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December 12, 2012
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  • Even light smoking raises sudden cardiac death risk among women
    Light-to-moderate cigarette smoking was associated with nearly double the risk of sudden cardiac death among women, with long-term smokers at greater risk, data from the Nurses' Health Study revealed. However, smoking cessation helped women with heart disease lower their risk of sudden cardiac death to mirror that of a nonsmoker within 20 years, researchers reported in Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology. Nurse.com (12/11), WebMD (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Blacks are more prone to BP-related stroke, study says
    Blacks with stage 1 hypertension had a higher risk of stroke than whites, according to a study of 27,748 people in the U.S. The stroke risk related to a 10 mmHg increase in systolic blood pressure was 8% higher in whites and 24% higher in blacks ages 45 and older. The study appeared online in Archives of Internal Medicine. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Vision impairment increases with diabetes cases
    A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found a 20% increase in the number of vision loss cases in the U.S. in less than a decade, coinciding with an increase in the number of people who had diabetes for at least 10 years. While the study didn't show a causal relationship, other risk factors for nonrefractive vision loss became less prevalent over the study period. Reuters (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Concussions in children may have lingering effects
    Children who suffered concussions showed changes in their cognitive functioning and brain structure two weeks after their injuries, according to a study in the Journal of Neuroscience. Although other concussion-related symptoms waned after three months, brain scans revealed that children with concussions still had structural changes in the white matter. MyHealthNewsDaily.com (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Feeling lonely linked to greater odds of dementia
    Older people who reported feeling lonely were more than 2.5 times more likely to develop dementia than those who said they didn't feel lonely, according to a Dutch study in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. The study followed more than 2,000 people for three years and found that dementia developed in about 6% of those who lived with others and about 9% of those who lived alone. HealthDay News (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Physical activity extends life expectancy, researchers find
    Participation in at least two and a half hours of moderate activity a week added almost six years to black women's life expectancy, Canadian researchers found. They said that white men who were physically active at age 20 were expected to have an extra two and a half years of life compared with inactive peers. The findings appear in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. HealthDay News (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Initiatives aim to reduce bleeding and other birth complications
    The CDC is funding initiatives across the U.S. to help build guidelines and protocols that improve safety during childbirth and prevent complications including severe bleeding and blood clots. The programs include drills that involve blood loss simulations and massive transfusion protocols to train doctors and nurses in quickly responding to maternal complications. Childbirth emergencies increased by 75% in the 10 years ending in 2009, according to a new report from the CDC. The Wall Street Journal (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Minn. nurses may have big role in implementing health reform
    Minnesota began work early to implement the Affordable Care Act, but experts say it still needs to figure out how health social service agencies can offer quality care for the lowest cost to thousands of residents who will gain insurance. Ideas being considered by the Minnesota Health Care Reform Task Force include removing regulatory barriers to allow nurses and others to work at the highest levels of their licensures. Twin Cities Daily Planet (Minneapolis/St. Paul) (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative Policy & Regulatory News 
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HEALTH UNIT COORDINATOR - SPT - .600 - 48/PP - WEEKEND PROGRAM - COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITALFroedtert HealthMenomonee Falls, WI
Nurse PractitionerPalomar HealthEscondido, CA
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  • Advance your education and your career
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