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Date:1/3/2011

ne scores from both groups were 12.5 to 13 out of a maximum score of 24. After training, the median score for the simulation group was 22, compared with 18 for the video training-only group. During follow up, there was a 70 percent reduction in the incidence of CRBSI in the postintervention MICU compared with the preintervention MICU and the postintervention SICU. Researchers conclude that simulation-based training is superior to traditional training and video training, and it should be routinely used to reduce iatrogenic risk. This article is published in the January issue of Chest, the peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians: Chest 2011; 139(1):80-87.

SARCOIDOSIS INCIDENCE PREVALENT AMONG BLACK WOMEN

A new study using the largest sample to date reports that black women in the US have the highest incidence of sarcoidosis, a chronic lung disease characterized by dyspnea, fatigue, and cough. Researchers from Boston University analyzed the incidence, prevalence, and clinical characteristics of sarcoidosis among 59,000 black women across the United States who were part of the Black Women's Health Study. At baseline, in 1995, there were 685 cases of sarcoidosis. However, over the follow-up through 2007, an additional 435 cases were reported, resulting in a prevalence of 2.0 percent among black women. The highest incidence of the disease was among women in their 40s, while the median age at diagnosis was 32 years. Researchers cite a need for the assessment of sarcoidosis risk factors among this population. The article is published in the January issue of Chest, the peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians: Chest 2011; 139(1):144-150.


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