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January 7, 2013
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  • Flu activity on the rise, CDC reports
    The CDC issued an update noting an early and serious flu season, with the number of people seeking care for influenza-like conditions increasing from 2.8% to 5.6% in a four-week period. "Antiviral treatment, started as early as possible after becoming ill, is recommended for any patients with confirmed or suspected influenza who are hospitalized, seriously ill, or ill and at high risk of serious influenza-related complications, including young children, people 65 and older, people with certain underlying medical conditions, and pregnant women," the agency said. News (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • Study rejects link between brain injury, dementia risk
    People who suffered a traumatic brain injury with loss of consciousness were at no greater risk of developing Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia later in life, but they were more likely to suffer another brain injury, according to a study of more than 4,000 older adults. The findings appeared in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. Researchers cautioned that their study should not be confused with findings on the effects of multiple brain injuries suffered by former football and hockey players and other athletes. HealthDay News (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Outcomes for pediatric appendicitis vary with hospital type
    A study showed that the odds of developing a perforated appendix among children treated for appendicitis at community hospitals were 23% higher for Hispanic children and 34% higher for Asian children, compared with white children. Hispanic patients at children's hospitals were 18% more likely to have this complication than white children, researchers reported in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. HealthDay News (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Alcohol-impregnated disinfection cap may curb infection rates
    Researchers looked at contamination rates among 799 patients from three U.S. hospitals and found a 52% decline in the incidence of central line-associated bloodstream infections when a 70% alcohol-impregnated disinfection cap was used, instead of a standard cleaning protocol. Systemwide use of alcohol-impregnated disinfection caps would prevent 21 CLABSIs and four deaths annually, researchers estimated. The study appeared in the American Journal of Infection Control. (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Research links saturated fats with lower sperm concentration
    High intake of saturated fats among men was associated with a 38% reduced sperm concentration and 41% lower sperm counts, a study of 701 young Danish men found. The findings, which appeared in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, did not show a cause-and-effect relationship. Reuters (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technologies 
  • Health officials aim to cut cancer rates in New York
    Health officials are aiming to lower cancer rates in New York, where an estimated 288 people are diagnosed with cancer daily. Among the preventive measures included in a five-year plan are greater access to quality cancer therapy and increased awareness of and access to cancer screenings. United Press International (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  From the Patient's View 
  • Poll: Most people against restricting, taxing unhealthy foods
    One-third of about 1,000 people responding to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll said the government should be deeply involved in reducing obesity rates, while about the same number said it should have little or no role. Data showed three-quarters of respondents were against restricting purchases of unhealthy foods and about 6 in 10 opposed taxing them, but 8 in 10 supported requiring more physical activity in schools and offering nutrition guidelines to consumers. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative Policy & Regulatory News 
  • CMS postpones HIPAA operating rules deadline
    Enforcement of HIPAA operating rules has been moved to April, according to a CMS Office of E-Health Standards and Services statement. "Industry feedback suggests that HIPAA-covered entities have not reached a threshold whereby a majority of covered entities would be able to be in compliance with operating rules by Jan. 1, 2013," according to the agency. (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ANA News 
  • 77% of RNs plan to return to school
    In ANA's informal "Have Your Say" poll from October 2012, a large majority of RNs shared that they will return to school in the next 12 months. Falling in line with the recommendation for 80% of nursing staff having a BSN by 2020 from the Institute of Medicine, 35% of respondents indicated that they would pursue a BSN in the next year. In addition, another 42% will begin either a master’s or doctorate program. ANA is developing programs and partnerships with universities to support nurses as they return to school. Learn more about these opportunities. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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