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November 14, 2012
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  • Premature birth rate in U.S. hits lowest mark in a decade
    The percentage of babies born prematurely dropped for a fifth consecutive year in 2011 to 11.7%, the lowest rate in 10 years, according to the annual March of Dimes report card. Although the premature birth rates in 45 states improved between 2009 and 2011, only four states received an "A" grade. Overall, the country still got a "C" grade from March of Dimes. HealthDay News (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • Study finds excess acetaminophen doses in hospitalized teens, adults
    About 40% of 955 inpatients aged 12 and older at two medical centers who were dosed with acetaminophen exceeding the 4 grams per day limit received supratherapeutic dosing for three or more days, a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed. Researchers reported that recurring scheduled dosing was the strongest risk factor linked to supratherapeutic dosing. (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bariatric surgery may elevate odds of liver failure
    Bariatric surgery patients may have a higher risk of developing acetaminophen-induced acute liver failure, California Pacific Medical Center researchers reported. They said the weight loss procedure can change how the body processes drugs and alcohol. MedPage Today (free registration) (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Leg catheterization might prevent diabetes-related amputations
    Leg catheterization to boost blood flow in affected limbs helped prevent diabetes-related amputations in 521 Israeli patients over the past two years, physicians at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, Israel, said. Catheterization might help renew blood supply and heal or prevent infections, and it can be repeated if necessary, the doctors said. The Jerusalem Post (free registration) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Female migraine sufferers are more at risk for brain lesions
    Women with migraines were more likely to have brain lesions than those without such headaches, Dutch researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. MRI scans revealed greater increase of deep white matter hyperintensities in the migraine group compared with the control group. (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study refutes link between headaches and vision problems in youths
    Researchers reviewing the medical records of almost 160 children younger than 18 with recurrent headaches found no significant association between headaches and vision problems. Nonetheless, the researchers said a vision test should be part of every pediatric well-child visit because some vision problems cannot be corrected after children reach a certain age. The study was presented at the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting. CNN/The Chart blog (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technologies 
  • Hospitals turn to palm scanning for patient safety
    Many hospitals are implementing palm scanning and other procedures to ensure patient safety and proper identity. Privacy advocates say the collection of biometric data could be an identity theft nightmare, but administrators say the data are safely encrypted. Also, patients are not required to be photographed or scanned. "It's a patient safety initiative," said Kathryn McClellan, a vice president at New York University Langone Medical Center. "We felt like the value to the patient was huge." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dance classes can boost teen girls' mental health
    Participating in dance classes twice a week for eight months improved mental health in teenage girls with mild mood, self-esteem or other "internalizing problems," according to a study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Researchers said the majority of girls in the dance intervention group deemed the classes a positive experience and reported improvements in their own health. (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Work-Life Balance 
  • Labor and delivery nurses are recognized for walking research
    A four-year research project by labor and delivery nurses at Saint Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., found walking does not help speed up a woman's labor, compared with resting. The nurses found that walking during an hourlong evaluation in a labor and delivery unit was not associated with faster delivery compared with women who rested. The study looked at women at 37 weeks gestation and less than 4 centimeters dilation. The study was published in the American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing and has been named the 2012 MCN Research Paper of the Year. The Kansas City Nursing News (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  From the Patient's View 
  • Poll shows misconceptions surrounding antibiotic use
    Nine in 10 U.S. adults are aware that antibiotics can treat bacterial infections, but more than a third mistakenly believe that these drugs can cure viral infections, such as the common cold, a CDC poll found. Forty-one percent of the respondents said they had been told very little or nothing at all about antibiotic resistance. HealthDay News (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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