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October 17, 2012
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  • CDC: Cholesterol levels have dropped among U.S. adults
    The average levels of total blood cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein dropped among U.S. adults between 1988-1994 and 2007-2010, while high-density lipoprotein levels rose slightly, CDC researchers found. They said that the improvements can be attributed in part to improvements in diet, including a reduction of trans fat intake. The findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Reuters (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 Survey Results: The Role of Mobility Strategies in Healthcare
Nearly 300 healthcare organizations were surveyed to better understand how hospitals are implementing mobility strategies and what topics they identify as important to consider. Read report.

  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • Regular checkups fail to improve diagnosis of heart disease, cancer
    Danish researchers who looked at 16 clinical trials found that general health checkups did not significantly reduce deaths caused by either cardiovascular disorders or cancer. However, they reported in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews an increased number of diagnoses tied to routine checks such as hypertension and hypercholesterolemia. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Psoriasis raises vascular risk in diabetes patients
    A study presented at the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology meeting revealed patients with comorbid diabetes and psoriasis were more likely than their psoriasis-free counterparts to develop microvascular and macrovascular complications. Data from the Thomson Reuters MarketScan medical records database showed 29.2% of patients with the comorbid conditions suffered incident microvascular conditions and 28.6% developed macrovascular complications at five years, compared with 26% and 25.7%, respectively, in the control group. Family Practice News (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links TV watching to reduced life span
    Data from the National Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study showed the life expectancy of a person older than 25 was reduced by 22 minutes for every hour spent watching television. The findings in the British Journal of Sports Medicine demonstrate that a sedentary lifestyle poses adverse health effects similar to smoking and obesity, researchers said. (Australia) (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Preemies from low-income families have higher risk of brain bleeds
    Preemies from low-income households and those covered by public health insurance had a greater risk of suffering from brain hemorrhages than their peers, a study in the journal Pediatric Neurosurgery found. Researchers said these patients also were less likely to have scheduled follow-up visits and more likely to be taken to the emergency department than preemies with higher-income parents and private insurance. HealthDay News (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Strong parental bond in infancy can boost child behavior
    Babies who developed a close relationship with even just one parent had lower odds of having emotional or behavioral problems later in their childhood than those without such bonds, a study in the journal Child Development showed. The researchers reported that having close bonds with both parents offered no additional mental and emotional benefits. HealthDay News (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technologies 
  • Dallas hospitals tout efforts to promote healthy eating
    Dallas hospitals say they are ahead of New York City and others when it comes to banning unhealthy foods served to patients and staff and promoting good nutrition. Baylor Health Care System has adopted the Thrive program, requiring 70% of its foods to meet healthy criteria, and Texas Health Resources has the Eat Fit program, which puts lower prices on healthier options, with employees getting the largest discounts. The Dallas Morning News (free content) (10/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative Policy & Regulatory News 
  • FDA warns against other NECC drugs
    Additional drugs from the New England Compounding Center could put patients at risk, the FDA has warned. Steroid injections from the compounding pharmacy already have been tied to a multistate meningitis outbreak. And NECC's cooling cardioplegic solution, used in heart surgery, and triamcinolone acetonide, a second injected steroid, also could be involved in the outbreak, according to inquiries by the FDA, CDC and state health officials. The Washington Post (10/15), The Wall Street Journal (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pa. unlikely to meet insurance exchange deadline
    Pennsylvania, along with other states, most likely will not be able to get state-run health insurance exchanges running by the federal government's January 2014 deadline, state Insurance Commissioner Michael Consedine said. The delay is due in part to a lack of direction from the HHS, to which the state sent more than 24 questions in August, Consedine said. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Radiology RN / Travel NursingTrustaffConcord, CA
RN Nurse Case Manager - Work from homeUnitedHealth GroupDetroit, MI
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Area Clinic Manager/Center Support Manager (LPN/RN)JSA HealthcareUS - FL - St. Petersburg
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  ANA News 
  • Register today for Thursday's webinar on results-oriented leadership
    Designed for nurses who want to unlock their leadership potential, this webinar uses practical case studies that illustrate leadership strategies for setting and attaining goals and creating a culture that demands high performance from yourself and those you lead. Register now for Thursday's webinar and the rest of the series. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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