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Most residents are incontinent

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More than 75% of long-term residents are incontinent, as well as nearly half (46%) of short-term residents, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

Long-term care facilities approach 80% worker flu vaccination rate after handing power to regional pharmacy, AHQR reports

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Fourteen long-term care facilities in Pennsylvania dramatically increased their staff flu vaccination rate by having a regional pharmacy take over the process, according to a report issued Thursday by the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHQR).

HCR ManorCare worker negligence led to hepatitis C outbreak, residents charge in federal lawsuit

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Negligent care resulted in a dramatic outbreak of hepatitis C at an HCR ManorCare nursing home in North Dakota last year, residents allege in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.

CDC to families: Press long-term care staff to get vaccinated for flu

CDC to families: Press long-term care staff to get vaccinated for flu

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Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention singled out long-term care professionals in a recent influenza vaccination briefing, calling on them to be vaccinated and urging family members of residents to question workers' vaccination status.

LTC staff: worst with flu shots

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Nursing home workers were worst among similar employee groups in geting a flu vaccine last season, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials. The agency handed out a "report card" in late September.

Norovirus vaccine proves effective in human tests, researchers say

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Clinical tests indicate that a potential norovirus vaccine is highly effective in reducing symptoms of the infection, researchers have announced.

Long-term care workers 'the worst' when it comes to flu vaccine

Long-term care workers 'the worst' when it comes to flu vaccine

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Many employee groups achieved significant increases in flu vaccination rates last season, but nursing home workers weren't among them, according to federal officials who handed out a "report card" on Thursday.

Flu vaccines approved to ship

GlaxoSmithKline said it has received Food and Drug Administration approval to start shipping the 2013-2014 influenza virus vaccine to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention distribution centers and healthcare providers.

Flu shots don't hurt turnover, study says

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Requiring flu shots is not a primary reason for employees quitting, an analysis finds. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all healthcare employees receive the annual flu vaccine, facilities vary on whether to make it mandatory.

Flu vaccine offered poor protection for seniors this year, CDC says

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This season's influenza vaccine was largely ineffective for seniors, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention numbers released Thursday.

Rising flu toll sparks tussle on shot rules

Rising flu toll sparks tussle on shot rules

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The contentious issue of whether healthcare workers should be required to be vaccinated against the flu gained new ferocity in January. Deaths caused by influenza hit 7.3% the first week of the month, triggering an automatic "epidemic" designation from health officials.

Nasty norovirus strain hits long-term care facilities especially hard

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Long-term care facilities are seeing the worst of a nationwide outbreak of a potentially dangerous new strain of norovirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday.

Anxiety is under-diagnosed in individuals with arthritis, report says

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Older adults suffering from arthritis should be screened for anxiety, a new study recommends.

Death rate down, life expectancy rate up, CDC report finds

In 2009, the average life expectancy of a baby born in the U.S. climbed to 78.2 years, according to the new National Vital Statistics Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At the same time, the death rate fell to an all-time low.

More hospices providing alternative therapies

Approximately 42% of U.S. hospices are offering alternative therapies such as massages or pet therapy, which are considered "complementary and alternative" therapies that don't fall under the rubric of standard care.

CDC lists seniors low on H1N1 vaccine priority list

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday released its recommendations regarding who should receive vaccines against the H1N1 virus. Seniors didn't make the top of the list--but officials had a good reason why.

Swine flu infections, deaths surge In recent days

The world, with the United States leading the way, has seen a dramatic increase in the number of swine flu cases since Friday, the World Health Organization said Monday.