Cancer cases and mortality rates drop; M&A volume hits big total this week;

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> New cancer cases dropped by 0.5 percent a year between 2002 and 2011, according to federal statistics contained in the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, and the mortality rate has dropped as well.  Report

> Monday was a particularly busy day for healthcare mergers and acquisitons, with the sector tallying $17 billion in deals alone--nearly a quarter of the year's total to date, according to Bloomberg. Article

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> The contaiminated medical devices blamed for a series of superbug outbreaks are also linked to an outbreak of a drug-resistant Escherichia coli (E. Coli) strain in a Washington state hospital. These endoscopes may infect more patients if hospitals use the company's recommended cleaning procedures, according to a study published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. Article

> To help nurses cope with the stress they encounter on the job, one nursing school program teaches students to incorporate the chaos theory and expect the unexpected. Article

Healthcare IT

> Clinical decision support alerts for drug interactions need major improvements. A paper published at the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association offers some recommendations. Article

And finally... Redesigned hospital gowns cost a fortune. Article