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February 22, 2013
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  • CDC breaks down trends behind 1.5M new cancer cases in 2009
    The number of people in the U.S. diagnosed with invasive cancer in 2009 totaled 1.5 million, with prostate, breast, lung and colon cancer making up 52% of cases, the CDC found. In the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, researchers wrote that men were more likely to have malignancies than women, and that blacks were at greater risk of cancer than whites. They found geographic disparities in cancer incidence, with the South recording higher caseloads of colon and lung cancers. HealthDay News (2/21)
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  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • CDC calls for better tools to protect against influenza
    Data on 2,697 children and adults showed this year's flu vaccine has been effective in 56% of people who were vaccinated. The vaccine provided better protection against influenza B, and better protection against influenza A among younger people compared with older people. Just 9% of those 65 and older who were vaccinated were protected against influenza A. The findings in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report highlight the need for a better and longer-lasting vaccine against flu, CDC officials said. Reuters (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Smog exposure tied to mortality risk after heart attack
    Exposure to smog is associated with a greater likelihood of death among heart attack survivors, according to a study published online in the European Heart Journal. Researchers looked at the records of more than 150,000 heart attack survivors in the U.K. and found a 20% increase in mortality risk for each additional 10 micrograms per cubic meter of fine particulates. HealthDay News (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technologies 
  • Community interventions change behaviors in pilot study
    An Oxford Health Alliance-funded pilot study found that community interventions in three nations had a positive effect on diet, exercise and tobacco use. "Community programs are where we need to be," said Dr. Beatriz Champagne of the InterAmerican Heart Foundation in Dallas, who was involved in the Community Interventions for Health project. "All the theories in the world are no good if they can't be put into practice." Medscape (free registration) (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • "Choose Wisely" adds 90 new tests, procedures to avoid
    The "Choose Wisely" campaign added 17 medical groups to its roster on Thursday, along with 90 additional tests, procedures and treatments that are overused and should be avoided in certain patient groups. Added to the list were the use of antibiotics for pink eye, population-based screening for vitamin D deficiency, and elective inducement or cesarean-section deliveries before 39 weeks. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  From the Patient's View 
  • Poll reveals inaccurate views on IUD use
    U.S. researchers surveyed more than 1,600 women ages 18 to 50 in Pennsylvania and found that only about 20% correctly said that intrauterine devices are more effective than the birth control pill in preventing pregnancy. More than 50% of the respondents correctly said that IUD use doesn't carry a greater risk for sexually transmitted disease compared with the pill. Reuters (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative Policy & Regulatory News 
  • 25 states to evaluate Medicaid savings, quality models
    HHS said Thursday it will fund programs in 25 states that evaluate new approaches to curbing medical costs and improving health care quality in Medicaid. Arkansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon and Vermont were the first states to receive State Innovation Model support. Reuters (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ANA News 
  • ANCC Pathway to Excellence Conference -- Early bird rates end soon
    Register today for ANCC Pathway to Excellence Conference 2013, May 2 and 3 in Baltimore. This conference will provide education and the opportunity to exchange ideas on the power of positive practice for Pathway to Excellence-designated organizations, those interested in the designation, and long-term care organizations. Register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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