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An American Osteopathic Association survey showed that 30% of adults in the U.S. skipped visits with health care providers for financial reasons. Researchers also found that 1 in 4 adults said they have skipped or limited visits to specialists despite being referred by their primary care providers. United Press International (4/22)

About 26,000 cancer cases in the U.S. can be attributed directly to human papillomavirus annually, of which 18,000 occur in women and 8,000 in men, CDC researchers wrote in the Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report. From 2004 to 2008, the total annual incidence of cancer cases associated with HPV was 33,369, researchers reported. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (4/19)

Cases of central line bloodstream infection decreased by 32% in 2010, according to a state-by-state report based on data from the CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network. Dr. Scott Fridkin of the CDC attributed the reduction to prevention programs on the national and state levels. Among other findings in the report, a decrease in surgical site infections was attributed to fewer infections after coronary artery bypass grafts. Chicago Tribune/Reuters (4/19), BeckersHospitalReview.com (4/19)

A higher proportion of uninsured than insured Americans are unaware of provisions in the Affordable Care Act allowing young adults to obtain health insurance through their parents' plans and high-risk pools, a Commonwealth Fund poll found. Kaiser Health News/Capsules blog (4/19)

Save the date: June 5th, 2012

Emily Friedman from the Boston University School of Public Health speak on, “The Right Way: Finding the Ethical Path in a Time of Uncertainty.”  [Read More... ]

The ANA's second edition of "Bullying in the Workplace: Reversing a Culture" includes ways to address the problem. Peggy Berry, a doctoral candidate at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, said bullying "becomes the social norm" and is passed on from nurse to nurse. She said people should be told they are bullying because they may not realize it, but cautioned nurses against retaliating against a colleague who bullies. NurseZone.com (4/12

Soldotna nurse leaders of AaNA's local bargaining unit, RN’s United, Theresa Bullock and Velinda Albrechta-East presented Mr. Jim Frates with a $1000 check to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.  [Read More... ]

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Studies report that between 18 percent and 31 percent of nurses have been the targets of bullying behaviors at all levels of practice. Nurses suffer personally, employers lose employees, and patients pay a price, too.
The experience and serious costs of sustained physical and emotional abuse even have caught the attention of Hollywood. Attention was focused on the topic of bullying with the March 30, 2012 release of the documentary film Bullying. The documentary confronts the tragic outcomes of such behavior and gives an intimate glimpse into the struggle to find answers.

Read More: Health News Digest (4/9)

The Anchorage Neighborhood Health Clinic (ANHC) is one step closer to opening its new facility next September thanks to a $5,000 donation by the Providence Registered Nurses Bargaining Unit and the AaNA-Labor Program.  Each entity recently presented a $2,500 check to the clinic in support of its building expansion project. Accepting for the clinic was Jon Zasada, director of marketing and development.  [Read More... ]

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