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November 16, 2012
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  • CDC data show sharp increase in U.S. diabetes rates
    Diabetes cases increased by at least 50% in 42 states and by at least 100% in 18 states between 1995 and 2010, a study in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report indicated. Southern and Appalachian states showed the highest increases. Ann Albright of the CDC said rates will keep rising "until effective interventions and policies are implemented to prevent both diabetes and obesity." Reuters (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Early menarche may predict cardiovascular risk
    U.S. researchers looked at Framingham Heart Study data on more than 1,600 women and found that those who began menstruating at a younger age were more likely have certain risk factors for heart conditions than other women. Early menstruation was linked to greater BMI, larger waist circumference and obesity in adulthood, according to the study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. HealthDay News (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Smoking bans implemented in more large U.S. cities
    The CDC reported on Thursday that 30 of the 50 biggest cities in the U.S. are covered by laws that ban smoking in workplaces, restaurants and bars. Smoking bans have extended to states as well, with 26 states covered by smoke-free laws in 2010, up from zero in 2000. Reuters (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study supports probiotics for antibiotic-related C. diff
    An analysis of 20 clinical trials showed a 66% decline in antibiotic-related Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea among patients using probiotics. Researchers from the Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute in Toronto said because probiotics are not expensive and do not lead to adverse effects, "there seems little reason not to encourage the use of probiotics in patients receiving antibiotics who are at appreciable risk for CDAD." Medscape (free registration) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hyperglycemia affects brain matter in youths with type 1 diabetes
    A study in Diabetes revealed youths with type 1 diabetes had decreased fractional anistropy in the superior parietal lobule and lower mean diffusivity in the thalamus compared with the control group. Lower anisotropy and higher diffusivities in the superior parietal lobule and hippocampus were also linked to patients having had at least three episodes of severe hyperglycemia, researchers noted. News (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Down syndrome linked to greater risk of childhood weight problems
    Children with Down syndrome had a twofold higher risk of being overweight on average compared with healthy peers, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers looked at almost 1,600 Dutch children and found that approximately a quarter of those with Down syndrome were overweight at age 4. Disability Scoop (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study: Change hand-off protocols to improve care
    Changing hand-off protocols among physicians and nurses between shifts could lead to better care and lower mortality, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. University of Michigan researchers who studied 23 shift hand-off sessions found physicians spent too much time talking about the first patients on the list and rushed through cases at the end, even though those patients may have needed more attention. HealthDay News (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Tuesday teleforum on engaging frontline nurses in quality improvement
    Frontline nurses have a huge impact on the quality and safety of their patients' care. For quality improvement efforts to succeed, frontline nurses need to be engaged in the quality improvement process. The speaker will review a set of nursing sensitive hospital quality measures, use these measures to explain how nurses have a large impact, and identify ways nurses can improve the quality of their own practice and that of their overall practice setting. ANA Members and NDNQI-participating hospitals receive a special discount. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    Taking a trip? As an ANA member, you have access to many exclusive benefits and discounts. Choose from a selection of deals on auto rentals, hotels and vacation destinations when you're planning your next trip. Visit ANA's travel discounts section for more information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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