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February 1, 2013
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  • Married people are less likely to suffer heart attacks
    Single men and women had a greater likelihood of experiencing a heart attack or dying from a heart attack compared with married people, according to a Finnish study in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. While it remains uncertain how marriage affects heart health, researchers suggest that married couples may have better financial status, social support and hospital care than single people. News (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Award Winning Quality and Safety Book
Quality and Safety in Nursing: A Competency Approach to Improving Outcomes has been awarded an AJN Book of the Year Award for 2012. Edited by key members of the Quality and Safety Education for Nursing (QSEN) steering team, this is an essential addition to the library of nurse leaders across the globe. Order your copy today.
  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • Statins linked with lower mortality risk in study of liver cancer
    Patients with hepatocellular carcinoma who took statins, in combination with local and systemic treatments or surgical resection, had a 30% lower risk of death than non-statin users. Statin users lived for an average of 25.4 months compared with 18.5 for non-users, researchers said. The retrospective, nonrandomized study, which involved 644 patients, was presented at the Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium. MedPage Today (free registration) (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Premature birth rate in U.S. continues to drop
    The rate of premature births declined for the fifth consecutive year in 2011 to 11.7%, the lowest rate in the past 10 years, according to a report released by the March of Dimes. Overall, the country was given a "C" rating on premature birth rates, and four states received an "A" for achieving the 9.6% preterm birth rate goal. News (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Flu vaccine is safe for children with egg allergies, study says
    Children with a history of severe egg allergy, even anaphylaxis, did not experience an allergic reaction following the administration of trivalent seasonal influenza vaccine, U.S. researchers found. They said that a single dose of the vaccine was effective and well-tolerated and that a split dose was unnecessary. The findings appear in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technologies 
  • WHO issues first sodium recommendations for children
    The World Health Organization released on Thursday its first ever guidelines on dietary sodium intake for children aged 2 and older. The recommendations are dependent on the child's size, age and energy requirements. For adults, daily intake of sodium was reduced to less than 2,000 milligrams and daily intake of potassium was revised to at least 3,510 mg. Reuters (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile app aims to help patients find quality docs
    BetterDoctor recently unveiled a mobile application to help patients look for quality dentists, pediatricians, general practitioners, OB/GYNs and optometrists in their area. The free app, which works on iPhone, searches by location and insurance and gives users a list of doctors along with their education and affiliations, referral data and patent reviews. GigaOm (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Work-Life Balance 
  • Compulsive exercising can lead to physical harm, experts say
    Experts do not have a formal diagnosis for compulsive exercising but consider it a behavioral disorder that can cause physical harm, interfere with daily living and lead to results that are the opposite of what normal workout routines should achieve. Adam Naylor of Tella Sports Psychology Coaching says compulsive exercising has a "rigidity" factor that does not allow people to make exceptions or trade-offs. The Baltimore Sun/Tribune Newspapers (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative Policy & Regulatory News 
  • Administration outlines exemptions to ACA's individual mandate
    HHS on Wednesday issued regulations that exempt people who can't purchase insurance for less than 9% of their yearly pay from the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate. Certain people in states that forgo Medicaid expansion will be exempt as well, HHS said. Proposals from HHS and the Internal Revenue Service "include rules that will ease implementation and help to ensure that the payment applies only to the limited group of taxpayers who choose to spend a substantial period of time without coverage despite having ready access to affordable coverage," according to CMS. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (1/30), Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Senate panel tackles shortage of primary care providers
    The Senate's Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging reported that the shortage of primary care providers would be accentuated by the Affordable Care Act. The health care law is expected to cover 14 million uninsured people by 2014 and 29 to 30 million by 2022. "It is not only our moral responsibility to ensure primary care access now and in the future, but it is fiscally sensible to act quickly to expand this critical workforce," the subcommittee report said. (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nurse testifies: Read about the Senate testimony of Toni Decklever of the Wyoming Nurses Association in The American Nurse. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ANA News 
  • February issue of American Nurse Today is almost here!
    The February issue of American Nurse Today will be e-mailed next week. This month’s issue contains new, peer-reviewed articles and the latest health care news from ANA. The feature articles include: Getting to the core of heart failure; Providing a glimmer of hope to psoriasis sufferers; and Consider nursing informatics as a career. In the meantime, check out December's electronic issue. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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