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January 29, 2013
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  • Pregnant women should be vaccinated against whooping cough
    In response to a spike in the number of pertussis cases last year, the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that women, both teens and adults, get a booster dose of TDaP vaccine during each pregnancy. The updated childhood and adolescent immunization schedule published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and the journal Pediatrics suggested that mild allergic reactions to eggs should no longer be a barrier for flu vaccination. HealthDay News (1/28), WebMD (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study supports lumpectomy plus radiation in early breast cancer
    Women with stage I or II breast cancer who underwent lumpectomy with radiation had a greater chance of surviving than those treated with mastectomy, an analysis of 112,154 cases found. A greater rate of death due to heart disease and other illnesses may indicate the mastectomy group was in poorer health, but a researcher said the findings should reassure women who choose lumpectomy. The study will be reported in the journal Cancer. Nurse.com (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BP, cholesterol control may curb admissions in diabetes
    Data on 26,636 type 2 diabetes patients showed those with poor control over A1C, systolic blood pressure and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, as well as those with only good A1C control, had the highest rate of cardiovascular disease-related hospitalizations after 5.6 years. Those whose three risk factors were well-controlled had the lowest hospitalization rates. The findings appear in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fruits, vegetables may cut risk of ER-negative breast cancer
    Researchers looked at data from 20 studies and found that eating more fruits and vegetables was associated with a lower risk of developing estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer. Consuming plenty of fruits and vegetables, however, was not significantly linked with lower overall odds of developing breast cancer. The findings appeared in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. HealthDay News (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Federal report finds decline in childhood exposure to lead
    The average blood level of lead among 1- to 5-year-olds was 92% lower between 2009 and 2010 compared with the recorded level from 1976 to 1980, according to a report by the Environmental Protection Agency. The number of children living in highly polluted counties dropped from 75% in 1999 to 59% in 2009, but the childhood asthma rate increased from 8.7% in 2001 to 9.4% in 2010. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technologies 
  • Health-tracking apps and devices catch on slowly
    Sixty-nine percent of American adults monitor at least one aspect of their health, and 21% of those who do use some form of technology, such as a smartphone application or an electronic device, a Pew Research Center survey found. "It turns out that half of trackers say they are keeping track of progress just in their heads," said Susannah Fox of the center's Internet and American Life Project. Some apps transmit data to users' doctors, enabling them to spot early warning signs and adjust treatment accordingly, and many patients who have used digital health technology said it prompted conversations with their doctors. MobiHealthNews.com (1/28), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Daily antiseptic bathing reduces bacteremia in PICUs
    Patients at pediatric intensive care units who received daily chlorhexidine gluconate baths had significantly lower incidence of bacteremia than patients in the standard bathing protocol group, according to a study in The Lancet. The incidence of skin reactions associated with the antiseptic bathing was 1.2 per 1,000 days, and researchers reported no serious adverse events. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Del. nurse honored for her work fostering professional development
    Registered nurse Gretchen Massey, a clinical coordinator at Bayhealth Kent General Hospital in Dover, Del., received the 2012 Geraldine Webb Palladino Outstanding Educator Award for her commitment to the profession. "Gretchen consistently identifies areas for improvement in herself and the intermediate care unit," the unit's nurse manager said. Nurse.com (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative Policy & Regulatory News 
  • Labor Department extends deadline for health exchange notices
    The Labor Department moved the deadline for employers to inform employees about their cost-sharing plans as well as the availability of health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. The CMS said the Labor Department "expects that the timing for distribution of notices will be the late summer or fall of 2013, which will coordinate with the open enrollment period for Exchanges." The original deadline was set for March 1. MedPage Today (free registration) (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Hospice RN Case ManagerUnitedHealth GroupTuscon, AZ
NURSING ASSISTANT-SPT-.900-72/PP-DAYS/PM'S-COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL-MENOMONEE FALLS, WIFroedtert HealthMenomonee Falls, WI
Psychiatric Advanced Practice RNKaiser PermanenteSuitland, MD
Part Time Health Coach in London, OHUnitedHealth GroupColumbus, OH
Behavioral Health Care Advocate - Telecommute - New York OnlyUnitedHealth GroupAlbany, NY
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  ANA News 
  • Webinar Feb. 20 -- Nursing's Role in Care Coordination
    Care coordination is a complex concept which encompasses many aspects of care delivery, organization and quality. Nursing's holistic approach to care ensures that patients' needs are met across settings and providers and facilitates the delivery of quality care. As front-line leaders, nurses are uniquely positioned to take the lead in this area. Navigating New Frontiers: Nursing's Role in Care Coordination provides insights, case studies and strategies to advance nursing's role in the care coordination and healthcare transformation. Register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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