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The measles outbreak is twice as big as you thought
The number of U.S. measles cases has continued climbing toward 200, with 173 cases noted in the CDC's most recent report March 6 — but that's only half the story. If you add in the cases multiplying north of the border, the outbreak nearly doubles in size. Canada is also facing a major outbreak of the viral illness with more than 100 cases in the Lanaudière region of Quebec, all tracing back to two families who visited Disneyland in December, according to the CBC, Canada's state broadcast news station.
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Nursing Archives Associates Annual Meeting
Join the Nursing Archives Associates for their annual meeting featuring nursing professional, author, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, retired US Army Colonel and BU School of Nursing Alumnae Susan Luz. Luz will speak on her life, career and her book Nightingale of Mosul: A Nurse's Journey of Service, Struggle and War. RSVP required, by March 26.
Tuesday, March 31 - 5:30 PM
Trustee Ballroom, One Silber Way, 9th Floor
Admission: Free and Open to the Public
For Event Flyer, click here.

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Update from the Board of Registration in Nursing
At the March 11, 2015 Board of Registration in Nursing (Board) meeting, the Board issued revisions to Advisory Ruling (AR) 1001: Management of Patients Receiving Analgesia by Catheter Technique and AR 9301: Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters to ensure compliance with current statutes, regulations and scope of practice standards.
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ANA Massachusetts Elections:
Voting On-line or Paper Ballot — NOW OPEN

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The deadline for voting is April 1, 2015.

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Join the ANA Massachusetts Technology Committee

The overall goal of the committee is to identify and implement technological upgrades for the organization. Are you an ANA Massachusetts member who is looking for a way to become more involved in the organization? Do you have an interest or skill/expertise in IT and/or Technology projects. If you are looking for new opportunities, then we are looking for you! Contact for more information
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Registration Now Open! ANA Massachusetts Events — Spring Events!
Massachusetts Student Nurses Association
2015 Career Forum
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Forum Flyer, click here.

ANA Massachusetts Health Policy Legislative Forum
Advocacy Beyond the Bedside...Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Policy
The goal of this forum is to discuss the impact of legislation on mental health and substance abuse care in Massachusetts and to highlight the impact of Nursing Advocacy
Tuesday, March 24, 2014
Massachusetts State House
Register now, click here.
Program Flyer, click here.

2015 ANA Massachusetts Awards Dinner and Spring Conference
Awards Dinner Flyer, click here.
Conference Flyer, click here.
Convention Brochure, click here.
Register Now, click here.
Living Legends in Nursing and Annual Awards Banquet — 6-9:30 p.m.
Friday, April 10, 2015
Annual Business Meeting — 4:30-6 p.m.
Friday, April 10, 2015
Annual Spring Conference — 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Theme: The Courage to Care in the Face of Infectious Disease
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Dedham Hilton Hotel • Dedham, MA
Morning Keynote - Pamela Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
President, American Nurses Association
Featured Speaker - Cheryl Bartlett, RN
Executive Director, Cape Cod Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Initiative and Public Health, Cape Cod Health Care, Former MA Public Health Commissioner
Join Us for a Networking/Cocktail Reception on Saturday, April 11
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
ANA Massachusetts Members Free
Non Members $10.00
networking — socializing with colleagues
Cash bar and light appetizers
Dedham Hotel Group Room Block Rate - Deadline March 19, 2015
Group Code: ANAM or American Nurses Association Massachusetts.
Front Desk at 781-329-7900 or Central Reservations at 800-754-8052

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Awards Dinner Sponsorship and Ad Opportunities, click here.
Conference Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities, click here.

Massachusetts Health Council's 5th Women's Health Forum Getting Healthy, Staying Healthy: Knowledge is Everything
April 16, 2015
Westin Copley Place, Boston
MHC Women's Health Conference Registration
Forum Flyer, click here.

2015 Annual Spring Symposium - Continuing Nursing Education: Boot Camp
Friday, May 1, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Symposium Flyer, click here.
Registration, click here.
$199 includes lunch
Early Bird Registration Fee of $179 before March 15
Wellesley Gateway Building, Wellesley, MA

Save the Date!

