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Most hospitals fail to meet safety, quality standards | Survey: One-third of Canadian nurses assaulted at work | Lifetime exercise improves breast cancer survival
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April 16, 2009
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Most hospitals fail to meet safety, quality standards
Results of the 2008 Leapfrog Hospital Survey show most hospitals have a lot of work to do to meet even minimum safety and quality standards. Problem areas include failing to meet mortality standards, a lack of adherence to process measures for high-risk procedures and not implementing recommended policies for preventing hospital-acquired infections.
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Survey: One-third of Canadian nurses assaulted at work
A survey of 18,676 Canadian nurses found one-third of those working in hospitals or long-term care facilities reported being physically assaulted by a patient during a one-year period. The Statistics Canada study found 47% of nurses also reported suffering emotional abuse. The study identified problems in four key areas: staffing and resources, professional relationships between physicians and nurses, supervisor support, and co-worker support.
WinnipegSun.com (4/16) 
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Lifetime exercise improves breast cancer survival
Breast cancer patients who engaged in about four hours or more of moderate-intensity recreational exercise each week over their lifetime were 44% less likely to die and 34% less likely to suffer a recurrence, progression or new primary breast cancer, researchers found. The study also found household chores and occupational activity didn't confer the same benefits as exercise, and vigorous-intensity activity lowered mortality but had no effect on the risk of other outcomes.
Reuters (4/15) 
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Infant pacifier use does not diminish breast-feeding
The duration and exclusivity of breast-feeding are not adversely affected when infants use a pacifier, a review of 29 studies found. The researchers said previous contrary results found in observational studies could be due to other factors, such as breast-feeding difficulties or intent to wean.
Medscape (free registration) (4/15) 
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Music lowers heart rate, blood pressure for heart disease patients
A review of 23 studies found listening to music, especially when it's chosen by the patient, can help hospitalized patients with coronary heart disease lower their heart rates, breathing rate and blood pressure.
Yahoo!/HealthDay News (4/15) 
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Meth use during pregnancy can impair baby's brain development
Women who use methamphetamine during pregnancy raise the risk of abnormal brain development in their babies, a new study found. Researchers said the findings may help explain developmental delays seen in children exposed to meth in the womb.
Medscape (free registration) (4/15) 
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Exercise may help patients reduce migraines
Migraine patients who participated in an exercise program designed to maximize oxygen uptake had fewer headaches, according to Swedish researchers. The researchers said physical activity can trigger migraines, but the study found the aerobic program used was well tolerated.
Medscape (free registration) (4/15) 
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New Web sites help patients compare health care costs
New Web sites are coming online to help patients compare costs for tests and procedures, although some experts warn the listed prices may not be entirely accurate. Dr. Leslie Ramirez in Chicago set up Leslie's List after her mother had trouble affording her annual mammogram. OutOfPocket.com lets patients enter price information for health care services they have received, and Healthcare BlueBook collects cost data from health care facilities, payers and employers.
American Medical News (subscription required) (4/15) 
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South continues to struggle with growing HIV/AIDS problem
When HIV patient Sheila Holt moved from New Jersey to Henderson, S.C., she was shocked at how few services, such as housing, transportation and medications, were available to her. She also found a stigma attached to the disease in the South, a problem health care workers have battled for years. Experts hope additional funding for HIV/AIDS can help areas in the South increase education and support services.
Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (4/13) 
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Critical care nurse pens memoir of her 30-year career
Seattle nurse and author Jennifer Culkin writes from the heart in "A Final Arc of Sky: A Memoir of Critical Care," a realistic recounting of her 30 years as a critical care nurse, including a stint as a flight nurse. This review says the book "is served up in the direct language that would be the mental habit of anyone drawn to, and thriving on, such a career."
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American Nurses Foundation -- Honor a Nurse
The American Nurses Foundation would like to help you pay honor to a special friend, loved one or an individual nurse that has touched your life or impacts the lives of others. Your honored nurse's photo, along with your name and message, will appear on the American Nurses Foundation Web site for all to see. This tribute is perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, memorials, even Nurses Week. Visit www.ANFonline.org for details.
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The 2009 Nurses Research Grant Application has been posted online
The deadline for all submissions is May 1. This year 26 nursing research grants, totaling $177,500, are available for beginning and experienced nurse researchers. See the application for further details and instructions at www.ANFonline.org.
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