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February 6, 2013
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  • Declines in cancer seen among blacks
    Cancer rates have dropped among blacks in the U.S., although they remain at greater risk of dying from cancer than whites, a report showed. Black men had a 15% higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer than white men, while black women had a 6% lower cancer risk compared with white women, researchers wrote in the CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. HealthDay News (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Mentally ill adults more likely to smoke, CDC reports
    The smoking rate for adults with a mental condition in the U.S. was about 70% higher than for other adults, according to a report by the CDC and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. On average, smokers with mental disorders smoked more cigarettes than smokers without mental conditions. Reuters (2/5)
  • Calcium supplements raise men's risk of death from heart disease
    Taking 1,000 milligrams of calcium supplement per day increases a man's risk of dying from heart disease by 20%, but does not have the same effect in women, according to an analysis in JAMA Internal Medicine. Calcium from diet, however, was not associated with an increased risk. The study followed more than 388,000 patients age 50 to 71. HealthDay News (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prenatal exposure to air pollution tied to lower birth weight
    Pregnant women exposed to increased levels of particulate air pollution were more likely to give birth to smaller babies, according to a study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Every 10-microgram increase of pollution particles per cubic meter of air was linked to an 8.9 gram decline in infant birth weight, researchers said. (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Current guidelines address fertility in young cancer patients
    Sexual and reproductive health risks following treatment from childhood, adolescent and young adult cancer vary depending on cancer type, age at diagnosis and therapy, according to a review in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Possible long-term sexual and reproductive complications should be discussed by oncologists and cancer patients before treatment begins, researchers said. News (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • PCMHs can do more to involve patients in improving care
    While 90% of patient-centered medical home practices used one or more strategies to gather patient feedback, only 29% engaged patients and families as advisers and 32% involved patients in team efforts to boost care quality, according to an American Academy of Family Physicians survey. The results appear in Health Affairs. (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study IDs infection-control practices perceived as most effective
    A survey of infection-control specialists at 478 U.S. hospitals helped Michigan researchers create a list of the most common infection-control practices based on strength of evidence. The report in the American Journal of Infection Control found alcohol-based hand rub and aseptic urinary catheter insertion were among those perceived as the most effective practices, while routine central catheter changes and nitrofurazone-releasing urinary catheters were among the practices perceived as the least effective. (2/3) 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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