Very low birth weight babies born at Magnet hospitals were less likely to get an infection, die at seven days or suffer severe intraventricular hemorrhage than those born at other hospitals, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The findings show that Magnet status "may serve as a marker for an institution-wide commitment to optimizing outcomes," researchers wrote.
The ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.
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Patients with subclinical hyperthyroidism had a 68% greater risk of developing atrial fibrillation, making them at higher risk for stroke, according to an analysis of 10 studies. Researchers also found that patients with the thyroid problem were at 24% greater risk of premature death and 29% greater risk of death from heart-related conditions. The findings appeared online in Archives of Internal Medicine.
Older women with mild cognitive problems who lifted weights performed better on memory tasks compared with a control group that worked only on balance and stretching, a University of British Columbia study found. Researchers reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine that another group of women who did aerobic training gained fitness but achieved no cognitive benefit.
The American Academy of Neurology and the American Headache Society released new guidelines on treatments to prevent migraines. The guidance lists drugs that can reduce the frequency and severity of migraine attacks, as well as appropriate migraine medications for people with conditions such as epilepsy and depression. The guidelines appear in the journal Neurology.
An evaluation of data for more than 350,000 U.S. children found that 42.5% had undergone at least one radiologic test in three years. The review, published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology, also found that, on average, a pediatric patient will have undergone seven radiologic tests by the age of 18. Pediatric providers need to have a basic knowledge of radiation dosing and risks and how to reduce them, as well as how to discuss the issue with patients and families, researchers said.
The use of text messaging to educate parents about flu vaccination increased immunization among children, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. About 44% of children whose parents were texted were vaccinated, compared with 40% of those whose parents were not texted.
A range of free iOS and Android applications is available to help users keep track of their health and fitness. The applications include The Eatery, which enables users to take pictures of their meal and assess its general healthfulness, and the CardioTrainer, which helps exercisers monitor their progress during workouts.
Married adults reported the highest levels of well-being at 68.8%, followed by singles at 65% and those who are widowed at 63.5%, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Separated adults had the lowest ratings at 55.9%. Gallop officials said differences based on marital status were some of the largest among the demographic subgroups it studies.
The Affordable Care Act will save Medicare enrollees $208 billion through 2020 and the federal government $200 billion through 2016, according to data from a CMS actuary report. "In some instances, the private sector is leading to improve the way care is delivered," said Rick Gilfillan, director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.
Smiths Medical has received FDA clearance for its ViaValve Safety I.V. Catheter, a device that can help prevent needlestick injuries and transmission of blood-borne infections. The device features a tiny valve that blocks the backflow of blood from a patient's vein after the first puncture.
New ANA publication addresses bullying in the workplace
ANA has created a new, timely, informative publication, Bullying in the Workplace: Reversing a Culture, to help nurses to understand and deal with bullying and its perpetrators and to counter the culture of bullying in their work environments. This publication is a must-read for nurses who want to increase their professional awareness and knowledge and develop the skills needed to effectively manage bullying behaviors and create safe workplaces. Find more information on this publication or order it.
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