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December 17, 2012
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  • Low insulin linked to depression risk in women, study finds
    Women who had the lowest rates of insulin release were more than twice as likely to develop symptoms of depression as those with higher levels, according to a study in Diabetes Care. However, fasting glucose levels were not linked to depressive symptoms in men or women, researchers said. (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • Research examines vitamin D levels, daytime sleepiness
    Progressively lower vitamin D blood levels were associated with progressively higher levels of daytime sleepiness among those with normal vitamin D levels, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. However, researchers noted higher vitamin D levels were linked to greater prevalence of daytime sleepiness among black patients who were deficient in the vitamin. HealthDay News (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IVF twin pregnancies carry greater risk of complications than single births
    Twin pregnancies through in vitro fertilization resulted in more complications such as premature birth and low birth weight compared with two separate IVF singleton pregnancies, Swedish researchers found. Risks for breathing problems, sepsis or jaundice were higher among twin babies, while preeclampsia and C-sections were more likely among women carrying twins, according to the study in the journal Fertility and Sterility. Reuters (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hispanic children with autism more likely to have learning, speech problems
    Hispanic children diagnosed with autism had an almost twofold increased risk of having a learning disability or speech disorder than other patients, a study showed. Researchers noted that anxiety disorders were more prevalent among white children compared with blacks. The findings were presented at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry meeting. Family Practice News (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technologies 
  • GAO report looks at EHR incentives for hospitals in 2011
    Pediatric hospitals were 1.6 times more likely and acute care facilities were 1.7 times more likely to receive Medicaid EHR incentives for last year than were critical access hospitals, according to a report released by the Government Accountability Office. The report also showed 57% of hospitals with incentives were not affiliated with a medical system chain, while the same percentage were nonprofit hospitals. Healthcare Informatics online (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • UCLA researchers unveil allergen-testing app
    Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have designed a device, dubbed iTube, that enables users to detect the concentration of ingredients in food products that can cause allergic reactions. The device uses a phone's camera and a smartphone application to look for citations of allergens such as eggs, peanuts and gluten. (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative Policy & Regulatory News 
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Advanced Practice Nurse/Clinical Nurse SpecialistColumbus Regional HealthUS - IN - Columbus
Charge NurseBethany LifeStory City, IA
House Calls Nurse Practitioner - Full time or Part timeUnitedHealth GroupLynchburg, VA
Nurse PractitionerPalomar HealthEscondido, CA
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  • Help ANA celebrate National Nurses Week 2013 -- Take a short survey
    Every year in May, ANA hosts National Nurses Week to show its appreciation for the value nurses bring to their patients, their employers and to the world of health care. ANA needs your advice to help us plan National Nurses Week 2013. Fill out this short survey by Jan. 3 and enter a drawing for a Kindle Fire! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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