A family history of depression, anxiety, alcohol dependence and drug dependence all increased the likelihood of developing the disease as well as the disease severity, an almost 30-year study found. Screening for family history could identify patients who need early intervention and who may be at risk for a recurring, disabling form of the condition, researchers said.
Hospitals in Chicago and across the U.S. are cutting back on services, consolidating services among campuses and merging operations with other facilities to improve efficiency and reduce costs. Federal spending cuts tied to health care reform could make restoring services difficult even once the economy rebounds, some experts say.
After years of having too few nurses in Iowa, the recession this year has temporarily made nursing jobs relatively scarce. New nursing school graduates are having an unusually difficult time finding work, but experts say the long-term prognosis is for a continued high demand for nurses.