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December 21, 2012
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  Top Story 
  • Lifetime cancer risk poised to rise for both men, women
    The lifetime risk of developing cancer is expected to rise to 50% in men and 44% in women by 2027, U.K. researchers said. Despite the predicted increase in cancer cases, they noted that survival rates are going up as well because of better therapies and screening techniques. (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Can Your Hospice Patients Go Home for the Holidays?
Only 4 in 10 people who are eligible for hospice care in the United States receive it. We've created this hospice patient eligibility kit to help health care providers understand the hospice eligibility requirements, the many diagnoses that can qualify a patient for hospice, and the ways that hospice can work with you to care for patients with a life-limiting illness.
  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • CDC: Gay men account for 66% of new HIV cases
    The number of new HIV infections among young gay and bisexual men rose by 22% from 2008 to 2010, and gay men now account for 66% of all new infections, according to a CDC report. The rate of new HIV cases among black women dropped 21%, but the total number of new HIV infections held steady at around 47,500. Reuters (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • COPD tied to higher lung cancer risk, study finds
    Having pneumonia and/or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease raises a person's risk of developing lung cancer, according to a study published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology. Researchers looked at data on 11,888 lung cancer cases in the U.K. and found that nearly 1 in 4 lung cancer patients had been previously diagnosed with COPD. The findings "highlight the need to consider a diagnosis of lung cancer when making new diagnoses of COPD or pneumonia," researchers said. (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fatty liver ups diabetes risk in patients with metabolic syndrome
    Data on 765 patients showed that those with metabolic syndrome and fatty liver showed higher diabetes rates than did those with metabolic syndrome alone, suggesting that fatty liver may increase the risk of diabetes onset in patients with metabolic syndrome. The findings were published in Diabetes Care. Healio (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More poor children die at hospitals, analysis finds
    The number of deaths at children's hospitals among youths from the poorest neighborhoods was 29% higher than among those from the wealthiest areas, according to a study of more than 1 million admissions at 42 free-standing facilities. The findings were published in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers said the link between socioeconomic status and pediatric mortality was persistent among neonatal, heart, gastrointestinal, neurology and surgery patients, but had no impact on patients with cancer, respiratory disorders or infectious diseases. Reuters (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Child abuse linked to greater risk of asthma in adulthood
    Black girls exposed to physical or sexual abuse before age 11 were more likely to develop asthma as adults, Boston University researchers reported. However, they found little evidence linking abuse during teen years to a higher asthma risk as adults. The findings, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, suggest chronic stress may play a role in the onset of asthma. HealthDay News (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technologies 
  • 2012's innovations in health care quality
    Improved bedside manner among physicians, faster heart attack treatments and better emergency department monitoring are among recent changes in medical care improving patients' health and experience, according to this report. Patient access to physicians' notes and tools to cut hospital infection risk were also cited. The Wall Street Journal (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative Policy & Regulatory News 
  • ANA calls for policies to prevent "senseless" acts of violence
    The ANA is urging Congress, the Obama administration and other leaders to take steps to prevent violence following the Newtown, Conn., school shooting. Among the recommendations were increased access to mental health services and a ban on assault weapons. "Our country has witnessed unspeakable acts of mass shootings. The common thread in each of these tragedies has been the lethal combination of easy access to guns and inadequate access to mental health services," ANA President Karen A. Daley said. (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nursing groups join call: More than 30 leading organizations representing registered nurses signed on to a call to action sent to President Barack Obama, congressional leaders, the National Governors Association and the U.S. Conference of Mayors that urges swift action to address factors that together will help prevent more senseless acts of violence in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn. Read the statement. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Advanced Practice Nurse/Clinical Nurse SpecialistColumbus Regional HealthUS - IN - Columbus
Charge NurseBethany LifeStory City, IA
House Calls Nurse Practitioner - Full time or Part timeUnitedHealth GroupLynchburg, VA
Nurse PractitionerPalomar HealthEscondido, CA
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  ANA News 
  • Winter of Quality Sale -- Additional discounts on ANA quality titles through March 1 is discounting all quality titles through the end of February, creating additional savings up to 25% off. The sale includes the new Teaching IOM, 3rd Edition, and companion student guide, Learning IOM, and the 2011 NDNQI Case Studies in Nursing Quality Improvement and more! Visit our Quality page today and place your order online or order by calling (800) 637-0323. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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