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November 19, 2012
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  • Subcutaneous nodules in RA can predict cardiovascular risk
    Rheumatoid arthritis patients with subcutaneous nodules were 44% more likely to suffer from a cardiovascular disease than those without nodules, according to a study presented at the American College of Rheumatology's 2012 meeting. Women had a higher increase in cardiovascular risk with age than men, researchers said. (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 5 Reasons You Shouldn't Postpone a Critical Test Results Management System
In this paper, you'll learn the five reasons your hospital should be evaluating critical test results software as well industry findings and technology considerations. Read white paper now.

  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • Study: Meditation reduces risk of cardiac-related death
    Transcendental meditation helped reduce the risk of death, heart attack and stroke among black patients with heart disease, according to a study in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. Iowa researchers found meditation reduced the risk of death and hospitalization for cardiac events when compared with patients who got only cardiovascular health education. The study found patients who meditated also saw a reduction in blood pressure. Medscape (free registration)/ (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prenatal smoke exposure may affect children's reading skills
    Children whose mothers smoked more than a pack of cigarettes a day during pregnancy scored 21% lower on reading comprehension tests compared with children of nonsmoking mothers, according to a study in The Journal of Pediatrics. Despite taking into account other factors that may affect children's reading ability, the difference in test scores remained, researchers said. Reuters (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study examines iron levels with complementary feeding
    Babies who were given complementary foods in addition to breast milk at age 4 months had higher iron levels than those who were exclusively breast-fed for 6 months, but anemia rates were no better and both groups had enough iron, according to an Icelandic study in the journal Pediatrics. Weight gain and growth were substantially the same. (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technologies 
  • Report: Care coordination important in Medicare bundled pay project
    The amount hospitals spend on post-acute care varies, but those that coordinate efforts with primary care physicians and other partners stand to do the best in Medicare's Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. The authors say readmissions are a big part of the variations and highlight the opportunity for post-discharge patient outreach that ensures people schedule timely primary care visits, take their medications and follow plans to address problems. MedPage Today (free registration) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Watching cartoons can lessen children's anxiety before surgery
    Children who watched their favorite cartoons before getting anesthesia to undergo surgery had lower anxiety scores in the operating room than those who received toys or no special treatment, a South Korean study found. Researchers noted that children who were given toys were the least anxious in the waiting area than the other patients. The findings appear in the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia. HealthDay News (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative Policy & Regulatory News 
  • Ga., Ohio, Wis. among states announcing they won't run exchanges
    Wisconsin, Ohio and Georgia joined more than 12 other states in rejecting a key provision of President Barack Obama's health care law that urges states to establish online health insurance markets. "Wisconsin taxpayers will not have meaningful control over the health care policies and services sold to Wisconsin residents," Gov. Scott Walker said. Ohio "will not run an Obamacare health exchange, but will instead leave that to the federal government to do," Gov. John Kasich said. Georgia would not set up an exchange because of "the one-size-fits-all approach and high federal burden imposed on states," Gov. Nathan Deal said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/16), Reuters (11/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ANA News 
  • 3-part webinar series on quality and technology starts Nov. 27
    Gather together your team of nurses, managers and administrators to take part is this 3-part Learning Voyage that covers the use and application of health care informatics programs. Build the skills and understanding of how you can use technological advances to streamline healthcare processes and free nurses to spend more time on patient care and advocacy, research, and quality measurement and management. This 3-part series will help your organization save both time and lives. Register now! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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