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February 12, 2013
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  • Hours in ED may put heart patients in danger of PTSD
    Patients who waited in the emergency department for more than 11 hours with a heart attack or severe chest pain were at greater risk of heart disease-related post-traumatic stress disorder in the month after hospitalization, a study found. The findings, based on 135 heart patients admitted at a New York City hospital between 2009 and 2011, were published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. HealthDay News (2/11)
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  • U.S. readmission rates show little improvement, report finds
    A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report found readmission rates in the U.S. did not show significant progress between 2008 and 2010. Researchers also noted regional variation in 30-day readmissions, with readmission rates following postsurgical discharge as low as 7.6% in Bend, Ore., and as high as 18.3% in Bronx, N.Y. (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chronic stress raises risk of developing diabetes
    Chronic stress can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a study by Swedish researchers published in the journal Diabetic Medicine. Scientists studied 7,000 men who initially had no history of diabetes, stroke or heart disease and found over the course of the 35-year study that those who reported permanent stress were 45% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than men who reported periodic episodes of stress or no stress. (U.K.) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Data analysis shows vitamin C may reduce duration of colds
    Analysis of data from 72 trials found that regular use of vitamin C supplements may reduce the duration of colds but does not prevent them for most people, according to a report on the website of the Cochrane Database of Systemic Reviews. Researchers from the University of Helsinki said the supplements led to about an 8% reduction in the duration of cold symptoms for adults and a 14% reduction for children. Medscape (free registration) (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Exposure to secondhand smoke drops for youths with asthma
    Among 4- to 19-year-olds with asthma who did not smoke themselves, 53% were exposed to secondhand smoke between 2005 and 2010, down from 89% of children with asthma between 1988 and 1994, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers said fewer asthmatic children and teens were exposed to cigarette smoke in their homes, and secondhand smoke exposure was more prevalent among low-income youths than others. (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Spending on health care rose 4.3% in 2012
    Research by the Altarum Institute's Center for Sustainable Health Spending found that health care spending in 2012 went up 4.3%. "While slightly above the flat three-year experience of 3.9%, our data demonstrates continued historically low health care spending growth," Altarum's Charles Roehrig said. Health care prices rose the least since 1998, inching up 1.7% from December 2011 to December 2012. (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Young adults have highest stress levels in U.S.
    Adults between the ages of 18 and 33 reported more stress than any other generation, with an average stress level of 5.4 on a scale of 10, according to the American Psychological Association. For 18- to 47-year-olds, the main sources of stress were work, money and job stability. For older adults, said health issues were the main source of stress. (2/11)
  • Review looks at efficacy of childhood trauma treatments
    Few psychological treatments showed potential in helping children age 17 and younger who were exposed to traumatic events, U.S. researchers reported in the journal Pediatrics. None of the 6,647 research abstracts included in the study showed how psychological and pharmacological therapies may affect child development in the long term. The findings underscore "how limited our good clinical trial information is on the subject," study author Adam Zolotor said. USA Today (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Work-Life Balance 
  • RN sisters are recognized for end-of-life care
    Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix gave sisters Kathy Hess and Cindy Russ, who both also work as hospital nurse case managers, DAISY Awards for their end-of-life care. "They are compassionate, caring and knowledgeable," said nominator Kenlyn Boyd. (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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