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December 24, 2012
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  • Flu season arrives early in U.S., health officials say
    Flu activity increased last week, with 12 states reporting high flu activity, the CDC reports. New York City and five states reported moderate flu activity, while 33 states reported low activity. The U.S. flu season is off to an early start, but it is too soon to tell how severe the season will be, CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said in a statement. HealthDay News (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Diabetes diagnosis, insulin tied to increased fracture risk
    U.S. researchers found that patients with diabetes had a greater risk of fractures than those without the condition. The risk was higher among patients treated with insulin, and no association was found between fractures and undiagnosed diabetes. The study, which involved 15,140 patients, appeared in the journal Diabetes Care. DailyRx.com (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Low maternal vitamin D levels linked to low birth weight
    Women with low vitamin D levels during the first 26 weeks of pregnancy were more likely to have babies who weighed less than their peers, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The researchers studied preserved blood samples of 2,146 pregnant women who participated in the Collaborative Perinatal Project from 1959 to 1965. Results would likely be different in a modern-day study, the researchers said. MedicalDaily.com (12/22), ZeeNews.com (India)/Asian News International (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Surgical mistakes remain common, study finds
    At least 4,000 surgical errors known as "never events" occur in the U.S. annually, Johns Hopkins University researchers reported in the journal Surgery. Foreign objects are left inside patients about 39 times a week, while the wrong procedure is conducted or the wrong body part is operated on about 20 times per week, researchers estimated. Medical News Today (12/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Review doesn't support chelation as autism treatment
    An analysis of five studies suggests the use of chelation therapy doesn't alleviate autism symptoms. Parents who choose the treatment mean well but should know it carries risks, the lead researcher said. The study was reported in the journal Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Reuters (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative Policy & Regulatory News 
  • Minn., R.I. and Del. get HHS exchange approval
    HHS granted conditional approvals to launch state health insurance exchanges in Minnesota and Rhode Island on Thursday. Applications to run exchanges have now been conditionally approved for 10 states and Washington, D.C. The HHS also gave its conditional approval for a federal-state exchange partnership in Delaware. Other states, including Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa and North Carolina have shown interest in a partnership as well. Business Insurance (tiered subscription model) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
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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  ANA News 
  • It's easy to give to nursing through the American Nurses Foundation
    The American Nurses Foundation promotes safety for nurses and their patients, provides nurse education and research opportunities, and builds teamwork and self-reliance in nurses through leadership development. Give online or when you renew your ANA membership to initiatives like disaster relief, new PTSD tools for nurses and new nursing research. You can also honor a nurse through a gift dedicated to a teacher, friend, colleague or mentor, who made a difference in your life. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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