Celebrate National Nurses Day with ANA Massachusetts at Fenway
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Pregame Networking Event at Fenway Park
Game time - Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay

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Scientists open door for asthma cure
University of Southern California via Medical Xpress
Scientists led by molecular immunologists at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California have identified a way to target a recently discovered cell type that causes asthma, paving the way to cure the chronic respiratory disease that affects 25 million Americans. With no known cure for the 7 million children who suffer from this disease in the United States, as well as millions of adults, the goal of asthma treatment is to control the symptoms.
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Using social media to advance the nursing profession
By Keith Carlson
In the 21st century, it's a given that social media is a ubiquitous tool used equally by professionals, businesses, corporations and laypeople. While many forms of social media may be perceived as being superficial or lacking in depth, the nursing profession has seen a veritable explosion of salient and powerful social media use by individual nurses and nursing organizations. While a casual user can easily follow news about the latest dance craze or cat videos, the serious professional can just as easily find a plethora of useful and applicable information.
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Hundreds of hospitals struggle to improve patient satisfaction
Kaiser Health News
Lillie Robinson came to Rowan Medical Center for surgery on her left foot. She expected to be in and out in a day, returning weeks later for her surgeon to operate on the other foot. But that's not how things turned out. "When I got here I found out he was doing both," she said. "We didn't realize that until they started medicating me for the procedure." Robinson signed a consent form and the operation went fine, but she was told she would be in the hospital far longer than she had expected. Disappointing patients such as Robinson is a persistent problem for Rowan, a hospital with some the lowest levels of patient satisfaction in the country.
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Study: Skin biopsies may reveal neurodegenerative diseases
By Denise A. Valenti
We have all heard the expression that beauty is only skin deep. But recent research is indicating that you may not need go any further than skin deep to determine quality of health. Aspects related to diet, diseases impacting cognitive function and diseases of movement have been identified in the skin. Now, in addition to indicating the presence of good health, the skin may also reveal the risk for Alzheimer's disease and indications of Parkinson's disease.
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Untreated dental decay is falling among children
The New York Times
Cavities in preschoolers appear to be declining and fewer young children have untreated dental decay, federal health authorities reported on Thursday. It is the first drop in dental decay for this age group since 2007, when a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cited an alarming rise in decayed baby teeth.
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FDA approval of first biosimilar drug may mean cheaper options for patients
HealthDay News
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved the nation's first "biosimilar" drug, a move that could lead to more affordable medications for Americans who take cutting-edge biologic drugs. This first drug, Zarxio, is considered by the FDA to be a strong stand-in for a cancer drug called Neupogen, which was originally approved in 1991.
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Preventing group B streptococcal infections in newborns
Despite advances in intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis (IAP), group B streptococcal infection continues to be a predominant cause of early-onset disease in neonates. About 2 percent of neonates exposed to group B Streptococcus develop clinical manifestations including sepsis, pneumonia, and meningitis. Screening in late pregnancy reduces the incidence of early-onset sepsis by more than 80 percent. Clinicians must be able to identify the risk factors and clinical manifestations of group B streptococcal infection and to understand management and prevention guidelines.
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Hot flashes at younger age may signal greater cardiovascular risk
Medical Xpress
Women who experience hot flashes earlier in life appear to have poorer endothelial function — the earliest sign of cardiovascular disease — than women who have hot flashes later in life or not at all, according to two new studies scheduled for presentation at the American College of Cardiology's 64th Annual Scientific Session in San Diego. The research suggests early onset hot flashes may serve as a red flag to help identify women at greater cardiovascular risk who could benefit from more aggressive risk reduction early in midlife.
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Fluorescent probe may hold key to early detection of osteoarthritis
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in the U.S. Approximately 27 million adults have reported being diagnosed with OA by their physicians. However, a big challenge in properly assessing OA is that radiographic X-rays do not indicate the level of pain or allow physicians to directly see the amount of cartilage loss. A major hurdle in OA research has been the lack of effective detection and monitoring methods, but there is optimism on the horizon.
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Is the Obama administration playing hardball on healthcare?
Government Executive
Since 2012, more than 20 states have rejected Obamacare funds to expand Medicaid because of Republican opposition, and the administration has had little recourse beyond rhetoric and a willingness to accommodate alternative programs more palatable to conservatives to change their minds. The states have held all the cards, until now. The feds find themselves with some leverage, intentionally or not, and state lawmakers in one of the biggest holdouts — Florida — are feeling the pressure.
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