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Flu vaccine cuts risk of heart attack for some patients
Getting a flu shot cuts the risk of having a heart attack or stroke by more than 50 percent in people who have had a heart attack, a new study shows.
"We may have identified that the flu vaccine may also be a vaccine against heart attacks," says lead author Jacob Udell, a cardiologist at Women's College Hospital and a scientist at the University of Toronto.
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NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS
FDA to complete phase-out of chlorofluorocarbon inhalers
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will complete its phase-out of all inhaler medical products containing chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) by Dec. 31, 2013. This effort is to comply with an international treaty to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the worldwide production of numerous substances, including CFCs, which contribute to ozone depletion.
While most inhaler products containing CFCs have already been phased out by the FDA, two products currently remain on the market: Combivent Inhalation Aerosol and Maxair Autohaler. However, these products will no longer be available after the end of this year.
Nurse staffing linked to lower readmission penalties
Researchers estimate that each additional nurse-hour per patient day is associated with 10 percent lower odds of receiving penalties under The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program.
The better staffed a hospital is with nurses, the lower its odds of being slapped with readmission penalties. And hospitals with higher nurse staffing had 25 percent lower odds of being penalized compared with similar hospitals with lower staffing finds a study published in the October issue of Health Affairs.
Nurse practitioners one solution to doctor shortage
Deanna Brady can diagnose and treat illnesses, write prescriptions and educate patients about how to stay healthy.
But as a nurse practitioner, she blends clinical ability with the softer side of nursing. "We are nurses first so we have that compassion and the bedside manner and the way to talk to patients and the caring aspect. ... We look at the patient as Pam, the whole patient, as opposed to Pam — hypertension," she said.
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Study: Celgene arthritis drug appears effective, safe after one year
Previously untreated patients experienced significant and lasting reductions in signs and symptoms of psoriatic arthritis when given Celgene Corp's experimental oral drug, apremilast, according to data from a late stage clinical trial.
Patients taking either the 20 milligrams or 30 mg dose of apremilast twice a day had a statistically significant improvement in symptoms, such as painful, swollen joints, after 16 weeks of treatment compared with those who received a placebo, researchers said.
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Medical staffing expert calls nurse shortage 'perfect storm'
Dallas Business Journal (opinion)
An aging nurse workforce, a graying baby boomer population and millions more insured patients entering America's health care system as Obamacare is phased in means the already high need for nurses is going to skyrocket in the next few years, says Janet Elkin, president and CEO of Supplemental Health Care.
"We're entering what I call the perfect storm," Elkin told me in an interview.
How healthcare reforms affect nurses
Many organizations are looking to the nurse workforce to help close the primary care gap and meet the rising demand for healthcare services. But maybe we should consult nurses before relying on them to solve the problem of a growing shortage of physicians and the growing demand for care.
While physician assistants are embracing industry calls to fill holes in the healthcare system, not all registered nurses have confidence in their ability to meet the demands of healthcare reform.
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Food allergy video game trial launched
Elizabeth McQuaid, Ph.D., a staff psychologist from the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center, is leading a research team testing a new interactive software game developed to help children with peanut allergies better manage allergy symptoms, social situations and proper food avoidance. "Pediatric food allergy is a serious health issue that now affects approximately 4 to 8 percent of children. Yet, very few resources for children exist to promote effective management strategies," said McQuaid.
Startup company's health coaches text patient medical reminders, alerts
Health entrepreneurs are thinking more deeply about ways to prevent disease, not just treat it.
A New Jersey-based startup called MyHint launched its system today to make it easier for people to stay on top of their health. Patients can register for free on the website via Facebook, LinkedIn or Google, and opt to receive SMS or email alerts when they are due for a mammogram, a prostate screening, a general check up, and a variety of other health tests.
Nurses, other non-physicians can perform abortions in California
As more states pass measures tightening abortion laws, California is making abortions more accessible.
Nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives and physicians' assistants who complete specified training are now able to perform abortions in California. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the measure into law.
School nurses' duties expand with changing times
The Boy Scout motto of "be prepared" equally applies to today's school nurses, who not only deal with the typical bruises and tummy aches that have always been part of school life, but must now contend with a student population that is increasingly more medically fragile.
As school systems face budget cuts, nurses must also adapt to a "migrant" lifestyle as they are assigned to several schools during a workweek.
For a traveling nurse, freedom to roam
The New York Times
Traveling nurses work in different locations for weeks at a time. Monica Parks, 43, of Easley, S.C., has been working as a traveling nurse since 2007. Parks likes the flexibility of being able to pick where I work and take jobs when she wants. This work pays well. Parks gets to work in different environments, and she's not involved in the politics you might find in a staff job.
Survey explores how perceptions of workplace affect nurse wellbeing
A survey of nurses working with older adults across three National Health Service trusts in England explored how perceptions of the workplace affect nurse wellbeing. Standardized validated measures were used to assess burnout, perceived organizational support and organizational culture. Significant associations were found between innovative organizational culture and nurses' sense of personal accomplishment, which reduce the likelihood of burnout.
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