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Study: Organ-rejection drugs may help prevent Alzheimer's disease
By Chelsea Adams
The calcineurin inhibitors that organ transplant patients take to prevent rejection may also work to prevent Alzheimer's disease.
A new study at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) examined the rate of Alzheimer's disease among 2,600 organ transplant patients. Results were compared with a 2014 national dataset from the Alzheimer's Association.
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ANA Summer Reading for Nurses
Use your summer reading time to increase your knowledge and improve your workplace. We'll highlight a few of this books every week over the summer:
- Not Part of the Job: How to Take a Stand Against Violence in the Work Setting offers guidance to practicing nurses on how they can better protect themselves against a wide range of unacceptable behaviors. It also focuses on the critical importance of collective action and building partnerships among workers, patient advocates, administrators, security personnel and others in order to effect change at the organizational level
- Bounce Forward: The Extraordinary Resilience of Nurse Leadership uses real-life stories to provide nurses in all practice settings with a model and methods to cultivate the personal, professional and organizational resilience they need to achieve nursing's vision of a transformed 21st-century health care system. Learn more.
Mark your calendars for upcoming AzNA events.
|July 25-26||27th Annual Southwestern Regional Nurse Practitioner Clinical Symposium — REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
|Aug. 28||2nd Annual National Association of Hispanic Nurses: Phoenix Chapter Conference REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
|Sept. 23-25||AzNA Biennial Convention — The Changing Landscape of Healthcare: Trends in Nursing Leadership, Practice & Education – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
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ONE NURSE IMPOSTER A MONTH IS IDENTIFIED BY THE AZ STATE BOARD OF NURSING
People wanting a good job have been presenting themselves as licensed nurses for years. The threat to public safety is self-evident. Arizona has strong laws invoking "title protection" against this activity and an active Board effort to alert the nursing community to these people. Posing and/or working as a licensed nurse is a Class 6 Felony. Managers can check the licenses of nurses at the AZ Board of Nursing website which also posts the
names of imposters
on the front page. You can learn more about nurse imposter Red Flags and Safeguards HERE.
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Here is a single simple page with contact information for Arizona's two Senators and nine Congresspersons. You may want to write a letter after the soon-to-be-announced Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act is announced. As many a
125,500 AZ residents could lose health care coverage.
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NEWS FROM AROUND THE INDUSTRY
How to improve patient portal use in emergency care
Initiatives around patient engagement and the push toward widespread patient portal use are continually being developed throughout the medical care sector. With the federal government establishing meaningful use objectives on patient engagement and requesting clinicians to report electronic clinical quality measures based on their patient care outcomes, healthcare providers are obligated to work toward increasing patient engagement with wellness and overall health on an ongoing basis.
Education key to reducing skin cancer rates
Although U.S. melanoma rates have doubled in the past 30 years, health experts hope more education and skin care prevention programs could prevent new cases in the future, according to a recent report by the CDC.
Study: Surgery patient's survival improves when readmissions are to same hospital
An analysis of Medicare data from 2001 to 2011 found that patients who suffer complications from surgery are 26 percent less likely to die within 90 days if they return to the same hospital. The findings highlight the importance of "continuity of care," the authors say, which raises some concern about the push toward regionalization of hospital services, because it results in patients traveling longer distances for specialty care but staying local when complications arise.
Federal panel weighs approving 2 new cholesterol drugs
The New York Times
An expert group is considering whether to recommend that the Food and Drug Administration approve two powerful new drugs to protect against heart attacks. If approved they will be the first major new class of medicines in a generation that dramatically lower levels of cholesterol, the leading cause of heart disease. The idea for the drugs arose from genetic studies about a decade ago and has tantalized cardiologists ever since.
Urgent care centers proliferate as popularity of retail health heats up
The rise of retail health has proven to be a major disruptor in the healthcare industry, and recent reports indicate that its power will not dissipate anytime soon.
For instance, the urgent care industry is booming in Texas, the San Antonio Express-News reports. More than 500 of the country's 6,400 or so urgent care centers are in the Lone Star State, possibly due to Texas' population growth and its residents' limited access to primary care. Nationwide, about 500 new urgent care centers open every year, according to the article.
Better primary care needed to reduce unnecessary ED visits by Medicaid patients
The Medical News
Although a goal of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act was to provide Medicaid patients with a source of nonemergency care outside of hospital emergency departments, researchers suggest that these newly enrolled patients will likely continue to look to EDs for treatment of chronic diseases and other nonemergency issues, despite state attempts to impose fees on ED visits.
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Survey bolsters nurse practitioner bill
A recent survey shows a majority of seniors support legislation to expand the work of nurse practitioners, according to AARP, a senior advocacy group that has strongly lobbied for legislation that will do just that.
SB 323 by Sen. Ed Hernandez has passed the Senate and is working its way through the Assembly. The survey found that 72 percent of those polled support the legislation, and about half of those surveyed have seen a nurse practitioner at some point and about about 87 percent of those would rate their care as good or excellent.
Some heartburn drugs may carry heightened risk of heart attack
People who take certain popular heartburn medications, like omeprazole (Prilosec), are at increased risk of heart attack, according to a data mining study by U.S. researchers.
They found that people with gastrointestinal reflux disease who took PPIs were 16 percent more likely to experience a heart attack than those who did not, and were twice as likely to die of a heart issue.
Study: Digital health solutions may save US health system $100 billion
By Scott E. Rupp
Accenture, in a new report, estimates that FDA-approved digital health solutions — an Internet-connected device or software created for detection or treatment of a medical indication — may have saved up to $6 billion in cost savings last year, primarily driven by medication adherence, behavior modifications and fewer emergency room visits.
Educating stroke survivors helps them spot another stroke faster
Stroke survivors who receive extensive stroke education are much more likely to recognize symptoms of another stroke and seek immediate treatment, a new study shows.
The research included nearly 1,200 Hispanic, black and white survivors of mild stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA). Their average age was 63. They all received culturally tailored educational material about recognizing and reacting to stroke symptoms.
Survey: Majority of nurses use smartphone apps at work
Some 95 percent of nurses own a smartphone and 88 percent use smartphone apps at work, according to a survey of 241 nurses conducted by InCrowd. The research firm conducts two- to five-minute online microsurveys.
Around 73 percent of nurses used apps to look up drug information, 72 percent used apps to look up different diseases and disorders, and 69 percent used smartphones, though not an app, to communicate with their colleagues in the hospital.
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