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November 20, 2012
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  • Job loss may increase heart attack risk
    Adults who were unemployed were at a greater risk of developing acute myocardial infarction, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. "Although the risks for AMI were most significant in the first year after job loss, unemployment status, cumulative number of job losses and cumulative time unemployed were each independently associated with increased risk for AMI," the researchers wrote. (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Many post-op complications occur within 30 days of discharge
    An analysis of data on more than 550,000 U.S. surgery patients revealed that 41.5% of all postoperative complications happened within 30 days after hospital discharge. Stanford University researchers reported in the Archives of Surgery that reoperation and mortality rates were higher among patients with post-discharge problems than those without such complications. HealthDay News (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Many Medicare beneficiaries undergo repeat diagnostic testing
    Between a third and a half of six common diagnostic tests for Medicare patients were repeated from 2004 to 2006, according to a study that examined the records of a sample of patients. Researchers reported their results in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Retesting can be medically appropriate, including as a way to monitor whether treatments are working, but it can be a factor in overdiagnosis and adds to health care costs. HealthDay News (11/19), MedPage Today (free registration) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HIV screening urged for everyone aged 15 to 65 in U.S.
    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on Monday called for routine HIV testing for all Americans aged 15 to 65, expanding its 2005 recommendation that included only high-risk individuals. The draft recommendation was prompted by studies showing major health benefits of early HIV treatment, task force chairwoman Virginia Moyer said. USA Today (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Air pollution may weaken older adults' mental functioning
    Researchers looked at the records of more than 14,000 people ages 50 and above in the U.S., and found that those who lived in highly polluted areas scored worse on tests of mental abilities including memory and language. Test scores dropped 0.36 points per each 10-point increase in levels of fine particulate air matter. The findings were to be presented at a meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. HealthDay News (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Research ties prenatal antibiotic use to childhood asthma risk
    Children born to mothers who took antibiotics while pregnant had a 17% higher risk of being hospitalized for asthma at age 5 compared with those who weren't exposed to the drugs, Danish researchers found. The study in the Journal of Pediatrics also showed that children exposed to antibiotics while in the womb were 18% more likely to be prescribed an asthma drug. Reuters (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technologies 
  • Agency asks for public comment on proposed stage 3 MU measures
    CMS seeks public input on potential stage 3 meaningful use measures developed by Mathematica Policy Research and the National Committee for Quality Assurance to be used by health care professionals participating in the EHR Incentive Programs. The proposed measures will evaluate key parts of the yearly wellness visit benefit for Medicare beneficiaries. (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Groups launch an effort to combat childhood obesity
    The American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have announced an effort to reduce the growth of childhood obesity by 2015. Part of that effort will include the foundation's focus on helping schools and after-school programs increase physical fitness for students. The AHA will work to improve the nutritional quality of snack foods and drinks available in schools and to ensure that students eat healthier. Education Week/Schooled in Sports blog (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Legislative Policy & Regulatory News 
  • ANA praises final Medicare payment rules
    The final rule for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, set to take effect Jan. 1, earned praises from the ANA for introducing reimbursement for nurses performing primary care services. "This Medicare rule is a giant step forward for nurses whose knowledge and skills play major roles in patients' satisfaction and quality of care," ANA President Karen Daley said. (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ANA News 
  • Submit your poster abstract for the 2nd National Nursing Ethics Conference
    This conference seeks to motivate and empower nurses to speak confidently while tackling ethical challenges. Share your knowledge by submitting a poster abstract on the conference theme "Cultivating Ethical Awareness: Moments of Truth." Poster submission categories include: Empirical research relevant to ethics and nursing practice; ethics education; ethics and professionalism in clinical practice; evidenced-based practice relevant to ethics and nursing practice; and promoting ethical practice in nursing care. Abstract submissions are due by Nov. 26.  LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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