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December 19, 2012
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  • More hospitalized children are surviving cardiac arrest
    The survival rate of children who suffered cardiac arrest in U.S. hospitals significantly increased from more than 14% in 2000 to more than 43% in 2009, mainly due to improved care during resuscitation, a study showed. Researchers reported in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality & Outcomes that the odds of brain impairment didn't increase among young cardiac arrest survivors. News (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • Some cancer risks may be greater among 9/11 relief workers
    Responders to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York's World Trade Center had between 1.4 and 2.9 times increased risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer, thyroid cancer or multiple myeloma later, a study showed. The overall cancer rates for both responders and residents did not exceed the state average, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Reuters (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Heart groups release guidelines on severe heart attack
    The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have updated guidelines on treating ST-elevation myocardial infarction. When percutaneous coronary intervention is not available, anti-clotting drugs should be administered if safe before transfer to a hospital where angioplasty-stent treatment can be performed. Providers should begin cooling procedures in advance of or during cardiac catheterization to minimize brain injury. The guidelines appeared online in the journal Circulation and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. HealthDay News (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lifestyle changes lead to diabetes remission in study
    More than 11% of diabetes patients who underwent an intensive diet and exercise program attained partial disease remission at one year, compared with only 2% in the non-intervention group, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Patients with diabetes for a shorter duration, those who lost more weight and those who had stronger fitness gains showed greater improvements in blood glucose, researchers said. Reuters (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chronic worriers are more in danger of developing PTSD
    Researchers assessed 1,007 young adults in southeast Michigan and found that those who were chronic worriers had a substantially higher risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder. Meanwhile, only a small number of people exposed to traumatic life events were diagnosed with PTSD. The findings appear in the journal Psychological Medicine. (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Parental events may predict risk for committing suicide, study says
    The likelihood of suicide among adults and teens hospitalized for attempting to kill themselves were greatest within two years after exposure to a parental episode, according to a Swedish study in the journal PLoS ONE. The link between parental events -- such as suicide attempt, inpatient care and disability due to psychiatric diagnoses -- and suicide risk was more pronounced in women who briefly witnessed their mothers undergoing treatment for psychiatric problem, researchers said. News (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technologies 
  • Study emphasizes patient-centered approach, health IT in ACOs
    Data from a Commonwealth Fund report showed that the hospital-based organizations examined by researchers were "modestly prepared" to move to accountable care, with patient-centered organizations and those well versed in health technology deployment showing the greatest success in the ACO transition. Researchers also stressed the importance of health IT tools that allow "integration of disparate data, analysis of data across a patient population, stratification of financial and clinical risk in the population, and measurement of the impact of targeted interventions." Healthcare Informatics online (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Work-Life Balance 
  • Health workers don't always practice healthy behaviors
    Health care workers were more likely than nonhealth workers to drink in the past 30 days, more likely to use smokeless tobacco and less likely to get mammograms within the last two years, according to a report in the Archives of Internal Medicine. However, health workers were less likely to report a lack of physical activity and drunk driving in the last 30 days. HealthLeaders Media (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative Policy & Regulatory News 
  • Policymakers search for solutions to high health care spending
    Health care spending accounts for nearly 25% of the federal budget and is projected to consume nearly a third of the budget within a decade unless it is curtailed. Pressure to address health care spending will continue after Congress passes a budget, which is not likely to address the problem in any significant way. The Wall Street Journal (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ANA News 
  • December issue of American Nurse Today is available online
    This month's issue includes new, peer-reviewed articles and the latest health care news from ANA as well as these feature articles: "Caring for patients with Parkinson's disease," "Good intentions eclipsed" and "Grace under fire: Surviving and thriving in nursing by cultivating resilience." Read these articles and more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Editor's Note 
To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness."
--Bertrand Russell,
British philosopher, mathematician and historian

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