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November 1, 2012
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  • Sugary drinks raise stroke risk in women, study says
    Women who consumed soft drinks and other sweetened beverages almost every day had an 83% higher risk of stroke than women who never or rarely drank sugary beverages, according to a study of nearly 40,000 people in Japan. The study failed to find a link between sugary drinks and stroke risk in men. The findings were published online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Reuters (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • CDC: Spread of West Nile outbreak begins to wane
    The CDC reported on Wednesday that the West Nile virus outbreak continues to spread, but the pace seems to be slowing. Researchers reported 166 new cases, including four deaths, in the last week, down from 199 new cases, including 36 deaths, the previous week. Reuters (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Women with diabetes have a higher risk of developing lung cancer
    Postmenopausal women with type 2 diabetes were 27% more likely than the general population to develop lung cancer, according to an analysis of data about 145,765 women. Those on insulin therapy had up to a 71% greater risk. The West Virginia University study was reported in Diabetes Care. (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Most pediatric readmissions are linked to earlier procedures
    Almost 60% of 295 unplanned 30-day general surgery admissions involving children were related to earlier procedures, according to a study presented at the American College of Surgeons meeting. Researchers reported that infection complications were the most frequently cited reason for readmission among general surgery patients. Family Practice News (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Heart failure patients benefit from depression treatment
    Researchers looked at 469 heart failure patients with depressive symptoms and found that those who received treatment for depression had better health outcomes than those without treatment. The findings, based on data from the 2008 Sertraline Against Depression and Heart Disease in Chronic Heart Failure study, will appear in the journal Circulation: Heart Failure. (10/31)
  • Boys have higher risk of long-term OTC drug abuse
    Both male and female junior high school students surveyed in Cincinnati had high rates of over-the-counter drug abuse, but males were more prone to long-term abuse, U.S. researchers found. They noted that involvement in positive activities such as sports or school clubs was associated with a lower risk of OTC drug abuse. The study was presented at the American Public Health Association meeting. HealthDay News (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Achieving Quality of Care
Technology Breakthroughs Turn Theory into Action

A recent survey shows that the top concerns for nursing executives are patient satisfaction/patient experience, quality of care and patient safety, and controlling costs. The quality and skill mix of the direct care staff and the deployment of those caregivers are critical to addressing these top concerns. Read More
  Trends & Technologies 
  • AHRQ to investigate effect of IT on clinical workflows
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality plans to investigate how health IT can be deployed in clinics to facilitate care coordination without hurting workflow processes. The research will involve six clinics affiliated with Vanderbilt University Medical Center that are in various stages of EHR rollouts and practice redesign efforts. Health Data Management (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Work-Life Balance 
  • Hospice nurse creates photo memories of loving hands
    Hospice nurse Mary Landberg takes photos of the hands of patients in their last days of life to give their families a keepsake to remember them by. Hands capture the character of the person the best, Landberg said. "It shows far-off relatives that their loved one did not die alone -- and they're enormously grateful," she said. Mail Tribune (Medford, Ore.) (tiered subscription model) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ANA News 
  • Due to Hurricane Sandy, early-bird rates extended to Nov. 16
    At ANA's 7th Nursing Quality Conference™ from Feb. 6 to 8, 2013, nursing leaders will learn how to create and sustain a culture of safety. From integrating new technologies into quality improvement programs to translating evidence and research into practice, this conference will equip you with the tools you need to address organizational performance to improve patient outcomes. In light of the disruptions caused by the recent Hurricane Sandy, ANA is extending the early-bird rates through Nov. 16. Register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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