with several university partners, ANA's Educational Alliance offers exclusive discounts to ANA members on accredited online nursing degree programs. Learn more about these opportunities. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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