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“Metal-on-metal” hip implant concerns on the rise

The New York Times published an article on concerns related to “metal-on-metal” hip implants. Read the article at http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/04/health/04metalhip.html?partner=rss&emc=rss.

NEJM study assess BMD retesting

A study in the Jan. 19 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) found that in older, postmenopausal women with normal bone...

Act fast against anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis can kill within minutes unless the victim receives immediate treatment. Calling a rapid response team to the scene can avert disaster.

Are you ready to care for patients in clinical trials?

Part 1 of a four-part series on clinical trials

Astute assessment prevents paralysis

What seems like a simple pulled muscle to a shipping clerk turns out to be cauda equina syndrome, a potentially paralyzing injury that warrants immediate surgery.

Be a myth-buster: Stop the misconceptions about fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia produces many symptoms but no signs, so some clinicians dismiss it as a wastebasket diagnosis. But the pain is very real, and patients with fibromyalgia need you to understand their pain - and try to relieve it.

Be a myth-buster: Stop the misconceptions about fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia produces many symptoms but no signs, so some clinicians dismiss it as a wastebasket diagnosis. But the pain is very real, and patients with fibromyalgia need you to understand their pain - and try to relieve it.

Cervical Spine injuries: Preserving function, improving outcomes

How to provide skilled care that stops the damage and helps your patient manage the injury.

Cervical spondylosis with myelopathy: Painful and sometimes paralyzing

This progressive degenerative spine condition is commonly mistaken for arthritis. This article covers assessment and management, including preop and postop care.

Cognitive behaviorial therapy

A study of 701 adults with subacute or chronic back pain found that cognitive behavioral therapy reduced pain and disability compared to those who...

Compared to nsNSAIDs and coxibs, opioid use in older adults with arthritis increases risk...

In older adults with arthritis, opioid use increases the risk of fractures and safety events requiring hospitalization, compared to nonselective NSAIDs (nsNSAIDs) and selective...

Depression affects arthritic knee symptoms

Depression can exacerbate the symptoms of knee arthritis in patients who have minimal or moderate radiographic severity according to a study of 660 of...

Drugs Today – August 2008

Web Exclusive! An update of drug news, including alerts, approvals, and removals, at www.AmericanNurseToday.com/journal.

Drugs Today – July 2008

An update of drug news, including alerts, approvals, and removals.

Drugs Today – June 2008

An update of drug news, including alerts, approvals, and removals.

Drugs Today – June 2009

An update of drug news, including alerts, approvals, and removals.

Drugs Today – March 2009

Web exclusive! An update of drug news, including alerts, approvals, and removals.

Drugs Today – November 2008

Web Exclusive! An update of drug news, including alerts, approvals, and removals at www.AmericanNurseToday.com/journal.

Drugs Today – September 2008

Web Exclusive! An update of drug news, including alerts, approvals, and removals at www.AmericanNurseToday.com/journal.

Early rehab for ACL tears may lessen need for surgery

In young adults, early rehabilitation and optional delayed reconstruction for acute anterior cruciate ligament tears (ACL) reduced the need for surgery compared to rehab...

FDA announces new recommendations for simvastatin dosage

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending that 80 mg simvastatin (Zocor) not be prescribed to new patients because of the associated...

FDA announces recall of Stryker cutting guide for TKA

On April 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Stryker Orthopaedics has recalled ShapeMatch Cutting Guides, used in total knee arthroplasty...

FDA approves first ceramic-on-metal total hip replacement system

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Pinnacle CoMplete Acetabular Hip System, the first ceramic-on-metal total hip replacement system for patients...

FDA approves first drug for myelofibrosis

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Jakafi (ruxolitinb), the first drug approved to treat patients with the bone marrow disease myelofibrosis. Read...

FDA approves first generic versions of Boniva

On March 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first generic versions of Boniva (ibandronate) tablets, used to treat osteoporosis. Read...

FDA approves new drug for osteoporosis

On June 1, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Prolia (denosumab), an injectable treatment for postmenopausal women with osteoporosis who are at...

FDA seeks advice on metal-on-metal hip replacements

On March 29, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that a two-day expert advisory panel meeting on metal-on-metal hip replacement systems will...

Getting straight on low back pain treatment

Be sure you’re up to date on this common problem.
Guiding your patients through menopause

Guiding your patients through menopause

The more you know about menopause, the more you can help patients understand and cope with symptoms.

Joint adventures: The path to total knee replacement

More Americans seem destined for total knee replacement. Learn about the different types of knee replacement surgery and how nurses can improve outcomes for patients who opt for "new" knees.

Last Breath: The ethics of pharmacologic paralysis

Should patients receive neuromuscular blockers while mechanical ventilation is withdrawn?

