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December 6, 2012
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  • 10 years of tamoxifen better to prevent breast cancer, study finds
    Women using tamoxifen to prevent a recurrence of breast cancer had better protection if they took the drug for 10 years instead of the standard five, Oxford University researchers reported in The Lancet. Breast cancer experts said the data, which showed a lower recurrence rate among women who took the drug longer, also may have implications for postmenopausal women who usually take other medications to prevent a recurrence. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • Higher atherosclerosis risk seen in children with HIV
    An analysis of data on 300 children and adolescents found those who were HIV-positive were more than twice as likely to develop atherosclerosis compared with their healthier peers. Researchers also found HIV-positive children require cholesterol-lowering drugs and a healthy lifestyle to reduce the risk of early death associated with cardiovascular disease. The findings were to be presented at the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging meeting. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Statins may increase muscle pain, study shows
    Data from the STOMP trial showed patients who took high-dose atorvastatin for six months did not lose muscle strength but did have higher creatine-kinase levels, which may result in muscle pain. The study, published in the journal Circulation, supports undocumented observations that statins can increase muscle pain, researchers said. Medscape (free registration)/Heartwire (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technologies 
  • Photo project presents a diverse portrait of U.S. nurses
    Photographer Carolyn Jones compiled a series of photographs and interviews highlighting the work of nurses into a book titled "The American Nurse" and an accompanying website, In addition to creating public awareness about the roles played by nurses in health care, the project "may help nurses to see themselves and take pride in what we do," ANA president Karen Daley said USA Today (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Checklist, communications training cut postsurgical complications
    Surgical teams that used both communications training and a standardized surgical checklist had the least number of postoperative complications within 30 days, compared with groups that only had one or no intervention, a study showed. The findings, based on data from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program, were published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Legislative Policy & Regulatory News 
  • FDA to hold hearing on contamination of skin prep wipes
    Reducing bacterial contamination of alcohol wipes and other skin prep products will be the subject of an FDA hearing Wednesday and Thursday of next week. "We think a sterile wipe should be used in health care. I'm thrilled that FDA is getting people to the table," said nurse and epidemiologist Susan Dolan of Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora. NBC News/Vitals blog (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Governors urge Obama to loosen strings on Medicaid funds
    Governors meeting with President Barack Obama about avoiding automatic tax increases and spending cuts asked for more flexibility in their management of Medicaid and other federal-state programs. Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, a Democrat, said that his state would have to revisit its plan to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act if the federal government reduces funding. CBS News (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ANA News 
  • 2 months until the 7th Annual Nursing Quality Conference
    Join ANA and more than 1,200 nursing leaders in Atlanta Feb. 6-8 for the 7th Annual Nursing Quality Conference™. From integrating new technologies into quality improvement programs to translating evidence and research into practice, this conference will equip you with the tools you need to address organizational performance to improve patient outcomes. Register now before space runs out! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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