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October 15, 2012
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  • Prolonged periods of sitting increase diabetes, mortality risk
    A review of 18 studies found that sitting for long periods was associated with a higher risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and death, even when people exercised. Writing in the journal Diabetologia, researchers underscored the importance of lowering overall sitting hours and breaking up the time with standing or walking. BBC (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • CDC: Meningitis case count continues to rise
    CDC officials reported on Sunday the continued rise of fungal meningitis cases linked to contaminated steroid injections, reaching a total of 205 cases across 14 states, including 15 deaths. Tennessee remains the epicenter of the outbreak with 53 cases of illness and six deaths. Reuters (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Quitting smoking improves survival for lung cancer patients
    Researchers looked at the medical records of 4,200 lung cancer patients in the U.S. and found that those ages 84 and younger who had quit smoking more than a year before their diagnosis lived longer than those who continued to smoke. The study appeared online in the journal Cancer. Reuters (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Risk of atrial fibrillation higher in obese women, data show
    An analysis of data on more than 270,000 Danish women who had given birth between 2004 and 2009 found that those who were obese faced double the risk of developing atrial fibrillation compared with normal-weight peers. The odds of AF tripled among those who were very obese. The findings were presented at a European Society of Cardiology meeting. Family Practice News (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sleep apnea treatment may benefit men with hypertension
    Continuous positive airway pressure therapy was associated with lower blood pressure levels among hypertensive men with sleep apnea, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. "All types of patients may benefit from this treatment, even those with other chronic medical conditions," lead researcher Dr. Bharati Prasad said. HealthDay News (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: HPV vaccination doesn't spur sexual activity in young girls
    Data on more than 1,300 preteen girls who received at least one dose of human papillomavirus vaccine showed that getting the vaccine was not linked to a significant increase in the number of pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections or contraceptive counseling. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, was the first to show that vaccination did not alter the sexual behavior of young girls. CNN/The Chart blog (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technologies 
  • Robust IT could help ACOs benefit from Shared Savings initiative
    Accountable care organizations involved in the CMS' Medicare Shared Savings initiative need more powerful IT and enhanced care coordination to benefit from the program, according to a report released in Health Affairs. A simulation model was used by researchers to examine the program's effects on ACOs. They found that ACOs' savings lessened and even could become additional costs to the groups due to the cost of tests that they should perform to meet certain quality measures. InformationWeek/InformationWeek Healthcare (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Poll: Many patients expect docs to text, e-mail them proactively
    A majority of adults surveyed by Varolii, a communications company in Seattle, want their physicians to communicate with them through e-mails, texts and smartphone alerts even when they are not sick. The poll also indicated that half of the respondents believe reminders sent by their doctors using technological platforms could have helped them avoid a past medical problem. Healthcare IT News (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative Policy & Regulatory News 
  • Gearing up for Medicare's open-enrollment period
    Open enrollment for Medicare begins today, and beneficiaries will see Advantage plan premiums rise by about 5%, the number of plan choices increase by about 7%, the average basic premiums for drug plans go up by about 33 cents and premiums for seven out of the 10 most popular drug plans rise by double-digit percentages. Consumer advocates said beneficiaries should pay attention to premiums, copays, deductibles, plan formularies and prior approval restrictions when choosing their plans during open enrollment, which ends Dec. 7. The Lansing State Journal (Mich.)/HealthDay News (10/14), The Wall Street Journal (10/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ANA News 
  • Applying ANA's Code of Ethics to Everyday Practice
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