Managing knee osteoarthritis in older adults

A degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis (OA) is marked by cartilage erosion, osteophyte formation, joint hypertrophy, and subchondral sclerosis. A leading cause of disability in...

Myths and misconceptions about rheumatoid arthritis

Think you know all about rheumatoid arthritis? Think again. Misunderstandings about the disease abound, even among healthcare professionals.

Nitroglycerin ointment slightly increases bone mineral density in postmenopausal women

Nitroglycerin ointment applied at bedtime for 2 years slightly increased bone mineral density in postmenopausal women states a study in JAMA. Read more at...
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On breaking a bone for the first time…at age 59

Look, I’m a nurse, and I’ve probably seen a thousand broken bones in the last 35 years. Well, not actually seen them, but seen...

Osteoporosis-not just for women

Most elderly men don't know they are at risk for osteoporosis-and they probably won't find out until a nurse tells them.

Paget’s disease: A therapy update

Pain, arthritis, fractures, and skeletal deformities are calling cards of Paget's disease. A new one-dose drug therapy can produce extended remission.
Managing atrioventricular blocks

Polymyalgia rheumatica: A possible cause of pericardial effusion

Suspect polymyalgia in patients who continue to decline after treatment for pericardial effusion.

Precision and perfection

Our Editor-in-Chief tells the story of her experience as a patient.
Osteoarthritis

Proactive intervention for osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) affects 27 million Americans and is one the most common causes of disability. It negatively affects the quality of life for many,...

Protocol reduces complications for complex spinal surgery

A team approach reduces rates of major complications for complex spinal reconstructive surgery by two thirds, according to a report in Spine Deformity. The...

Respiratory failure from a myasthenic crisis

Nina Robbins, age 36, is admitted to the medical unit with pyelonephritis. She states she has had a fever above 102° F, back pain,...

Safe patient handling and movement in home healthcare settings

Home health settings present a challenging health care environment for home healthcare workers who perform patient movement and handling activities, such as lifting, transferring,...

Selecting lifts for patients with special needs

Learn how to keep four types of special-needs patients mobile and keep yourself injury-free.

Six more hot drugs for today and beyond

These six drug profiles, along with the six in the March issue of American Nurse Today, bring you up to date on significant advances in drug therapy.

Spotting trouble after spinal surgery

The rapid response team makes all the right moves when a patient experiences neck swelling and difficulty swallowing after an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion.

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.

Stopping the silent progression of osteoporosis

An update on risk factors, prevention, and treatment.

Study: Cost analysis of ACL reconstruction surgery

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction is less costly and more effective than rehabilitation, according to a cost-utility analysis published in the Journal of Bone...

Study: Even minor increases in physical activity benefits bone health in premenopausal women

A study to be published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that physical activity, even minor increases, in premenopausal women is...

Study: Handshake can indicate speed of aging

Handgrip strength corresponds to other markers of aging such as people’s future mortality, disability, cognitive decline and ability to recover from hospital, according to...

Study: Incidence of mental disorders in mid-life, older adulthood may be underestimated

A study published in JAMA Psychiatry has found that common methods of assessing mental or physical disorders may consistently underestimate the prevalence of mental...

Study: Light activity can reduce disability in patients with knee arthritis

Light physical activity, such as pushing a shopping cart or vacuum, can help people with or at risk of knee arthritis avoid developing disabilities...

Study: Low vitamin B12 increases fracture risk in older men

A study published in Osteoporosis International reports that older men who have low levels of vitamin B12 have a higher risk of fractures. Read...
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Take Note – August 2007

Good news for younger women taking estrogen     Estrogen therapy may have cardioprotective effects for women who start taking it in their 50s. A study from...
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Take Note – January 2007

Controversy over new Lyme disease guidelines The new guidelines released by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (ISDA) have run into some criticism. In fact,...

Take Note – July/August 2009

A weekly round-up of clinical and practice news and alerts.
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Take Note – October 2006

CDC recommends annual flu shots for children ages 2 to 4 For the first time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is endorsing...

Understanding pain in patients with intellectual disabilities

Learn how to detect and manage pain in patients who may not respond to pain in expected ways.

Updated guidelines for managing occupational HIV exposure released

Infection Control and Epidemiology has published “Updated US Public Health Service guidelines for the management of occupational exposures to human immunodeficiency virus and recommendations...

Use of bone morhphogenetic proteins not associated less reoperation for lumbar stenosis

A study in February’s Spine reports that use of bone morhphogenetic proteins (BMP) in spinal fusion surgery for older adults with lumbar stenosis reports...

When cancer spreads to the bone

Bone metastases causes significant pain and raises the risk of fractures and spinal-cord compression. Learn how to help patients cope.

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