Health and Wellness

Breath at the belly

Mindfulness training can help nurses, patients, and loved ones cope with loss, grief, and suffering.

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Catching up to stay ahead

Getting back on track with routinely recommended vaccinations The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in dramatic declines in adolescent vaccinations, which…

Cornucopia

Food-and Americas’ overconsumption of it-have become public health issues. We need therapy for what one expert calls our “national eating disorder.”

Do you know the schedule for vaccinating children?

Learn how to promote pediatric immunizations in your practice. Part of ANA’s Bringing Immunity to Every Community campaign. this handout stresses the importance of vaccinating children and their caregivers, parents, and siblings.

Ending the cycle

Nurses nationwide work to eliminate partner violence.

Environment, health, & safety

Is widespread triclosan use leading to microbial resistance? ANA urges nurses to take a cautionary approach toward using triclosan-containing products at home.

Exercise your right to be fit!

Nearly all of us—especially nurses—know exercise is good for our physical and mental health. But incorporating it into our busy…

FDA approves new weight-loss drug

On July 17, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate extended-release) as an addition to…

Food in the fight against cancer: The evidence on cancer-related anorexia

Among the many treatments and supportive interventions for cancer, nurses and patients must not overlook a foundation of health—good nutrition. A proper diet during cancer treatment and beyond is essential for patients to feel better, have the strength needed to fight the disease, and maintain wellness.

Handling with care: The bariatric patient

Technological advances, special equipment, and screening algorithms help healthcare facilities and nurses meet the needs of bariatric patients while reducing worker injury.

Headlines from the Hill

ANA CEO “stars” with actress Jessica Alba in the fight against toxic chemicals.

Healing our hazardous environment

Environmental pollution threatens our homes, workplaces, and communities. So what can you do? This article will tell you.

Herbal facts, herbal fallacies

Many people assume herbs can’t cause harm, and neglect to tell healthcare providers they’re using them. This article will boost your herbal awareness and help you eradicate herbal ignorance among patients, colleagues, family, and friends.

Herbal facts, herbal fallacies

Your sister-in-law gets frequent migraines and wants to try a “natural” therapy to help prevent them. A preoperative patient tells…
How to Recover from Night Shifts

How to Recover from Night Shifts

Nurses are no strangers to the ill-effects of working night shifts. Aside from being physically draining, a graveyard schedule can…

IOM calls for reduced sodium intake in U.S.

Access “Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the United States,” a report from the Institute of Medicine at “http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2010/Strategies-to-Reduce-Sodium-Intake-in-the-United-States.aspx”. It’s…

Lack of sleep increases calorie intake

Researchers at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2012 conference presented a study that showed…

Letter to the Editor

Consider adoption You are skilled at the art of patience. You know you to give excellent care under pressure. You…

Living a healthy lifestyle

As nurses, we know how to check blood pressure, administer medications, and counsel patients about healthy living. But let’s face…

Longevity genes interconnected

An international group of scientists performed a comprehensive analysis and found that most genes that increase lifespan when overexpressed or…

Marriage may promote happiness

Marriage doesn’t make people happier than when they were single, but it does protect against normal decline in happiness during…

More Baby Boomers facing old age alone

Statistics from the Bowling Green State University’s National Center for Family and Marriage Research show that one-third of adults aged…

Nanotechnology and the environment

Nanotechnology and the environment By Katie Slavin, MS, RN Nanotechnology is the use of innovative techniques for controlling and manipulating…
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Night nurses and exercise

How regular activity can increase sleep quality and quantity. Takeaways: Working at night disrupts nurses’ circadian rhythms and impacts their…

Obesity continues to rise

According to report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of states with an obesity prevalence…

Obesity treatment devices resource

“Obesity Treatment Devices,” a section on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, provides information on the only two…

Our Readers Respond

Family initiated rapid response team After reading the article “Family initiated rapid response team (FIRR)” by Ehrig S., Hepburn, J.,…
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Our Readers Respond

The truth about high-energy drinks Re “High-energy drinks: What you don’t know could hurt you” (August article available here): I…

Our Readers Respond

Mindfulness practice Thank you, Dr. Cipriano, for your editorial on mindfulness practice to assist in the grief process (“Breath at…

Our Readers Respond

Break the bullying cycle I read with great interest the article “Break the bullying cycle” in the January 2012 edition…

Patient Nutrition

Do you routinely talk to patient’s about nutrition and their health? Please click here to participate in a very short…

Peril on Periphery

Peripheral arterial disease is all too common – and all too often goes unrecognized.

Promoting nonhazardous alcohol use by older adults

Roughly half of adults ages 65 and older drink alcohol. Although experts continue to debate the possible health benefits of alcohol when consumed in minimal daily amounts, alcohol’s health risks in adults too often are overlooked by both family members and healthcare professionals.

Smoking and mental illness

The July 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine has a thoughtful essay, “Smoking and Mental Illness —…

Stopping the silent progression of osteoporosis

Osteoporosis and low bone mass affect about 44 million Americans. Women account for 80% of that number. And each year, more than 1.5 million Americans suffer osteoporotic fractures.

Study: Exercise may reduce food craving

A study from Brigham Young University found that 45 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise in the morning reduces a person’s motivation…

Study: Fatigue common in CHD

A study in Nursing Research found that 40% of patients with stable coronary heart disease (CHD) reported fatigue more than…

Take Note

2/11/10 Three steps to lower childhood obesity Preschool children who do one or more of the following have a lower…
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Take Note – April 2008

Pam Cipriano to receive ANA’s Distinguished Member Award American Nurse Today Editor-in-Chief Pamela Cipriano, PhD, RN, FAAN, will receive the…
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Take Note – December 2006

CDC recommends HIV screening for everyone New recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) call for routine…
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Take Note – June 2008

Failure to rescue is most common safety mistake in hospitals       HealthGrades’ fifth annual Patient Safety in American Hospitals Study found…
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Take Note – May 2008

One in four U.S. teenage girls has an STD According to a recent federal study, one in four American teenage…
Positive

The power of the positive

Being positive in a negative situation is not naïve. It’s leadership. — Ralph S. Marston, Jr., author and publisher of The…

The science of skin peels

Learn how slathering a chemical solution over the face or abrading it with a stream of crystals rejuvenates the skin. This article takes you under the skin surface and walks you through the steps of a superficial skin peel.

Therapeutic storytelling in nursing practice

Storytelling is a useful way to promote holistic care. The next time your patient shows poor coping ability, you might want to ask him to tell a story about what he’s experiencing.

Understanding MCS

More research is needed to increase our understanding of multiple chemical sensitivity.

When asthma escalates to an emergency

In asthma, airway inflammation leads to airway obstruction, which may be chronic or arise as an acute symptom exacerbation. Asthma…

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