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December 10, 2012
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  • Severe acute kidney injuries on the rise in U.S.
    The annual rate of dialysis-requiring acute kidney injury increased by about 10% on average from 2000 to 2009, with older people, men and black people being the most likely patients, a study showed. Annual mortality for such conditions rose from 18,000 to almost 39,000 during the study period, researchers said. They wrote in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology that the incidence of these injuries surpassed that of kidney failure that needs transplant or dialysis. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • Aspirin may boost survival among older colon cancer patients
    Colon cancer patients aged 70 and older who took low-dose aspirin regularly had a better chance of surviving than non-aspirin users, according to a Dutch study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The impact of aspirin on survival was more pronounced among those with more advanced cancer as well as those who didn't get chemotherapy, researchers said. Reuters (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hypoglycemia raises CVD, death risk in type 2 diabetes
    Type 2 diabetes patients who had mild or severe hypoglycemia showed higher rates of complications including hypertension, kidney disease and cancer than those without hypoglycemia, a study indicated. Hypoglycemia was also associated with a higher risk of heart disease, hospitalization and death in patients, researchers said. The results appear in Diabetes Care. (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Circumcision offers protection against UTI in boys, men
    Australian researchers reviewed 22 studies involving 407,902 males and found that uncircumcised boys had a 9.9 times greater risk of developing urinary tract infections between birth and age 1 compared with circumcised boys. The odds of UTI were 6.6 times and 3.4 times higher in 1- to 16-year-olds and males aged 16 and older, respectively, according to the study in the Journal of Urology. Reuters (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links salt consumption with childhood-obesity risk
    Children and teens who had more salt in their diet were more likely than their peers who consumed less salt to drink more beverages, including sugar-sweetened beverages, an Australian study found. Researchers reported on the website of the journal Pediatrics that drinking at least a serving of a sugary drink per day was linked to a 26% higher risk of being overweight and obese. WebMD (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technologies 
  • Nurse-led phone support cuts readmissions, reduces costs in study
    Coordinated transitional care, an intervention where nurses meet with high-risk patients before discharge and call them 48 to 72 hours afterward, resulted in reduced readmission rates and saved about $1,225 per case at a Wisconsin hospital, according to a study in the journal Health Affairs. "This model requires a relatively small amount of resources to operate and may represent a viable alternative for hospitals seeking to offer improved transitional care as encouraged by the Affordable Care Act," lead author Amy Kind said. (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Combining talk therapy, drugs may work better for depression
    U.K. researchers tracked 469 patients who failed to respond to antidepressant treatments and found that 46% of those who continued their medication and received cognitive behavioral therapy experienced at least a 50% reduction in depressive symptoms compared with 22% of those who took antidepressants alone. CBT-treated patients were also more likely to experience remission and have fewer anxiety symptoms. The findings were published in The Lancet. Reuters (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  From the Patient's View 
  • Survey: 20% of HDHP holders avoid preventive care
    A survey finds that almost 20% of respondents under high-deductible health insurance plans avoided going to preventive care visits, despite the fact that their plans fully cover it. High-deductible or consumer-directed plans normally don't charge out-of-pocket costs for preventive care, annual physicals or screening tests as a way to promote preventive care, but only 18.1% of the survey respondents understood this rule, researchers said in a study published in Health Affairs. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative Policy & Regulatory News 
  • Proposed essential health benefits regulations issued by HHS
    HHS has proposed regulations on the essential health benefits needed for state health insurance exchanges. The regulations include the 10 specific benefits categories that must be offered in the exchanges, a plan requirement to cover at least one prescription drug in each specified category or class, annual cost-sharing limits, and the minimum value calculations for employer-provided health coverage. The regulations appendix also features a proposed benchmark plan for each state. Employee Benefit News (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CMS releases $868M in EHR incentives for Nov.
    CMS estimates that EHR incentive payments to eligible doctors and hospitals last month reached $868 million. "The incentive payments [since the start of the program] were almost $1 billion more in November. We are on track for the end of December to hit the $10 billion mark for EHR incentives," said Robert Anthony, a specialist in CMS' Office of eHealth Standards and Services. Healthcare IT News (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Charge NurseBethany LifeStory City, IA
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  ANA News 
  • Tomorrow: Safe Patient Handling and Mobility webinar
    Nurses have the responsibility to safely handle their patients during ambulation, transfer and the normal course of care. However, they do not always know the best practices for doing so in a way that's safe for both patient and nurse. This webinar will give an overview of the new Safe Patient Handling and Mobility (SPHM) National Standards, highlighting key components and describing how the standards can be implemented. Register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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