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Specialist retrieval teams may increase pediatric survival
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The use of specialist retrieval teams to move children from one hospital to another with a pediatric intensive care unit may result in reduced mortality for those children, according to research published in The Lancet. Padmanabhan Ramnarayan, M.D., of the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, and colleagues analyzed data on 57,997 admissions to pediatric intensive care unit in children age 16 and younger. They compared unplanned admissions from other hospitals and from wards in the same hospital as the pediatric intensive care unit; interhospital transfers by specialist retrieval teams and non-specialist teams; and patients transferred to the closest pediatric intensive care unit and those who were not. More

Stem cells helping children with life threatening, blistering skin disease
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The University of Minnesota Physician-researchers have been triumphant in finding a way to treat a deadly skin disorder using stem cell therapy. Bone marrow stem cells were employed by medical school researchers for the first time, from John E. Wagner, M.D., and Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D., in collaboration with researchers in Portland, Oregon, the United Kingdom, and Japan, in restoring the skin of patients with a deadly skin disease called recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa. More

Scientists discover that radiation causes breast cancer
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Girls who undergo chest radiation as a cancer treatment are significantly more likely to develop breast cancer as little as eight years later, according to a study conducted by researchers from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. "Risk in women treated before puberty is not lower than that in those treated during adolescence, as suggested by some early studies," they wrote. The researchers reviewed the results of 12 prior studies that had looked at breast cancer risk in female survivors of childhood cancers. They found that patients who have undergone chest radiation as children suffer from an increased risk of breast cancer as little as eight years later. More

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Vitamin D insufficiency may hurt Lymphoma prognosis
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In patients with two non-Hodgkin's lymphoma subtypes, vitamin D insufficiency is associated with inferior overall survival as well as inferior event-free survival according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. In a prospective cohort of 983 newly diagnosed patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Matthew T. Drake, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues assessed whether or not circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels were predictive of event-free survival and overall survival. More

Acetaminophen use in adolescents may double risk for asthma
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Acetaminophen use in adolescents is linked to development and/or maintenance of asthma, rhinoconjunctivitis, and eczema, according to the results of a global study reported in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. "This study has identified that the reported use of acetaminophen in 13- and 14-year-old adolescent children was associated with an exposure-dependent increased risk of asthma symptoms," said first author Richard W. Beasley, MD, professor of medicine at the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand in Wellington, in a news release, on behalf of the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood. More

Survey: Health reform spurs change for big employers
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Many of the biggest U.S. companies are removing spending limits from their employees' health plans and taking other steps to comply with the new health care law, according to a report. Most of the companies surveyed also plan to shift more costs to employees in an effort to rein in rising health care spending, according to the report. The National Business Group on Health based its findings on a survey of 72 of its member companies. More

Prevention best medicine
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Health officials say the expanded coverage is critical. Americans get preventive care such as cancer screenings and routine vaccinations at about half the recommended rate, mainly for financial reasons, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. About 70 percent of American deaths are attributed to chronic conditions that, in some cases, could be prevented, including heart disease and cancer, according to Chronic diseases also account for 75 percent of U.S. health care expenditures. More

SmartRooms from IBM connect hospital staff to patient data
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In partnership with IBM, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania, is getting smarter about prioritizing care provider activities at the point of care as well as selectively providing bedside access to digitized patient information to authorized hospital staff depending on the type of interaction that each staff member needs to have with a patient. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center SmartRoom system integrates Electronic Health Records with care provider and patient identification and workflow management. Health care providers and hospital staff wear small ultrasound tags that identify them and their role in patient care as soon as each staff member walks into a patient's Smart hospital room. A connected wall monitor displays the care provider's identity and role so that patients can easily see who has arrived and what they will be doing. More

A Day in The Life Of A Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurse Photo & Caption Contest Extended to September 1
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Members get your cameras ready because there is still time to submit your photos! View contest rules for additional information at Every photo submission up to 3 receives $5 in APHON Bucks to use in the APHON Bookstore.

APHON 34th Annual Conference and Exhibit Early Bird Registration Deadline Approaching Fast — September 7
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Be sure to take advantage of all the ways to save on conference registration rates by registering before September 7. The addition of the Children's Oncology Group special educational track makes this year’s conference extra special. We hope you join us! Visit Conference Web Central for all the details.

Celebrate Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses' Day in Style
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Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses' Day celebration gear is available in the APHON Merchandise Store. Items are selling fast, so be sure to get yours before it's too late. Celebration gear is available while supplies last.
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