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|December 11, 2018 ||
By Keith Carlson
With the exponential increase of technology in the delivery of healthcare, we run the risk of dehumanizing healthcare in the interest of expediency and cost containment. At the same time, nurses in hospitals face untenable nurse-patient ratios, and even in milieus like home health and hospice we also feel the crunch of delivering as much care as possible in as little time as we can. Where will these trends take us and how can we put the notion of care back into healthcare?
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The White House released a report entitled “Reforming America’s Healthcare System Through Choice and Competition” that describes the influence of state and federal laws, regulations, guidance, and policies on choice and competition in health care markets and identifies actions that states or the federal government could take to develop a better functioning health care market.
This report bears great news for RNs and APRNs. It recognizes and promotes the role that RNs and APRNs play in patient care and recommends that the federal government and state governments should allow RNs and APRNs (and other allied health professionals) to practice to the full extent of their education and training. The report makes the following recommendations regarding scope of practice.
Read the full article online.
As a practicing nurse, inventor, and co-founder of a company, Wayne Nix, MBA, RN, RRT, has seen the positive impact diversified experience can have on fostering healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship. After recognizing inefficiencies in the healthcare system, Wayne realized nurses had a unique perspective to lead improvements. Read the full article.
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This year marks the 75th anniversary of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps, a heroic group of nurses who served in World War II – and these nurses are the only uniformed corps members from that war who haven’t been recognized as veterans.
You can help change that and give these nurses their due.
The bipartisan United States Cadet Nurse Corps Equity Act was just introduced in the Senate and would right this wrong and finally honor these nurses’ valiant service to our country, but it needs your help to move forward!
Send your letter now: tell your Senators to support the United States Cadet Nurse Corps Equity Act and recognize the sacrifice these nurses have made.
These nurses filled an urgent need during the war efforts by ensuring that there were trained healthcare professionals at home and abroad – and paved the way for how nursing and nurse training evolved in the U.S. in the process.
Ten different bills have been introduced since 1995 aiming to give these nurses the credit they deserve – and none have passed. This new bipartisan bill, introduced by Senator Warren (D-MA) and Senator Daines (R-MT), is our best chance to honor nurse cadets and the critical role they played.
Thanks in advance for helping ensure that these nurses’ service to their country isn’t forgotten.
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This is the sixth year this program has been hosted and it has received incredibly positive feedback from nurses, physicians and pharmacists who have attended. The program covers the basics of cancer immunotherapy; how to and when to use it in treating melanoma, lung cancer, GU cancers, hematologic malignancies and head and neck cancer; practical barriers in implementation; and most importantly, how to manage patients and the side effects/adverse events of the treatment.
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Many inpatients experience disturbances in sleep, mobility, nutrition and mood during their hospital stays, according to findings published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
These disturbances were associated with an increased risk of 30-day readmission or ED visit after discharge. “Improving patient experience and reducing readmissions are priorities for health care practitioners, patients and policymakers,” Shail Rawal, MD, MPH, from the department of medicine at the University of Toronto, and colleagues wrote. “A growing body of evidence suggests that patient experience in hospital may be associated with posthospital outcomes and the risk of readmission.”
More than 40 percent of American adults have not received a flu shot this year and don't plan to do so, according to a new poll.
The survey from NORC at the University of Chicago found that, as of mid-November, 41 percent of adults said they haven't been vaccinated and have no plans to change that, despite last season's record-high death toll.
Among adults who said they don't plan to get vaccinated, most were concerned about side effects and getting the flu from the vaccination. Others believed that the flu vaccines don't work very well or that they were unlikely to get sick from the flu.
The Washington Post
Attacks by armed groups happen on a daily basis across Congo’s North Kivu province, where the Ebola virus has been spreading since August, infecting almost 500 people and killing more than 270. It is now the second-biggest outbreak ever, after the vast epidemic that swept through Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia between 2014 and 2016. The constant insecurity in North Kivu has proved an enormous obstacle, thwarting attempts to the contain the virus. By WHO’s estimate, the outbreak will go on for at least another six months.
By Dorothy L. Tengler
The Decade of the Brain, as proclaimed by President George H.W. Bush for the 1990s, has come and gone. But many mysteries remain, and President Barack Obama launched his own brain research program in 2013 — the Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative. The fact that the brain inspired such a call to action is not surprising in view of the many mysteries still to be revealed.
A major report published Nov. 28 in the public-health journal The Lancet provides predictions of how climate change is degrading human health, and how it will alter healthcare systems in the future. The findings are reliably grim. But in focusing on the healthcare implications and the potential damage done to people and their descendants, the report provides a firm backing to the call to climate action. The experts behind the report hope to marry the urgency of climate science with the muscle of America’s most successful and most trusted policy experiment—its public-health system.
A group of researchers claim to have created a “breakthrough” blood test that could identify the presence of cancer. While such a test sounds promising, it’s not necessarily foolproof, experts cautioned. “I have often said that anytime you hear about a ‘simple cancer test,’ run for the hills, because there’s no such thing,” Gary Schwitzer, founder and publisher of HealthNewsReview.org, wrote in an article advising caution regarding the latest cancer blood test. “This researcher may be referring to the technology, but the application of that technology — the leap from lab to bedside — brings with it many levels of complexity.”
Serious infections during childhood have been tied to a subsequent increased risk of mental disorders in a new study.
The study, published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, found that infections requiring hospitalizations were associated with an about 84 percent increased risk of being diagnosed with any mental disorder and an about 42 percent increased risk of using psychotropic drugs to treat a mental disorder.
Less severe infections treated with anti-infective medications, like antibiotics, were associated with increased risks of 40 percent and 22 percent, respectively, the study found.
Most types of cancer are decreasing nationwide, but uterine cancer is proving to be a stubborn exception, and it’s taking its greatest toll on African-American women, federal researchers said recently.
This rise is due in part to the epidemic of overweight and obesity in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a weekly report.
The Epoch Times
“I just coughed up a lung” is a term that’s not supposed to be taken literally. But for one 36-year-old California man, it was.
The New England Journal of Medicine tweeted several disturbing, yet visually striking photos, showing a single-piece “cast” made of a blood clot that matched the man’s bronchial tree, which transports air to and from the lungs.
The unidentified patient was receiving treatment at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center and was fitted with a pacemaker. The journal said that over the span of a week, the patient was coughing blood and phlegm before coughing up a six-inch wide cast of the tree.
Fungi have a plethora of applications that can benefit humankind in the production of food and alcohol, drugs, biofuels, washing detergents and even a famous childhood toy: LEGO. Their nutritional value shouldn't be overlooked, however. There are about 350 species of edible fungi. With vitamin D, glutathione and ergothioneine, they can reduce oxidative stress linked to diseases such as cancer, heart disease and dementia. In the wild, fungi are not able to move, so they compete against other fungi or bacteria for resources and, in doing so, produce toxic chemicals. In some cases, these chemicals have been useful to humans.
Medical News Today
Scientists from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark and the Helmholtz Zentrum München in Neuherberg, Germany have mapped the signals that determine the destiny of progenitor cells in the pancreas.
These immature cells can develop into either islet cells that make insulin or another type of cell.
The journal Nature features a paper on the findings. This research reveals that pancreatic progenitor cells bounce around and that their immediate environment, or extracellular matrix, plays a strong role in deciding their fate.
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