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April 19, 2012
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  • Chemoradiotherapy cuts risk of relapse in bladder cancer patients
    The addition of chemotherapy drugs fluorouracil and mitomycin C to radiotherapy significantly reduced disease progression, according to a U.K. study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers also found the chemoradiotherapy group showed greater rates of locoregional disease-free survival than the radiation-alone group. MedPage Today (free registration) (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies. Nursing@Georgetown is a Master of Science in Nursing program delivered online by Georgetown’s renowned School of Nursing and Health Studies. These programs are designed to help the next generation of nursing leaders achieve their career goals while improving the health and well-being of all people.
  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • Breast cancer categorization could help tailor treatment
    An analysis of 997 tumors resulted in 10 distinct breast cancer categories, ranging from easily treated to very aggressive, which may help precisely target therapies and prevent unnecessarily toxic treatments in patients, researchers reported in the journal Nature. "This is going to have a huge impact on the way we think about breast cancer. Together with other data coming out in the next few months, I think the whole landscape of research, discovery and treatment is going to change," said Harvard Medical School professor Raju Kucherlapati, who was not part of the study. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (4/19), BBC (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Partial nephrectomy raises kidney cancer patients' survival odds
    An analysis of data involving more than 7,000 early-stage kidney cancer patients found that those who went through partial nephrectomy had higher survival rates than those who underwent radical nephrectomy. Among patients who had their entire kidney removed, 42% died after an average follow-up of five years compared with 25% of patients who only had the tumor taken out. The findings appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association. HealthDay News (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Testosterone supplements may benefit heart failure patients
    A meta-analysis showed improved breathing and exercise capacity among patients with moderate to severe chronic heart failure after taking testosterone supplements. Researchers failed to find any significant side effects from taking the supplements. The findings appear in the journal Circulation: Heart Failure. (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Peer collaboration improves pediatric bronchiolitis care
    Improper use of bronchodilators and chest physiotherapy for treatment of children with bronchiolitis dropped from 2007 to 2010 due in part to the collaborative efforts of the Value in Inpatient Pediatrics Network, a study found. However, researchers noted only slight declines in the improper utilization of chest X-rays, steroids and respiratory syncytial virus testing. The findings were presented at a Society of Hospital Medicine meeting. Family Practice News (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technologies 
  • Study links top-performing hospitals with advanced health IT
    A HIMSS Analytics study finds facilities on Thomson Reuters' Top 100 Hospitals list in 2009 or 2010 were in more mature stages of EMR adoption compared with the nation's hospitals overall. The correlation demonstrates the benefits of advanced clinical tools for patient care, a HIMSS Analytics official said. Healthcare IT News (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile app manages patients, aids provider collaboration
    NIIT Healthcare Technologies recently confirmed the availability of its MASH mobile platform, equipped with a secure messaging feature that clinicians can use to communicate with each other. The iPad platform was designed to boost alliance among providers, lessen accounts receivable time and accelerate the check-in time of patients by 80%. Patients can also use the application to find their way around medical facilities, pay their bills and make appointments. (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  From the Patient's View 
  • Cancer patients seldom report care problems, survey shows
    Few cancer patients reported problems with their doctor or nurse, whether communication-related or medical, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Researchers conducted a telephone interview with 416 patients with breast or colon cancer and found that 93 of them said they experienced a preventable or harmful event. Of the patients who completed interviews, a third said they spoke with their care provider about the problem, and 10 reported it to hospital administrators. News (4/18), Reuters (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative Policy & Regulatory News 
  • FDA: Batches of generic ultrasound gel are contaminated
    The FDA issued a safety communication advising hospitals, clinics and health care providers to immediately stop using Pharmaceutical Innovations' Other-Sonic Generic Ultrasound Transmission Gel, lot numbers 060111, 090111 and 120111, due to a risk of bacterial infection. The lots were found to have been contaminated with Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Klebsiella oxytoca. News (4/18), MedPage Today (free registration) (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Senate bill aims for safer pediatric drugs and medical devices
    Sens. Jack Reed, D-R.I., Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., unveiled a bill that would improve testing of children's drugs and medical devices. The Better Pharmaceuticals and Devices for Children Act would ensure "children are never an afterthought when it comes to the safety and effectiveness of our nation's drugs and medical devices," Murray said. (Tenn.) (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ANA News 
  • Welcome to One Strong Voice!
    ANA's health policy blog, One Strong Voice discusses the latest issues facing registered nurses -- from advanced practice to hospital regulation. It's a great way to learn about what the American Nurses Association has been doing to advocate on your behalf. Help celebrate victories and be part of the advocacy efforts. Share your thoughts! ANA members can log in and ask questions or let us know what you think and what topics you'd like us to cover. Access the blog here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Presidential Virtual Voting Booth
    The American Nurses Association has endorsed a candidate in each presidential election since 1984. ANA's Virtual Voting Booth is your chance to make your voice heard during the presidential endorsement process. Results of this vote will be used when the ANA board of directors makes an endorsement decision. All ANA members are invited to vote for the candidate that they'd like to see the ANA endorse in 2012. Vote now! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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