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January 9, 2013
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  • Incidence of ovarian cancer declines
    An analysis of 1973-2008 data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results program found that incidence of ovarian cancer dropped among breast cancer survivors and the general population, possibly due to changes in risk factor exposure. The highest standardized incidence ratios were seen among women under 50 who had estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer. More analysis is needed of the trends, researchers said in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. News (1/8)
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  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • CDC: Binge drinking is an under-recognized health issue for women
    Binge drinking remains an under-recognized women's health problem, despite being linked to serious health issues and the deaths of about 12,000 U.S. women and girls per year, the CDC said on Tuesday. Researchers assessed drinking behaviors of about 278,000 women ages 18 and older, and 7,500 high-school girls in 2011, and found that 1 in 8 women and 1 in 5 high-school girls reported binge drinking. Reuters (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Breast screening costs exceed $1B for Medicare
    Medicare spends about $1 billion on breast cancer screening annually, and about $410 million goes toward screening women older than 74, according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers analyzed data from 2006 and 2007 and found annual breast cancer screening costs totaled $1.08 billion, while Medicare spent $1.36 billion on breast cancer treatment. Researchers also found that breast cancer screening prices varied by region, ranging from $42 to $107 for a single patient. Reuters (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Regular vitamin D may not help ease arthritis pain
    Vitamin D supplements failed to yield significant improvements on pain measures among adults with knee osteoarthritis, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The vitamin D group and the placebo group had the same changes in knee cartilage volume as well as knee function, researchers said. Reuters (1/8)
  • HPV vaccination still low among U.S. teen girls
    Only about 32% of 13- to 17-year-olds received three doses of the HPV vaccine in 2010, with coverage substantially lower among the uninsured and in some Southern states, researchers from the American Cancer Society found. They also noted an increase in the incidence rates of two HPV-related cancers, oropharynx and anus. The findings appear in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. News (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gestational diabetes associated with higher medical costs
    Women who had gestational diabetes were more likely to deliver via cesarean section, and their babies were more likely to require admission to the neonatal unit, resulting in costs that were about 34% greater than for women without gestational diabetes, according to a study in Diabetes Care. Measures to help prevent gestational diabetes may offer clinical benefits while cutting costs, researchers said. (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technologies 
  • Web-based app effective for monitoring QoL in juvenile arthritis
    The use of a Web-based application to produce an electronic patient-reported outcome profile of children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis improved discussion of psychosocial topics during office visits, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. The tool had no impact on referrals to psychologists or parental satisfaction, but substantially improved physician satisfaction with the provided care. News (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More U.S. adults seek care at retail, workplace clinics
    A poll from Harris Interactive/HealthDay showed 27% of survey respondents had sought medical care from a walk-in retail clinic or a workplace clinic in the past two years, an increase from 7% in 2008. Younger adults were more likely to seek care from such clinics, with 40% of those aged 25 to 29 doing so, compared with 15% of respondents aged 65 and older. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative Policy & Regulatory News 
  • AMA pushes for broader ACA drug coverage
    The American Medical Association and other medical organizations are urging HHS to require insurers to cover more drugs in each therapeutic class under the Affordable Care Act's essential health benefits. The AMA says insurers' drug formularies should be similar to those in the Medicare Part D program. American Medical News (free content) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CMS offers grants to boost Medicaid/CHIP enrollment
    The CMS on Tuesday issued a solicitation for applications for grants, funded under the Affordable Care Act, aimed at increasing the number of eligible children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. The grants of up to $1 million each are expected to be distributed in June. AHA News Now (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ANA News 
  • What is nurse coaching?
    Simply put, nurse coaching applies the practice and expertise of registered nurses to the field of health and wellness coaching. ANA's latest publication provides the foundation for any RN interested in extending their practice by becoming a nurse coach. "The Art and Science of Nurse Coaching: The Provider's Guide to Coaching Scope and Competencies" explains how professional nurse coaches can implement holistic health-promoting and evidence-based strategies with clients and support behavioral and lifestyle changes to enhance growth, overall health and well-being. Learn more and order your copy of "The Art and Science of Nurse Coaching." LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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