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December 20, 2012
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  • Few Americans have ideal heart health, data show
    Only 3% of Americans have ideal cardiovascular health, while 10% have poor heart health, according to research reported in the Journal of the American Heart Association. The conclusions are based on a survey of 350,000 Americans who reported on metrics including blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI and diabetes. The percentage of heart-healthy respondents was lowest in Oklahoma, West Virginia and Mississippi and highest in Washington, D.C., Vermont and Virginia. Healio/Cardiology Today (12/19), MedicalDaily.com (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report: Most states unprepared for health emergencies
    Only five states met eight of the 10 key measures for public emergency preparedness, according to an annual report released by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Researchers found that 35 states, along with Washington, D.C., got a score of six or lower, with Kansas and Montana each receiving the lowest score of three. HealthDay News (12/19)
  • Marijuana use among U.S. teens is still prevalent
    Marijuana use among eighth, 10th and 12th graders remained high, but the use of other illegal drugs, cigarette smoking and drinking continued to drop, according to an annual survey by University of Michigan researchers. They reported that the number of teens who considered regular or occasional marijuana use harmful hit its lowest mark since the survey started. WebMD (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cancer-related deaths higher among psychiatric patients
    Individuals with psychiatric disorders were 30% more likely to die from cancer than were people in the general population, an Australian study in the Archives of General Psychiatry found. Psychiatric patients weren't at greater risk for developing cancer, but it was frequently diagnosed later. HealthDay News (12/19)
  • Long-term aspirin use may slightly raise risk of AMD
    Researchers looked at data on nearly 5,000 people and found that those who took aspirin for 10 years had nearly double the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration compared with non-aspirin users, whose risk was less than 1%. Aspirin's benefit in preventing heart attacks and stroke, however, outweighs the risk, experts say. The findings appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association. HealthDay News (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Probiotic supplements lower risk of infant eczema, review finds
    U.S. researchers reviewed 21 studies and found that taking probiotic supplements reduced babies' risk of developing eczema. Some studies showed that at-risk children who were provided with Lactobacillus rhapsodic GG or Lactobacillus rhamnosus strain HN001 had a 50% lower risk of having the skin condition compared with the placebo group. The findings were published in the Archives of Dermatology. Reuters (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study IDs 6 risk factors for catheter-related blood infections
    Researchers identified six risk factors for hospital-acquired peripherally inserted central venous catheter-related blood stream infections, including congestive heart failure and Clostridium difficile infection, according to findings reported in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. The study reviewed data on adult patients with PICCs administered from Jan. 1, 2006, through July 31, 2008, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. BeckersASC.com (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Access to care will suffer from more cuts, hospitals warn
    The most vulnerable could lose access to health care if Congress turns to hospitals for a larger share of savings as part of Medicare cuts, hospital administrators warned. A consensus appears to be emerging in budget talks around the idea of making hospitals and other institutional providers the source of the biggest share of Medicare savings. Negotiators are also considering requirements that drugmakers give bigger discounts on prescription medications dispensed to low-income beneficiaries of Medicare. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative Policy & Regulatory News 
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REGISTERED NURSE CASE MANAGERRGB Group, IncUS - CA - San Diego
Advanced Practice Nurse/Clinical Nurse SpecialistColumbus Regional HealthUS - IN - Columbus
STAFF RN-CANCER CENTER DAY HOSPITAL-S7L1-.875 FTE-70/PP-B WEEK-FIRST SHIFT-FROEDTERT HOSPITALFroedtert HealthMilwaukee, WI
Charge NurseBethany LifeStory City, IA
House Calls Nurse Practitioner - Full time or Part timeUnitedHealth GroupLynchburg, VA
HEALTH UNIT COORDINATOR - SPT - .600 - 48/PP - WEEKEND PROGRAM - COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITALFroedtert HealthMenomonee Falls, WI
Nurse PractitionerPalomar HealthEscondido, CA
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