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The typical healthcare organization's administrative team often includes a nurse leader who has the ultimate decision-making power for nursing processes. In the shared-governance model, however, decisions of consequence are made by teams that include staff nurses whose experiences can testify to which processes are working and which can use an overhaul. Read more »
CDC report addresses ways to reduce health disparities
The report describes evidence-based interventions at the local and national levels that provide promising strategies for reducing racial and ethnic health disparities. Read more »
Apathy might signal cognitive impairment in seniors
Older people who have apathy but not depression may have smaller brain volumes than those without apathy, with smaller volumes indicating brain diseases. Read more »
Exercise helps COPD patients avoid hospital readmission
Patients with COPD who participated in moderate to vigorous physical activity had a lower risk of hospital readmission within 30 days. Read more »
Rates of diabetes complications show decline, study finds
Rates of five major diabetes-related complications have declined substantially in the last 20 years among U.S. adults with diabetes. Read more »
FDA approves new drug for people with type 2 diabetes
Tanzeum has been studied as a stand-alone therapy and in combination with other type 2 diabetes therapies, including metformin, glimepiride, pioglitazone and insulin. Read more »
Study links moderate to severe OSA with serious health risks
Moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea is independently associated with an increased risk of stroke, cancer and death, according to an Australian study. Read more »
Review: Stockpiling Tamiflu for flu outbreaks isn't beneficial
Tamiflu shortens symptoms of influenza by half a day, but evidence does not support claims that it reduces hospitalizations or complications of influenza. Read more »
NSAID use might substantially raise atrial fibrillation risk
Current use of NSAIDs was associated with a 76% greater risk of atrial fibrillation than never-use, after accounting for other risk factors. Read more »
HHS: Key indicators show improvement in nation's health
The nation's health is improving in more than half the critical measures known to have major influence in reducing preventable disease and death, according to a report. Read more »
Quantity of red blood cells received linked to infection risk
"The fewer the red blood cell transfusions, the less likely hospitalized patients were to develop infections," a study investigator said. Read more »

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