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April 27, 2012
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  • Nurse study finds berries help ward off memory problems
    Data from the Nurses' Health Study show women who ate the most strawberries and blueberries developed memory problems at slower rates than those who ate less, according to researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital. The study in the Annals of Neurology found the biggest berry eaters averaged a single, half-cup of blueberries or two half-cups of strawberries each week, which author Elizabeth Devore called "simple interventions that appear to have pretty healthful effects." WebMD (4/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • Many U.S. workers don't get enough sleep, CDC says
    Overall, 30% of U.S. adults reported sleeping six or fewer hours a day, CDC researchers wrote in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. People who worked the night shift and those aged 30 to 44 were more likely to be sleep deprived than those who work during the day and those in other age groups. WebMD (4/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Antiretroviral drugs during breast-feeding cut HIV transmission
    The cumulative risk of HIV-1 mother-to-infant transmission at 48 weeks was significantly lower among breast-feeding HIV-positive mothers who received antiretroviral drugs or whose infants received antiretroviral drugs, CDC researchers wrote in the journal The Lancet. The trial in Malawi also found a greater risk of diarrhea, delayed growth, malaria, tuberculosis and death in infants after weaning by 28 weeks. News (4/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Outpatient surgeries carry blood clot risk, study finds
    One out of every 84 of the highest-risk patients experiences a life-threatening blood clot following outpatient surgery, according to a study published in Annals of Surgery. The study evaluated more than 200,000 outpatient surgeries at U.S. medical centers. The data highlight the importance of evaluating patients' risk factors, according to the study's lead author. (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rapid weight gain in young children linked to later hypertension
    An Australian study of children from birth to age 14 showed that the top 32% with the most rapid weight gain had high blood pressure, and it was detectable as early as age 3. Reducing childhood obesity and early fat gain could curb levels of metabolic conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension, the lead researcher said. The findings were presented at the European Society of Hypertension conference. United Press International (4/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Maternal migraines may increase risk of colic in babies
    An estimated 29% of mothers who reported migraine headaches had colicky babies compared with 11% of mothers without migraines, according to a study presented at an American Academy of Neurology meeting. Researchers found no evidence linking paternal migraines to babies with colic but said the study may not have included enough fathers. The findings suggest that colic may be an early sign of migraines, the researchers said. (4/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technologies 
  • Nurse reduces readmissions by keeping heart failure patients healthy
    Clinical Heart Failure Coordinator Maike Henning is in charge of ensuring heart failure patients at Providence Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska, stay healthy and don't need to be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge. Henning counsels patients about their condition and shows them how to watch for signs of fluid retention. The program has reduced heart failure readmissions from 17% to less than 11%. Alaska Public Radio Network (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: More providers show interest in computer-assisted coding
    Almost half of providers in a KLAS report said they intend to buy an inpatient computer-assisted coding tool over the next two years, in part to compensate for reimbursement and productivity losses that could stem from the switch to ICD-10. The report cited 3M, OptumInsight and Dolbey as the top three CAC vendors being considered by providers. (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative Policy & Regulatory News 
  • CMS proposes payment rules for readmissions, quality programs
    A CMS proposed rule would pay acute care hospitals 2.3% more for treating Medicare patients if inpatient quality reporting programs are in place. The agency also proposed a calculation for penalties assessed to hospitals with high 30-day readmission rates. And CMS said it wants to add surgical site infections from cardiac implantable electronic device and iatrogenic pneumothorax with venous catheterization as conditions subject to hospital-acquired condition payment provisions for 2013. HealthLeaders Media (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ANA News 
  • Applying ANA's Code of Ethics to Everyday Practice
    The Code of Ethics for Nurses has nine provisions and serves as a general guide for the profession's members and as a social contract with the public that it serves. This CE module will help nurses struggling with complex ethical situations and seeking to improve their knowledge of ethical practice. Price: ANA members $34. Nonmembers $74. Visit now! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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