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December 18, 2012
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  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • Earlier hospital discharge doesn't raise readmission, death rates
    Data from 129 VA hospitals over 14 years showed reductions in lengths of hospital stay corresponded with drops in the rates of readmission and death in the 30 days and 90 days after discharge. However, researchers reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine that when patients were discharged too soon, they faced a 6% increase in readmission risk each day following their early release. HealthDay News (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Poor diet may influence polyp growth in Lynch syndrome patients
    A study from the Netherlands found that people with Lynch syndrome, which confers a genetic predisposition to colorectal cancer and other cancers, who ate fast food or junk-food snacks were twice as likely to develop polyps as those with lower intake of such foods. The study did not establish a cause-and-effect relationship but researcher Akke Botma of Wageningen University said it suggests eating habits may play a role in polyp development among Lynch syndrome patients. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pediatric caustic ingestion data suggest injuries have declined
    The estimated prevalence of injuries among children and teens from caustic ingestion appears to have declined since data were last collected in the 1970s and 1980s, falling to 1.08 per 100,000 in 2009, new research shows. The economic burden of such injuries in 2009 was estimated to be more than $22 million in hospital charges, researchers reported in the Archives of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery. Family Practice News (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study suggests weight-loss link from whey protein, amino acids
    A small study found that older, obese adults who consumed whey protein and amino acids as part of their weight-loss program lost more fat than did those who followed a diet without those ingredients. The ingredients "increased muscle metabolism, and this may have triggered a greater reduction in body fat," said researcher Robert Coker of the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, who adds that the results could also apply to younger people. WebMD (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technologies 
  • Medical home models cut health care costs, study finds
    A study by the HealthPartners Research Foundation showed that patient-centered medical homes may help reduce total and outpatient care costs for individuals with complex conditions. Researchers said PCMHs helped curb overall costs by $446 per patient in 2005 and by $184 in 2009, while outpatient expenses were lowered by $241 per patient in 2005 and $54 in 2009. Patients with complex cases were defined as those taking at least seven medications. (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pediatricians back thimerosal use in vaccines
    Thimerosal, a preservative containing ethyl mercury used in some vaccines, should not be considered a harmful source of mercury or be subjected to a ban contained in the United Nations' draft treaty, the American Academy of Pediatrics said. Dr. Walter Orenstein of the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases said reducing mercury exposure is important, but the use of thimerosal in vaccines is an exception because it is key to protecting children. The policy statement, published in the journal Pediatrics, supports WHO's stance on the use of thimerosal. Reuters (12/17), blog (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report: Rising health costs, reduced federal aid to hit states
    State governments are facing the dual threat of rising care costs and reduced federal contributions, according to a report by the National Governors Association and the National Association of State Budget Officers. Governors are preparing for a significant reduction in federal aid, but states are ill-equipped to fill the anticipated funding gap due to the increasing costs of retiree health care, employee health insurance and Medicaid. The Washington Post (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ANA News 
  • Feb. 6 Workshop: Safe Patient Handling & Mobility -- Making the Case
    Every day, nurses suffer debilitating and often career-ending musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). More than any other work-related injury or illness, MSDs are responsible for lost work time, the need for long-term medical care, and permanent disability. ANA is offering a Healthy Work Environment workshop on Feb. 6 before the 7th Annual Nursing Quality Conference™ titled "Safe Patient Handling -- Making the Case." This session will discuss and demonstrate SPHM programs and techniques used in a variety of health care settings. Register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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