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December 14, 2012
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  • Distress may increase risk of stroke-related death in seniors
    Seniors with the highest levels of psychosocial distress such as depression faced three times the risk of stroke-related mortality compared with people who experienced lower stress, according to a study in the journal Stroke. "The study adds to the growing evidence that stress is a significant factor in cardiovascular disease and stroke," said neurologist Ralph Sacco, however, it did not prove a causal relationship. HealthDay News (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Can Your Hospice Patients Go Home for the Holidays?
Only 4 in 10 people who are eligible for hospice care in the United States receive it. We've created this hospice patient eligibility kit to help health care providers understand the hospice eligibility requirements, the many diagnoses that can qualify a patient for hospice, and the ways that hospice can work with you to care for patients with a life-limiting illness.
  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • Study IDs cardiac death risk factors in postmenopausal women
    An analysis of data from the Women's Health Initiative found that postmenopausal women had a greater risk of sudden cardiac death if they were obese, older, smokers or black; had an elevated pulse or white blood cell count; or had a history of heart failure, diabetes or high blood pressure. The findings appeared in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Child abuse cases down for 5th consecutive year
    Reports of child abuse and neglect in the U.S. have dropped for the fifth year in a row, from 723,000 cases in 2007 to about 681,000 in 2011, according to a report released by the HHS' Administration for Children and Families. The number of maltreatment-related child deaths reached a five-year low of 1,570 last year, researchers said. HealthDay News (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lifestyle habits put cardiovascular disease progress at risk
    Increasing rates of high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes may reverse gains made in reducing cardiovascular disease in the U.S., according to an American Heart Association report in Circulation. The report said 68% of adults are overweight or obese, one-third do not engage in leisure-time physical activity and only 53% of people with hypertension have it under control. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Overcrowded EDs linked to increased in-hospital mortality rates
    Patients admitted when emergency departments were overcrowded had a higher risk of dying than when admitted on other days, according to a study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. Researchers found that admission when the ED was overcrowded was associated with a 5% increase in the risk of dying before discharge. Reuters (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Preemies, small babies at greater risk for esophagitis
    The risk of developing esophagitis during childhood was higher among babies born prematurely or small for their gestational age, according to a Swedish study in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The link between premature birth and the disease was more pronounced among male patients than females aged 9 and younger, while the opposite was seen for the association with SGA, researchers said. Healio (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technologies 
  • Study: Nurse-led visitation program fails to cut childhood injuries
    Children receiving support through the Nurse-Family Partnership were no less likely to suffer injuries than those not included in the home visitation program, according to a study to be published in the Maternal and Child Health Journal. Emergency department visits due to childhood injuries from birth through age 2 were 12% higher among families served by the program than for similar families, researchers said. The findings underline the need for continuing evaluation to identify and address barriers to effectiveness, a researcher said. (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study examines accuracy of online influenza tool
    A Web-based tool called Strategy for Off-Site Rapid Triage for Kids showed a 93% to 100% sensitivity in detecting children at high risk for flu, but had an 11% to 13% specificity for low- or intermediate-risk children. Researchers reported in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine that most parents and caregivers found the tool very easy to use and understand. Family Practice News (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative Policy & Regulatory News 
  • With 10 months to set up exchanges, challenges abound
    An HHS official told a House subcommittee on Thursday that he was confident state and federal exchanges will begin enrolling people in health insurance plans on Oct. 1. The federal government could have a hand in running the exchanges in at least 30 states, according to this article. "At the end of the day, you're trying to connect a buyer to a seller. And the fundamental things required to do that are not yet in place," said Wisconsin health services official Dennis Smith. Reuters (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ANA News 
  • Help ANA celebrate Nurses Week 2013 -- Take a short survey
    Every year in May, ANA hosts National Nurses Week to show its appreciation for the value nurses bring to their patients, their employers and the world of health care. ANA needs your advice to help us plan National Nurses Week 2013. Fill out this short survey by Jan. 3 and enter a drawing for a Kindle Fire! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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