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December 13, 2012
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  • Fainting may predict future cardiovascular risk
    A single fainting episode raises the risk of being admitted for a heart attack or stroke later in life by 74%, according to a Danish study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The chances of needing a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator in the future were five times greater for people who fainted, researchers said. HealthDay News (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • Another study links breast cancer, diabetes onset
    Postmenopausal women who had breast cancer were more likely than those without the disease to develop diabetes, with a steady increase in diabetes risk from 7% at two years following cancer diagnosis to 21% at 10 years, according to a study in Diabetologia. However, diabetes risk was higher in the first two years after cancer diagnosis and then declined in women who underwent chemotherapy, researchers noted. (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Parental exposure to diesel fumes raises child's brain tumor risk
    Children of parents who were exposed to diesel fumes at work before conception or during pregnancy had a greater risk of developing a brain tumor, Australian researchers wrote in the International Journal of Cancer. Diesel fumes recently have been classified as Group 1 carcinogenics by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. life expectancy improves, but with more chronic illness
    An analysis of data from the United Health Foundation's 2012 America's Health Rankings showed that Americans' life expectancy increased by about 1.7 years between 2000 and 2009, while the number of premature deaths and deaths from cardiovascular disease and cancer declined since 1990. However, researchers found that the country has an adult obesity rate of 28%, a diabetes rate of almost 10% and a hypertension rate higher than 30%. Reuters (12/11), USA Today (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Babies born via C-section have higher obesity risk
    An analysis in the International Journal of Obesity showed children born via cesarean section were up to 40% more likely than vaginally born children to become obese in childhood. However, researchers said that while the results do not show a causal relationship, the link between C-section births and obesity should not be neglected. Reuters (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Quitting smoking eases pain tied to spinal disorders
    Stopping smoking was linked to a substantial reduction in pain scores reported by patients with spinal disorders, University of Rochester researchers found. Patients with axial or radicular pain who smoke experienced greater pain than nonsmoking patients. The findings appear in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. News (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technologies 
  • Serious safety events fall with use of risk model in study
    A model that included huddles three times a day for inpatients significantly reduced floor-to-ICU transfers that involved unrecognized serious safety events, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Days between serious safety events involving inpatients increased with the adoption of the model, which included consideration of five risk factors: family worries, risk-associated treatments, high early warning scores, concerns about communication and clinicians' gut feelings. News (12/12)
  Work-Life Balance 
  • Stick to an exercise routine during the holidays, experts say
    Americans gain about a pound on average during the holidays, but fitness experts advise sticking to an existing workout rather than adding new goals to compensate for overindulging. Trainer Tracy Anderson says the most important thing is to be consistent about exercising, and says to "eliminate the word diet from your vocabulary for three days before and after a holiday." Reuters (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Report calls for better use of CMS Medicare prepayment edits
    Medicare savings might have been better for fiscal years 2010 and 2011 if CMS had used its prepayment edits more for closer examination of patient claims, according to a study released by the Government Accountability Office. The report recommends CMS take steps to boost its use of edits, such as promoting more data sharing on effective edits and examining the feasibility of raising incentives for edit implementation. Healthcare IT News (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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