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December 11, 2012
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  • Long-term management of sickle cell disease needs improvement
    Young sickle cell disease patients become more dependent on emergency care services for acute conditions linked to the disease as they enter adulthood, researchers found. Hospitalization rates were higher among sickle cell patients than the general population, and they faced substantially greater overall costs. The findings were presented at the American Society of Hematology annual meeting. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • Study backs iron supplements for low birth weight babies
    Low birth weight babies given iron supplements were less likely to develop behavioral problems than those in the placebo group, Swedish researchers reported in the journal Pediatrics. They found no significant differences in IQ scores between the babies receiving iron and the placebo group. Researchers tracked 285 children past age 3. Reuters (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prenatal exposure to oxygen deprivation may raise ADHD risk
    Health records of almost 82,000 5- to 11-year-olds showed that those who were exposed to ischemic-hypoxic conditions while in the womb had a 16% higher risk of having attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Of the factors considered in the study, neonatal respiratory distress syndrome presented the highest association with ADHD, followed by preeclampsia and birth asphyxia, according to findings in the journal Pediatrics. CNN/The Chart blog (12/10)
  • Drinking coffee may prevent oral cancer
    Consumption of more than four cups of coffee daily was associated with a 49% decline in the risk of dying from oral or pharyngeal cancer, according to a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Researchers said that drinking at least two cups of decaffeinated coffee had an effect as well, though it was smaller. The findings were based on data from the Cancer Prevention Study II, which followed 968,432 people. (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Men with UTI may not benefit from longer antibiotic treatment
    Antibiotic treatment for a longer duration did not cut the recurrence of urinary tract infection in men, and was associated with higher risk of Clostridium difficile infection compared with treatment of a shorter duration, a study revealed. Another study found preoperative bacteriuria therapy did not demonstrate clinical benefits. The findings were published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. News (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Teen victims of dating violence at risk for later behavior problems
    A survey of 5,681 12- to 18-year-olds showed that those involved in dating violence were more likely to suffer behavioral problems or be in aggressive relationships as young adults. Female victims of teen dating violence were more prone to heavy drinking, smoking, depression and suicidal thoughts five years later, while male victims reported more antisocial behaviors, researchers wrote in the journal Pediatrics. USA Today (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technologies 
  • International group revises code of ethics for nurses
    The revised edition of the International Council of Nurses' code of ethics highlights practices that would help nurses navigate the major ethical problems they face in the workplace. Among the topics covered are the establishment of a positive work environment and the role nurses play in setting professional values. (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Strong growth of ACOs expected in 2013
    Experts predict a rapid increase in the number of accountable care organizations in 2013. "This is becoming a more pervasive phenomenon," said Dr. Norman Chenven of the Austin Regional Clinic. As many as 31 million patients are involved in some way with the ACO model, according to consulting organization Oliver Wyman. American Medical News (free content) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative Policy & Regulatory News 
  • CMS will not cover partial Medicaid expansion
    The CMS will not provide full funding for states that expand Medicaid coverage limits to less than 133% of the federal poverty level under the Affordable Care Act. States that expand eligibility to less than 133% of the poverty level will receive federal matching funds at current levels. The law does not authorize full funding for partial or phased expansion, acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/10), The Washington Post (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • MedPAC restates its support for abolishing SGR
    The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has restated its support of repealing Medicare's sustainable growth rate formula and re-balancing physician payments so primary care doctors are equal to specialists. Commissioners suggested replacing the SGR with 10 years of statutory payment updates. A final vote on the recommendations to Congress will be held in January. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ANA News 
  • Feb. 6 Healthy Nurse Workshop: Nurse Self-Care
    In order to provide optimal care for patients, nurses must first safeguard their own health and wellness. This workshop will empower you with 6 pathways in self-care, including leadership and role modeling components. You will be guided through stress reduction interventions such as breathing and stretching exercises. You will also be given a healthy cooking demonstration by a local chef and an introduction to ANA’s Healthy Nurse program to round out the day. Register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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