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December 3, 2012
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  • Repeat imaging may double 10-year risk of breast cancer
    An increase in the use of chest or cardiac computed tomography in young women was linked to a twofold increase in the 10-year risk of developing breast cancer, according to a retrospective analysis. "A child or young adult who underwent two cardiac or chest CTs before the age of 23 has a higher 10-year risk of developing breast cancer from these exams than her underlying risk of developing breast cancer in the same period," the authors wrote. The findings were presented at Radiological Society of North America meeting. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Help Your Patients Go Home for the Holidays
This guide helps clarify the factors to consider when determining a patient's homebound status, an important step in deciding if home health care is the right choice. Includes a Quick Reference sheet, explanation of common questions and patient case studies. This short PDF can empower health care providers to ensure their patients receive the care they truly require.
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  • Birth rates in U.S. dip to lowest level on record
    The number of births in the U.S. dropped to a record low in 2011, to 63.2 babies for every 1,000 women of childbearing age, according to a Pew Research Center study. The low birth rate was led by a decline in the number of immigrant women giving birth and due in part to the recent recession, researchers said. Los Angeles Times/Booster Shots blog (tiered subscription model) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Higher diabetes risk seen in overweight men who smoke
    Overweight men who smoked had a 33% increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a study in Diabetes Care. Researchers also found cigarette smoking was associated with a 48% reduced risk of autoimmune diabetes in current smokers and 58% reduced risk in heavy smokers. FoodConsumer.org (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Longer hours of sleep may lessen pain sensitivity
    Adults who slept two hours longer than usual for four nights had decreased pain sensitivity than those who kept their normal sleep schedule, according to a study in the journal Sleep. The findings failed to explain why more sleep reduces pain, but researchers said that sleep loss and pain each raise levels of inflammatory markers. WebMD (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Tdap vaccine as safe and effective as Td vaccine in seniors
    The tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis vaccine was comparable in safety and efficacy with tetanus and diphtheria vaccine in patients ages 65 and older, according to a study published online in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. Tdap vaccine users showed no increased risk of adverse reactions including meningitis and encephalitis compared with Td users. Seniors who received the Tdap vaccine, however, were nearly four times more likely to develop generalized reaction and anaphylaxis and were more likely to need medical attention for allergic or inflammatory reactions within six days of vaccination. MedPage Today (free registration) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HPAS dysfunction linked to use of corticosteroids, nasal steroids
    Adherence to inhaled corticosteroids and nasal steroids can predict a child's risk of developing hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis suppression dysfunction, according to a South African study in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers also found a link between higher BMI levels and poor adherence to inhaled corticosteroids and protection against HPAS. Healio (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • ACA to boost claims data managed, overseen by CMS
    The CMS expects an increase in the Medicare and Medicaid data that it manages when the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented in 2015. By that year, data related to Medicare claims could nearly double and reach 700 terabytes, while Medicaid claims information could more than double to 100 terabytes. The agency is focusing its efforts on using enterprise and shared services as well as developing the capabilities needed to gather, assess and leverage real-time data to address the challenge. Healthcare IT News (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Committee supports delay in umbilical cord clamping for preemies
    A 30- to 60-second delay in clamping the umbilical cord leads to better outcomes for preterm infants but research is less clear about the effects on term infants, according to an opinion by a committee of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists with help from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The opinion said the most important benefit in preterm infants is an almost 50% reduced risk of intraventricular hemorrhaging. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report: Increased prescriptions cut Medicare costs
    A 1% increase in the prescriptions filled by Medicare beneficiaries would lower Medicare spending on medical services by about 0.2% by cutting costs in hospitalizations and other related areas, according to a Congressional Budget Office report. Pharmacists have helped reduce Medicare costs by ensuring adherence and compliance, as well as by using generics, the National Community Pharmacists Association said in response to the report. Drug Store News (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Webinar Dec. 11 -- Learn about Safe Patient Handling and Mobility
    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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