Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., said she will propose an amendment to a Senate health reform measure that would guarantee women's access to mammogram coverage at the age of 40. The move comes after the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended that women in their 40s not undergo routine screenings for breast cancer.
To solve the nurse shortage problem, employers should focus on why nurses stay at a job, rather than why they leave, says David Rowlee, a vice president at employee research firm Moorehead Associates. He recommends companies use an on-boarding survey to measure items that have the most impact on ensuring immediate stabilization and contribution from new employees, as well as implement material and psychological benefits that accumulate over time.
A free software application called Outbreaks Near Me lets people with iPhones know where H1N1 outbreaks have occurred in their state. The application, developed by the nonprofit HealthMap, joins a couple of dozen other flu-related programs available, including the HMSMobile Swine Flu Center from Harvard Medical School that uses animation to give medical advice.
Hospital emergency departments are preparing for the rush of people they typically see on Thanksgiving Day who come in with too much food in their stomach, indigestion, bones caught in the throat and even entire families made sick by gastroenteritis from a turkey gone bad.
Home care visits by nurses helped to improve symptoms such as pain and nausea and reduce hospitalization among cancer patients receiving oral chemotherapy, a U.K. study showed. Nurses who visited patients at home over the 18-week program helped them manage adverse events, especially during initial cycles of chemotherapy.