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May 14, 2012
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  • Most child deaths worldwide in 2010 are caused by infection
    About two-thirds of the 7.6 million deaths in children younger than 5 years in 2010 were caused by preventable infectious diseases, down by 2 million since 2000, according to a global study in The Lancet. Researchers said pneumonia, complications from diarrhea, malaria and meningitis were responsible for many of the preventable childhood deaths. U.S. News & World Report (5/10), RedOrbit (5/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • Analysis: Regular fish intake lowers risk of colon, rectal cancer
    A report in the American Journal of Medicine found that people who regularly ate fish had a 12% lower risk of colon or rectal cancer. The analysis of 41 studies showed that people consuming the highest levels of fish had a 21% lower risk of rectal cancer compared with those who ate the least, and a 4% lower likelihood of colon cancer. Reuters (5/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Risk score threshold may predict Type 1 diabetes onset
    A study in Diabetes Care showed patients had higher C-peptide levels when a threshold of 9.00 in the Diabetes Prevention Trial-Type 1 Risk Score was first exceeded, compared with levels at diagnosis. "This study shows that it is now possible to identify individuals who are in a state of preclinical T1D [type 1 diabetes], when C-peptide levels are appreciably higher. It appears that a 9.00 DPTRS threshold can be used for this purpose in autoantibody-positive populations," researchers said. News (5/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Non-oral hormonal contraceptive users are more prone to clots
    A study published online by BMJ found women who use non-oral hormonal contraceptives are twice as likely to develop venous thrombosis than those who take second-generation contraceptive pills. The risk of venous thrombosis was eight times higher among skin-patch users and 6.5 times higher among vaginal ring users than those who don't use any kind of hormonal contraception. Women taking a combined oral contraceptive pill containing levonorgestrel were three times more likely to develop blood clot compared with nonusers. Google/The Press Association (U.K.) (5/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pacifier, cup, bottle risks show up in emergency departments
    More than 45,000 U.S. children under age 4 were treated in emergency departments for injuries involving pacifiers, bottles and sippy cups between 1991 and 2010, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers examined data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System and noted that most of the injuries involved 1-year-olds who were unstable on their feet. CNN/The Chart blog (5/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technologies 
  • Lawmaker urges CMS to release small practices from stage 2 MU
    Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., has issued a comment letter to the CMS saying the goals set for stage 2 meaningful use may be too ambitious for solo or small practice doctors to satisfy. Ellmers, a registered nurse, also urged the agency to exempt practices that have five or fewer doctors as well as physicians who are near retirement or over the age of 60 from the incentive initiative. Health Data Management (5/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Work-Life Balance 
  • Work depression touches men and women differently
    Women were more likely to be depressed if they were not properly appreciated or rewarded on the job, while men were more likely to suffer depression when work stress was high, Canadian researchers found. The study by the University of Calgary in Alberta also found that men's depression risk rose when family interfered with work, and women's when work conflicted with family. The study appears in the American Journal of Epidemiology. (5/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  From the Patient's View 
  • Poll: Majority believe "personal choices" are behind obesity
    Data from a Reuters/Ipsos online survey indicate that 61% of adults believe personal choices about food and exercise play key roles in the obesity epidemic, and 49% of respondents said they favor higher health insurance costs for obese patients. Researchers found that 52% of respondents support government interventions to address obesity, while 48% oppose it, but 87% said they support requiring schools to promote 30 minutes of daily exercise. Reuters (5/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative Policy & Regulatory News 
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Lead Health Care SurveyorState of Wyoming - Health Care Licensing & SurveysUS - WY - Cheyenne
Director, Educational ServicesAWHONNUS - DC
Director of Case ManagementNorth Hills HospitalUS - TX - North Richland Hills
Registered Nurse - Inpatient RehabMedical Center of LewisvilleUS - TX - Lewisville
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