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Earlier this year, a Gallup poll found that, for the 16th year running, nurses were the most trusted profession in terms of honesty and ethical standards, with 82 percent of Americans describing nurses’ ethic as high or very high. Nurses are skilled healthcare professionals who look after us when we’re most vulnerable, but there’s long been a concern that there might simply not be enough of these providers to go around as demographics and care trends have changed.
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Your ANA\C leadership was in action last week attending the annual ANA Leadership Council in D.C.
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A 2017 RNnetwork survey found that nearly half of nurses are considering leaving the profession, and nearly half of all nurses said they feel more overworked now than compared to two years ago, a trend expected to increase in the years ahead as baby boomers age and their healthcare needs grow. Reduction of nurse burnout is the primary mission of Moxi, a nurse assistant robot with social intelligence that started trials at hospitals in Texas in September.
The New York Times
Reported cases of measles worldwide surged by nearly a third last year, partly because parents did not vaccinate their children, health organizations said recently.
The increase in measles, a highly contagious scourge that had been nearly eradicated in many parts of the world just a few years ago, was “deeply concerning,” the organizations said in a report on the fight to eradicate measles.
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Many treatment options are available for depression, but how well treatment works depends on the type of depression and its severity. Antidepressants take time — usually two to four weeks — to work, and often, symptoms such as sleep, appetite, and concentration problems improve before mood lifts. However, despite advances in understanding the psychopharmacology and biomarkers of major depression and the introduction of several novel classes of antidepressants, only 60 to 70 percent of patients with depression respond to antidepressant therapy.
The growing drug crisis sweeping across the U.S. is deadlier than gun violence, car crashes or AIDs, none of which have killed as many Americans in a single year as overdoses did in 2017.
Newly confirmed figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the increasing scale of the crisis.
The drug epidemic is not confined to a small number of states nor to lower-income areas, but instead has spread across the whole country. While there are concentrations around the midwest, and regional differences in the type of substance, overdose deaths are happening everywhere.
By Lisa Mulcahy
You undoubtedly know how important it is for patients to be discharged promptly and safely at your hospital — but at so many facilities today, making that happen is a challenge. Time constraints, confusion during handoffs, and a lack of patient post-care awareness can make discharges unsuccessful and can lead to readmissions, or a worst-case scenario: patient mortality. Use a focused approach to evaluate how well your discharge system is working, and make necessary changes using this research-based information.
A cutting-edge cancer treatment focusing on genetic biomarkers rather than any specific type of cancer won accelerated approval from the Food and Drug Administration.
The approval for Vitrakvi, the brand name for larotrectinib, marks an emerging method for developing cancer drugs that are “tissue-agnostic” – drugs that are not specific to one organ such as the colon or breast.
An Asian tick species capable of transmitting deadly diseases to humans is exploding in population and has already spread to eight states in just a year after its first appearance in the U.S., warns the Centers for Disease Control.
The Asian longhorned tick was only seen in laboratories and in quarantine in the U.S. until “thousands of them” turned up on a pet sheep in New Jersey last year. Because females can generate progeny without mating — up to 2,000 eggs at a time — a single Asian longhorned tick can quickly turn into an infestation.
The ticks have already been found twice on humans this year, as well as on six domestic species and six species of wildlife. While none of the known hosts are believed to have been infected by dangerous pathogens as a result, the CDC admits that new lab tests may be needed to detect all the diseases the species is capable of spreading.
Snoring is something most of us have to deal with, whether it’s us or our significant other. But can this nuisance have an effect on our heart health? For women, the answer might be yes, according to a new study.
The new study from the Radiological Society of North America and the University of Munich in Germany suggests OSA may increase risk of heart disease. Results of the study showed that both men and women with OSA were more likely to have enlarged walls in the heart’s left ventricle — the chamber of the heart that pumps blood through the body. This forces the heart to work harder, which in turn increases risk for heart disease.
We live at the confluence of two ages: the first rush of climate change, which is bringing new species and new pathogens to territories they've never been known in, and the nascent age of genetic engineering, which holds out the promise of eliminating these pathogens, and not just in the wealthy territories they've moved into, but throughout the world, including the poor countries where they are deadly scourges.
A favorite target in these crosshairs is the disease-bearing mosquito, whose dengue, malaria, zika and other pathogens are among the world's deadliest killers, and whose range has pushed relentlessly north as the world has warmed.
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The spread of prions to the brain does not occur by direct transmission across the blood-brain barrier, according to a study published Nov. 29 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Annika Keller and Adriano Aguzzi of the University Hospital Zürich and colleagues. As noted by the authors, insights into how prions enter the brain could lead to the development of effective strategies to prevent neurodegeneration, even after infection outside the nervous system has already taken place.
Reminiscent of a scene from The Social Network, the whiteboard in researcher and professor Morgan Levine's Yale Medical School office is covered in a series of letters and numbers. She clicks the red cap back onto the dry erase marker and steps back to admire her work.
In front of her, the equation stretches across multiple lines, taking up much of the surface. This algorithm represents a new way of thinking about age.
"In my lab, we work on a lot of different types of aging measures," Levine said. "One of the most recent ones is based on blood measures you get at your normal doctor's appointment. We basically take those and combine them using different algorithms to get what we call someone's phenotypic age, or biological age."
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