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When screening tests turn healthy people into patients
Medical News Today
As part of its campaign against "too much medicine" The BMJ has published reviews that question the value of screening for breast cancer in women and aneurysm in men — asking whether the harm of "over-diagnosis" outweighs the benefit of detecting and treating real cases of disease. In the case of breast cancer, the analysis of the history of screening for the disease, written by a public health expert, calls for "urgent agreement" in the debate and controversy that exists between scientists.
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Nursing Archives Associates Annual Meeting
Join the Nursing Archives Associates for their annual meeting featuring nursing professional, author, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, retired US Army Colonel and BU School of Nursing Alumnae Susan Luz. Luz will speak on her life, career and her book Nightingale of Mosul: A Nurse's Journey of Service, Struggle and War. RSVP required, by March 26.
Tuesday, March 31 - 5:30 PM
Trustee Ballroom, One Silber Way, 9th Floor
Admission: Free and Open to the Public
For Event Flyer, click here.

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ANA Massachusetts Elections:
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The deadline for voting is April 1, 2015.

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The overall goal of the committee is to identify and implement technological upgrades for the organization. Are you an ANA Massachusetts member who is looking for a way to become more involved in the organization? Do you have an interest or skill/expertise in IT and/or Technology projects. If you are looking for new opportunities, then we are looking for you! Contact for more information
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Registration Now Open! ANA Massachusetts Events — Spring Events!
Massachusetts Student Nurses Association
2015 Career Forum
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Forum Flyer, click here.

ANA Massachusetts Health Policy Legislative Forum
Advocacy Beyond the Bedside...Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Policy
The goal of this forum is to discuss the impact of legislation on mental health and substance abuse care in Massachusetts and to highlight the impact of Nursing Advocacy
Tuesday, March 24, 2014
Massachusetts State House
Register now, click here.
Program Flyer, click here.

2015 ANA Massachusetts Awards Dinner and Spring Conference
Awards Dinner Flyer, click here.
Conference Flyer, click here.
Convention Brochure, click here.
Register Now, click here.
Living Legends in Nursing and Annual Awards Banquet — 6-9:30 p.m.
Friday, April 10, 2015
Annual Business Meeting — 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Friday, April 10, 2015
Annual Spring Conference — 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Theme: The Courage to Care in the Face of Infectious Disease
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Dedham Hilton Hotel • Dedham, MA
Morning Keynote - Pamela Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
President, American Nurses Association
Featured Speaker - Cheryl Bartlett, RN
Executive Director, Cape Cod Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Initiative and Public Health, Cape Cod Health Care, Former MA Public Health Commissioner
Join Us for a Networking/Cocktail Reception on Saturday, April 11
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
ANA Massachusetts Members Free
Non Members $10.00
networking — socializing with colleagues
Cash bar and light appetizers
Dedham Hotel Group Room Block Rate - Deadline March 19, 2015
Group Code: ANAM or American Nurses Association Massachusetts.
Front Desk at 781-329-7900 or Central Reservations at 800-754-8052

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Awards Dinner Sponsorship and Ad Opportunities, click here.
Conference Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities, click here.

Massachusetts Health Council's 5th Women's Health Forum Getting Healthy, Staying Healthy: Knowledge is Everything
April 16, 2015
Westin Copley Place, Boston
MHC Women's Health Conference Registration
Forum Flyer, click here.

2015 Annual Spring Symposium - Continuing Nursing Education: Boot Camp
Friday, May 1, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Symposium Flyer, click here.
Registration, click here.
$199 includes lunch
Early Bird Registration Fee of $179 before March 15
Wellesley Gateway Building, Wellesley, MA

Save the Date!

