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October 12, 2012
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 Survey Results: The Role of Mobility Strategies in Healthcare
Nearly 300 healthcare organizations were surveyed to better understand how hospitals are implementing mobility strategies and what topics they identify as important to consider. Read report.

  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • Mortality rates fall significantly for 5 top diseases
    The mortality rates for five out of the 15 main causes of death in the U.S. fell significantly from 2010 to 2011, but the average life expectancy remained at 78.7 years, according to a new CDC report. The rate of deaths from heart disease and cancer, which make up 47% of all U.S. deaths, dropped by 3% and 2.4%, respectively. Also down more than 1% were deaths due to stroke (-3.1%), Alzheimer’s (-2%) and kidney-related diseases (-12.4%). WebMD (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Stroke increasingly affects younger patients, study finds
    The rate of strokes among adults ages 20 to 54 rose nearly twofold between 1993 and 2005, according to a study of almost 5,900 first-time stroke patients in Ohio and Kentucky. The rate increased from 26 to 48 for every 100,000 people for whites, and from 83 to 128 for every 100,000 people for blacks. The study was published in the journal Neurology. Reuters (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Magnesium may lower odds of developing colon cancer
    An analysis of studies that included about 339,000 people found that every 50-milligram increase in daily magnesium intake led to a 7% reduction in the risk of colon cancer, Chinese researchers reported in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Previous research linked increased magnesium to a reduced risk of colorectal cancer and stroke. Dietary sources of magnesium include green, leafy vegetables; meat; grains; milk; and starches. NutraIngredients (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Drug shortage linked to more catheter-related infections
    A drug shortage that reduced the use of ethanol lock therapy among pediatric patients increased catheter-related infections by almost 10 times at a Michigan hospital, a study in the journal Pediatrics found. The study looked at the cases of eight children treated for necrotizing enterocolitis or other intestinal problems. Reuters (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prenatal organic food choices not linked to penile defect risk
    Mothers' consumption of organic food during pregnancy did not significantly lower male infants' odds of developing hypospadias, a birth defect of the penis, according to a Danish study in the Journal of Urology. However, researchers found that high consumption of nonorganic butter and cheese was associated with a greater risk of hypospadias. Reuters (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Nurses' perceptions match data on hospital quality, study shows
    The perceptions of nurses concerning the quality of hospital care accurately matched performance indicators, according to a study in the journal Research in Nursing and Health. "Although the patient's perspective is the most relevant quality-of-care indicator, nurse-reported quality of care is clearly a valuable indicator of hospital quality," lead author Matthew McHugh said. HealthDay News (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AHA asks CMS to help educate providers on e-transaction rules
    The American Hospital Association has called on CMS to lead efforts to educate health groups on how they can leverage the operating standards for electronic funds transfer and remittance advice transactions. The group also urged HHS to provide guidance on the use of protected health information in financial transactions and emerging mobile health applications. Health Data Management (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey: Millions of cancer patients without pain relief
    Millions of cancer patients worldwide are prevented from legitimately using opioid drugs to treat pain because of restrictions aimed at stopping drug abuse and trafficking, according to a 76-nation study. Lead author Dr. Nathan Cherny, head of palliative medicine and oncology at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, told an oncology conference that patients suffer "terrible unrelieved pain" and families are scarred by what they see. Medscape (free registration) (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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