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February 8, 2013
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  • Analysis: Stress at work not tied to increased cancer risk
    A meta-analysis of 12 studies involving 116,000 17- to 70-year-olds found that job stress was not significantly associated with higher odds of developing breast, colorectal, lung or prostate cancers. Finnish scientists said that research that has shown a link between work stress and cancer could have done so by chance or because of factors not involving work stress. The findings appear in the journal BMJ. HealthDay News (2/7)
  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • Sun exposure may lower rheumatoid arthritis risk, study finds
    An analysis of data from the Nurses' Health Study involving about 235,000 participants found that older women with the highest estimated levels of solar ultraviolet B exposure had a 21% lower risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis than those with the least levels. Sunlight's beneficial effect, however, was not evident in younger women. The study appeared online in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. WebMD/HealthDay News (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Family history of stroke may not prompt lifestyle changes
    A study of African-Americans living in the Stroke Belt of Alabama found that awareness of a family history of stroke did not motivate lifestyle changes that reduce cardiovascular risks, Georgia State University researchers reported at the International Stroke Conference's State of the Science Stroke Nursing Symposium. Nurse practitioner and researcher Dawn Aycock said health care providers must understand the importance of a family history and reinforce the need for regular screenings, diet and exercise as well as the need to control cholesterol and blood pressure. Medscape (free registration) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Increase seen in birth defect rate for multiple births
    About 11 in every 10,000 multiple births across 14 European countries in 2007 had congenital defects, up from about six in every 10,000 multiple births in 1984, according to a study in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Researchers noted that the largest increase in birth defects among multiples was not due to chromosomal abnormalities. Reuters (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • ANA recognizes 6 hospitals for use of nursing quality data
    The ANA honored the six recipients of the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality, including Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. Of the more than 1,900 hospitals considered for the award, six "demonstrated superior results and sustained improvement in patient outcomes that are tied to the quality of nursing services and nurse work environment factors," the group said. The other recipients: Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley of Boardman, Ohio; Craig Hospital of Englewood, Colo.; Rose Medical Center of Denver; Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital of San Diego; and St. Francis Hospital -- The Heart Center in Roslyn, N.Y. Nurse.com (2/7)
  • Study shows infection-control practices perceived as most effective
    A survey of infection-control specialists at 478 U.S. hospitals helped Michigan researchers create a list of the most common infection-control practices based on strength of evidence. The report in the American Journal of Infection Control found alcohol-based hand rub and aseptic urinary catheter insertion were among those perceived as the most effective practices, while routine central catheter changes and nitrofurazone-releasing urinary catheters were among the practices perceived as the least effective. Nurse.com (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Bipartisan House bill would end Medicare SGR
    Reps. Allyson Schwartz, D-Pa., and Joe Heck, R-Nev., introduced a bill to repeal Medicare's sustainable growth rate formula and identify new payment and delivery models based on specialty, practice type and region. The bill also increases payment updates for preventive care, primary care and coordinated care. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CBO scales back ACA health coverage estimates
    The Congressional Budget Office now predicts 27 million people will gain health insurance by 2017, compared with earlier CBO estimates of up to 34 million people. Additionally, up to 8 million people will lose the employer-sponsored health insurance they now have, compared with a previous estimate of 3 million. Fewer people than initially thought will be covered through Medicaid as some governors refuse to expand eligibility under the Affordable Care Act, but some people who lose their insurance will obtain a new policy via public exchanges, the CBO said. Bloomberg (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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