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November 2007 Briefing - Nursing

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Nursing for November 2007. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Some Hospital Patients May Ingest Alcohol Hand Rubs

FRIDAY, Nov. 30 (HealthDay News) -- Alcohol hand rubs in hospitals are potentially hazardous to young, confused, elderly or alcohol-dependent patients who may be likely to unintentionally or intentionally ingest them, according to a case report published in the Dec. 1 issue of BMJ.

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First Pain Clinic in War Zone Proves Successful

FRIDAY, Nov. 30 (HealthDay News) -- The first interventional pain treatment center to be established in a war zone has been successful in treating soldiers with non-battle-related acute and chronic pain so they can return to active duty, according to a report published in the current issue of Anesthesiology.

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Botox-Seeking Patients Receive Quick Service

FRIDAY, Nov. 30 (HealthDay News) -- Dermatologists may offer shorter wait times to patients seeking cosmetic botulinum toxin injections than to those seeking urgent consultation for a changing mole, researchers report in the December issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Warning on Perflutren Ignores Efficacy Data

THURSDAY, Nov. 29 (HealthDay News) -- The decision by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to attach a 'black box' warning to ultrasound contrast agents containing perflutren has been criticized for being made without taking all the facts into account, in a report published in the Dec. 18/25 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Statewide Initiative Improves Time to Reperfusion in STEMI

TUESDAY, Nov. 27 (HealthDay News) -- A statewide campaign targeting the treatment of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) improved average time to reperfusion, according to the results of a new study, and a second study reports the possible early harmful effect of glucose-insulin-potassium (GIK) infusions in patients with acute STEMI. Both studies are published in the Nov. 28 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Sports Participation Reduces Risk of Venous Thrombosis

TUESDAY, Nov. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Regular participation in sports activities reduces the risk of venous thrombosis, researchers report in the November issue of the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis.

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Coronary Risk Profiles Help Patients Achieve Lipid Targets

MONDAY, Nov. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Discussing individualized coronary risk profiles appears to help patients achieve lipid goals, according to an article published in the Nov. 26 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Breast Cancer Pain Worse Among Non-White Women

MONDAY, Nov. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Non-white women experience more severe pain from breast cancer than white women, and pain interferes more with their daily activities, according to a report published online Nov. 26 in the journal Cancer.

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Presidential Candidates Put Health Care Back on Agenda

THURSDAY, Nov. 22 (HealthDay News) -- After a hiatus since the Clinton administration, comprehensive health care reform is back on the agenda for both Democratic and Republican presidential hopefuls, according to an article published in the Nov. 22 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Quality Data Has Little Impact on Health Plan Purchasing

TUESDAY, Nov. 20 (HealthDay News) -- A survey of large U.S. companies reveals that most employers do not purchase health benefits for employees based on quality measurements, according to research published in the Nov. 21 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Rapid Response Team Benefits Pediatric Inpatients

TUESDAY, Nov. 20 (HealthDay News) -- The introduction of a rapid response team in a freestanding, quaternary care academic children's hospital significantly reduced hospital-wide mortality rates and code rates outside of the intensive care unit setting, according to study findings published in the Nov. 21 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Watchful Waiting Best for Many Children's Throat Symptoms

MONDAY, Nov. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Treating children with adenotonsillectomy for mild to moderate symptoms of throat infection or adenotonsillar hypertrophy has little clinical benefit and significantly increases treatment costs, researchers report in the November issue of the Archives of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery.

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Attention to Families of Patients in ICUs Important

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Families of patients who die in intensive care units, or ICUs, are more satisfied with their experiences there than families of patients who survive, largely because of the attention they receive from medical staff, researchers report in the November issue of the journal Chest.

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Cognitive Therapy Reduces Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms

FRIDAY, Nov. 2 (HealthDay News) -- A comparison of two Internet-based therapy programs for military service members with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) found greater success with a cognitive therapy approach than with a supportive counseling approach, researchers report in the November issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry.

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FDA Seizes $300,000 Worth of Drugs and Supplements

FRIDAY, Nov. 2 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week confiscated more than $300,000 worth of drugs and dietary supplements from General Therapeutics Corporation, many of which lacked FDA approval and were produced in unsanitary conditions, according to U.S. government officials.

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Better Cleaning Could Curb Spread of MRSA in Hospitals

THURSDAY, Nov. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Better hospital cleaning, with particular attention to frequently touched objects such as bed rails and doorknobs, could be key in curbing transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) within hospitals, according to a review published online Oct. 31 in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

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