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Flu now widespread in the United States
This year's flu season is now in full swing. Nationally people are beginning to be hospitalized and die due to the flu, which is in all parts of the country and still on the up slope, public health agencies report.
At least one flu expert thinks anxiety will rise soon as this year's flu strain takes a higher toll on children and middle-age adults. The flu season began most heavily in the South but has now spread nationwide with cases increasing in all states, said Joseph Bresee, a flu expert with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Study: RN fatigue linked to concern about decision-making
Fatigued nurses are more likely to express concern that they made a wrong decision about a patient’s care, according to a study.
The study found that nurses impaired by fatigue, loss of sleep, daytime sleepiness and an inability to recover between shifts are more likely than well-rested nurses to report decision regret.
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Testosterone level affects flu shot response
Men with high testosterone and a certain gene cluster may not experience an antibody response after a flu shot, researchers suggested — a finding that could affect men taking prescription testosterone.
Men with higher levels of serum testosterone had a mean 81 percent lower antibody response to the flu shot compared with women, while men with lower levels of testosterone had only a 13 percent lower response, according to David Furman, Ph.D., of Stanford University in Stanford, Calif., and colleagues.
Woman's tragic death leads nurses to bond with her family overseas
A nurse in a U.S. hospital kissed the patient's forehead. More than 6,000 miles away, Sanaz Nezami's family in Iran watched on a laptop computer and wept.
Nezami, a vibrant 27-year-old woman who could speak three languages, wanted to pursue an advanced degree in engineering at Michigan Technological University. Instead, she was brain dead just a few weeks after unpacking her bags, the victim of a fatal beating by her new husband, according to police.
Medical school education challenges
By Rosemary Sparacio
It is no secret that the cost of medical school education has skyrocketed, and enrolling in a medical school in the U.S. is difficult. Along with that, or perhaps as a reaction to that, students turn to schools out of the country and look for other ways to pay for this education. In August, the U.S. government proposed tying students' financial aid to its ratings of colleges using graduation rates, postgraduation employment and income, and affordability as parameters for the ratings. This has proven disastrous for medical schools in the past.
Study: Nurse home visits for newborn care could save millions
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Home visits from nurses to families with a newborn could save the health care system big dollars, according to a new study released by Duke University.
The study showed that for every $1 spent on nurse home-visiting for newborns, $3 were saved in healthcare costs. The home-visiting program piloted by Duke more than paid for itself within the infants’ first six months of life, according to the university.
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How a mental health nurse helps others live with the condition
When patients confide that they can "hear voices" psychiatric nurse John Robinson nods encouragingly.
As a mental health nurse, care co-ordinator and specialist he is more than just an expert on the subject. He understands his patients' anguish only too well because he hears them too.
"I've heard voices for as long as I can remember," explains the 62-year-old. "It's more common than you'd imagine, affecting two to four per cent of the British population.
In era of health reform, retail clinics become part of the healthcare delivery system
A contract between Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System and MinuteClinic, a division of CVS Caremark Corp., is one example of how retail clinics are becoming a larger part of the healthcare delivery system in Southeast Michigan to meet an expected increase in patient demand next year under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Mobile working: Why healthcare staff should be better connected
From allowing remote access to medical records, to helping professionals engage their patients, mobile working has revolutionized the way staff at the John Taylor Hospice provide care. For the community psychological therapies team at the Birmingham-based center, mobile devices act as communication aids that can capture the interest of otherwise hard-to-reach children.
Heart disease could be tied to dementia for older women
Older women with a history of heart trouble were more likely to develop thinking and memory problems than those without heart disease, it was found in a new study.
Women who'd had a heart attack, in particular, were twice as likely to see declines in their thinking and memory skills, researchers found.
Doctors had already suspected such a link existed, lead author Dr. Bernhard Haring told Reuters Health.
A Registered Nurse becomes CIO-Plus
With the high profile issues plaguing the technical implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the gulf between those who understand healthcare and those who understand technology has been quite stark. There are precious few CIOs who have a practitioner’s perspective when it comes to healthcare. The stereotype between doctors and nurses and IT executives highlight very different qualities. The former are noted for their interpersonal skills, their ability to listen, while being generally technophobes in practice. The latter have historically been introverted problem solvers who often operated more as order takers rather than as proactive advisors. Each should take attempt to draw from the strengths of the others to become more well-rounded.
Flash code sets new industry standard with ICD-10 smart search
Under HIPAA regulations, every healthcare provider must use the ICD-10 coding system for all medical services and procedures performed on or after Oct. 1, 2014. In addition, all health insurance payers, and government agencies involved with the administration and/or payment for healthcare, such as Medicare and Medicaid, must convert to the new system. This change will cost the healthcare industry and tax payers billions of dollars.
Survey: Mixed emotions on electronic medical records
The federal government's push to get doctors and medical providers to use electronic health records rather than paper is not getting universal approval from physicians.
A study by the Rand Corp., a non-profit worldwide research group, found that electronic health records, or EHRs, are a mixed bag for doctors. Though doctors in the survey said they believe that EHRs are improving some aspects of quality care for patients, the conversion has increased workloads, been more costly than originally thought and has limited face time with patients.
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