Celebrate National Nurses Day with ANA Massachusetts at Fenway
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Pregame Networking Event at Fenway Park
Game time - Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay

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What does the future hold for Nina Pham?
By Joan Spitrey
Nurse Nina Pham recently filed a lawsuit against her employer, Texas Health Resources, for negligent training and a violation of privacy in the wake of the Ebola incident in Dallas. Pham helped take care of Thomas Eric Duncan, who walked into a Dallas community hospital infected with the Ebola virus he contracted in Liberia, and she became the first person to contract Ebola in the United States. Pham's future in healthcare may be challenging. It will be interesting to see where her career takes her.
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Lupus: Hospitalizations for infections continue to rise
MedPage Today
The rate of hospitalization for serious infections among patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) has been on the rise in recent decades, and has increased to a greater extent than for individuals without SLE, a national study found. In 1996 the age-adjusted relative risk of hospitalization for pneumonia among SLE patients was 5.7 (95 percent CI 5.5-6) compared with the general population, while the relative risk for admission for urinary tract infection was 9.8 (95 percent CI 9.1-10.7), according to researchers.
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Chronic care management: 4 steps to implementation
Medicare's new chronic care management program offers practices of all specialties a major opportunity to reap revenue from services they've thus far provided for free. With 1,000 qualified patients, a practice could earn an additional $511,200 per year. IT concerns top the list of barriers to the program, FiercePracticeManagement has reported, and some practices may also need to add to their existing infrastructure and staff to implement code 99490. But while practices are doing their best to design programs that enhance patient care, there is little guidance available to do so.
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Regular primary care visits linked to better control of diabetes mellitus
Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine via Healio
Consistent primary care utilization is associated with blood pressure and glycemic control among American Indian/Alaska native adults with diabetes mellitus, according to a recently published study. "Coordinated patient-centered primary care can improve health outcomes for patients with [diabetes mellitus], and access to primary care providers can reduce emergency department use, hospitalizations, morbidity, mortality and cost," Matthew D. Berman, Ph.D., of the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of Alaska, and colleagues wrote.
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A new vaccine targets more HPV strains
The New York Times
A new vaccine has been shown to protect against nine different forms of the cancer-causing human papillomavirus, or HPV, compared with just four strains covered by the current Gardasil vaccine. But will people use it? The vaccine, called Gardasil 9, was approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration in December, but the study that led to the approval was just published this month in The New England Journal of Medicine. While the HPV vaccine already has contributed to a steep drop in the prevalence of HPV among teenagers, it also carries a stigma, and its use in the United States has been limited.
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Most thyroid nodules have favorable prognosis
Internal Medicine News
During five years of follow-up, cancer arose in only 0.3 percent of thyroid nodules that were cytologically and sonographically benign at baseline, according to a large prospective study published online March 3 in JAMA. Furthermore, only two of the five nodules that became cancerous had grown beforehand, reported Cosimo Durante, M.D., of the Sapienza University of Rome and his associates. "These data suggest that the American Thyroid Association's recommendation for indication for repeat cytology should be revised. Clinical and sonographic findings should probably play larger roles in the decision-making process," the researchers said.
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Study singles out cerebral blood flow as potential biomarker for concussion
Physical Therapy Products
Recent research indicates that cerebral blood flow recovery in the brain may serve as a biomarker of outcomes in patients post-concussion. The study appears online in JAMA Neurology. The study's background singles out reduced cerebral blood flow (CBF) as a marker of concussion severity in animal models, according to a news release issued by the JAMA Network Journals.
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Risk factors for heartburn: Excess weight, smoking
Excess pounds and smoking might each raise the likelihood of frequent heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), according to a large study from Norway. Other factors linked to higher odds of new GERD symptoms included getting older, being a woman, having less education and even quitting smoking — if it led to weight gain. To see what characteristics predict development of GERD, the researchers analyzed data on nearly 30,000 people in Nord-Trondelag County, Norway.
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Healthcare providers, patients scramble ahead of high court Obamacare decision
As the U.S. Supreme Court takes on a make-or-break Obamacare case this week, a growing number of U.S. patients and their healthcare providers are already devising a Plan B in case they lose medical coverage. The Court's ruling, expected by late June, will determine whether millions of Americans will keep receiving federal subsidies to help them pay for private health insurance under President Barack Obama's healthcare law.
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Anemia linked to adverse outcomes in atrial fibrillation
HealthDay News
For patients with atrial fibrillation receiving anticoagulant treatment, the presence of anemia is associated with increased risk of thromboembolic events, bleeding complications, and mortality, according to research published online in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis. Researchers examined whether anemia is associated with thromboembolic events and bleeding in patients with atrial fibrillation. The authors conducted a retrospective analysis of the RE-LY trial database that randomized 18,113 atrial fibrillation patients with a risk of stroke to receive dabigatran or warfarin.
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